The Guardian

CBS (ended 2004)



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The Guardian

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The theme song to The Guardian is The Empire In My Mind as performed by Jakob Dylan of The Wallflowers.
Erica Leerhsen

Erica Leerhsen

Amanda Bowles [1- 14]

Simon Baker

Simon Baker

Nick Fallin

Wendy Moniz

Wendy Moniz

Louisa "Lulu" Archer

Dabney Coleman

Dabney Coleman

Burton Fallin

Charles Malik Whitfield

Charles Malik Whitfield

James Mooney [Episodes 1-45]

Raphael Sbarge

Raphael Sbarge

Jake Straka

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  • excellent, but could have been even better

    "The Guardian" is an excellent show that could have been even better. It needed more "edge," or grit, especially in the case of the main character, Nick Fallin, as played by the elegantly handsome Simon Baker. Although I have no insider information about this, I get the feeling that Baker himself may have objected to having his character shown in extremely humiliating, messy, or too explicitly sexual situations.

    Maybe it's not fair to compare "The Guardian" to "NYPD Blue," as they're very different types of shows, but nonetheless, if David Caruso was willing to bare his backside in the extended sex scenes on "Blue" in the early 1990's, it seems to me that Simon Baker should have been willing to do the same in the early 2000's. Instead, Nick's first sexual encounters with Lulu are barely glimpsed by viewers. They take place in semi-public and rather sordid places, the kind of locations that feature in male fantasies, but rarely in reality: a public bathroom stall and and office. I'd be surprised if one woman in a thousand prefers this kind of unexpected and uncomfortable--not to mention unprotected--sexual encounters to a good romp in a comfortable bed. And then, once Nick and Lulu are an item, we rarely see more than a few seconds of their love life. Nick's other sexual encounters either take place entirely off-stage (Suzanne Pell) or are glimpsed only briefly (the gorgeous blond

    Then there are what I'll call the "sick Alvin gets one of those--he's heard throwing up in a Legal Services bathroom, comes out, drinks water and throws up again. Jake is heard heaving in a Fallin law offices toilet. But Nick, who is repeatedly shown practically falling-down drunk and one time sprawled on a barroom floor, never gets sick. After that take-down punch he absorbed in the bar, he should have been projectile puking tequila! No need for the camera to dwell on this-- but a quick shot of this kind of messy humiliation would have made his drinking problem a lot more vivid. Same with drugs: we never actually see him using cocaine; we just hear about it and see him once with his drug of choice in hand. The single episode toward the end of the series, where Nick OD's on a hallucinogen, was very powerful, but it made his drug use seem occasional and exceptional, rather than habitual.

    And speaking of drugs, Nick admits that he REALLY likes cocaine, a drug whose recidivism rate is extremely high. Given his continued drug and alcohol use, plus his blatant infidelity, I don't find it at all surprising that Lulu refuses to marry him and for a while wants nothing to do with him.

    Regarding Alvin: I don't understand why an obviously "ethnic" Jewish character-actor was given the WASP last name Masterson. Alan Rosenberg not only looks Jewish; his speech patterns, gestures, everything about him, including what must have been the ad-libbing of a couple of Yiddish words into the dialog, are quintessentially Jewish.

    Clearly, David Hollander was told that the series would end with its third season, and he had to come up with an appropriate ending. I thought he did well, given that circumstance. Throughout the series Nick seemed like a balloon being pumped full of more and more air: how many more encounters with poverty, violence, vulnerability, misery, abuse and the endless variety of family dysfunction could he take before he exploded? But Hollander didn't go for the obvious; Nick never does explode, unless we count his tearful moment coming out of his hallucinogen-induced trip. But by the end of the series he finally becomes fed up with corporate greed, pettiness and dishonesty, and he abandons his lucrative legal career for one as the head of the Legal Services office where he'd initially been forced to work. This is an enormous transformation, shown effectively without resorting to pyrotechnics or theatrical drama.moreless
  • hiiiiii

    can somebody please gimme torrent links of this show!!
  • loved it

    wished there was more then three seasons where lulu and nick got married and raised their baby while pracising law. showing more of nivks dad and and thir family as well as practicing law or gaing addituional add ons to the group like where they delt with special needs etc. I believe this Tv series could of gone further in many ways after he got off probaation. I know i began watching it on netflikx and was hooked. Too bad they stoped after only three seasons. i didnt like how nick and his dad both were gone out of their own buissness and the other greedy partners and lawyers were greedy. also where nicks dad couldnt realize that nick just may have been a klittle upset cuz his dad took good care of shannon but not to nick. I could go on and on and on.moreless
  • The it back

    I found this series on Netflix and I was could not stop watching it til the end of the three I went on internet to find more! cannot believe it was was so much intensity in the characters and each character's weaknesses were exposed regardless of their social positions or financial portrayed the humanity of the world and the struggles within its justice just wish it would come back!!!
  • Oh my word

    A curiously compelling drama, populated by three of the most annoyingly self-righteous characters I have ever seen on a screen. The central character, Nick Fallin, is a young, wealthy, hot-shot lawyer with a drink and drugs problem. Part of his problem is his emotional distance from those around him. His father Burton is a self-absorbed, self-righteous man who really cannot understand that maybe his son might just have this problem because his father has limited understanding and empathy himself. Burton chooses to adopt a teenage girl, even when he is taken on a complete ride by the girl, he learns nothing from the experience. Nick is sentenced to complete community service which involves him doing pro buono work for a child services legal service. Nick can barely be responsible for himself, but through his job he learns a measure of selfless responsibility. However, his boss, Alvin (another self-righteous know-it-all) is yet another difficulty for Nick to overcome. There truly are times when Alvin's general blindness to reality, and tiresome meddling really reach epic proportions.

    Inexplicably, Nick falls in love with Lulu. She is engaged to another man. She clearly desires Nick, but elopes with the other man anyway. Whom she then leaves for Nick. Yet somehow, she maintains an annoying moral high ground, as Nick struggles with his difficulties to open up because he has genuinely fallen in love with her, she treats him either to a display of hostility or with a breathtaking lack of understanding.

    Nick is a flawed character, but he has heart and a conscience. At times it seems as though everyone around him, with the possible exception of the social services case worker Lauri Salt, has neither heart, understanding, or conscience.

    I could never understand why he is attracted to Lulu who at best blows hot and cold. His father is cold and manipulative, and his boss at the social services legal team is manipulative and not precisely supportive or helpful. If I were Nick, I think I would have chosen a complete break from the people who do a lot to keep Nick exactly where he starts out at, and not help him in any way.

    It is a well put together series. Nick is played with true emotional understanding by Simon Baker (pre the very much better The Mentalist). It is worth catching, but you will find yourself wanting to line Burton, Alvin and Lulu up to slap them. Therein lies the frustration.moreless

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