The Guardian

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7.42004TV-PG
Nick is a hotshot attorney working for his father Burton's prestigious Philadelphia law firm.
Starring
Simon BakerDabney ColemanWendy Moniz
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English

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  1. 1. Carnival
    September 22, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When the carnival comes to town, Nick represents a young boy traveling with it who claims that he was molested by the Carnival's owner.
  2. 2. Big Coal
    September 29, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    In order to land a new client, Nick puts the unsuspecting residents of a small town in jeopardy.
  3. 3. The Line
    October 6, 2003
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Shake-ups at L.S.P. and some meddling by Alvin, force Lulu to reconsider her move to Berkeley.
  4. 4. The Father-Daughter Dance
    October 13, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Fallins represent a caucasian marries couple who want to sue their fertility clinic when their baby is born African-American
  5. 5. Shame
    October 20, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The bank asks Fallin & Fallin to pay off their loan and now Nick must scramble to get his delinquent clients t pay up.
  6. 6. Let's Spend The Night Together
    October 28, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    When Lulu's father comes to town, she and Nick make a serious decision about their relationship.
  7. 7. Hazel Park
    November 3, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As part of his community service, Nick is assigned to help clean up an inner-city park and becomes involved in the troubles of a former client.
  8. 8. Believe
    November 10, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick attempts to find a home for two young foster children who are HIV Positive.
  9. 9. Let God Sort 'Em Out
    November 24, 2003
    43min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick represents a teenager who wants to stay with his homeless, dying grandfather rather than be places with a foster family.
  10. 10. Swimming
    December 15, 2003
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    With Burton's health in jeopardy, Nick attempts to close an important deal for his father.
  11. 11. Legacy
    January 5, 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick handles a difficult case involving a child whose father has been arrested for murdering his boss and co-workers.
  12. 12. Beautiful Blue Mystic
    January 12, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick returns to using drugs after Lulu leaves him.
  13. 13. Amends
    January 26, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick represents an african-american bus driver whose response to a racist passenger may have caused his bus to crash.
  14. 14. All Is Mended
    February 9, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick learns that his unborn baby has down syndrome.
  15. 15. Without Consent
    February 16, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick Attempts to help a tennage boy who beats up his mother after discovering her in bed with his best friend.
  16. 16. Sparkle (A.K.A "Glow")
    February 23, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Shannon runs away after helping her biological father steal jewlery from Burton's house.
  17. 17. The Watchers
    March 1, 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick takes over the search for Shannon and uncovers a child pornography ring.
  18. 18. The Bachelor Party
    March 8, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick facilitates a meeting between Alvin and his long lost son when he learns that Alvin has been diagnosed with Lou Gehrig's disease.
  19. 19. Remember
    April 5, 2004
    44min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick helps a young boy who claims he can't remember being abused.
  20. 20. The Vote
    April 19, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick is at risk of being voted out of Fallin & Fallin by the firm's partners.
  21. 21. Blood In, Blood Out
    April 26, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick's last two cases at legal services of Pittsburgh take a violent turn.
  22. 22. Antarctica
    May 3, 2004
    45min
    TV-PG
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Nick takes a job at a competing law firm after getting kicked out of Fallin & Fallin.

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Directors
Joan TewkesburyMel DamskiSteve GomerLou AntonioJeremy KaganPeter MedakDavid HollanderEmilio EstevezMichael PressmanJerry London
Supporting actors
Alan Rosenberg, Raphael SbargeCharles Malik Whitfield
Producers
John HeathDavid HollanderJimmy MillerMark JohnsonVahan Moosekian
Season year
2004
Network
CBS
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Jean M. TurkReviewed in the United States on April 15, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent series -- I will miss all the characters unless I find a season 4 online
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The Guardian series, seasons 1-3, I enjoyed immensely. It was interesting seeing the character of Nick gradually transition into the feeling, caring person that he became by the end of Season 3. The characterization of all the main characters was fabulous. And hints of what the characters would be shown to have become by the end of Season 3 were subtly salted in. Somewhere in season 2 Alvin tells Lulu regarding the codependency between her and Nick, that the problem was not all Nick's but that 50% was hers and 50% Nick's -- this to me was the key line of the series re: Nick and Lulu relationship. I didn't like Lulu very well by the end of Season 3, by which time she was the emotionally frozen one of the two. Unless she changes in a future season, I don't see her as a good fit for Nick at all. It's like her outward concern for others is gradually shown to be mostly on the surface, and her judgment wasn't very good in a lot of cases. I liked Nick much better than Lulu. By the end of Season 3, Nick was shown to be excellent with the family and criminal law because of the combo of compassion that had by then come to the surface and control that remained to restrain his emotions by the end of season 3. The writers did a great job on character development and the transitions that took place gradually. I was suspicious of Jake from the beginning, that he'd turn out to be a "snake in the grass" and that suspicion was very skillfully created by the writers and by the actor playing Jake. As for Nick, it became clear by the beginning of season 2 that Nick never should have been in corporate law, but that he was perfect for the family/children/criminal cases for the indigent/poor. That's where he really excelled. I was hoping for a season 4, hoping I could see Nick further open up emotionally and develop better people skills. I'm going to look online now and find out.
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BufordReviewed in the United States on December 28, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
Great series-too bad it only lasted 3 seasons~
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We stumbled upon this series while browsing on Amazon Prime Video. As usual, one of us said "Let's watch the pilot for this one." That was less than 2 weeks ago. We have marathon-watched all 3 years of the series and enjoyed it thoroughly. The storylines are realistic and many of the episodes are heart-wrenching. The casting was very well done. I enjoyed it enough that I purchased the DVD series. My only regret is that Lulu was too boneheaded to marry Nick. I wanted to see them live happily-ever-after.
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Amazon CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 28, 2016
3.0 out of 5 stars
The Guardian -needed a guardian of his own...
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Nick Fallin, was such a flawed character. I wonder if Simon really liked playing him. Nick was an awful lawyer, and a disloyal person. A spoiled, selfish, man-child, he had no charisma, sense of humor, or anything other than his looks, and money. So, why did people like him? He had terrible judgment , and he couldn’t empathize with anybody. He was a really mean character, who lacked a moral compass. In one episode, he stood up his GF, so he could sit outside of a married woman’s house that he liked. (Then, that character, a local cop, disappeared from the show, without a word. Seriously? What woman would just let that slide?) When confronted about anything, he would just stand there with a dumb look on his face. Then he’d apologize for whatever it was, but he wouldn’t explain himself. So, he consistently made matters worse. So many times, a two minute phone call, or an actual axplanation, would have fixed everything. But no, he just stood there. Like all the male lawyers on the show, he lacked ethics, and was violent. In Season 1, he discussed in detail, a serious crime one of his clients committed, with a man who had just sued the client. Oh yes, and they were stading at a bar, using the guy’s name, and making no effort not to be overheard. In another episode, a lawyer bought a gun, and threatened to murder another man, if he gave him HIV. The token Black lawyer from the ghetto, committed an armed home invasion, in order to beat up a teenager. In yet another episode, Nick, and dear old dad, beat a guy up in a parking lot, over a parking space. Of course, dad kicked the guy as he laid on the ground a couple of times. Oh, and so many useless plot lines that made no sense, or didn’t go anywhere. Like, why would a judge sentence a corporate attorney addicted to Cocaine, to work with traumatized kids, in the first place? In what universe would social services let a 70 year old single man “foster” a 13 year old girl that he wasn’t related to? Especially, when he sat having cocktails, and smoking cigarettes, during the initial home visit. That same girl, who was raised around junkies, violent criminals, and human sex traffickers, got “so scared” whenever somebody yelled at her. But, she wasn’t afraid to run off with a child pornographer, peadophile in his 30’s? Of course, he was the rare child pornographer who when left alone for a week with a young girl he was attracted to, a girl he kept her drugged on a porn set, he only filmed her with her clothes on. Also, doctors confirmed that he didn’t rape her, and it was implied that he didn’t have sex with her. Yet, he still managed to make $10K off of her. Huh? I must say that the only character more annoying than Nick, was Alvin. Man, that character had his own set of, WTF moments.
Even after saying all of that, I would still recommend this show. Because it is somewhat entertaining. It was also on 12 years ago, so I guess I could cut it some slack. It was kind of cool, to see the celebrities that guest starred back then, like Rita Moreno, Farrah Fawcett, Lee Thompson Young, and an adorable Chloe Morentz (?). Finally, I can't get over people thinking this show was going to be like "The Mentalist", and Nick was going to be cool like Patrick Jane. Simon was the only thing the shows had in common. So, I have no idea why people would have assumed that.
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Kay McB HReviewed in the United States on October 31, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
A class in communcation would help.
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This turned out to be a very entertaining show even though most of the time I wanted to scream at Nick and tell him to just communicate with people instead of standing there without a word of explanation or defense. Someone in his life should have confronted him and told him to say something instead of just staring, hanging his head, or walking out of the room. To be such a smart lawyer able to speak so well in court, he had lousy communication skills in his personal life. I even liked the way it ended, even though I saw (or hoped I saw) it coming as he became less and less selfish and more compassionate as the show ended.
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AMZ Prime UserReviewed in the United States on September 1, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
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I am on E:19 of S:3 and am feeling bittersweet about letting go of the the Fallin Father & Son duo, as this is the last season of the show. This season is compelling because Nick is shedding the stigma of corporate nepotism, and coming into himself as his own individuated and emancipated man, who is in fact, very different from Burton. Nick is preparing to become the Father to Lulu's baby which they conceived together. Nick's emotions take control when he learns his child has Downs and must have a Special Needs Trust created prior to birth. Nick, while Lulu often seems cold and workaholic, seeks comfort in alcohol and has a sexual encounter with a single Mom at the Legal Services Office Pittsburgh. As usual Burton learns about Nick's derelictions before anyone else because he sees Nick at the bar with the woman, getting lascivious and drunk. The next few episodes catapult us into Nick's refusal to enter residential treatment, and a trip to his dealer, from whom he acquires a hit of MDMA which he takes by himself at home and has a prophetic hallucination. He encounters a woman during a hypothetical rehabilitation intake process whom we are led to believe is his biological Mother. She assures him that an alcoholic pill popper was not who she was, in spite of what Nick tells himself about her, and that nobody in the entire world loves him more than she. Nick wakes up gasping for breath and bawling his eyes out, but Alvin has let himself in to Nick's place and holds him until he comes down. Nick, Alvin and Burton get Nick into 30 day out-patient treatment immediately, while he speeds his way through the 12 steps, focusing on 9 and the conundrums that emerge from that.

The side plots of the show follow Burton through a nasty custody battle against Shannon's biological Father and himself, her court established guardian. We follow her through a jewelry heist scam enabled by her creepy Dad, followed by being sold into a child pornography ring. Burton is heartbroken and helpless about how to help her, but he is most emotionally invested in parenting her as Nick seems to have become a man over night. Nick and Alvin take a trip to L.A. following Alvin's being diagnosed with ALS so Alvin can meet is biological son, while Jake complains non-stop to Burton about Burton's partiality to Nick, and how it's not fair to the associates who are not always putting the 12 steps before their job, like Nick. I don't want to further spoil the third and final season of what is really a tremendous and powerful show...I have about 3 episodes left and I have a feeling things will wrap the way they are meant to...I am wanting to savor every little bit!!! After this, I am starting The Mentalist because I think Simon Baker has a lot of poise and subtle restraint on the screen. I will miss Burton the loving parent, Alvin, the light-hearted role model, and even Lulu, the cold hearted indecisive perfectionist. Especially Nick, whose story as a soul searching recovering addict and bona fide power house attorney, shouldn't be missed!!!
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Kindle CustomerReviewed in the United States on August 22, 2017
3.0 out of 5 stars
It could have been better
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I agree with the commenter who said he seemed to have Asperger's. Too much staring, walking away, not enough verbalizing from Nick. I can't understand why there weren't more people who didn't like him. Without talking, it was hard to know what Nick was thinking or why he didn't give reason for his actions. Lulu started out well but ended up being more messed up than Nick. Seemed Lulu couldn't handle a grown up relationship, and she turned out to be a thoughtless person. Meanwhile Nick saves all the good communication for the last episode. But still, seems like Nick let everyone get away with stuff without a word- if that was supposed to portray him as spoiled and self centered, it didn't. I really just don't get the lack of communication from Nick, and how he got away with it.

The only well written character was Alvin.
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DonnaReviewed in the United States on February 25, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
The Guardian Seasons 1-3
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For the most part, I did like the series. I never tire of watching Simon Baker and I do enjoy legal dramas.

From the very first episode of the first season, I suspected that Nick Fallon may have Asperger's; or, high functioning autism. He seemed to have some difficulty looking people in the eye and his social skills seemed lacking. Throughout the series, it seemed like he had trouble relating to others.

For some reason, the writers on this show wanted Lulu (played by Wendy Moniz) to be in a relationship with Nick. The relationship came across as forced. There was no on screen chemistry and possibly this could be due to Nick's undiagnosed Asperger's. I don't believer the actor, Simon Baker, has Asperger's. I have seen him as himself and as other characters and he has not shown any characteristics of somebody on the autism spectrum.

Without giving away the final episode of the series, I have to say it showed Nick Fallon in a different light from the first episode. If you are a Simon Baker fan, you might enjoy this series.
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J. ReynoldsReviewed in the United States on December 5, 2016
4.0 out of 5 stars
Very dark...
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Very dark...the plot and the characters didn't really evolve much in the three seasons. Acting and writing was good and the characters did draw me in. I really wanted to see Nick change, at least enough for him to find some happiness. The episodes were always dark and depressing. The ending was not satisfying but it did appear that Nick would begin to progress, in time. I am not sure that I would recommend this show, even though I watched every episode for all 3 seasons. I just wanted to see a little hope and happiness in the plot from time to time. A real downer!
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