Rake TV show on FOXNetwork: FOX
Episodes: 13 (hour)
Seasons: One

TV show dates: January 23, 2014 — June 27, 2014
Series status: Cancelled

Performers include: Greg Kinnear, John Ortiz, Necar Zadegan, Bojana Novakovic, David Harbour, Tara Summers, Miranda Otto, and Ian Colletti.

TV show description:      
A legal drama, based on an Australian series of the same name, this show follows the comedic and chaotic life of a criminal defense lawyer. Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear) is often described as many things but none of them are very flattering.

Brilliant and frustratingly charming, Keegan is one of life’s great addicts. His staggering lack of discretion and inability to self-censor land him the cases that nobody else will touch. Behind that lies a resolute optimism and belief in justice that fuel his dogged determination to defend those who seem beyond redemption.

He always tries to do the right thing, but at the same time struggles to save himself from the many self-destructive elements that plague his own life, such as his overindulgence in women, gambling and other excesses.

Keegan gets a majority of his cases from his best friend since law school, Ben Leon (John Ortiz). Ben’s married to Scarlet (Necar Zadegan), another of Keegan’s old friends. She’s an Los Angeles Assistant District Attorney and quite often Keegan’s opponent in court.

Keegan also has plenty of personal trials and tribulations, including his mounting debt to his bookie and his overlapping liaisons with various women. Melissa “Mikki” Partridge (Bojana Novakovic) is his favorite prostitute and de-facto love interest.

And then there’s his ongoing battle with the IRS. He’s being prosecuted by David Potter (David Harbour), an IRS tax attorney. He looks ten years younger than his age and has been nicknamed “Harry Potter” by Keegan.

Thankfully Keegan has Leanne Zander (Tara Summers), his no-nonsense assistant, to help clean up his messes. His ex-wife, psychologist Maddy (Miranda Otto), begrudgingly acts as his therapist. She’s also the mother of their hormonal son, Finn (Ian Colletti), who displays many of the same tendencies as his father.

Series Finale:     
Episode #13 — “Man’s Best Friend”
Keegan defends a close friend and well-respected doctor accused of animal cruelty, Scarlet’s campaign against David Potter takes a nasty turn when information about Mikki’s past gets leaked to the press and Ben gets tied up in a federal investigation when his firm’s finances are questioned.
First aired: April 5, 2014


What do you think? Do you like the Rake TV series? Do you think it should be cancelled or renewed for another season?

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  1. Anna says

    This show is so much fun! Of course Fox cancelled it. Fox should just create shows and then pass them onto other networks who have longer attention spans than a gnat!

  2. marcus hynes says

    Its a pitty that the ratings were poor on this show – there was a brillant cast and writing team behind it.

    The Australian version had 3 seasons and finished this year ,maybe they will have more seasons in Australia after the unsucessful run in the states.Peter Duncan is a brillant writer and he had a job adapted the scripts to a new audience.

    To all the RAKE lovers watch the 3 seasons of the Australian version you will love it

  3. pam says

    I love, love, love Greg Kennear and all the other actors! I cannot believe this show got cancelled. Doesn’t Fox know that Greg Kennear is a movie star and a good actor? What was wrong with this show that it had to be cancelled? I’m going to have to stop watching Fox shows if they keep cancelling them so quickly! Why get involved the characters and the storyline if it’s just going to be cancelled? Bring it back!!! Please! And also, please give shows a fighting chance, you’re cancelling shows too fast, especially Rake, it really was too good of a show to get cancelled!!

  4. Sheri says

    I think Rake was fascinating because the characters were believable and human. There was no “drama” but rather real-life events that you could see yourself experiencing.

  5. Lori says

    I’m extremely disappointed to hear that this TV show has been cancelled. At least I know that Greg Kinnear will continue to work on great projects (as he has earned, and well deserves!), but I will miss the other characters on the show. It was so entertaining! If any bigwig out there is still wavering, let me tell you (plus the others who will and have yet to weigh in), this is a very entertaining show! So many just don’t get a chance anymore. :(

  6. Nene says

    What are you thinking……… there is ~no question……

    Rake is a Great Show…… and should not be even considered as a

    cancellation. It is near reality with ever day life…… with humor~

  7. Linda S says

    Don’t cancel Rake! This is one of the best network shows there is. It is well written and acted, edgy and different. Put it on cable where it truly shine if necessary.

  8. teebee says

    Please bring Rake back for another season. It was fresh, funny and clever great writing and a wonderful cast.

  9. DEBI says

    Love this show! Great writing and great acting. Funny, dramatic and intelligent. It’s a shame to lose this great show!

  10. says

    Please don’t cancel Rake, it was written so well and Greg Kinnear is wonderful. He has been off tv for too long. Save it PLEASE!!

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