Raising the Bar

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7.42008TV-14
The series follows the cases and lives of young lawyers who work on opposite sides - the public defender's office and the district attorney's office - as well as those who sit in judgment on their cases.
Starring
Mark-Paul GosselaarGloria ReubenCurrie Graham
Genres
Drama
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Pilot
    August 31, 2008
    44min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Passionate and idealistic Public Defender Jerry Kellerman is convinced his client is not guilty, but when a technicality in the law threatens his client's freedom, will Jerry push Judge Kessler too far?
  2. 2. Guatemala Gulfstream
    September 7, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    ADA Ernhardt's zeal to win is formidable and her quick thinking may prevent Jerry's witness from testifying. Will this professional road block interfere with their personal friendship?
  3. 3. I Will, I'm Will
    September 14, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jerry makes a deal for his client to testify in a drug-related murder case in exchange for charges against her to be dropped. Yet when a Family Court Judge rules differently, will Jerry's unwavering devotion to his client be enough this time to help her?
  4. 4. Richie Richer
    September 21, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jerry tries to make a deal to help his psychotic client enter an out-patient treatment center in exchange for a guilty plea. But when his client cannot be placed, Jerry is forced to trial.
  5. 5. Bagels & Locks
    September 28, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jerry's client is willing to cop to kidnap and rape, but won't agree to make a deal if it includes a conviction for murder which he adamantly denies.
  6. 6. Hang Time
    October 5, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Marcus won't allow a wife to drop an assault charge against her husband, insisting the system needs to protect her even when the wife supports the husband's claim there is no battery.
  7. 7. A Leg to Stand On
    October 12, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jerry's client is up against a kid whose dad has a lot of power and influence. When Jerry contemplates a bench trial in lieu of a jury trial, will it be the right decision for his client?
  8. 8. Out on the Roof
    October 19, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Charlie seeks Jerry's legal help, but how far will he go to help a friend when the trial is in his own Judge's court?
  9. 9. Roman Holiday
    October 26, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Jerry's client, infected by HIV, is accused of attempted first degree murder for spitting on a cop and must face trial. Will Jerry be able to help him win back his freedom?
  10. 10. Shop Til You Drop
    November 2, 2008
    43min
    TV-14
    Subtitles
    English
    Audio languages
    English
    District Attorney Nick Balco and Public Defender Roz Whitman go head to head in court to re-try a case overturned by the court of Appeals.

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Directors
Jesse BochcoRick BotaEric LaneuvilleJeannot Szwarc
Producers
Steven Bochco
Season year
2008
Network
TNT
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Format
Prime Video (streaming online video)
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4.4 out of 5 stars

101 global ratings

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  5. 3% of reviews have 1 stars
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Karen BrookReviewed in the United States on September 7, 2015
5.0 out of 5 stars
Raising the Bar hit the bar with good story lines and interesting characters....a good series!
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"Raising the Bar" continues to raise the bar with its quality of characters and story lines with each episode. There are thoughtful issues, interesting dilemmas to discover, clients and victims with whom the viewer can identify as the talented attorneys on both sides work passionately at their jobs. I enjoy a legal drama as interesting, entertaining, thought-provoking entertainment and this series meets the mark. It doesn't leap high over the mark, but it is enjoyable, good television, in my opinion. I would recommend it to those who like shows about the practice of criminal law and are finding it tough to find many good series available in this genre. And then, there is Season Two to look forward to! I enjoyed this and wished for more.
3 people found this helpful
JocelynReviewed in the United States on August 20, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
You will learn a lot about the law.
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Love the actors and actresses.
Sherry BellReviewed in the United States on August 8, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
A novel and realistic view of the criminal courtroom
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Engaging stories about criminal defendants and the lawyers defending them. The series presents attorneys on both sides of the case with the defense receiving more sympathetic view. The actors begin somewhat woodenly but grow into their roles. Very entertaining and as an aside it depicts judges as the unfortunate and egocentric individuals they are.
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A - NYCReviewed in the United States on November 10, 2013
1.0 out of 5 stars
1990’s-style legal show – totally forgettable if it wasn’t so annoying
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With an assortment of sanctimonious twenty and thirty-something lawyers, set in NYC (occasional stock footage of the city, but not even a pretense of CGI city-scapes out the windows), a succession of nauseating saccharine speeches about how important the “system” is and how the “system” is failing ‘vics’ and ‘perps’ alike, this second rate flashback is best avoided.
3 people found this helpful
CJReviewed in the United States on August 16, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Raising the Bar the first season so good and enterained
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This show is so good and enteratined. I had to purchase season 2
RandRReviewed in the United States on November 2, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent Characters and writing
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Excellent story lines, excellent acting and excellent writing. I hope it continues to deliver the content that it currently offers and does not turn into a soap opera as some of my past favorites have done. But for now, so far, so very good! I agree it is suprisingly addictive, i actually started watching bc I just wanted some noise on and had no idea there would be such good writing and characters.
B. ExnerReviewed in the United States on October 14, 2009
5.0 out of 5 stars
Fantastic Series
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I highly recommend this title. Raising the Bar is a wonderful series that follows the life of recent law school graduates who prosecute and defend the underprivileged of New York. The drama unfolds both in the courtroom and in the personal lives of the lawyers. Writer Dave Feige, a veteran NYC Public Defender draws on his own experience to weave a colorful tapestry that is at times heroic and at times heart wrenching. There are often no winners in the criminal justice system, and the lawyers need to find the delicate balance between truth and practicality as they advocate for their clients. Mark-Paul Gosselaar delivers excellent performances as a brash, young defender who gives the job everything he has, yet often ends up in frustration at the injustice of an inherently flawed system.
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karen hardingReviewed in the United States on March 2, 2016
1.0 out of 5 stars
One Star
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The DVD series arrived on time and in perfect condition. Did not finish watching episode one. No worth watching.
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