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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
5 Seasons, 45 Episodes
January 23, 2014
Comedy, Drama
8.6/10
Cast: Richard Roxburgh, Matt Day, Kate Box, Caroline Brazier
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  • After single-handedly causing the breakdown of Australian-Chinese diplomacy, Cleaver is evicted, and Jakub calls in his debt. To further complicate matters, Fuzz returns home and runs into Missy, while Nicole faces legal problems.

  • As war with China and a cabinet reshuffle loom, politicians prepare for the annual Mid-Winter Ball. Cleaver searches for a date, but he has bigger problems when a journalist finds out that he has been renting out his government-paid apartment for profit.

  • A catastrophic plumbing problem at Cleaver's house inadvertently brings Cleaver into the government gas-explosion cover-up. Ahead of his date court date with Penny, Cleaver falls into more debt with his driver, Jakub.

  • Unaware of a new memo mandating all politicians' schedules must be released to the public, Cleaver attends a rugby game and meets with a video game lobbyist who looks familiar. David visits Wendy's practice, and Cleaver faces pressure from both sides on the vote for the prime minister's treaty.

  • Penny serves Cleaver with a defamation suit, while Parliament is embroiled in a heated debate about the future of an iconic Australian ice cream. Cleaver faces staffing issues when Missy shows up at his house under the impression that she is his new press secretary.

  • After forgetting his suit at a costume party, Cleaver is forced to perform his senatorial duties in a zebra costume, making an enemy of his right-wing colleague, Senator Penny Evans. Wendy starts to lose her grip after an argument with Missy, until she receives a job offer in Canberra.

  • When the American defense secretary goes missing after partying all night with Cleaver, the US Secret Service frame Cleaver in a sexting scandal. As Cleaver tries to clear his name, Australian officials scramble to sign a peace treaty.

  • Now a senator in Canberra, Cleaver makes waves with an unconventional maiden speech and causes the resignation of the governor general. After a noxious gas attack on New Parliament House, government officials are forced to relocate to the old Museum of Australian Democracy.

  • 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.

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