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Rake TV Show Review

Pilot Scoop: Rake

Oscar nominee Greg Kinnear is coming to the small screen in Fox's midseason series Rake as a lawyer whose personal life is as disheveled as his bed-head hair. If the drama sounds a little been-there-done-that, then keep reading to find out why I think the show is worth watching when it premieres on Jan. 23.

  • What it's about: Keegan (Kinnear) makes a career out of defending the indefensible. In his first case of the series, the lawyer is defending a killer known as the Westside Ripper, but when he's not helping out the terrifying and terrible, Keegan gets free therapy from his ex-wife (Miranda Otto) and seeks comfort in the company of a beautiful prostitute-turned-law-student (Bojana Novakovic).
  • Where it works: This entertaining show is cleverly written, and Kinnear brings so much charm to the run-down lawyer that you can't help root for him — then feel supericky that you're rooting for him to exonerate a murderer.
  • Where it doesn't: There's nothing terrible original about this series; we've seen the charming ne'er do well on TV so often that it's hard to be charmed anymore.
  • You might like this show if: You love Californication.
  • When it's on: Thursdays at 9 p.m. on Fox

Watch a preview of Rake when you keep reading.

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Davey15298343 Davey15298343 3 years
Well if it can match the foul language, the level of nudity, sex, raw humour, immorality of the Australian series its might just have a wee chance. If only one of these is missing, then it is doomed.
Jason15197293 Jason15197293 3 years
I obviously haven't seen this yet, but I'm always wary of American remakes of British (or in this case Australian) TV shows. They just usually aren't that good. That is, of course, only my opinion. Richard Roxburgh is so perfect in the Australian original that I don't believe that Greg Kinnear will be able to do the role justice. This wouldn't be an issue for me if the plot somehow differentiated itself from the original, but from the synopsis above, the premise is identical.
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