Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season

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Step into the courtroom with Raising the Bar, the compelling legal drama from Emmy Award winning executive producter Steven Bochco. Witness the drama unfold, as this ensemble cast led by Mark paul Gosselaar tackles issues of life, love and the law from opposite sides of the system.

Bonus Features Include:
Roundtable with cast
Deleted scenes

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Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season

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  1. The concept is okay if a little worn out: A bunch of attractive young lawyers on opposite sides of the fence; public defenders vs. prosecutors. Mark-Paul Gosselaar is oh so passionate about his clients’ innocence and badly in need of a haircut. There are little touches to try and spice it up – the Judge’s illicit relationship with a clerk who has a secret and you do get to see a few of the lawyers without much clothes on.

    So why did I stop after the first DVD? Part of the reason has to do with the fact that there is only one judge 99% of the time, and this show is not set in some small town where that would actually happen. Raising The Bar is supposed to take place in Manhattan where an actual public defender would have cases in front of dozens of judges.

    But more importantly, the break from reality is too complete for me. All the defendants are sympathetic. Every single last one. They are either outright innocent or they had such a good reason for doing what they did that you can’t help but root for their side. It’s an insult to the watcher’s intelligence. Part of the allure of law shows for me is the nuance – this show has no shades of grey. To make matters worse, the prosecutors pull ridiculous stunts to cheat their way to putting innocent people in prison, and the police officers are portrayed as snarling monsters who could have easily been cast for the Sopranos. Watching this show became painful.

    If you want to watch a show that’s a lot like this one – except that it’s actually done right, watch Conviction created by Dick Wolf. The lawyers are just as attractive (one is even the same as in Raising The Bar!) but it’s a lot more interesting, nuanced and believable.
    Rating: 2 / 5

  2. I just discovered this terrific legal drama this past summer. I wish there were more episodes per season. I have really enjoyed watching the season 1 dvds. I hope season 2 comes out soon.Raising the Bar: The Complete First Season
    Rating: 5 / 5

  3. Excellent story lines, excellent acting and excellent writing. I hope it continues to deliver the content that it currently offers and does not turn into a soap opera as some of my past favorites have done. But for now, so far, so very good! I agree it is suprisingly addictive, i actually started watching bc I just wanted some noise on and had no idea there would be such good writing and characters.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  4. This is an unexpecting show to watch. I love the character, JERRY KELLERMAN. His mission is to fight for the “underdogs,” who are his clients. I’ve enjoyed this show so much that I’ve ordered my copy to watch over again. Just like THE RICHES, RAISING THE BAR is as good as it gets.
    Rating: 5 / 5

  5. I highly recommend this title. Raising the Bar is a wonderful series that follows the life of recent law school graduates who prosecute and defend the underprivileged of New York. The drama unfolds both in the courtroom and in the personal lives of the lawyers. Writer Dave Feige, a veteran NYC Public Defender draws on his own experience to weave a colorful tapestry that is at times heroic and at times heart wrenching. There are often no winners in the criminal justice system, and the lawyers need to find the delicate balance between truth and practicality as they advocate for their clients. Mark-Paul Gosselaar delivers excellent performances as a brash, young defender who gives the job everything he has, yet often ends up in frustration at the injustice of an inherently flawed system.
    Rating: 5 / 5

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