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|Created by||Peter Duncan|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||4|
|Running time||42 minutes|
|Picture format||720p (16:9 HDTV)|
|Audio format||Dolby Digital|
|Original run||January 23, 2014– present|
Rake is an American comedy-drama television series that is an adaptation of the Australian series of the same name, both of which are created by Peter Duncan. The series airs Thursdays on Fox and premiered on January 23, 2014. Duncan also serves as series producer with star Greg Kinnear, Peter Tolan, Michael Wimer, Richard Roxburgh (who also stars in the Australian version), and Ian Colletti on this version for Fedora Entertainment, Essential Media and Sony Pictures Television. On May 8, 2013, the series was added to the network's 2013–14 schedule as a late fall/mid-season entry.
The series follows Keegan Deane, a criminal defense lawyer whose personal problems have led him to self-destructive behavior that has him battling wits with everyone around him, including his ex-wife, the judges, the assistant district attorney, his bookie, and even the IRS.
The early episodes will be aired out of order as the original pilot, written by Peter Duncan and directed by Sam Raimi, had "an overload of not drama ... but maybe a little sadness," according to producer Peter Tolan. He added, "[it] worked against the episode. And so we refigured it, sort of toning that down". The episode originally portrays Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) in an unhealthy mental and physical state.
Rake scored 62 out of 100 on Metacritic based on 30 "generally favorable" reviews. Hank Stuever from The Washington Post gave it a B+ grade, stating in his seasonal preview that "House comparisons will surely abound, but Rake is easily one of the more confident network dramas to come our way of late. It's a procedural ... but it's just unorthodox enough to make me eager to see more." The Los Angeles Times' Mary McNamara stated "Rake owes more to the increasingly humane tone of family and female-based comedies like Modern Family and Parks and Recreation than Rescue Me, which could (fingers crossed) indicate a similar journey to the light for the ever-popular tortured white male." Jeff Jensen from Entertainment Weekly awarded the series a B grade, stating "Rake is yet another show that tries to entertain us with a boorish, morally sketchy protagonist. Comparisons have been made to House or cable drama cads like Don Draper, but it's the differences from the 'Unlikeable Antihero' archetypes of current TV that define the show."
Not all reviews were favorable: James Poniewozik of Time stated "You get the sense that the show ... is vacillating. Maybe it wants to be the kind of raw indictment/worship of reckless masculinity we've seen on cable. Or maybe it wants to be a more picaresque version of House, with a little less genius and a little more self-degradation." The Huffington Post's Maureen Ryan said "Part of the problem is Rake's diffidence about how bad a guy Keane is supposed to be. He's clearly a raging narcissist, yet the show deflects that aspect of his personality and tries to make him seem a little bit adorable. If we're supposed to fear that the worst aspects of his personality will land him in serious trouble, the tidy resolutions of various story points in the pilot seem to preclude that possibility ... Rake isn't a bad show, it just doesn't appear to have the courage of its convictions."
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||Production
|1||"Serial Killer"||Sam Raimi||Peter Duncan||January 23, 2014||RAK102||6.95|
|Criminal defense attorney Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) tries to balance his personal and professional life. After winning a poker game, he must enter a guilty plea for serial killer Jack Tarrant (Peter Stormare). However, at trial, Tarrant contradicts Deane and enters a not-guilty plea, accusing LAPD's Chief of Police Bernie Michaels (Bill Smitrovich) of being the author of Tarrant's written confessions to nine murders. Deane must sort out the truth, putting him at odds with the city's mayor and those working for him. Outside the trial, Deane totes around a Pacific bluefin tuna as payment from a client. He attempts to sell it in order to pay on his gambling debt.|
|2||"A Close Shave"||Scott Winant||Allison Abner||January 30, 2014||RAK104||5.24|
|Keegan takes the case of three California Conservative Mennonites (including Joshua Close), when they attack an elder who tries to take a woman member back home to traditional Pennsylvania. The three were arrested for attempted murder, but Keegan learns they merely tried to shave off the elder's beard as customary punishment. During the trial, it is revealed the elder did the same to another man who modernized a tractor. The elder simply does not accept the Californians using cell phones and driving delivery vans for their bakery business. The three's sentence is reduced to assault and all reconcile. Meanwhile, without a vehicle, Keegan takes Maddy's advice and uses a delivery service, where he meets Brooke (Alexandra Breckenridge), a driver. He becomes quite taken with her, until she has sex with Ben's father—she has a weakness for older men—at the Leons' recommitment ceremony and causes the man to have a stroke.|
|3||"Cancer"||Jon Avnet||February 6, 2014||RAK103||4.27|
|A young mother, Carol Grady (Annie Mumolo), gets arrested for insurance fraud when she portrays her healthy son as a cancer patient. When Keegan learns she is a gambling addict using the checks to feed it, he tries to tap into the jury's own addictions and sympathies. Outside the trial, Keegan promises his son Finn (Ian Colletti) that Tony Hawk, a poker buddy, will make an appearance at his school. However, that becomes a broken promise.|
|4||"Cannibal"||Sam Raimi||February 13, 2014||RAK101|
|5||"Bigamist"||February 20, 2014||RAK105|