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The Guardian is an American TV series that follows the life of fictional corporate lawyer Nicholas Fallin played by Simon Baker. After several successful years of pursuing his law career and hiding his drug problem, he is arrested. Instead of jail, he is sentenced to 1500 hours of community service as a child advocate at Pittsburgh Legal Services. As he services his sentence, he continues to work as a corporate lawyer for his father who is also an attorney. Besides that juggling act, Fallin struggles with personal issues revolving around his parents' divorce, his mother's death from cancer when he was a child, his feelings of childhood neglect at the hands of his father, temptations of substance abuse, and promiscuity.

During his time in community service, he becomes romantically interested in Louise Archer, played by Wendy Moniz, his boss at community service. When her disastrous marriage ends, they develop a complicated and often unhappy romantic relationship. Fallin also works under the supervision of Alvin Masterson the founder of Pittsburgh Legal Services. Masterson has his own issues with substance abuse and inappropriate behavior. His problems create conflict with a board of directors he answers to and contributors he is dependent upon to keep Pittsburgh Legal Services open and running.

Besides Fallin's struggle to manage the long hours of two jobs and often trying to be in two places at one time, he frequently finds his community service assignments stir up the anger and resentment he still feels toward his very successful father. He is caught between his inability to forgive his father for sending him to boarding schools after his mother's death, and his fear that his career success comes from trading on the name his father made well-known in legal circles.

The role of Nicholas's father, Burton, is played by Dabney Coleman. Alvin Masterson, is played by Alan Rosenberg.

The Guardian is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (67 episodes). The series first aired on September 25, 2001.

The Guardian is available for streaming on the website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch The Guardian on demand atApple TV+, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, iTunes, CBS online.

Tuesday 9:00 PM et/pt on CBS
3 Seasons, 67 Episodes
September 25, 2001
Cast: Simon Baker, Dabney Coleman, Raphael Sbarge, AJ Michalka, Alan Rosenberg
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The Guardian Full Episode Guide

  • Nick takes a job at the law firm of Walter and McNeil. Lulu gives birth to a baby girl.

  • Nick 's future at the firm is about to be voted on, as Nick awaits the verdict on his future he takes on two cases that involve two boys.

  • Nick 's future at the firm is in question because of a lawyer Burton thinks quite highly of but he doesn't feel she is ready to be a partner.

  • At a court hearing Alvin is asked to turn over his files involving past clients at LSP. Alvin isn't ready to turn over the yet just yet.

  • Alvin Masterson has a lot to do in so little time he is getting married to Victoria Little and has ALS. Nick decides to Los Angles.

  • Nick sees a change in his dad that worries him, Burton keeps getting dizzy due to Vertigo. Burton wonders if he will be a good dad to Shannon.

  • Nick tries to find an unwanted foster child a home Philip may have hurt the baby.

  • Jake lies to everyone about how he got hurt soon Burton & Maureen find out the secret.

  • Nick learns his unborn baby has Down Syndrome to learn more about it Nick helps Mark set up a trust fund so he won't lose his Social Security.

  • Nick finds out how hard it is to get the trust of the people he hurt back. Burton feels Nick isn't ready for a heavy caseload.

  • Ted's dad goes on a shooting spree killing himself & co-workers leaving Nick and Suzanne to tell Ted his dad has committed murder.

  • Nick learns that his dad will need surgery to fix his heart, also Nick must keep the firm from losing a merger.

  • Nick tries to find a place for Donny Longo & his Grandfather to live together, but Donny has a hard time with Rebecca's ruling.

  • LSP teams up with Victoria Little to form AIDS Relief Alliance, meanwhile Nick becomes a medical guardian to two kids who may have AIDS.

  • Nick runs into a former client while helping in a cleanup project for his Community Service.

  • Nick & Lulu move into his place and find out how hard it is keep their love life out of the office. Jake learns his mom and dad want to divorce.

  • When the bank insists that the firm pay off its loan immediately, Nick is forced to try to collect unpaid fees from delinquent clients.

  • Lulu starts her job as Director of LSP, leaving Alvin to wonder if he is needed at LSP.

  • Nick and Burton represent a clothing company in a discrimination lawsuit. Meanwhile, Lulu and Alvin square off over Lulu's new job in Berkeley.

  • Nick tries to help a young lady who has cancer but get can't the insurance company to help her out, this puts Nick in a bind.

  • The first episode begins with scenes from the season finale, leading up to Burton and Nick heading for the concert that was to start at 7:30 PM

  • Nick is upset because Lulu is about to take a job in California and while in court loses control of his temper.

  • Nick hands the case file of Taliek to James, who goes before Judge Rebecca Damsen for custody.

  • Burton tries to stop Shannon from being hurt, Alvin finds Nick & Lulu at the office late Will they still have jobs after Alvin finds out?

  • Nick & Lulu get closer in their relationship, but can they keep their feelings for each other hidden as they argue a case in court?

  • Caroline Novak goes before a Grand Jury who will look into her bad business practices.

  • The past comes back to haunt Both Nick & Burton, When a drug dealer from Nick's past is shot and Burton's new client is the police officer.

  • Caroline Novack returns to find out that Nick and Lulu were in a car accident which could proves disasterous for Lulu.

  • A tough case involving a sick baby brings Nick and Lulu closer together when Lulu gets attached to the mom.

  • Rob a college roommate of Nick's wants to test a device for tracking kids. Will Nick agree to testing the tracking device on L.S.P. kids?

  • Nick meets Sam at a gala in Burton's honor. Sam who is a transvestite tries to get custody of lover's son.

  • Lulu's mom comes to town to offer her daughter a job. Soon Nick learns of Mrs. Novack's bad business practices which causes a problem.

  • Lulu's home is broken into forcing Nick to protect her. Nick takes Gavin Putinski a former child actor who claimes his parents want him to leave home.

  • Nick helps a chatty 18 year old boy named Jesse stay in the shelter by offering him a part time job to save for college tuition.

  • Nick takes the case of a 16 year old mom who wants to put her baby up for adoption.

  • Nick has to represent James' nephew Levi who may sent to juvenile detention for refusing to identify who beat him up in reform school.

  • LuLu represents an old friend after one of her adopted children is dead. Nick represents someone he knew as a kid.

  • Nick takes on the case of two children after their brother dies from their father's neglect.

  • As the legal guardian of two siblings he represented the year before, Nick must find the missing sister so she can be a bone-marrow donor.

  • Alvin, head of Legal Services of Pittsburgh is unexpectedly arrested during a police raid of a massage parlour.

  • After deciding to work together, Nick and Burton Fallin return to the old offices of Fallin & Associates to create a new firm, Fallin & Fallin.

  • Burton's past comes back to haunt him as he gets close to being a Federal Judge.

  • A 13 year old is charged with the rape and murder of his mother and could be tried for first-degree murder.

  • Burton tries to save Nick who is behind bars temporarily for drug possession by looking for a defense in Mandy's daughter Shannon.