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From Emmy(R) winning producer Steven Bochco comes the powerful new legal drama about the fight for truth and honesty -- in the courtroom and in the relationships between those who battle on both sides of the system. Feel the heat with RAISING THE BAR: THE COMPLETE FIRST SEASON. "A solid legal drama," says Barry Garron of The Hollywood Reporter. Jerry Kellerman is an idealistic public defender who will stop at nothing to help those who can't help themselves. When he clashes with district attorney Michelle Ernhardt, sparks fly, but they are both kept in check by Judge Trudy Kessler, an imperial force with an eye on a political run. Experience every heated confrontaton and all the behind-the-scenes secrets in a brilliant series based on today's cutthroat legal world. Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Rueben and Jane Kaczmarek head a brilliant cast. Complete with exclusive bonus features, this riveting drama is even greater on DVD.
Mark-Paul Gosselaar stars in Raising the Bar as a crusading public defender whose passion gets him in as much trouble as it gets him out of. As Jerry Kellerman, Gosselaar (NYPD Blue) is damp-eyed and earnest, off-kilter and rebellious (indicated by taking his tie off whenever possible), but he’s one of the top lawyers of a firm headed by cool-as-a-cucumber Rosalind Whitman (Gloria Reuben, ER). He also has connections across the aisle with rising prosecutor Michelle Ernhardt (Melissa Sagemiller, Sleeper Cell), a beautiful blonde who tolerates sleazy behavior from her boss Nick Balco (Currie Graham, Suddenly Susan). Both Jerry and Michelle regularly appear in the court of loose cannon Judge Trudy Kessler (Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle), who’s having an affair with her clerk, Charlie Sagansky (Jonathan Scarfe), who just happens to be gay and closeted. Clearly, Raising the Bar emphasizes behind the door machinations, both political and sexual.
It’s familiar stuff, which is both a strength and a weakness. For fans of producer Stephen Bochco (creator of Hill Street Blues, L.A. Law, NYPD Blue, and much more), Raising the Bar will work like comfort food. Each case unfolds capably, with thorny moral conflicts and compromising private interests, complicated by human weakness and bureaucratic callousness. Maybe too capably; the gears spin so smoothly it’s hard to get emotional traction with the characters, whose personalities seem secondhand from other legal shows. Entertaining histrionic cross-examinations abound, as do wild case-saving coincidences and compassionate looks between lawyers and defendants. The 10-episode collection of Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season also has an engaging featurette focused on the show’s other co-creator, David Feige, a real-life public defender whose experiences are the series’ inspiration. Feige's genuine enthusiasm and engagement may inspire viewers to give the show a chance. --Bret Fetzer
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- Aspect Ratio : 1.78:1
- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- MPAA rating : s_medPG PG (Parental Guidance Suggested)
- Product Dimensions : 7.75 x 5.5 x 0.5 inches; 5.12 Ounces
- Item model number : 88471
- Media Format : Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
- Run time : 7 hours and 10 minutes
- Release date : June 2, 2009
- Actors : Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Gloria Reuben
- Language : English (Dolby Digital 5.1), Unqualified (DTS ES 6.1)
- Studio : TNT
- ASIN : B001OQCVCE
- Number of discs : 3
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The drama follows the lives of some lawyers working for the office of the public defender and their friends in the prosecutors office. We see lawyers who will go to any length to get a win and others who will do everything to protect their client. I loved the character developments, and the characters. The only thing I did not like was that the lighting was poor,but on the whole a good one to watch.