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  • S 2 : Ep 16

    Wayne's World 3: Killer Shark

    Aired 5/20/08

  • S 2 : Ep 15

    One Hit Wonder

    Aired 5/13/08

  • S 2 : Ep 14

    Leaving Las Vegas

    Aired 5/6/08

  • S 2 : Ep 13

    Bar Fight

    Aired 4/29/08

  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Partners in Crime

    Aired 1/27/08

  • Cast & Crew
  • James Woods (I)

    Sebastian Stark

  • Jeri Ryan

    Jessica Devlin

  • Henry Simmons

    Isaac Wright [episodes 14- ]

  • Danielle Panabaker

    Julie Stark

  • Sarah Carter

    Madeleine Poe

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  • Sebastian Stark, a charismatic, supremely self-confident defense attorney who, after a shocking outcome in one of his cases and a personal epiphany, brings his cutthroat tactics to the prosecutor's office as the head of the Los Angeles District Attorney's High Profile Crime Unit. A group of young prosecutors are about to have the learning experience of a lifetime because, although Stark is seeking to redeem himself, he has no intention of cooling his underhanded approach to cases just because he's now working for the "good guys."moreless

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  • Quotes (219)

    • Stark: I am great, and yet… I am humble.

    • Julie: (to Stark) You know, when that lady died and you lost it, I really thought you'd changed. Turns out you just changed sides.

    • Stark: I eat prosecutors for breakfast, they’re my main source of fiber.

    • Julie: You're the only father I'm ever gonna have and, if there is a God, I'm the only kid you're ever gonna have.

    • Billie Willis: Since when is secretly taping sex, punishable by murder? Stark: Since rule number three. Jury trials are not about the law, they're about what twelve people think is right.

    • Stark: I live by three simple rules — my cutthroat manifesto. These rules guide every single decision I make on every single case. Rule number one: Trial is war, second place is death. Rule number two: Truth, is relative. Pick one that works. Rule number three: In a jury trial, there are only twelve opinions that matter.

    • Stark: Winning is the only thing that matters. Billie Willis: What about justice? Stark: Hey, your job is to win. Justice is God's problem.

    • Deena Brock: (to Stark) You didn’t just save his life... you saved mine too.

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    Notes (113)

    • International Air Dates: Australia – August 6, 2007 on Network 7 Czech Republic – January 6, 2008 on Prima Croatia – July 7, 2009 on HTV 2

    • Featured Music: "Have A Little Faith In Me" by John Hiatt "Hey Mrs (Glamour Puss Remix)" by I Monster

    • This episode was leaked on the Internet on July 12, 2006.

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

    • International Air Dates: Australia – August 13, 2007 on Network 7 Czech Republic – January 13, 2008 on Prima Croatia – July 8, 2009 on HTV 2

    • Featured Music:
      "Undiscovered" by James Morrison

    • This episode was dedicated "In Loving Memory of Michael J. Woods." Michael Jeffrey Woods was the brother of James Woods, he died July 26, 2006 from cardiac arrest.

    • Robert Shapiro, who plays one of Stark's poker buddies in this episode, is a legal consultant on the series.

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    Trivia (18)

    • During the first meeting between Stark and Russo, there is a scene with a bus passing the D.A.'s office. On this bus is a sign that reads "Studio 60" and can be seen if it is freeze-framed.

    • The crash expert on the stand also shows his lack of credibility by saying "ninety-nine point thirty-seven" no engineer, physicist, or mathematician would say it that way. All decimals are spoken point by point so a true expert would say "point three seven".

    • Text Message on PDA Phone at Beginning of Episode: Alert 6:33 pm. New Text Message from D.A. Office (M). Double homicide Mulholland overlook. Arrive ASAP.

    • The watch Stark is wearing in the opening scene is a Chronoswiss Klassik Chronograph.

    • When Stark dismissed the jury during the arrest of Judge Bennett, his pose with arms upright in the shape of a "V" was an homage to Richard Nixon.

    • When Stark's team is explaining the oil residue, the right-top corner of the laptop screen says "Mute" in bright green letters, but, strangely enough, the application makes sounds as each window is brought forward.

    • After Tim Matheson, Gary Cole is the second actor that played a Vice President in The West Wing to appear on Shark. Matheson played Vice President John Hoynes, Cole played Vice President Bob Russell. Curiously, they showed up in consecutive episodes (Tim Matheson guest-starred last week), they both played figures from Stark's past, and they were both implicated in a murder case.

    • Right before Masters shoots the surveillance camera, he speaks directly to the authorities, saying, "If we're not on that copter in 29 minutes, everyone dies." There is even a reaction from Jessica Devlin as if she heard it. The camera is video-only and there is no open phone line in the courtroom. There is no way those words could have been heard.

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    Allusions (34)

    • Stark: The white teen Oprah speaks Oprah Gail Winfrey (born January 29, 1954 in Kosciusko, Mississippi) is a multiple-Emmy Award winning host of The Oprah Winfrey Show, the highest rated talk show in television history. The show is highly influential, especially upon women, and many of its topics penetrate into American pop-cultural consciousness.

    • The title is allusion to the ABC series NYPD Blue.

    • The title is probably a reference to the 1989 hit album and song Dr. Feelgood by Motley Crue.

    • The Prince Stark: I'd rather be feared than loved. This quote is referring to the book "The Prince", a political treatise written in the early 16th century by Niccolò Machiavelli, a political philosopher who believed that in order to retain power one must instill fear, but not hatred.

    • Julie: That's predicted, the Bat Signal. In the various fictional worlds of Batman, the Bat Signal is a specially modified searchlight with a stylized symbol of a bat placed on it so that it projects a large bat emblem on the sky or buildings of Gotham City. The origin of the signal varies between timeline and media. In the 1989 Batman film, Batman gave the signal to the police. The Bat Signal is used as much to enhance the terror effect of Batman on criminal elements as a signal.

    • Stark: You and Inspector Clouseau here... Inspector Jacques Clouseau (later chief inspector) is a fictional character in Blake Edwards's Pink Panther series. In most of the films, he was played by Peter Sellers, with one film in which he was played by Alan Arkin and one in which he was played by an uncredited Roger Moore. In the most recent Pink Panther film, he was played by Steve Martin.

    • Raina: There's a special place in Hell for Josh Carpenter. Stark: But, before you call Dante, let's run this thing down. Dante Alighieri was an Italian poet of the late 13th and early 14th centuries. His seminal work was The Divine Comedy, considered the first great work of fiction. The most famous portion of this was the Inferno, where Roman poet Virgil gives Dante a tour through the various sections of Hell.

    • Stark: Whoa. There goes the Heisman. John William Heisman (October 23, 1869 – October 3, 1936) was a prominent American football player and college football coach in the early era of the sport and is the namesake of the Heisman Trophy awarded annually to the season's best college football player.

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  • Fan Reviews (79)
  • A use your brain series

    By BruceCourter, Feb 10, 2012

  • Shark

    By amber8032, Jan 06, 2009

  • A brilliant show with an ensemble of amazing cast.

    By xanderodell, Aug 02, 2009

  • Funny.

    By cactusjack39, Apr 23, 2009

  • Bring this show back! and give it more attention it deserves!

    By angelber13, Jan 17, 2009

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