Shark

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SHARK is a drama that follows the professional and personal life of SEBASTIAN STARK, a charismatic, supremely self-confident defense attorney who, after a shocking outcome in one of his cases and a personal epiphany, brings his cutthroat tactics to the prosecutor's office.
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  1. 1. Pilot
    September 21, 2006
    44min
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    Ruthless defense attorney Sebastian Stark takes a job with the Los Angeles D.A.'s high-profile crime unit, where he leads a team of fledgling prosecutors through a scandalous murder trial.
  2. 2. L.A.P.D. Blue
    September 28, 2006
    44min
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    Stark's past comes back to haunt him as he receives scant cooperation from the police in prosecuting the killer of an undercover narcotics detective.
  3. 3. Dr. Feelbad
    October 5, 2006
    43min
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    In spite of the lack of tangible evidence, Sebastian is convinced that a prominent heart surgeon has killed his missing wife.
  4. 4. Russo
    October 12, 2006
    42min
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    A high-profile private investigator is the prime suspect when a couple is shot to death in Malibu. Meanwhile, Julie's schoolwork suffers as she tries to help a boy she likes.
  5. 5. In the Grasp
    October 19, 2006
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    While prosecuting three college football players accused of raping a female student, Stark must scramble when he learns that one of the players was in a relationship with the victim.
  6. 6. Fashion Police
    November 2, 2006
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    When four women are killed in a sweatshop fire, Stark and his team take on the major fashion company that may be liable.
  7. 7. Deja vu All Over Again
    November 9, 2006
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    The kidnap and murder of an eight-year-old girl dredges up a strikingly similar case from Stark's past. Meanwhile, Julie meets a young man with a surprising link to her mother.
  8. 8. Love Triangle
    November 16, 2006
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    Racial tension runs high when a sixteen-year-old black girl - a classmate of Julie's - is killed in a hit-and-run in a wealthy white neighborhood.
  9. 9. Dial M for Monica
    November 23, 2006
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    A married assistant district attorney is gunned down alongside a high-priced prostitute with connections to a dangerous drug dealer, and a convoluted investigation ensues.
  10. 10. Sins of the Mother
    December 7, 2006
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    A married socialite claims that the murder of her ex-con lover was in self-defense, and Sebastian is speechless when Julie stays overnight with her boyfriend.
  11. 11. The Wrath of Khan
    January 4, 2007
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    Casey is taken hostage when Stark goes after a wealthy arms broker who has been supplying explosives to L.A. gangs.
  12. 12. Wayne's World
    January 18, 2007
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    A traumatized victim is reluctant to testify when a suspected serial killer insists on acting as his own attorney.
  13. 13. Teacher's Pet
    February 1, 2007
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    The wife and son of a billionaire real estate developer are the main suspects when the man is gunned down in his mansion. On the home front, Sebastian hires a bodyguard for Julie after her life has been threatened.
  14. 14. Starlet Fever
    February 8, 2007
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    Sebastian prosecutes the glitzy case of a Hollywood starlet who is killed after a night of clubbing when her car is run off the road.
  15. 15. Here Comes the Judge
    February 15, 2007
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    There's no love lost when Sebastian goes after an old nemesis, a judge whose wife was murdered in an apparent robbery attempt. Meanwhile, Julie prepares to say farewell to Neal.
  16. 16. Blind Trust
    February 22, 2007
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    Stark reluctantly agrees to help an old friend who is harboring a dead body, but he soon regrets the decision. Julie, meanwhile, must tell her dad that she's been arrested for drunk driving.
  17. 17. Backfire
    March 29, 2007
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    Sebastian is skeptical and goes on the offensive when two policemen claim self-defense in the controversial shooting of an upstanding black teenager.
  18. 18. Trial By Fire
    April 5, 2007
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    Hoping to have his conviction reversed, a convicted armed robber takes a courtroom hostage in the midst of another trial.
  19. 19. Porn Free
    April 12, 2007
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    Stark finds himself in a precarious situation when he prosecutes the head of a women's shelter, a woman being dubbed a hero by the media for killing a sleazy pornographer.
  20. 20. Fall from Grace
    April 19, 2007
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    Stark faces a former protégée in the case of a professor with excessive gambling debts who was pushed from a balcony to his death.
  21. 21. Strange Bedfellows
    April 26, 2007
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    An eleven-year-old boy missing for four years is found living contentedly as the "son" of his abductor, who claims that he was protecting the boy from abusive parents.
  22. 22. Wayne's World 2: Revenge of the Shark
    May 3, 2007
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    Acquitted serial killer Wayne Callison is accused of murdering yet another young woman, and this time, Stark won't let him get away - or will he?

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Darth MaciekReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2012
4.0 out of 5 stars
Interesting idea, nice watch and an excellent James Woods - but (sadly) not a master piece
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"Shark" is a very original serie about a highly successful and really mean lawyer, Sebastian Stark (James Woods), who made a fortune and humiliated virtually every assistant district attorney in LA defending the most evil and despicable (but always very rich) criminals. His agressiveness and lack of scrupules earned him the nickname "Shark". But one day he has a conscience crisis (well, this is just a TV show, so I guess everything is possible...) and accepts to become an assistant district attorney himself, leading a High Profile Crimes Unit in Los Angeles. He finds himself under the orders of DA Jessica Devlin (magnificent Jeri Ryan), who suffered her share of humilaiting defeats against him - and gave him for this new unit a team of young, unexperienced (and not always very bright) ADA's.

The team members are:

- ADA Raina Troy (Sophina Brown), highly idealistic young black woman, who openly despises Stark but being very disciplined and unwilling to transfer stays loyal and obeys orders. Raina is hard working, methodical, calm and reserved - but her antipathy for her boss puts her good manners to a hard trial. Stark likes to shock and tease her, but respects her the most. She is the main stability pillar of the team.

- ADA Casey Woodland (Samuel Page), a young white man, very handsome, born with a silver spoon in his mouth (his dad is a very rich and very prominent politician), he actually doesn't have to work if he doesn't want to - but clearly he got the virus of prosecution and he likes his job. He is very self confident (even arrogant), which makes him less than popular with other team members, especially Raina and Martin Allende... Stark just loves sending him curveballs and pointing at his mistakes, but he appreciates his aggressivity.

- ADA Martin Allende - the youngest and the most delicate team member, is a young Latino guy, the first in his family to go to college and perceiving his work as a mission to help people and the whole society. He is even more idealistic than Raina (to the point of being naive) and working with Stark is a big challenge for him. Stark and Casey made a bet early in the series about his sexual orientation (Stark betting he is straight, Casey arguing he must be gay) and we know the answer just in the middle if the series.

- last but definitely not least - ADA Madeline Poe (Sarah Carter, a jaw dropping beauty) - the most interesting (and the most gorgeous) team member is a hyper ambitious, totally cynical and ultra smart young woman, who asked to work with Stark to learn from the best in the trade. Contrary to Raina and Martin, she simply loves Stark's style and is as ready to play dirty as him - and even one better. She wants to be elected DA before being 40 (like Jessica Devlin, her other role model) and is ready to fight, cheat, lie and kill for it. Her intimate life will probably surprise even the most hardened TV viewers... With Stark himself this is the best character in the series.

The cases treated by the team are mostly interesting, mostly important enough to attract the attention of Manuel Delgado, Mayor of Los Angeles (Carlos Gomez, great second role) himself. Mayor Delgado is also Stark's poker partner, at least once in a week... which comes handy from time to time.

James Woods is of course the reason to watch this series and he really gives a great performance. His characer is so arrogant, mean, aggressive, cynical, that this is a pleasure to watch - especially considering that all this venom is directed against the evil doers (and most of the criminals are really really bad, and even worse, mostly they are rich...).

However, even with all those good points, the series just fall short of a masterpiece. The reason is, I believe, that the creators of the series get scared by their own courage and simply didn't follow the logic to the end. Sebastian Stark is supposed to be a bad, arrogant, cynical person, treating people mainly as source of income and/or entertainement - and every time he could REALLY act his part, the screenplay holds him back or even makes him go backwards. We are supposed to believe, that a man, who defended the worse kind of people, earning big money and trashing victims, witnesses, policemen and prosecutors for nearly 30 years actually never used the services of a call girl when defending all the madams of LA("I just represented them")? Also he is supposed to be ultrasmart - and in EVERY episode he gets in trouble with his witnesses during the trial in EXACTLY the same way! That finally got on my nerves towards the end. Also be warned - the episodes "The wrath of Khan" and "Trail by fire" are probably the most idiotic things I ever saw on TV, the first of them introducing also totally useless changes in the series (in 11th episode!).

Some episodes however are outstanding, especially "Strange Bedfellows", "Russo", "Deja vu all over again" and "Love triangle". In "Russo" you can appreciate a little joke - William Forsythe (Russo) and James Woods (Stark) already played together in "Once upon a time in America" long time ago and it is a great pleasure to see them reunited again, even for one episode. In "Fall from Grace" we can admire Natasha Henstridge as the most gorgeous guest star in the 1 season.

All in all, this is a nice watch and I liked it (with the exception ot two episodes mentioned before) but do not expect the quality of "Law and order", "CSI" or "The shield".
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Annette20Reviewed in the United States on February 8, 2019
5.0 out of 5 stars
Who Knew?
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Somehow I missed this series as short-lived as it was. But, it was very well done. Great production values, solid stories and fun acting. James Woods does not disappoint and he has a strong supporting cast that went through some initial changes to get the right mix. Just wish there were more seasons.
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Charlie PinordReviewed in the United States on October 8, 2015
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shark, staring James Woods,a review by Charlie Calderaro
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This was a short lived series about an impressively winning winning lawyer who decides to take on new challenges by switching sides and becoming a DA and bring his talent for winning unsinkable cases with him.
His biggest challenge, is in divorcing his wife and raising his daughter by himself.
Along the way he takes on 6 wet behind the ears assist DA junior staff members and teach them his take no prisoners attitude to his young staff members while continuing his winning philosophy to his staff members.
His boss is Jerriey Ryong of Star Treks fame as she filled out the costume of her character 7 of 9.
The Mayer loves James woods charter as long as he keeps winning.
Very high on drama, courtrooms appeal, and a little on character development.
All in all good drama on a weekly basis. Worth watching if you like courtroom drama approx 45 worth per episode.
A good rental to occupy those Halloween minute on tv.
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Richard ChandlerReviewed in the United States on July 21, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shark Season 1
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The product itself--the DVD set, film quality, etc.--is excellent; the series lacks, though. It's hard to take the premise seriously, especially after less flashy (read: unrealistic) lawyer series have aired; that said, the actors do what they can with their material, especially Woods, who pushes for all he's got... cautiously recommended.
Scot Merideth PeirsonReviewed in the United States on January 24, 2008
4.0 out of 5 stars
Shark: Season 1--Was Woods Born For This?
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About 20 years ago, I was working for the City of Oakland. While I was there, James Woods was shooting "True Believer"--the semi-biographical story of the San Francisco "hippie" attorney, Tony Serra. In watching how he handled the role--going with the ponytail hairpiece to affect Serra's hairstyle, and his incredible energy--I came to a realization that Woods LOVES doing larger than life personalities. It's been fascinating to think that he's done real-life lawyers some would think at opposite ends of the spectrum--Serra and the infamous Roy Cohn--along with some of his other characters (Ned Trent from "The Specialist").
This leads to "Shark", and a role that Woods fits almost too perfectly. We all know the premise--high-priced, highly successful defense attorney gets client acquitted, client murders wife and expects defense attorney to work his magic; defense attorney gets reality check, gets offered job in the Los Angeles District Attorney's office heading up a High Profile Crimes Unit, and lawyer proceeds to go legally medieval on criminals. All this while suddenly learning to live with a 17-year old daughter he really hadn't had a hand in raising.
This is a series that can't be pulled off unless you have a lead actor who can play an over-the-top character--at times, bordering on unsympathetic because of his ego and tactics--with a tremendous energy and humor. That is why James Woods' Sebastian Stark is the center of this series' universe...and it's a pretty good universe.
Take nothing away from the supporting players--in the office, Sarah Carter's Stark-wannbe Madeline Poe and Sophina Brown's moralistic Raina Troy are great and their relationships reflect their characters--Poe's encounters with Sam Page's Casey Woodland (A thin character that wasn't brought back in Season 2), and Troy's budding relationship with the HPCU's investigator, Issac Wright (The dignified Henry Simmons). Of course, we cannot not mention Danielle Panabaker's Julie Stark--her decision to move in with her father at the start of the season, and Sebastian's adjustments--having to worry about a smart, charming daughter at the age when kids get in trouble--grounds Stark.
Then, there's Jeri Ryan's Jessica Devlin. The LA District Attorney clearly doesn't want Stark in her office at the start of the series, and what had been obviously an adversarial and contentious relationship at the start grows into a mutual respect (if not a friendship) between two former rivals thrown together, so much so that Devlin--when she loses the DA election--gets picked by Stark to save a case he's thrown off of. Of course, seeing Ryan in her business suits makes me wish that somehow the series would have a Masquerade Party scene and she would wear the Seven Of Nine catsuit (I CAN DREAM, CAN'T I??!?).
The high points of the season are the two Wayne Callison episodes, where Billy Campbell's slick serial killer gets himself onto Stark's radar, but doesn't find out until the final act of the season finale how far Stark is willing to go to see justice done. It's a telling and ominous moment to hear what the bare-knuckles defense attorney-turned-prosecutor was willing to do to get even with Callison--not just for beating him the first time around, but HOW he was beaten. I mention this because Callison may have done things to beat Stark in "Wayne's World" that Stark would have done as a defender. In "Wayne's World II", the look that Campbell has in that final sequence when he finds out how Stark got him...is priceless.
Make no mistake, "Shark" is James Woods' vehicle...and he drives it nicely.
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LockeReviewed in the United States on June 19, 2021
5.0 out of 5 stars
I see James Woods and I buy
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Shark is excellent. It is made for James Woods to steal the show and that's just what he does. I understand why they stopped at 2 seasons (writers strike was raging at the time). Get both seasons and you won't be disappointed.
Tim SonskiReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2014
4.0 out of 5 stars
James Woods makes it gold
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James Woods makes this show gold. The supporting cast are decent enough actors even though they're mostly give-or-take characters and far too good looking to be realistically taken as lawyers. The dialogue sometimes feels rehearsed and they talk much faster than people normally do, which doesn't help suspension of disbelief very much, but the stories themselves are engaging, intelligent, suspenseful and entertaining, especially the Wayne Callsion episodes. Sebastian Stark is the most likeable slick, wise-cracking, egotistical bastard ever to enter a courtroom, and the show is very re-watchable just to see him perform. A shame the show didn't last longer.
Amazon MomReviewed in the United States on September 12, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Worth the price
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This was a great show. So bummed it only made it 2 seasons. Love to see Jeri Ryan in her no nonsense role. James Woods is always great. Worth the purchase on prime.
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