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Series cast summary:
...  Sebastian Stark 38 episodes, 2006-2008
...  Julie Stark 38 episodes, 2006-2008
...  Raina Troy 38 episodes, 2006-2008
...  Madeleine Poe 38 episodes, 2006-2008
...  Jessica Devlin 38 episodes, 2006-2008
...  Isaac Wright 32 episodes, 2006-2008
...  Casey Woodland 22 episodes, 2006-2007
...  Danny Reyes 16 episodes, 2007-2008


Sebastian Stark is a Los Angeles hot-shot lawyer, who leaves his lucrative career as a defender of rich criminals to try public prosecution under the District Attorney. He forms a trial team of his own, consisting of young lawyers, like Casey Woodland, son of a legislator, who get an opportunity to learn straight from the master, if they can stand his hellish pace, and walk the tight rope between respecting the law while using it and winning whatever it takes. A Private Investigator helps out digging up factual information. In nearly every episode, a criminal is found out and put behind bars, after testing out tactics in Stark's private mock court, Sebastian often also has to deal with his daughter Julie, who surprisingly chose to live with him, rather than her mother, in New York City, after their divorce. Written by KGF Vissers

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Official Sites:

CBS [United States]



Release Date:

21 September 2006 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Shark - Giustizia a tutti i costi  »

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(38 episodes)

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1.78 : 1
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Did You Know?


In the pilot, Claire Stark was portrayed by Lindsay Frost, when the character returned for a more permanent role in season two, she was replaced by Orla Brady. In the process, her character went from being American to an Irish-born U.S. citizen. See more »


In Season One, Jessica's opponent in the race for the D.A.'s office is named Brian Cutler. He is never seen on screen, but people refer to him on multiple occasions. When Kevin Pollak begins playing the character in Season Two, his name becomes Leo Cutler. See more »


Detective Isaac Wright: [Stark has just asked Isaac to follow Julie again] I can get someone from the department...
Sebastian Stark: I can't trust anyone else with this!
Detective Isaac Wright: No! I'm safer working undercover.
Sebastian Stark: [pause] ... please.
Detective Isaac Wright: [resigned] This is the LAST time...
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Obnoxious 'Good Guy' Doesn't Work
24 January 2009 | by See all my reviews

My guess is that one of the big reasons this show got canceled was that, in the long run, people are not going to relate to a "hero" - the supposed "good guy" - when he's not a good guy.

It's nice to see a super-smart lawyer help put away the bad guys, but "Shark" is so unlikable, so devoid of any principles, so arrogant and hyper - eventually people tune out.

Hey, James Woods is a great actor, a super-intelligent guy in "real life," and always interesting....but his role here is just way too obnoxious. His young group of assistants are all PC-sickening people. "Shark"s incredibly beautiful daughter, played blandly by Danielle Panabaker, is also a Hollywood stereotype: a kid smarter than her parents. The fact that her father is an extremely successful lawyer makes it all the more ludicrous when the daughter wins every argument.

I go could go on and on, but what's the point? The show is history, and that's no surprise. Watching the first two episodes back-to-back for two hours the other night was enough for me. The writers of this show outsmarted themselves.

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