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Criminal lawyer Cleaver Greene defends the indefensible - from bigamists to cannibals and everything in between. He is champion of the lost cause, both in the court room and in the bedroom.
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Series cast summary:
Richard Roxburgh ...  Cleaver Greene 40 episodes, 2010-2018
Matt Day ...  David Potter 40 episodes, 2010-2018
Russell Dykstra ...  Barney Meagher 33 episodes, 2010-2018
Kate Box ...  Nicole 33 episodes, 2010-2018
Caroline Brazier ...  Wendy Greene / ... 32 episodes, 2010-2018
Keegan Joyce ...  Fuzz Greene 31 episodes, 2010-2018
Adrienne Pickering ...  Melissa Partridge / ... 29 episodes, 2010-2018
Danielle Cormack ...  Scarlet Meagher / ... 28 episodes, 2010-2016
Damien Garvey ...  Cal McGregor 25 episodes, 2012-2018
Tom Poulton Tom Poulton ...  Max Meagher / ... 19 episodes, 2010-2016
Madeline Towns Madeline Towns ...  Zoe Meagher / ... 18 episodes, 2010-2016


Criminal lawyer Cleaver Greene defends the indefensible - from bigamists to cannibals and everything in between. He is champion of the lost cause, both in the court room and in the bedroom.

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The bar gets even lower. (season 2) See more »


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Official Sites:

ABC [Australia]





Release Date:

13 July 2011 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

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Sound Mix:

Dolby Digital



Aspect Ratio:

16:9 HD
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Did You Know?


Cleaver Greene's character is loosely based on one of Sydney's most colourful barristers, an author and co-creator of Rake, Charles Waterstreet. Both (fictional) Greene and Waterstreet have a Bachelor of Law from the University of New South Wales. See more »


Remade as Rake (2014) See more »

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His life can only be described as a f——in trinewrick…
18 March 2014 | by The_late_Buddy_RyanSee all my reviews

Just two eps into season three, this is looking like one of the best TV series from anywhere, ever. Was dimly aware of Richard Roxburgh as a veteran Aussie actor who's in a lot of action flicks; he's a revelation here as Cleaver Greene, a Sydney trial lawyer with a gambling habit, multiple substance-abuse issues and a private life that can only be described as a f——in trinewrick. The scripts are inventive and very funny, Cleaver's drunken harangues in inappropriate venues especially so; the cases are sometimes based on real-world causes célèbres (like the cannibal who advertised online for a dinner partner), the ongoing dramedy of Cleaver's personal life is involving (and very funny), and the ep where Cleaver gets out of a slump by defending an Assange-like activist who's charged with treason is positively uplifting. The supporting cast is amazing; Australian TV seems to have a very deep bench of beautiful actresses who can really act, starting with Adrienne Pickering as Cleaver's love interest and onetime Xena sidekick Danielle Cormack as a cougar prosecutor. Guest spots by Aussie notables like Rachel Griffiths as a racebaiting shock jock, Toni Collette as a randy politician and Hugo Weaving as the cannibal—and those crispy accents with the foot-long vowel sounds—make this fabulous show even more delightful. First two seasons are available for streaming on Netflix, the third (even better!) is available on DVD. The kangaroo court scene from season three is one of the funniest things I've ever seen!

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