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Rake: Season 1 (2014)

Seasons:
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Average Rating: 6.6/10
Reviews Counted: 38
Fresh: 25 | Rotten: 13

Rake's smart blend of comedy and drama makes it the perfect vehicle for Greg Kinnear's offbeat charm and dry humor.

73

Average Rating: 6.8/10
Critic Reviews: 22
Fresh: 16 | Rotten: 6

Rake's smart blend of comedy and drama makes it the perfect vehicle for Greg Kinnear's offbeat charm and dry humor.

audience

72

liked it
Average Rating: 3.8/5
User Ratings: 54

My Rating

Season Info

Attorney Keegan Deane's personal shortcomings get him in one professional pickle after another in this comedy-drama that's based on the Australian series of the same name.

Network: FOX

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Episodes

1
Air date: Jan 23, 2014

Serial Killer

Criminal defense attorney Keegan Deane's personal shortcomings get him in one professional pickle after another in this comedy-drama, which begins with a serial killer's confession that may or may not be the work of the Los Angeles police chief. Meanwhile, a client remunerates Keegan with an expensive fish, but he needs to collect the money from a sushi restaurant so he can pay his bookie part of his gambling debt.

2
Air date: Jan 30, 2014

A Close Shave

Keegan defends three Amish men accused of a hate crime. (C) FOX

3
Air date: Feb 6, 2014

Cancer

A mom commits insurance fraud to fuel her gambling addiction by saying her son has cancer, so Keegan searches for an approach to appeal to the jury's emotions. Meanwhile, Keegan breaks his promise to Finn to have skateboarder Tony Hawk come to his school for an auction; and an unexpected competitor takes Keegan's poker winnings.

4
Air date: Feb 13, 2014

Cannibal

Keegan defends a cannibal. (C) FOX

5
Air date: Feb 20, 2014

Bigamist

A chef is accused of bigamy, but Keegan thinks he can convince the jury that it's not a crime?until news breaks of his other romantic relationships. Meanwhile, Mikki needs Keegan's help when a former client starts harassing her; and Scarlet faces a legal problem.

6
Air date: Feb 27, 2014

Mammophile

7
Air date: Mar 6, 2014

Three Strikes

The mayor's ban on plea deals challenges Keegan to find a way to get an old friend off the hook when he's charged with a third-strike robbery he didn't commit. Meanwhile, Ben's firm may get a new lawyer; Scarlet mulls a career move; and Keegan doesn't think Maddy can spend an entire day with her boyfriend.

8
Air date: Mar 14, 2014

Staple Holes

Ben takes over the law firm after the death of his father and hires Keegan, who manages to win his first case despite being completely unprepared for it, but he doesn't get the reaction he expected from the partners. Meanwhile, Leanne wants to be on Keegan's staff at Ben's firm; Bruce can't accept the fact that Maddy broke up with him; Scarlet rethinks the launch of her campaign for DA; and a new wrinkle develops in Keegan's relationship with the mayor's wife.

9
Air date: Mar 21, 2014

Hey, Good Looking

Keegan defends a woman charged with killing her husband, but also finds himself a suspect in the murder of the mayor. Meanwhile, Maddy tires of Bruce's stalker behavior; and Ben and Scarlet's loyalty to Keegan becomes a bone of contention.

10
Air date: Mar 28, 2014

50 Shades of Gay

11
Air date: Apr 4, 2014

Remembrance of Taxis Past

Keegan solicits support for Scarlet's DA campaign from a popular former governor of California, but is unnerved by Maddy's choice of a political consultant who happens to be her ex-lover. Meanwhile, Mikki's fiancé could be a formidable opponent for Scarlet.

12
Air date: Jun 27, 2014

A Man's Best Friend

A client is caught in a very unusual love triangle. (C) FOX

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All Critics (38) | Top Critics (22) | Fresh (25) | Rotten (13)

So far Rake is shaping up to be a likeable series.

February 21, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Equals
TV Equals

If "Close Shave" is representative of the series going forward, Fox and the creators appear content to settle for mild amusement.

February 13, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club

Unlike the many criminals and cads that have come through cable television over the last several years, Rake's protagonist lacks the appropriate edge to create compelling or amusing drama.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Time Out Chicago
Time Out Chicago

Kinnear is enjoyable when onscreen, winning viewers over with an affable nature and a wry smile. The trouble is, there's little to draw us to the character beyond that cursory description and charm.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: ScreenRant
ScreenRant

Kinnear is up to the task, and the cast around him has some standouts, particularly Miranda Otto as his ex-wife. But as a character portrait or a law drama, something's off about Rake.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

Rake (is) an overly familiar character study and an under-developed law procedural.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Hollywood Reporter
Hollywood Reporter

As a general rule, any show that tries to amuse us by having its protagonist lug around a giant fish for an entire episode deserves a gold star for effort.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Kinnear is a pro at playing adorable jerks. See: Nurse Betty, Mystery Men, etc. The actor himself is so charming, with his crinkle-eyed smile and "Who, me?" facial expressions, that it's hard to dislike his Keegan Deane.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Common Sense Media
Common Sense Media

This adaptation of an Australian hit seems to suggest the character darkness found in such cable hits as Breaking Bad, but it pulls its punches too often and opts for the comedic tap on the shoulder.

January 27, 2014 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

Although the show offers little new in terms of either characterization or story, Kinnear's charisma and the light tone make for a diverting hour.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Media Life
Media Life

Not since The Rockford Files has a character so delightfully swung between self-defeating defects and accidental heroism.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

But it's not just the tired clichés... that make Rake so bad. It's that it's an unbelievable lawyer drama on the air at the same time as some damn good ones (see: The Good Wife).

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

Kinnear is a natural in the starring role, effortlessly making the shambles of his character's life seem not only plausible, but also sympathetic.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

By hour's end, the fish isn't the only thing that stinks.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

As Fox shows go, Rake is not all that edgy or innovative.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

While tonight's first episode of Rake is-well, rakishly-amusing, it's not really enough to give a sense of what kind of show this will be, and whether it's worth sticking with.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

If Kinnear can settle into this role and find a way to execute the acrobatic act of being both funny and deeply flawed, then Rake has the potential to be a modern equivalent of The Rockford Files. Wouldn't that be spectacular?

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

Trying to create a bad-boy appeal for the character without turning him into a jackass is a difficult trick, and it may be why the show pulls its punches on his outrageous behavior.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Paste Magazine
Paste Magazine

The pilot is carried on Kinnear's rascally charm and is heavy on quirk.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Newark Star-Ledger
Newark Star-Ledger

This show is being likened to one of Fox's biggest recent hits, House, but the comparison doesn't fit because whatever his flaws as a man, House was great at his job.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Magazine/Vulture
New York Magazine/Vulture

I think the saving grace is that nothing is too graphic and Keegan's behavior isn't really glorified.

January 24, 2014 Full Review Source: Your Family Viewer
Your Family Viewer

The problem with Rake is that, like its unflappable protagonist, it's desperate to have it both ways, to be loved for its flaws, not in spite of them.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Grantland
Grantland

Don't tell me you love Greg Kinnear. I love Greg Kinnear. But I don't love him in Rake.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: St. Louis Post-Dispatch
St. Louis Post-Dispatch

The title of the show is not a pun, just a reference to its leading man's alleged personality. Unfortunately, that leading man is played by Greg Kinnear.

January 23, 2014 Full Review Source: Slate
Slate

Kinnear is great in the role because he doesn't look like a loser - quite the opposite- and that's important.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

The writing is smart and the episodes well structured, but much of the credit goes to Mr. Kinnear, who maintains a veneer of charm without stinting on his character's underlay of seedy desperation.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

Watching the episode is, indeed, like pulling teeth. Maybe things are different in Australia, but in America, that's not a compliment.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Rake gets off to a good start and displays an early willingness to take risks with its shifting tone.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: IGN Movies
IGN Movies

Kinnear is such a natural fit for the part of unscrupulous-but-winning lawyer Keegan Deane that it's surprising to realize this program existed before without him (in another country no less).

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: AV Club

And if all Rake is aspiring to be is a quirky lawyer show that occasionally hints at darker things before leaning back on Kinnear's gift with a deadpan one-liner then that's no sin.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: HitFix

There's no way to know if Rake's first episode is the starting point of a great new series or if this is as good as we should expect from this drama. From its first episode alone, it's likable enough and worth a look.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: CinemaBlend.com
CinemaBlend.com

Just having Greg Kinnear puts Fox's new dramedy Rake a few laps ahead of the pack.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

As an actor, he [Kinnear] plays the Lovable Rascal surprisingly well, offering just enough humanity, and enough likability, to merit a second look.

January 22, 2014 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

While Rake has initial promise, it's one of those concepts that should be viewed with a degree of skepticism, since the balance of the protagonist's shambles of a personal life and his seat-of-the-pants courtroom heroics are so delicate.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Kinnear carries himself ably, and his character's amiable rogue presence wears fairly well for starters.

January 21, 2014 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

It's a fun, entertaining spin on the legal procedural and an ideal showcase for Kinnear's rakish charm.

January 20, 2014 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

At its loosest and most inventive, the generally diverting Rake often recalls the one-damn-thing-after-another eccentricity of Carl Hiaasen's comic crime novels.

January 17, 2014 Full Review Source: Slant Magazine
Slant Magazine

Rake is easily one of the more confident network dramas to come our way of late.

January 13, 2014 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

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