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Former law school classmates reunite in court when they take on rival clients.
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Cast

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Mark-Paul Gosselaar ... Jerry Kellerman (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

Gloria Reuben ... Rosalind Whitman (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

Currie Graham ... Nick Balco (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

Melissa Sagemiller ... Michelle Ernhardt (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

J. August Richards ... Marcus McGrath (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

Jonathan Scarfe ... Charlie Sagansky (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

Teddy Sears ... Richard Patrick Woolsley (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

Jane Kaczmarek ... Judge Trudy Kessler (25 episodes, 2008-2009)

Natalia Cigliuti ... Roberta Gilardi / ... (24 episodes, 2008-2009)

Stacy Hall ... Vince Culp (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
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Series Directed by
Jesse Bochco (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Rick Bota (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jeannot Szwarc (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Eric Laneuville (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Martha Mitchell (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Writing credits
Steven Bochco (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Feige (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jonathan Abrahams (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alison Cross (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joel Fields (4 episodes, 2009)

Series Produced by
David Feige .... supervising producer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alison Cross .... consulting producer (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jesse Bochco .... co-executive producer (17 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dayna Kalins .... producer (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jonathan Abrahams .... producer (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Steven Bochco .... executive producer (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Caroline James .... coordinating producer / producer (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joel Fields .... consulting producer (13 episodes, 2009)
Jennifer L. Pearlman .... line producer: nyc (10 episodes, 2008)
Jonathan P. Shaw .... co-producer (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Elicia Bessette .... associate producer (7 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Original Music by
James S. Levine (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Cinematography by
Rick Bota (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Frank Perl (2 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Film Editing by
Rick Tuber (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jonathan P. Shaw (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mark S. Manos (5 episodes, 2009)
Nick Berrisford (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Casting by
Scott Genkinger (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Junie Lowry-Johnson (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Production Design by
Bruce Robert Hill (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Erin Boyd (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Costume Design by
Jill Lucas (15 episodes, 2009)
Nadine Haders (10 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Makeup Department
John Damiani .... key makeup artist (15 episodes, 2009)
Denise Fischer .... key makeup artist / makeup department head / ... (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Sharisse Fine .... department head hair / department head hairstylist (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jody Burton .... key hair stylist (10 episodes, 2008)
Elisabeth Fry .... makeup department head (10 episodes, 2008)
Amy Sparks .... makeup artist (10 episodes, 2008)
Andrea Whitten .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 2008)

Jani Kleinbard .... hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Caroline James .... unit production manager (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Elicia Bessette .... post-production supervisor (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Melody Beam .... second assistant director (15 episodes, 2009)
Xochi Blymyer .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Bob Kozicki .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joseph J. Kontra .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 2008)
Nate Murphy .... dga trainee (10 episodes, 2008)
Shawn Pipkin .... second second assistant director (10 episodes, 2008)
Redelia Shaw .... dga trainee (9 episodes, 2009)
Craig Langus .... dga trainee (6 episodes, 2009)
Jana Ludwigova .... second second assistant director (5 episodes, 2009)

Kate Marie Boyle .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Mark Tobey .... first assistant director (unknown episodes)
Maileen Williams .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Michael F. Loomer .... on-set dresser (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
John J. Bradley .... set dresser (15 episodes, 2009)
Penelope Franco Gilmore .... set decoration coordinator / set dec production assistant (15 episodes, 2009)
Alex Goode .... art department coordinator (14 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jim Ondrejko .... construction coordinator (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Dean Wilson .... property master (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mark Rodriguez .... leadman (12 episodes, 2009)
Gary Warshaw .... assistant art director (11 episodes, 2009)
Michael P. Hunter .... assistant property master (10 episodes, 2008)
Martha Johnston .... set designer (10 episodes, 2008)
Linda A. King .... assistant art director (10 episodes, 2008)
Rick Staves .... set dresser (10 episodes, 2008)
Brett Bowden .... lead scenic (9 episodes, 2008)
Stephen MacMillin .... leadman (9 episodes, 2008)
David Dunn .... set dresser (7 episodes, 2009)
Mike Suhy .... set dresser (5 episodes, 2008)
John R. Boucher .... set dresser (5 episodes, 2009)
Hugo Santiago .... set designer (4 episodes, 2009)
Cheryl Gould Strang .... leadman (3 episodes, 2009)

Lisa Penaranda .... leadman (unknown episodes)
Eric Rood .... key on-set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Robert Janiger .... production sound mixer (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Tim Song Jones .... boom operator / utility sound technician (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
George Haddad .... supervising sound editor (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Edmond J. Coblentz Jr. .... sound designer / sound editor (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alexandra Fehrman .... sound recordist (19 episodes, 2008-2009)
Yervant Hagopian .... utility sound technician (15 episodes, 2009)
Paul Longstaffe .... dialogue editor (12 episodes, 2009)
Aaron Levy .... sound re-recording mixer (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Reginald Dunn .... boom operator (10 episodes, 2008)
Ryan Maguire .... foley mixer (8 episodes, 2008)
Ross Davis .... sound re-recording mixer (4 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Special Effects by
J.D. Streett .... special effects coordinator (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Visual Effects by
O.T. Hight .... visual effects artist (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Stunts
Tanner Gill .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2008)
Jeff Wolfe .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2008)
Ron Stein .... stunt coordinator (1 episode, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Sean Piper .... grip: dolly grip / grip (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Greg Dellerson .... second assistant camera / second assistant camera: "a" camera / ... (23 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mike Blauvelt .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Arien Hatch .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mick Spitalnick .... b dolly grip / grip (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Doug Weinmann .... electrician (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Frankie Martinez .... electrician (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lee Schmicker .... best boy electrician (20 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jessica Spuehler .... grip (18 episodes, 2008-2009)
Rex Anson Rhorer .... dolly grip (15 episodes, 2009)
Craig Peiffer .... key grip (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Philip Lee .... b-camera operator / camera operator: "b" camera / ... (12 episodes, 2009)
Jeffrey M. Hall .... gaffer (11 episodes, 2008-2009)
David Canestro .... best boy grip (9 episodes, 2008)
Trey Clinesmith .... a cam/Steadicam operator (9 episodes, 2008)
Christopher Mack .... first assistant camera (9 episodes, 2008)
Chava Monjaraz .... dolly operator: "b" camera / dolly grip (9 episodes, 2008)
Tony Olivieri .... camera operator (9 episodes, 2008)
Ralph Scherer .... dolly grip (8 episodes, 2008)
Karen Neal .... still photographer (6 episodes, 2008)
Jeff Hall .... gaffer (5 episodes, 2008)
Lauren Blair .... electrician (4 episodes, 2008)
Thomas Burns .... rigging electrician (4 episodes, 2008)
Eric McCandless .... still photographer (3 episodes, 2008-2009)
Ben Cain .... camera utility: additional photography (3 episodes, 2008)
David Speck .... additional second assistant camera: "b" camera (3 episodes, 2008)
Bryan Gilbert .... grip (3 episodes, 2009)
Jay Pope .... grip (3 episodes, 2009)
Pete Escobar .... grip (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Jesse Crusing .... additional electrician (2 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Casting Department
Kevin Mockrin .... casting associate (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice casting (15 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lisa Freiberger .... executive in charge of casting (10 episodes, 2008)
Kiki Ruud .... casting (10 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
April Dunlap .... production assistant: costume department (15 episodes, 2009)
Mark Anthony Summers .... costume supervisor (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mairi Chisholm .... assistant costume designer (12 episodes, 2009)
Richard Boitano .... costumer (10 episodes, 2008)
Lincoln Holmes .... wardrobe production assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Brandy Lusvardi .... key costumer (10 episodes, 2008)
Christy Stubbs .... costumer (10 episodes, 2008)
Gelareh Khalioun .... costumer (9 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Editorial Department
Randy Beveridge .... senior colorist / colorist (22 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mallory Yund .... post coordinator (10 episodes, 2008)
Damien Smith .... assistant editor (9 episodes, 2008-2009)
Claire Newman .... post-production coordinator (8 episodes, 2009)
Nick Berrisford .... assistant editor (7 episodes, 2008-2009)
 
Series Music Department
Mark Wike .... music editor / music supervisor (21 episodes, 2008-2009)
Josh Klein .... composer: additional music (20 episodes, 2008-2009)
Josh Hertz .... assistant music editor (12 episodes, 2009)
Aaron Kaplan .... composer: additional music (10 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Transportation Department
Mel Langford .... transportation (11 episodes, 2009)
David Christenson .... production driver (9 episodes, 2008)
Jerry Henry .... transportation coordinator (8 episodes, 2008-2009)
Walter McClain .... transportation captain (4 episodes, 2008)
 
Series Other crew
Joe Cappelletti .... adr voice director (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Amy D'Alessandro .... titles / titles by (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Abby Emmett .... production coordinator / assistant production coordinator (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Angela Simpson .... payroll accountant (25 episodes, 2008-2009)
Patrick Hollon .... production assistant (24 episodes, 2008-2009)
Devon Marie King .... stand-in (13 episodes, 2008-2009)
Susan Kong .... production accountant (12 episodes, 2008-2009)
Mela Lee .... adr voice replacement / voice actor (10 episodes, 2008-2009)
Alex Chernoff .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Amelia Elder .... executive assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Nicholas Gusikoff .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Jonathan Risinger .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2008)
Doug Smith .... production coordinator (10 episodes, 2008)
Chris Hanson .... medical technical advisor (9 episodes, 2009)
Michelle Debbaudt .... assistant: Steven Bochco (5 episodes, 2008-2009)
Lalida Sujjavasin .... assistant production coordinator (5 episodes, 2009)
Claudia Eastman .... location manager (4 episodes, 2008)
Laura Bagano .... crafts services (4 episodes, 2009)
Danny Cohen .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2009)
Monique Drumheller .... crafts services (4 episodes, 2009)
Gisele Gaines .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2009)
Jon Ko .... set medic (4 episodes, 2009)
Deirdre Murphy .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2009)
John Perez .... production assistant (4 episodes, 2009)
Cheri Taylor .... script coordinator (4 episodes, 2009)
Curtis Wilmot .... location manager (4 episodes, 2009)
Phillip Arnold .... assistant: Dayna Bochco (3 episodes, 2009)
Paula Hunziker .... script supervisor (3 episodes, 2009)
Amelia Johnson .... assistant: Caroline James / assistant: Jesse Bochco (3 episodes, 2009)
Cheryl Starbuck .... script supervisor (2 episodes, 2008-2009)
Eric Rogers .... script coordinator (2 episodes, 2008)
Claire Newman .... post production coordinator (2 episodes, 2009)
 

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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful.
Friends And Colleagues And Adversaries, 31 August 2009
Author: bkoganbing from Buffalo, New York

The mostly young cast of Raising The Bar and the performances they give will probably interest more young people into going into the law than any other show since Perry Mason. It's also a lot more realistic than Perry Mason.

The real test for this show and perhaps it's a bit unfair to compare it with Steven Bochco's last big NYPD Blue in terms of staying power, is to see if the premise carries it beyond the attractive cast. It certainly sustains Law And Order despite cast changes that have completely eliminated the original members now. That's what happened with NYPD Blue, but they did have Dennis Franz to anchor that show.

Bochco got his cast from a variety of sources from daytime and nighttime television, in some cases the players have experience in both. There are role models aplenty here.

My favorite is Mark-Paul Gosselaar who shed the Zack Morris image in NYPD Blue has now gone on to a different idealistic character in the person of Legal Aid lawyer Jerry Kellerman. There was an episode where his supervisor at the panel criticized him for being unable to watch an injustice being persecuted. Now that's someone I can always admire. Gosselaar as Kellerman is charming, mature, and idealistic and looking a whole lot better since he shed the long hair from the first season.

For those who like hard as nails prosecutors, Currie Graham also from NYPD Blue is supervising bureau chief assistant district attorney Nick Baldo. Hard to believe that Jack McCoy and Baldo work for the same office. They think they're doing society a service, but it's also a numbers game with them, to rack up a collection of scalps so to speak. Baldo shows why the Kellermans of the world are really needed.

And you have to love Mary Jane Kaczmarek as the tough female judge who's succeeded in what was a male dominated profession. Remember it was only 28 years ago a woman finally made it to the Supreme Court. She's had to be tough to survive. It's also twisted her somewhat, in many ways she's the most complex character on the show.

Shows that have as long a run as NYPD Blue are few and far between, but I'm hoping this one has a real long 7 to 8 year run. The scripts are literate and factual and the players make you care about their characters. What's not to like?

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