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Synopsis:

Sharp-witted, but self-destructive solicitor Cleaver Greene faces new challenges as the “smart, cheeky, and funny legal series” (Newcastle Herald, Australia) returns. In Series 2, Cleaver makes a bitter enemy of the powerful new Attorney General, Cal McGregor (Damien Garvey, Jack Irish), when Cleaver is caught having an affair with his wife (Toni Collette, The United States of Tara). Cleaver’s paramour, Missy (Adrienne Pickering, The Reef), causes a scandal with a memoir about her life as a prostitute, and his best friend’s wife, Scarlet (Danielle Cormack, Wentworth), can’t forgive Cleaver for the damage he caused to her marriage.

Cleaver’s legal career is just as hectic as his personal life as he defends alleged terrorists, teenage murderers, and leakers of classified information. But will Cleaver’s unorthodox conduct finally land him on the wrong side of the courtroom? Guest stars in this hit Australian comedy-drama include Don Hany (Serangoon Road, Janet King S3), Maeve Dermody (And Then There Were None), Stephen Curry (Cloudstreet), and Martin Henderson (Grey’s Anatomy).

What We Thought:

I watched Rake Series 1 when it hit DVD earlier in the year and liked it a lot. Once I got Series 2, I popped it right in and it didn’t disappoint. Richard Roxburgh is perfect as the imperfect Cleaver Greene.

Series 2 starts with a bang. Literally. Cleaver is banging the wife of the Attorney General. Toni Collette guest stars in that role. His run-ins with the AG become a running story throughout the series along with the aftermath of all his actions. He owes Kirsty $200,000 and starts sleeping with her. His son gets a neighbor pregnant. Cleaver himself sleeps around, a lot.

What I like about the show is that every episode has its own story, but all the storylines connect. His actions along with others all have consequences. Missy the prostitute writes a best-selling book that shakes the city. She brings him a new client (Martin Henderson in a Julian Assange type role). That goes for a couple of episodes. The Kirsty “relationship” runs throughout as well.

Rake is really smart. It’s also pretty funny. I find myself laughing at every episode and find it an easy binge. I actually watched all 8 episodes in one day. It deals with everything from teen Hitchcock wannabes to mobsters and the legal system. If you liked Series 1, I definitely recommend Series 2. Now bring on Series 3.

Cast & Crew:

  • Richard Roxburgh
  • Matt Day
  • Adrienne Pickering
  • Martin Henderson

Recommended If You Like:

  • Rake (the remake)
  • Shameless
  • Better Call Saul

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