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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.

2 Seasons, 21 Episodes
January 24, 2014
Comedy, Drama
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Rake Full Episode Guide

  • Cleaver is in prison, charged with the manslaughter of Lane Hole's sweet, elderly neighbor.

  • Scarlet and David's affair is front page news, and Scarlet is terrified of the disapproval of the private school mothers.

  • Cleaver and Barney defend an IT lecturer accused of severing his neighbor's penis with garden shears after an escalating dispute over a child's birthday party.

  • Missy is on trial for murdering her fiancĀ©. The only way Cleaver can save her is to expose the conspiracy to murder Joshua by the security apparatus he humiliated.

  • Missy and Joshua Floyd are Australia's most newsworthy couple: the bestselling author of a controversial memoir, and the founder of an on-line leaks site currently facing treason charges.

  • Missy's novel based on her life as a prostitute has caused a sensation with everyone in town speculating about who the characters really are.

  • Cleaver's affair with the Premier proves to be costly when her husband, Attorney-General Cal McGregor begins a campaign of harassment against him.

  • A man walks through Hyde Park and without warning explodes.

  • While being shadowed by a boy who bought "A Day With a Lawyer," Keegan (Greg Kinnear) represents a middle-aged man and his doting mother who have each confessed to the same crime. Guest starring Brian Baumgartner and Debra Mooney.

  • Keegan defends his friend, who is a well-respected doctor accused of animal cruelty, after an explicit personal video of his is stolen.

  • Now that Scarlet's campaign has commenced, Keegan must convince California's well-respected ex-governor, Mitch Markham, to finance and support her campaign.

  • Keegan defends Mikki's former pimp, Jules, who got into a fight with high-powered agent Max Fawcett. Because of Max's status in Los Angeles, none of the witnesses will come forward, despite Jules' innocence.

  • Keegan defends his client who is charged with the death of her husband. Ironically, Keegan himself becomes the suspect in the mayor's death. Meanwhile, Maddy is tired of Bruce stalking her, and Ben and Scarlet clash over their loyalty to Keegan.

  • Following the death of his father, Ben assumes control of the law firm and hires Keegan, who is assigned to an important case. When Keegan wins the case, the partners don't react the way he was expecting.

  • The mayor reveals he won't be giving any of Keegan's clients plea deals just as he is helping an old friend who is charged with his third strike for a robbery he didn't commit. Keegan thinks about joining Ben's firm as finances are tight. Scarlet considers a big career change and Keegan challenges Maddy that she can't spend 24 hours with her boyfriend.

  • Keegan takes on the case of Lucy Marks, who is accused of tampering with a juror who is on her daughter's case.

  • Still upset over the death of his father, Ben asks Keegan to take over the case of Graham Murray, the mayor's top economic advisor who is accused of murdering and consuming the remains of a young accountant.

  • Keegan defends a gambling-addicted mother who defrauds an insurance company under the pretense that her son has cancer. Meanwhile, Finn is disappointed when Keegan fails to get Tony Hawk come to his school's auction.

  • Keegan defends three Amish men who are accused of shaving off the beard of one of their bishops.

  • In an attempt to receive a little publicity, Keegan enters a guilty plea for confessed serial killer Jack Tarrant. However Keegan is put in quite the situation when Tarrant accuses Los Angeles Chief of Police Bernie Michaels of composing all of his confessional testimonies for him. Keegan hopes to pay his bookie for some of his gambling debt by selling Pacific Bluefin tuna, he received from a client, to a local sushi restaurant.

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