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Shark is an American legal drama that aired on the CBS television network in the mid-2000s. The program revolves around defense attorney Sebastian Stark, portrayed by James Woods. After one of his cases ends in a shocking outcome for his client, Stark becomes disillusioned with his job at a private law firm. Quitting, he agrees to take a position with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office as director of their high profile crime unit.

One of the first things he needs to do is build a team of lawyers for the unit. For this he brings on a mix of personalities. One of the first is Madeleine Poe (Sarah Carter), a high-conviction DA who volunteers to be part of Stark's team. Other associate DAs who join the high profile crime unit are the belligerent Raina Troy (Sophina Brown) and gang-crime unit transfer Danny Reyes (Kevin Alejandro). Completing his team are former LAPD officer Isaac Wright (Henry Simmons) and District Attorney Jessica Devlin (Jeri Ryan). Devlin is Stark's boss for the first season of the series, but becomes a senior member of his team when she loses an election.

While investigating high profile crimes at the office, Stark deals with domestic issues at home in the form of his daughter Julie (Danielle Panabaker). Deciding to stay with her father after his divorce, Julie provides the moral compass for Stark even while she struggles with dilemmas of her own. This includes being suspended from school for alleged plagiarism and deciding to take the next romantic steps with her boyfriend without talking to her father about it.

Shark was created by Ian Biederman and premiered in September of 2006 with a pilot episode directed by Spike Lee. It ran for two seasons on CBS, ending in May of 2008 after a 38 episode run.

FOX
2 Seasons, 42 Episodes
September 21, 2006
Drama, Action & Adventure, Crime
7.1/10
Cast: James Woods, Danielle Panabaker, Sophina Brown, Sarah Carter
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  • Murderer Wayne Calison escapes from prison and vows to kill Julie as revenge for against Sebastian.

  • An investigation by Sebastian over the murder of an aspiring singer reveals that a number of suspects wanted her dead. Meanwhile, Danny sleeps with a woman who has just been picked as a prime suspect.

  • After being disbarred in California, Sebastian heads to Las Vegas where his gambling is cut short by a casino owner and former client who asks Sebastian to make use of his Nevada license to defend him in a murder trial.

  • Sebastian must build a case against a kingpin in order to fullful his side of a deal from the State Attorney General's office that could save him from being disbarred.

  • Sebastian's dark secrets resurface after the shooting death of a long-time friend and former law partner is discovered to be a failed attempt on Sebastian's life.

  • Sebastian and the team investigate the death of a rock star's frined and realize that the rocker's brother knows more than meets the eye.

  • A prisoner, recently released from prison after a five year stay, stalks and then murders a female tennis star. Jessica is guilt ridden for the death since she didn't get the conviction upheld.

  • While trying to find an arsonist responsible for claiming the life of a firefighter, Sebastian's team finds that the man the firefighter died trying rescue was murdered before the fire began.

  • The mayor pressures Sebastian and his team to locate and convinct a sniper as panic breaks out in Los Angeles.

  • Without telling the judge, Sebastian and Danny head south of the border to find a defendent who left the country in order to avoid being jailed following the murder of his business partner/mistress.

  • A top ultimate fighter commits suicide and Sebastian's team sets out to charge the league CEO with murder due to his forcing of the fighters to use steroids.

  • Jessica is shocked when Medical Examiner Laura Fields is caught tampering with evidence in the murder case. Things get worse when Laura claims she was pressured by Jessica into tampering with the evidence.

  • While trying to identify the killer of a 22-year-old actress, Sebastian's team soon finds that the woman's plastic surgeon exchanged sex for surgery.

  • Isaac's girlfriend, Raina, is put in an impossible position when Sebastian forbits the team from telling Issac that his fiance's murder case has been reopened after new evidence arises that the murderer may still be at large.

  • The lone witness to Sebastian's double homicide case is killed in a car bomb. D.A. Devlin agrees to help out with the case and brings Deputy District Attorney Danny Reyes along to help.

  • Sebastian is given a second chance at finding justice when he is able to try an acquitted serial killer for the murder of a young woman who has similar wounds as the killer's previous victims.

  • An 11-year-old boy who went missing over four years ago is found living a seemingly happy life as the son of his abductor. Sebastian must prosecute the man and disprove his claim that he was saving the boy from the abuse of his birth parents.

  • Hae Woo and Detective Byeon interrogate Choi Byung Ki, but to no avail. Will Chairman Jo's secret ever be revealed, and will prosecutors and police be able to bring him to justice?

  • Sebastian goes up against his former protege in prosecuting a case where a young professor was pushed off of a balcony by his wife's college boyfriend's high-rise apartment.

  • Sebastian faces a tough case when the head of a women's shelter creates a "vigilante justice" claim concerning the killing of a porn producer.

  • Isaac disapproves of Sebastian's lastest approach towards a case where a white cop and a black cop claim self-defense in the shooting death of a black teen and injuring his drug-dealer cousin.

  • Yi Soo makes it his mission to find the person who kidnapped Yi Hyun in order to expose Chairman Jo. Hae Woo tries to confront her feelings for Yi Soo.

  • Sebastian is shocked when his friend, Christian, has him come to a hotel suite where his firm had a party the night before. There Christian shows him the body of one of the firm's female interns and asks him to help keep her death from becoming a media scandal. Sebastian agrees to help, but soon regrets it when the body is found in a ravine the next morning and has to keep his knowledge of the case a secret from his team.

  • Judge Bennett's ultra-conservative, hard-nosed stances in court have long put him at odds with Sebastian, and the two continue to exchange barbs during the investigation. As Sebastian and his team start to look into the long list of judge's enemies and other suspects, Sebastian is anything but coy regarding his hopes that the image-obsessed judge ends up being the guilty party. Meanwhile, unaware of Julie's crush on her young handsome bodyguard, Neal, Sebastian is surprised that Julie isn't elated when he decides it's finally safe for her to leave the house without an armed escort.

  • The largest real-estate developer in Southern California is gunned down in his Holmby Hills mansion and his disgruntled 16-year-old son is the primary suspect, but the late billionaire had plenty of enemies and was involved in a messy divorce from his trophy wife. Sebastian vigorously investigates the case and Jessica worries that he needs a vacation. At home, Julie gets adjusted to having a personal bodyguard follow her since a suspected serial killer threatened her.

  • Sebastian prosecutes a suspected serial killer accused of murdering five women and seriously injuring a sixth who escaped from his house. The case seems like a slam dunk, but the traumatized victim is reluctant to testify and the suspect insists on acting as his own lawyer, a move which proves to be brilliant rather than foolhardy.

  • Sebastian goes after a millionaire arms broker who is supplying explosives to L.A. gangs that have caused three car bombings and nine fatalities over the past five months. Making things more difficult is the FBI, which wants to take over the case, but Sebastian won't allow it because Casey has been kidnapped and may be killed if the broker escapes the country.

  • Sebastian is surprised that the affluent and well-known Sara would cheat on her powerful husband with an unsavory character from the other side of the tracks, but he's even more shocked to discover that Jessica visited her friend and gave her legal advice. Meanwhile, Julie can't bear getting the silent treatment from Sebastian, who's still angry that she finagled an overnight stay with Eddie away from home.

  • The dead teen is Erica Hartford, an African-American scholarship student at an exclusive prep school who brought some of her friends to the otherwise all white party. As Sebastian works the case, he worries about how the high-profile lawsuit will impact Julie who was at the party, knew Erica and is friends with the prime suspect, Cat.

  • Sebastian's irked when he figures out that Martin leaked false information to the press as a means of getting the mayor to force Sebastian into prosecuting a seemingly "lost cause" case on behalf of the four deceased Hispanic sweatshop workers. Initially, Sebastian's content to let Martin and the rest of the young team run the low-profile case. However, when Martin slyly arranges for Sebastian to run into his cocky nemesis Elliott Dasher, the defense attorney for a major fashion corporation that ends up being named in the suit, Sebastian's suddenly motivated to win. Meanwhile, despite Sebastian's assurances that he'll keep her from being expelled from school, Julie still feels the weight of her guilt for having cheated.

  • Stark and his team are given the case of an alleged rape of a student by three football players, one of whom is the star quarterback. The university wants as little press as possible and claims they can refuse to release information without a subpoena. Plus, the teammates are refusing to help in some sort of code of silence. Additionally, the victim seems to be hiding facts vital to the case.Meanwhile, Julie has been suspended from school following allegations that she plagiarized her Longfellow term paper and Stark goes to the school to get his daughter back into class.

  • When Yi Soo is presumed dead after an accident, Hae Woo refuses to accept it.

  • Stark is now given the case of a heart surgeon who is going to go on trial for killing his wife. The only catch is that there is no body and the surgeon claims that his wife has left him or is just missing. Either way, he says he has no involvement with it.Stark doesn't believe a word out of his mouth and begins to get his team to mount a case against him that will convict him with or without his wife's remains.Also, two Deputy D.A.'s who apparently don't like each other may start to take their difference into the bedroom.

  • Stark's reputation is bleak to say the least. Long has he tried to make them look bad in an effort to get his clients acquitted. To say they are less than willing to be helpful would be an understatement. Now, Stark has to mend those bridges when he goes after a drug dealer that is on trial for murdering an undercover narcotics detective. Unfortunately, while investigating the case, Stark begins to find evidence of a cop taking the law into his own hands. In doing so, the cop may have destroyed the case.

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