Raising the Bar

TNT (ended 2009)
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  • From the creators of NYPD Blue, Hill Street Blues, and L.A.Law; Raising the Bar is about a group of young lawyer friends and former law school classmates who find themselves on opposing sides in this fresh legal drama on TNT. Raising the Bar is produced by ABC Studios in association with Bochco Media.

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  • S 2 : Ep 15

    Happy Ending

    Aired 12/24/09

  • S 2 : Ep 14

    Oh, Say Can You Pee?

    Aired 12/24/09

  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Maybe, Baby

    Aired 12/24/09

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Beating a Dead Horse

    Aired 8/24/09

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    Bobbi Ba-Bing

    Aired 8/17/09

  • Cast & Crew
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar

    Jerry Kellerman

  • J. August Richards

    Marcus McGrath

  • Gloria Reuben

    Rosalind Whitman

  • Currie Graham

    Nick Balco

  • Jane Kaczmarek

    Trudy Kessler

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  • Quotes (137)

    • Jerry: What happened to you? How did you go from being a judge to a petty, spiteful tyrant? Judge Kessler: That's it. You have 10 seconds to apologize, Mister, or else. Jerry: One Mississippi... Two Mississippi... Judge Kessler: Get him out of here!

    • Jerry: You know, you guys in the DA's office are unbelievable. You screw with people's lives all day, and then come five o'clock, it's like, hey, okay, school's out, let's all get loaded together. Michelle: Here we go. Marcus: Come on Jerry, man. We all go back too many years. Lighten up. We do our job, you do yours. That's the system. It's not personal. Jerry: You see? No, see that's the problem with y'all. It IS personal. It's very personal. My guy's lookin' at 25 years for a rape he didn't do, and everyone thinks I'm a jerk because I just can't have a drink, play nice and let it all go. (Gets up to leave) Excuse me, I have a summation to write.

    • Richard: George, you stabbed a guy 36 times and cut his penis off. George: I was angry. Richard: Yeah, well "He pissed me off" isn't a defense.

    • Jerry: Trying a case here is like having a second prosecutor on the bench. Judge Kessler: You're in contempt!

    • Jerry: You're a joke! Judge Kessler: Get him out of here!

    • Judge Kessler: What part of "I don't care" don't you understand?

    • Michelle: Man 1, Five flat.
      Jerry: I'm sorry, what?
      Michelle: That's my offer.
      Jerry: Amend it. Pedro just hit a grand slam.
      Michelle: (rolls her eyes) I have a grieving family out there, Jerry.
      Jerry: You have a bad case you tried to make good. We'll take Man 2 and a year.
      Michelle: Okay, give me ten minutes.
      Jerry: The jury could come back in five with an acquittal.
      Michelle: Man 2, two to six.
      Jerry: No. He gets paroled today, time served. You crossed the line, Michelle.

    • Michelle: So do I get it? Nick: Yeah. (as Michelle walks away) Don't let your nuts get too big for your skirt. Michelle: That's disgusting. Nick: I'm serious. Thank you.

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    Notes (37)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: January 10, 2012 on JOJ Plus

    • Featured Music: "Life Is Beautiful" by Vega 4

    • This episode premiered commercial free in the US on TNT.

    • International Episode Titles:
      Slovakia: Guatemalské lietadlo (Guatemala Airplane)

    • Original International Air Dates:
      Slovakia: January 11, 2012 on JOJ Plus

    • Terry Hoyos (Esther Ramos) is credited as Terri Hoyos. Reynaldo Gallegos (Pedro Morales) is credited as Rey Gallegos. Brent Tarnol (Cedric) is credited as Brent Austin Tarnol.

    • Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Natalia Cigliuti were both cast members of the teen comedy Saved By The Bell, Natalia being part of Saved By The Bell: The New Cla$s that began after Mark-Paul's original show ended. They did share an episode in the Saved By The Bell: The New Cla$s episode "Goodbye Bayside High Part 2".

    • International Episode Titles:
      Slovakia: Budem, chcem (I Will, I Want)

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    Trivia (8)

    • In this episode, Jerry reveals to his client/friend (Will) that he is not close with his parents. He states that they find him to be a disappointment since he's chosen to be a public defender, rather than a "real" lawyer. We hear similar sentiments (during the series) from Richard, whose family owns a prestigious club and whose father runs a high-class law firm. Richard alludes to the fact that some members of his family feel like he could be doing "so much more" with his life and education.

    • Andrei Markova has a female last name. As Russian surnames decline by gender, his should be Andrei Markov. His mother or wife would be Markova

    • Charlie came out of the closet in this episode, first to Kessler, and then to his friends.

    • Goof: In the scene where Balco is chewing Marcus out for talking to his girlfriend about the case, Balco's office door alternates between being open and closed in different shots.

    • The firm Jefferson Cox & Associates is situated at 2499 Madison Ave, along with RPK Advertising and Feige Press/Publications. Feige is the last name of one of the show's creators (David Feige).

    • Judge Albert Farnsworth: In the spirit of generosity, I will grant the defense' motion to set aside the verdict and I'll release Ms. Redman on her own recognizance. Laurel's last name is Redson and not Redman.

    • Marcus McGrath and Jerry Kellerman have been best friends since college.

    • Jerry Kellerman was named after his grandfather.

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    Allusions (22)

    • Curious George: Curious George is the protagonist of a series of popular childrens books by the same name, written by Hans Augusto Rey and Margret Rey.[1] The books feature a curious monkey named George, who is brought from his home in Africa by "The Man with The Yellow Hat" to live with him in a big city.

    • Will: I've been waiting, Waiting for Godot. Waiting for Godot is a play by Samuel Beckett in which two characters are waiting for a man named Godot, who never arrives.

    • Episode Title: Richie Rich was a popular animated TV show in the early '80s about a boy born into an extremely wealthy family.

    • Nick: Either there's a glitch in the matrix or we've been down this road before. In the 1999 scifi film The Matrix, a deja vu is explained by Trinity (Carrie-Anne Moss) as a glitch in the matrix.

    • Detective Dougherty: It was a Knick jersey. Vintage. It had Frazier on the back. Walt Frazier wore jersey No.10 as he played for the New York Knicks in his first 10 seasons in the NBA and helped them win two championships (1970, 1973).

    • Sherron Nettles: Just skip trial. Straight to prison. Do not pass go. A Chance card in the popular board game Monopoly reads: "Go directly to jail. Do not pass go. Do not collect $200.00."

    • Michelle: Final jeopardy, Jerry. Take the plea or worry about the 25 years I'm gonna ask for after trial. Final Jeopardy is the last round played in the long-running trivia game show Jeopardy! where the contestants are asked to wager anything from a dollar to all of their cash earnings and answer one final question.

    • Det. Winoski: I love these ADAs. They all love to be Kojaks as long as we do all the dirty work. Theo Kojak (Telly Savalas) is a New York Police detective lieutenant in the '70s crime drama Kojak.

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  • Fan Reviews (24)
  • Too Bad I Missed the Original Run

    By LarryMindlin, Aug 08, 2012

  • Cheap Money!!

    By bostonjoe, Jan 02, 2011

  • There is potential here, if the producers are willing to make some significant changes.

    By dragonwych, Sep 17, 2008

  • ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ. Everyone's a caricature.

    By rstutes, Oct 09, 2008

  • Pathetic script. Every lawyer on this show would be disbarred.

    By tmbuktu, Oct 16, 2008