The Guardian: Season 1 (2001 - 2002)

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The Guardian has a well-meaning premise and a compulsively watchable star in Simon Baker, but the series is limp upon arrival with its bland characterization and rote procedural formula.

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Air date: Sep 25, 2001

In the pilot, lawyer Nick Fallin (Simon Baker), who is sentenced for a drug-related crime to work at a child-advocacy office, has his first case: deciding the custody of a boy (Erik Knudsen) who witnessed his father murder his mother. Dr. Thomas Reed: Kenneth Welsh. Laurie Solt: Kathleen Chalfant. Burton Fallin: Dabney Coleman.

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Air date: Oct 2, 2001

Nick asks his father's firm to represent a boy (Erik Knudsen) who saw his father kill his mother in a suit against the pharmaceutical company whose drug caused the man to kill his wife. Dr. Thomas Reed: Kenneth Welsh. Barbara: Rusty Schwimmer. James: Charles Malik Whitfield.

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Air date: Oct 9, 2001

Nick represents a wheelchair-bound boy (Jesse Plemons) whose mother (Karina Logue) is a jail-bound prostitute, but to help the boy, he must find his biological father to get child support. Jerry: John Pyper-Ferguson. Rachel Shell: Justine Miceli. Bart Shell: Nicholas Pryor.

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Air date: Oct 16, 2001

Nick represents a 15-year-old girl (Shelly Cole) who claims her stepfather raped her, but Nick's solution creates more trouble for the child and uncovers new clues to the case. Meanwhile, Nick questions why his father refuses to handle a bankruptcy case involving a steel-mill company. Al Sandro: Sal Landi. Jenny Sandro: Dyan Kane. Barbara: Rusty Schwimmer. Amanda: Erica Leerhsen.

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Air date: Oct 23, 2001

Nick represents a gay 16-year-old (Aaron Paul) who was arrested for solicitation, but he runs into trouble when he tries to place him with a gay couple rather than a shelter. Carol Ritter: Lisa Pelikan. Edward: David Valcin. Alvin: Alan Rosenberg. Burton: Dabney Coleman. Jake: Raphael Sbarge. Laurie: Kathleen Chalfant.

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Air date: Oct 30, 2001

Nick represents a teen (Heather McComb) who will be separated from her younger sister if foster parents only adopt the younger girl. But his recent acquaintance with his client complicates the case. Wayne Haller: John Walcutt. Amanda: Erica Leerhsen. Jake: Raphael Sbarge. Alvin: Alan Rosenberg.

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Air date: Nov 6, 2001

In order to help a mentally disabled man (Evan Jones) accused of murdering a drug dealer, Nick must reconnect with a loathsome dealer from his recent past. Meanwhile, Jake is arrested for the accidental death of a fellow lawyer he struck while driving. Sheila: Petrea Burchard. Samantha Furnan: Daphne Ashbrook. Alice Dempsey: Brooks Almy.

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Air date: Nov 20, 2001

Nick becomes attached to a 12-year-old girl (Lily Nicksay) who will die soon if she doesn't have a heart transplant but won't get one unless she is adopted. Meanwhile, Burton represents a company trying to oust its CEO (Robert Loggia), who is dying of cancer and is an old friend of Burton's. Sarah: JoBeth Williams. Abe Hopeson: Holmes Osborne. Warren: Michael Bryan French.

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Air date: Nov 27, 2001

Nick is torn between helping Barbara (Rusty Schwimmer) when her son is busted for drugs and handling a Fallon & Associates case against a stubborn toy creator who is preventing a deal worth millions. Jake: Raphael Sbarge. Alvin: Alan Rosenberg. Burton: Dabney Coleman.

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Air date: Dec 11, 2001

At Legal Services, Nick gets a new boss, Louisa "Lulu" Archer (Wendy Moniz), with whom he works on the sensitive case of an Arab-American restaurateur (Bernard White) who's sued by the parents of a teen vandal he attacked for breaking into his restaurant. Salaam Hassan: Lamya Jezek. Larry Hines: Robert Joy.

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Critic Reviews for The Guardian Season 1

All Critics (17) | Top Critics (12)

Because Baker's Fallin is such a stereotype, the only mystery surrounding The Guardian is why it was made in the first place.

Dec 20, 2018 | Rating: 1.5/5 | Full Review…

The Guardian is utterly predictable and suffers for it.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

One of the interesting things about [Nick] Fallin is that he seems to have an active inner life. But The Guardian lets you know he's a force when provoked, whether in the boardroom or in the less decorative hallways of children's court.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

[Simon Baker] has emerged this season as one of TV's most compelling new faces.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

The thing is, [Simon] Baker's look of perpetual woundedness is actually very effective. Watched week after week, his inner suffering becomes compelling.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: B | Full Review…

The writing is uneven... Making The Guardian watchable, though, is the quiet charisma and measured work of Baker

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The Guardian is a chilling, state-of-America show, pointedly devoted to the question, "What is a meaningful life?" Simon Baker is galvanizing as the hero, intense and hard to read.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Viewers will find it very easy to embrace the star of The Guardian, Simon Baker, and the character he plays, Nick Fallin. Audiences are suckers for stories of personal redemption and prodigal sons seeing the light. Nick qualifies on both counts.

Sep 25, 2019 | Full Review…

With a strong supporting cast and an involving opening script told stylishly, The Guardian makes an hour of television seem like 39 minutes.

Sep 25, 2019 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

[We don't like] the rudderless feel, and the sense that nobody seems to be all that happy to be doing this show.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

Tinkering around the edges won't be enough to ensure The Guardian's future if Baker's performance remains a void at the center of the drama.

Dec 20, 2018 | Full Review…

The show's emotional flashpoints creep up on you rather than knock you over the head.

Jul 2, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for The Guardian: Season 1

  • Feb 27, 2021
    Loved the Guardian tv show! I binge watch all 3 seasons. I saw bits and pieces when it aired initially so this was catch up and fill in the blanks. Some one should continue this show. Sorts like NcIS🙋🏽‍♀️🙏🏽🥰 Nick was my favorite character. I wish Jake would have gotten outed to his fiance, he was such a disloyal, ladder climbing bastard. The law associates failed to understand it was Burt's firm. Burt should have never let Jake talk about Nick at the team building retreat. He should have shut him down immediately. Burt was so foolish when it cane to Shannon, I would have sent her fast ass and her daddy packing long ago. I guess he was just a lonely older man. Lulu was strange and fickled at times. Wish Nick would have gotten counseling, the love and attention he needed early on and his life wouldn't have been so complicated. He!s fine, caring,,compassionate and misunderstood because he doesn't care what others think about him.

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