Shark: Season 1 (2006 - 2007)

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James Woods' engaged performance has energy to spare, but not even the star's sardonic wit can elevate Shark above its derivative formula.

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Air date: Sep 21, 2006

Acclaimed filmmaker Spike Lee takes the helm for the pilot episode of this CBS series concerning charismatic, unwaveringly self-confident defense attorney Sebastian Stark (James Woods). Prompted to begin working for the prosecutors after one of his cases has an unexpected outcome and he experiences a profound personal revelation, Stark is soon named the head of the Los Angeles District Attorney's elite crime fighting unit and work directly under his longtime nemesis Jessica Devlin (Jeri Ryan). A powerful district attorney who despises Stark's cutthroat tactics, Devlin places Stark in charge of a group of young prosecutors who are about to learn more about the justice system from one man than they did in their entire college education. Stark may be working for the good guys now, yet he has no intention of changing his questionable tactics to reflect his current position. Now, as Stark exposes rookie lawyers Casey Woodland (Sam Page), Raina Troy (Sophia Brown), Martin Allende (Alexis Case), and Madeline Poe (Sarah Carter) to his unconventional means of winning in the courtroom, his supportive teenage daughter Julie (Danielle Panabaker) cheers her dad on from the sidelines knowing that, despite his personal and professional quirks, he's finally fighting the good fight.

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Air date: Sep 28, 2006

Sebastian prosecutes the killer of an undercover police officer, but he gets little help from the LAPD due to his past as a defense attorney who often used questionable means to get his guilty clients off the hook. The only witness to the murder is the slain cop's partner, whose own questionable actions the night of the crime threaten to undermine Sebastian's case. Also, Sebastian tries to teach Julie how to drive. Robert Shapiro and Wolfgang Puck appear as themselves.

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Air date: Oct 5, 2006

Sebastian becomes convinced that a prominent L.A. surgeon murdered his missing wife, but no body has been found and there is little evidence of foul play. Even so, Sebastian goes ahead and has the suspect arrested and proceeds with a trial. Back at home, Julie gets angry with her dad when she has to lie for him to cover up the fact that he's seeing two different women.

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Air date: Oct 12, 2006

A couple are shot to death in a Malibu beach house they rented from a private investigator who knows dirty secrets on almost everyone in Hollywood, including Sebastian. The PI is under investigation by a grand jury, and Sebastian uses that threat to squeeze information from him. Back at home, Julie helps a guy on whom she has a crush research a term paper while she lets her own studies go.

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Air date: Oct 19, 2006

Stark prosecutes three college football players accused of raping a female student at a campus athletic house. One of the players is the team's starting quarterback and is considered a first-round pick in the upcoming NFL draft. The case takes a hit when Stark learns the victim was in a relationship with the quarterback. Back at home, Julie tells her dad she is being suspended from school because she's been accused of plagiarism.

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Air date: Nov 2, 2006

Four Latino women are killed in a garment-factory fire and the police rule it an accident, but Martin leaks false information to the press to force the DA's office to investigate. Sebastian isn't happy about it and says the case can't be won, but he gets pumped up when he learns a rival is defending the fashion company his office is going after. The probe reveals the company supports sweatshops and may be liable for the fire. Also, Julie gets readmitted to school.

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Air date: Nov 9, 2006

An 8-year-old girl is kidnapped from a park and murdered, and Sebastian believes the case is linked to a similar crime committed in 1991. In that case, a man Sebastian defended was convicted of the murder and the prosecutor in the trial was Jessica. Also, a young man tells Julie he believes his late father and her mother had an affair.

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Air date: Nov 16, 2006

A 16-year-old black girl is run down by a car and killed shortly after leaving a party in Brentwood attended mostly by rich, white kids, including Sebastian's daughter Julie. Sebastian fears a racial war could break out over the crime. The investigation reveals the victim and most of the partygoers attended the same prep school and that the dead girl was apparently seeing her best friend's boyfriend behind her back.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2006

A married ADA is gunned down along with a high-priced hooker in the prostitute's car on Mulholland Drive. The investigation reveals the victim wanted to prosecute narcotics cases and not domestic disputes, and may have been working with the call girl on targeting a drug dealer with whom she had a relationship. The case gets sticky for Sebastian when the hooker's handler turns out to be a woman with whom he has a sordid history. Also, Julie considers losing her virginity to Eddie.

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Air date: Dec 7, 2006

A married socialite (Jami Gertz), who is one of Jessica's best friends, fatally shoots her ex-con lover but claims it was in self-defense. Also, Sebastian gives Julie the silent treatment after she stays overnight with her boyfriend.

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Critic Reviews for Shark Season 1

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (15)

Shark is pure theater. And like its title character, expect this show to devour everyone in its path.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

The show works only because Woods is a honey-baked ham playing a character who lives to be a showman.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Woods is riveting, because he is such a machine gun of an actor, and he makes the ordinary script crackle.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Mr. Woods has found a television role that suits his gift and runs away with it.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Woods knows how to amp up his performance without becoming shrill or ridiculously out-of-scale. You won't exactly believe in Sebastian Stark, sharp-tongued legal warrior extraordinaire, but odds are you will enjoy him.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

James Woods barking and biting at his best.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Stark is a made-for-TV character, and Woods clearly loves sharpening his teeth for the biting dialogue.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Woods is every bit as entertaining as he strives to be. Stark is both a negative energy force and the life of the party. He all but pulls out balloons, sculpts them into dachshunds -- and pops them.

Nov 8, 2018 | Full Review…

Shark isn't terrible television though, but it's certainly lazy. Take one man out of the equation, and it just doesn't work.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 2/5 | Full Review…

Without Woods, Shark would be just another formulaic legal drama. But his acting chops are sharp and his presence strong.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

When Shark is boiled down to its basic parts, it's just another courtroom drama. However, it rises out of obscurity with a strong cast, led by veteran actor James Woods. In fact, it's Woods' passion in the project that carries the show.

Nov 8, 2018 | Rating: 2.5/5 | Full Review…

Too bad, really - I'd love to see Woods in a good show. But this just ain't it.

Jun 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Shark: Season 1

  • Aug 10, 2020
    There are a few moments that are a leap in imagination but overall its not bad
  • Aug 01, 2020
    The cast is fantastic and the stories are clever.

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