Rake (AU): Season 5 (2018)

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Cleaver dives right into controversial territory with his new senator appointment, much to his rivals' chagrin.

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The time comes to sober up after the fun. Cleaver faces an interrogation from the American Secret Service.

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Cleaver causes a stir with his unusual outfit choices. Wendy's irritation with Missy grows. The prime minister feels rattled after a resignation.

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Cleaver welcomes visitors while coping with a slander suit and the sale of a noteworthy company.

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A new prime minister takes to office without Cleaver's knowledge. Nicole dislikes her new help. Joe becomes Cal's latest target.

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Cleaver deals with an admirer. Meanwhile, an issue with the plumbing catches his attention. Penny sets her terms. The senate's latest scheme fizzles.

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Tensions mount in the South China Sea while the cabinet struggles with further restructuring. However, plans for the Mid-Winter Ball push forward.

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Cal McGregor settles into his new job. Cleaver must face the consequences of an ill-timed kiss.

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Cast & Crew

Danielle Cormack
Scarlet "Red" Meagher
Russell Dykstra
Barney Meagher
Geoff Morrell
Joe Sandilands
Damien Garvey
Cal McGregor
Jane Allsop
Felicity Finnane
Keegan Joyce
Finnegan "Fuzz" Greene
Matt Day
David "Harry" Potter
John Waters
Edgar Thompson
Martin Sacks
Roger Evans
Adrienne Pickering
Melissa "Missy" Partridge
Richard Roxburgh
Cleaver Greene
Charles Waterstreet
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Critic Reviews for Rake (AU) Season 5

All Critics (5) | Top Critics (2)

If it's possible, [Richard] Roxburgh is even more mesmerising eight years on in the role of this alienated but so deliciously attractive character.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

This opener of the fifth and final season finds the funny in a chemical attack on Parliament House.

Aug 13, 2019 | Full Review…

Through each absurd fake-news storyline, every tiny moment of Rake is as clever and considered as you'd expect. Still Australian television's finest ongoing show.

Jul 26, 2019 | Full Review…

One of the most consistently funny shows of the past decade, Rake's shift in venue for it's supposedly final bow is a masterstroke.

Aug 14, 2019 | Full Review…

Four seasons of brilliance means I will stick it out, but I can't help thinking of the way the final season of Veep... chased the easy laughs by making vice-president Selina Meyer a much-less rounded character.

Nov 7, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Rake (AU): Season 5

  • 2d ago
    First 3 seasons were fantastic. I was glued to the screen. Season 4 started to get a little too crazy - maybe the writers got bored or ran out of ideas for the characters? Season 5 was a shit show. I'm trying to stomach the last few episodes. I guess they should have stopped the series after Season 3 1/2.
  • Oct 03, 2020
    This is probably my FAVORITE Series of ALL Time! Loved every minute of it a...watched it 40 days straight! Miss Cleave already : )
  • Jan 15, 2019
    After 4 brilliant seasons, the fifth one feels phoned in. Cleaver is a caricature of himself in this season. All his worst qualities are amplified and he seems to mostly lack the redeeming qualities that made the audience root for him. The well-rounded, complex character is gone, and in his place is a one-dimensional lazy man who will intentionally hurt his loved ones to avoid responsibly. The old Cleaver was selfish but never intentionally hurt people he cared about, was hard-working when he needed to be, and wasn't generally so clueless about human emotion. It feels like the writers just went for the cheap laughs and formulaic writing because they knew this was the last season.

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