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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
3 Seasons, 29 Episodes
January 23, 2014
Comedy, Drama
8.7/10
Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, Russell Dykstra, Kate Box
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Rake Full Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • 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.

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