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The Guardian 

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Nick Fallin is a hotshot lawyer working at his father's ultrasuccessful Pittsburgh law firm. Unfortunately, the high life has gotten the best of Nick.

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David Hollander
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3   2   1  
2004   2003   2002   2001  
Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 6 wins & 9 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
Simon Baker ...  Nick Fallin 67 episodes, 2001-2004
Alan Rosenberg ...  Alvin Masterson 67 episodes, 2001-2004
Raphael Sbarge ...  Jake Straka 67 episodes, 2001-2004
Dabney Coleman ...  Burton Fallin 67 episodes, 2001-2004
Wendy Moniz-Grillo ...  Louisa 'Lulu' Archer / ... 58 episodes, 2001-2004
Charles Malik Whitfield ...  James Mooney 45 episodes, 2001-2003
Denise Dowse ...  Judge Rebecca Damsen 32 episodes, 2001-2004
Kathleen Chalfant ...  Laurie Solt 27 episodes, 2001-2004
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Nick Fallin is a hotshot lawyer working at his father's ultrasuccessful Pittsburgh law firm. Unfortunately, the high life has gotten the best of Nick. Arrested for drug use, he's sentenced to do fifteen hundred hours of community service, somehow to be squeezed into his 24/7 cutthroat world of mergers, acquisitions, and board meetings. Reluctantly, he's now The Guardian, a part-time child advocate at Legal Aid Services, where one case after another is an eye-opening instance of kids caught up in difficult circumstances. Written by GG

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Law for profit. Justice for children. Attorney Nick Fallin walks the line.

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Drama | Crime

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CBS [United States]

Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

25 September 2001 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA See more »

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Color (Technicolor)

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1.78 : 1
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Raphael Sbarge, who played Jake Straka, didn't know his character was going to be gay until he received the script in which his character was revealed as such, in the middle of the third season. See more »

Quotes

Nick: My mom-my mom said I will always treat woman better than my father does.
Lulu: So do you?
Nick: I don't know, want to find out?
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The Empire In My Mind
Written by Jakob Dylan
Performed by The Wallflowers
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Understated but powerful
22 December 2011 | by moonstruck4See all my reviews

I know I watched this when it was on air but somehow watching it streaming as a sort of marathon makes it more powerful. Others have commented and disagreed on the acting also speculated why the show didn't last. I wanted to add my couple of cents. Simon Baker basically does play the same role in the Mentalist, (savior) but smiles and wins more hence the show not being canceled. In the Guardian, the hero does not always win, the ending is not always happy and the characters are always flawed. This might be too much for network TV. The theme song and introduction are obnoxious when compared with cable shows such as Dexter, Oz. Lulu's character is not written with as much depth as the others so its hard to fault the acting. I think the viewer felt a bit manipulated by the drawn out back and forth with Nick. Its always hard for writers to get over the hump of what to do with all that sexual tension. Just look at what happened to House. Dabney Coleman is brilliant in his intensity. This show has many shades of gray and is very much worth watching.


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