Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Sunday 10:00 PM Sep 21, 2006 on CBS
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After a shocking outcome in one of his cases and a personal epiphany, Sebastian Stark decides to leave his job as a defense attorney. Now looking for a new job, he has been offered the position of director of the Los Angeles DA's high-profile crime unit, but with a twist - he will have to train a new team of inexperienced lawyers.moreless

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  • Sebastian Stark is the attorney of the series, he is ruthless, determined and definately the lawyer that you want on your side. Stark is the Shark of the legal world.

    The series and the pilot starts off with Stark standing and persuading a jury that his client is innocent of the crime of attempted murder of his wife, the jury agree with his smooth talking approach and find him not guilty. Then six days later, Stark goes to the crime scene, we find his previous client at the table talking to a policeman regarding the issue of the murder of his wife. Stark refuses to be his lawyer, knowing that he is part responcible for it.

    Stark becomes depressed, self pity and self loathing come into play also. He gets visited by his daughter and reminded of the custody case, she has turned 16 and gets to decide on which of her parents she wishes to stay with.

    A friend throws him a life line, this one in the form of a job, from the mayor, to lead the high profile crime unit in the DA's office, he would be in charge of leading the team. He takes it and turns from being defence lawyer into a prosecutor. The DA, Jessica isnt best pleased that Stark is joining her team, gets a little justice by placing Stark at his team in an office / storage room.

    The teams first case is to prosecute a singer, accused of killing a man, where she is claiming the defence of self defence as he was trying to rape her. Stark offers her lawyers a deal, they refuse and so it goes to trial. Starks strategy is based on the sex session of the couple downloaded from the internet, to disprove her theory. But her lawyers have another angle which starks team did not know about and he is irate with them. They change tactics with the evidence of her passed but they eventually get the right result.

    Then last scenes of the pilot, show Starks daughter on the stand, in front of the custody judge, saying good things about both parents but choosing to live with her dad. Claire says to her ex-husband, "This is the biggest case you'll ever get – don't blow it."moreless
  • Prometedor comienzo

    La serie promete, a ver si logra desarrollar el potencial que parece tener, lo cierto es que no es fácil, ya que se han hecho tantas series de abogados que no sé si esta podrá aportar algo nuevo, de momento que el protagonista sea fiscal ya es algo, por lo general suelen ser abogados defensores, muy buen fichaje el de James Word, seguro le aporta credibilidad y personalidad al personaje de Shark, por cierto veo muy en la línea de House, algo más blando claro pero con ese aire irónico, bueno en general este primer episodio no es nada del otro mundo, es más o menos lo que uno esperaría de cualquier episodio piloto con la presentación de personajes ect., eso si tiene un gran ritmo cortesía de Spik Lee quien dirige, lo dicho a seguir viendo y ver como evoluciona.moreless
  • Everything you want in a pilot...

    "Shark" hits the ground running, dropping us into a closing argument delivered by James Woods and setting up the premise of the series before the title card comes on screen.

    James Woods is given a lion's share to do in this episode, and he pulls it all off. Others have noted (rightfully so, I think) that this series sinks or swims depending on Woods, and his performance in the "Pilot" makes this an easy sell.

    I was pleasantly surprised by the way the Stark/Julie relationship is shaping up. I had never thought of James Woods as a father character before, but the relationship so far is steering clear of TV cliche, which is always nice to see.

    Count me as surprised also when the fired assistant prosecutor did not make a return. I was expecting there to be the usual sappy scene of Woods admitting he was wrong and how much she is needed...but no. She's out. So long, I'll see ya. It was a ray of hope among the cliched bunch who labors under Stark.

    Another ray of hope is the show's political side stories. The mayor of LA is a savvy politico, and it's nice to see that he's not buddy-buddy with the D.A. Jeri Ryan smolders in her scenes with Woods in her office, but their scenes in subsequent episodes have not had the same spark. I understand she assumes a greater role as the show goes on, so I am looking forward to seeing more of their sparring.

    The negative? Because there's so much introducing and set-up to do, the case of the week is not terribly compelling. The show does get better at this as it goes on, but it's hardly memorable in the "Pilot." Although Melissa Leo (of "Homicide: Life on the Street") has a nice, but brief, turn as the victim's mother.

    The "Pilot" got me in the water...I hope the rest of the series proves it was the right decision to swim with the "Shark."moreless
  • James Woods really makes this show stand out…

    What needs to be known, is that, I’m not a particularly big fan of „standalone” episode based shows. I simply find them incredibly predictable, with the viewer KNOWING that at least 8 times out of 10, the case is going to be solved in the same episode it was opened. Shark is no expection – it’s a standalone episode structured show, however, I still gave it a try – why? The answer is a name…. James Woods.

    I was really thrilled by the fact he was starring in this show. He’s an amazing actor, and I’m just excited to see him in television. And he doesn’t disappoint… everything he said, did in the episode was amazing. I usually say it’s untrue, but now, I’ve to say it: yes, even ONE actor can make something really uninteresting interesting.

    Without James Woods, this is just another lawyer show. Although yes, it has a twist, a big bad lawyer has to take over a group of newbie, unexperienced lawyer-wannabees, to teach them how to become a „shark”. Now, this sounds really interesting and all, but the thing is, - at least in this episode – all of the members of this little group are completetly uninteresting. There’s really nothing more to say about them: Each one of them is a cliché character, a poor excuse to showchase James Woods’ amazing acting skills. Now, I’m not saying that this will stay this way forever, but it pretty darn annoyed me throughout the episode. The episode’s got several good aspects, though. Let’s go through them.

    *The opening. It was great. Even a lawyer has feelings? Even a „Shark”? It was really well done, really got me interested.

    *The family plot thread. I’m usually not a fan of these, but it’s managed well in this show. This is the main source for Stark’s character development, at least in this episode.

    *The solution to the case. It was predictable, but somewhat interesting to see it play out.

    I can’t help noticing that there are alot of similiarities between Shark and House. The main character, the plot… everything. Unfortunately, Shark hasn’t found the balance House found from day 1. The episode’s pacing was a little bit unsatisfying in the middle of the episode, that needs work. Also, given Stark’s character, there should be more comedy. More one liners, more bullying. The dialouge was flawless, and Stark’s character is rapidly developing. However, I still can’t give full credit to the writers, as the newbies’ characters are not interesting at all. The direction was great, no complaints on that one. Acting was, mostly because of James Woods, perfect. Overall, it was a good pilot, with an impressive opener, and alot of promises. However, on it’s very own, the episode was barely above average.

    Writing: 2/3

    Direction: 2/2

    Tilt: 1/3

    Acting: 2/2

    Overall: 7/10moreless
  • Great series

    I think this series is a HIT, the actors chossen are good in each role, without talking abour shark. This actor is great and fits like a glove into the caracter. In this episode we see how a defense attorney changes sides and help the district attorney to winn cases he once defended. The family story is almost real life of a hard working attorney. I think they have a hit in their hands, i hope they keep this up.moreless
Todd Christian Hunter

Todd Christian Hunter

Terrence Rourke

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Mimi Michaels

Mimi Michaels

Jenny Dennison

Guest Star

Emilio Rivera

Emilio Rivera


Guest Star

Carlos Gomez

Carlos Gomez

Mayor Manuel Delgado

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