Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar

  • 2008
  • 2 Seasons
  • 7.4  (1,722)

Raising the Bar is a television drama that aired for two seasons on TNT. It stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as public defender Jerry Kellerman. The supporting cast consists of Gloria Reuben, Jane Kaczmarek, Melissa Sagemiller, Jonathan Scarfe, J. August Richards, Currie Graham, Teddy Sears, and Natalia Cigliuti. Each episode runs for 45 minutes, and there are 25 episodes in the whole series. Jerry Kellerman is a public defender who believes that there is good in everyone. For this reason, he uses his career to help defend people who do not have the money and the resources to buy their freedom. Jerry will defend people he feels are innocent, and he does whatever it takes for justice. The way he approaches his job often leads him to fighting with Judge Trudy. Trudy is looking to become the next district attorney, and she wants all the courtroom proceedings to go as smoothly as possible to help make her resume look better. This isn't easy when Jerry is working a case. Another person Jerry argues with is Michelle Earnhardt. She is often Jerry's opponent in court, but they have also dated. This adds to the tension in and out of the courtroom. In the opening of the show, Jerry is defending an innocent man. However, the focus on the story is Michelle realizing that a man was wrongfully accused and charged of rape. She fights to get the decision reversed, but it does not happen since it will embarrass the office. In Jerry's next case, he defends a man who is accused of murder. He truly believes the man is innocent, but it becomes extremely difficult for him to prove it. The reason being, is the only witness to claim the man is innocent is out of the country for the time being. As the season progresses, Jerry must learn to accept that he cannot save every innocent person from being wrongfully accused. However, he will continue to fight in hopes of teaching is peers that they can provide justice, and still have successful careers.

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Happy Ending
15. Happy Ending
December 24, 2009
In the series finale, Jerry tries to uphold justice for a male massage therapist charged with inappropriately touching a female client, but a snafu involving the jury threatens to derail the case. Meanwhile, Kessler's boyfriend asks her a legal favor; Jerry and Bobbi search for an apartment; and Roz---who continues to care for a baby---is extorted by the infant's father.
O! Say Can You Pee
14. O! Say Can You Pee
December 24, 2009
Richard defends a law student accused of pouring beer on a cop at a sporting event. Marcus takes legal action against a father who stole food to feed his family, however, a videotape surfaces to tell another story. Bobbie and Jerry face an important personal
Maybe, Baby
13. Maybe, Baby
December 24, 2009
Jerry questions his client's deal to testify against a rapist and a series of events leave Roz with a baby.
Beating a Dead Horse
12. Beating a Dead Horse
August 24, 2009
Jerry faces off against Michelle when he defends a heroin-addled pregnant woman and Michelle wants her in jail so that her unborn baby stands a chance. Elsewhere, Roz takes a case for a carriage driver accused of abusing a horse and attacking a cop, but surprising details surface in the case.
Bobbi Ba-Bing
11. Bobbi Ba-Bing
August 17, 2009
Jerry defends a convict accused of killing a fellow inmate. The case takes a different turn when it turns out that Jerry's client was wrongly imprisoned. A new staffer works hard for a homeless man and finds a way to sue the city.
Making Up Is Hard to Do
10. Making Up Is Hard to Do
August 10, 2009
Bobbi takes the case of a woman charged with smuggling drugs that involves Michelle's cop boyfriend. Elsewhere, Jerry tries to obtain a better deal for his client and goes against Marcus over the issue.
Trout Fishing
9. Trout Fishing
August 3, 2009
Kessler and Farnsworth clash over a case in which a mother is set to go to prison. Elsewhere, Balco hands a case to Michelle, but she'll only have 48 hours to prepare before it goes to trial.
Trust Me
8. Trust Me
July 27, 2009
Bobbi advocates for a confidential informant who fears his powerful codefendant could have him killed. Jerry tries to assist Bobbi in the case, but his meddling backfires. Elsewhere, Richard tries to help a client by using his own family name as leverage in negotiations.
Fine and Dandy
7. Fine and Dandy
July 20, 2009
Jerry and Richard both fight for clients who received unfair verdicts. Richard has to go up against Judge Kessler who is preoccupied with a blind date. Meanwhile, Bobbi struggles to adjust to a life-shattering situation involving her ex-husband
I'll Be Down to Get You a Taxi, Honey
6. I'll Be Down to Get You a Taxi, Honey
July 13, 2009
Jerry relies on the sympathy of the jury instead of the facts when he holds court for a man charged with running over a corrupt lawyer. Elsewhere, Richard makes a judicial fumble when he rushes through his cases. Also, Bobbi's divorce proceedings advance.
Is There a Doctor in the House?
5. Is There a Doctor in the House?
July 6, 2009
Jerry advocates for a woman charged with drug possession, but the case stirs up a conflict between Jerry and Michelle's new cop boyfriend. In addition, Bobbi defends a client battling larceny charges; and Charlie and Judge Farnsworth (John Michael Higgins) spend a most interesting dinner together.
No Child's Left Behind
4. No Child's Left Behind
June 29, 2009
Jerry goes up against Balco in a child-pornography case. Bobbi's divorce proceedings go downhill when Gavin exploits a legal loophole which produces life-changing consequences.
The Curious Case of Kellerman's Button
3. The Curious Case of Kellerman's Button
June 22, 2009
Fiery friction erupts between Jerry and rigid Judge Farnsworth over Jerry's tardiness. Elsewhere, Roz and Richard join forces on a hate-crime case. And Marcus' well-connected girlfriend puts him in a tight spot with Balco.
Rules of Engagement
2. Rules of Engagement
June 15, 2009
Jerry and Michelle go before an extremely strict new judge and the case only gets worse when Michelle realizes that she may have feelings for a witness. Meanwhile, a case revolves around two older twins accused of falsifying a welfare check.
Hair Apparent
1. Hair Apparent
June 8, 2009
Jerry defends a man charged with permitting a relative to sell drugs out of his barbershop. Roz begins working on active cases again and Bobbi's divorce proceedings begin.
Description

Raising the Bar is a television drama that aired for two seasons on TNT. It stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar as public defender Jerry Kellerman. The supporting cast consists of Gloria Reuben, Jane Kaczmarek, Melissa Sagemiller, Jonathan Scarfe, J. August Richards, Currie Graham, Teddy Sears, and Natalia Cigliuti. Each episode runs for 45 minutes, and there are 25 episodes in the whole series.

Jerry Kellerman is a public defender who believes that there is good in everyone. For this reason, he uses his career to help defend people who do not have the money and the resources to buy their freedom. Jerry will defend people he feels are innocent, and he does whatever it takes for justice. The way he approaches his job often leads him to fighting with Judge Trudy.

Trudy is looking to become the next district attorney, and she wants all the courtroom proceedings to go as smoothly as possible to help make her resume look better. This isn't easy when Jerry is working a case. Another person Jerry argues with is Michelle Earnhardt. She is often Jerry's opponent in court, but they have also dated. This adds to the tension in and out of the courtroom.

In the opening of the show, Jerry is defending an innocent man. However, the focus on the story is Michelle realizing that a man was wrongfully accused and charged of rape. She fights to get the decision reversed, but it does not happen since it will embarrass the office.

In Jerry's next case, he defends a man who is accused of murder. He truly believes the man is innocent, but it becomes extremely difficult for him to prove it. The reason being, is the only witness to claim the man is innocent is out of the country for the time being. As the season progresses, Jerry must learn to accept that he cannot save every innocent person from being wrongfully accused. However, he will continue to fight in hopes of teaching is peers that they can provide justice, and still have successful careers.Raising the Bar is a series that is currently running and has 2 seasons (25 episodes). The series first aired on September 1, 2008.

Where to Watch Raising the Bar

Raising the Bar is available for streaming on the TNT website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Raising the Bar on demand at Amazon, Vudu, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play, Apple TV and ABC.

  • Premiere Date
    September 1, 2008
  • IMDB Rating
    7.4  (1,722)