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Raising the Bar, Season 2HDTV-14Closed Captioning

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Court is back in session for the second season of TNT's emotionally powerful legal drama from Emmy®-winning producer Steven Bochco. Follow the cases and lives of young lawyers on opposite sides of the bench — the public defenders and the district attorneys — as well as those who sit in judgment on their cases. With a new police initiative increasing the caseload, idealistic public defender Jerry Kellerman (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, NYPD Blue) is so overworked that his protective boss, Rosalind "Roz" Whitman (Gloria Reuben, ER) has to return to the front lines. But as they struggle to defend clients, or at least work out a decent plea deal, their toughest adversary may be the ambitious Judge Trudy Kessler (Jane Kaczmarek, Malcolm in the Middle), who has dreams of becoming the next district attorney. Outside the courtroom, passions and tempers flare, as work spills into their private lives.

Customer Reviews

Finally a courtroom drama that gets it

As someone who worked as an attorney in the largest felony courtroom in the country for a decade it is immensely satisfying to relive so many of my experiences through this highly realistic and yet vastly entertaining show on TNT. Much like "The Wire" captured the universal hopelessness of an inner city drowning in drugs and poverty, "Raising the Bar" nails the enormously frustrating head to head battles between the prosecution and defense that are often clouded by the relationships and compromised principles of so many of the players in the system. For too long every single courtroom drama (i.e. Law & Order) has avoided the difficult nuances that comes with being an assistant states attorney or public defender in favor of a glossy paint by numbers formula. That approach, while maybe easier to digest to the average viewer, doesn't provide for the intrinsic rewards the viewer gets from watching a show written that highlights how real people react when they are confronted with important decisions that effect peoples lives on a daily basis. Its not all black and white, its mostly gray out there and this aptly named show forces us to face the dilemma of a criminal justice system based on idealistic principles but carried out by real people that are as different in our opinions, morals and beliefs as you and me.

great show, realistic and fun to watch

this show is a law drama at its best. good story lines, great acting and all around winner

Prosecution and Defense get a Fair Shot - and it's Entertaining as Ever!!!

Finally a show that doesn't feed the glutenous prosecutorial appetite of the public and instead tips the scales of justice back into balance...this show is refreshingly even-keeled in its representation of the public lawyers and their equal participation in preserving justice and protecting public interest. That said, it's also so engrossing on so many levels that I can's stop watching it. It's addicting!

Raising the Bar, Season 2
View in iTunes $19.99
  • HD Version
  • Genre: Drama
  • Released: Jun 08, 2009
  • CCin English

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