Shark: Season One Review

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Just when you thought it was safe to go back in the courtroom


With a premise best described as “House, but with a lawyer”, James Woods stars in this smart and pacy drama.

A hotshot LA defence attorney, his Sebastian Stark (hence Shark, y’see) experiences a crisis of conscience when a client he cleared of assault goes on to commit murder. Offered a job prosecuting high-profile cases for the DA, he switches sides and starts bringing all that expensive knowledge, acerbic manner, huge ego and less-than-totally ethical practice to the side of the angels.

Woods is as good as you’d expect, his troop of junior assistants are a nice mix, but his precocious 16 year-old daughter is a little too fond of psychobabble to convince.