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"Rake" started out in Australia and moved to the US. Not in real life, but on TV. It's an action-packed comedy-drama from show runner Peter Duncan starring, in the American version, Greg Kinnear, Peter Tolan, Richard Roxburgh, who is also in the Aussie version, and Michael Wimer. Fedora Entertainment, Sony Pictures Television, and Essential Media are the production companies.

Kinnear stars as Keegan Deane, otherwise known as Rake. Miranda Otto plays his former wife, psychiatrist Maddy Deane. John Ortiz is Rake's best buddy from law school. The premise is Rake defends criminals, but his primary concern centers around personal trials. He leads a self-destructive lifestyle battling against everybody with his wits. He takes on judges, district attorneys, and the man, along with a variety of quirky opponents like his bookie and IRS agents.

Initial episodes were directed by Sam Raimi and written by Peter Duncan. They come out of the procedural legal drama school meaning they go through the courtroom process as the story unfolds. They revolve around Rake's attempts to balance his professional responsibilities with his stormy personal life. He defends quirky criminals in serious situations while trying to pay off gambling debts and dealing with obstructive police officers.

FOX
4 Seasons, 37 Episodes
January 23, 2014
Comedy, Drama
8.7/10
Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, Russell Dykstra, Kate Box
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  • David has agreed to let Cleaver defend him on the murder charge, and Barney is devastated to see both Cleaver and Nicole in David's corner. Cleaver must find a way to prove David's innocence without cross-examining his best friend.

  • In the two months since Scarlet's death, everyone is coping differently. Nicole finds Cleaver setting up business in various coffee shops around town, and decides that she wants back in.

  • With the worst charges against him dropped, Thompson uses his history with Cleaver to plant him firmly in the frame for the long-standing drug trafficking charges. David's efforts to hold onto Scarlet have devastating results.

  • Cleaver has been forced back to the city, and Thompson's lawyer uses an unusual tactic to silence him. Cleaver's ex-wife Wendy reluctantly takes him in after his eviction.

  • Cleaver's cover as a writer is blown by a new acquaintance. David and Scarlet's romance is blossoming, but her kids are out to sabotage the relationship. News spreads quickly about Cleaver's real identity, and it isn't long before Thompson's goons arrive on the scene.

  • Last seen dangling from a balloon drifting across the Sydney skyline, Cleaver Greene's descent to earth lands him straight into the clutches of a one-time mentor and now powerful criminal on the run, Edgar Thompson.

  • Things are finally looking up for Cleaver-new clients are flowing in, and his debt with Kirsty is forgiven. But a random scuffle with a businessman on the sidewalk threatens Cleaver's new solvency as well as his banker case.

  • Wendy plans her wedding to Roger and asks Cleaver to stay out of it, but a revelation involving Roger's sports club brings the three of them together again. Cleaver tries to woo Felicity, but things don't go as planned.

  • A huge corruption scandal overtakes town, decimating David's party and leaving a shortage of QCs. With no one else to turn to, a politician, a priest, and a banker all seek Cleaver's counsel on their royal commission hearings.

  • Nicole moves in with Scarlet and Barney as Barney undergoes his last chemo treatment. A botched robbery at the offices of casino mogul Tikki Wendon brings Cleaver new clients.

  • The film about Melissa and Joshua premieres, with a surprising casting choice for Cleaver. After a scuffle with David and a drug-fueled night of partying, Cleaver meets Felicity, the sister of his former cellmate, Malcolm.

  • Cleaver's appeal is granted after he mentions a triggering word to a corrupt judge. Cleaver wants to celebrate, but a lot has happened since he's been inside. Barney has a new outlook on life after a startling diagnosis.

  • Cleaver languishes in prison surrounded by enemies including former attorney general, Cal, and mob-boss Mick's older brother, George, who runs the penitentiary. As Cleaver tries to survive his sentence, Scarlet works on Cleaver's appeal.

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