Shark (2006–2008)
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An arrogant big-shot defense attorney is guilt-ridden after the client he just helped get off commits another murder, so he decides to become a prosecutor.



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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Julie Stark
Madeleine Poe
Martin Allende
Casey Woodland
Jessica Devlin
Claire Stark
Mayor Manuel Delgado (as Carlos Gomez)
Billie Willis
Elizabeth Rourke
Jenny Dennison
Terrence Rourke
Anita Astin


Sebastian 'the Shark' Stark is L.A.'s hotshot criminal lawyer, who can save even the worst violent scum from conviction by a jury, for an obscene fortune. When wife-beater Gordie Brock he got off is arrested for murdering that same spouse Deena six days later, expecting the Shark to save his bacon again, he finds himself infected with some conscience and stops his profit-driven practice. Now mayor Manuel Delgado seizes his chance to convince Stark to join the underfunded prosecutor's office, which never stood a chance against him, and help justice rather then the rich. District Attorney Jessica 'Jess' Devlin, whom he knows to be far below his class talent-wise, becomes his new boss. He already knows from his private files all the inexperienced by-the-book lawyers he gets assigned as assistants, such as senator Woodland's son Casey, and starts teaching them how to use, even bend the system. Their first case in only 48 hours, is star singer Jenny Dennison, who murdered Terence 'Terry' ... Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 September 2006 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Dolby Surround)


Aspect Ratio:

1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


Shark was in jeopardy of getting canceled before it even started, but James Woods gave the legal drama new life once he signed on to star in the pilot. See more »


Sebastian Stark: In jury trials, you don't get a second chance.
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References The Oprah Winfrey Show (1986) See more »


Have A Little Faith In Me
Written by John Hiatt
Performed by John Hiatt
Capitol Records
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First Impressions
24 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

My first look at this show was last week on DVD. It wasn't bad; hey, James Woods is usually interesting no matter what movie role he's play (TV is new to him)....and Danielle Panamaker - wow, what a face! Woods does what he does best: playing an intense, hyper character. In this opening episode, his lines delivered fast with many quips. In fact, they came so fast you can't catch them all.

Playing a veteran defense attorney who reluctantly switches sides, he has a bunch of young hotshots assigned to work with him. None of these people are very unrealistic,of course, as Wood's "Sebastian Shark" is over-the-top, to lead this circus parade. In real life, no one talks like the people here.

I can see the show didn't make it - Woods, as interesting as he can be can wear thin with his hyper mouth; 2 - The show has so many quick lines that it's way above the average "Roseanne" crowd, so a show where you really have to pay attention, may not keep a huge audience.

Overall, I detect a lot of smugness - funny and clever at times - but a bit too much.

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