Raising the Bar (2008)

Raising the Bar (2008) Information

Raising the Bar is an American legal drama, which ran on TNT network from September 1, 2008 to December 24, 2009. The series revolves around a group of lawyer friends who find themselves on opposite sides of the criminal law.


Raising the Bar was originally announced to be joining TNT as a new series in January 2008. It came to TNT through ABC Studios and Steven Bochco served as executive producer, with Jesse Bochco as co-executive producer and David Feige as supervising producer. After completing its first season of 10 hour-long episodes in November 2008, the series was renewed for a 15-episode second season, which premiered on Monday June 8, 2009 at 10p.m ET/ 9 p.m. CT. The show was canceled after season 2.

Plot summary

Idealistic public defender Jerry Kellerman does whatever it takes to assist the helpless and disenfranchised, which often leads to clashes in the courtroom presided over by Judge Trudy Kessler, a hard-liner hoping to become the city's next district attorney. Jerry has many clashes with both law enforcement and the assistant district attorneys (ADAs) such as Michelle Ernhardt, the beautiful and occasionally devious attorney with whom he has had a turbulent secret fling.

Cast and characters


Main article: List of Raising the Bar episodes


The series debut garnered 7.7 million viewers. It was the biggest audience ever for a new-series launch on basic cable. It beat the record set in 2004 by USA Network's launch of The 4400 which opened with an average of 7.4 million viewers; runner-up was TNT's The Closer, which recorded 7 million viewers when it was unveiled in 2005. Following the premiere, ratings evened out to around 5.5 million viewers per episode. For calendar-year 2008 on a first-run basis, the series delivered 1.37 million viewers in the 18"49 demographic, garnering mixed reviews.


TNT confirmed to E! Online on November 30, 2009 that the series would not be renewed for a third season. The final three episodes were burned off marathon style on Christmas Eve night.

International distribution

CountryTV Network(s)Series Premiere Weekly schedule (local time)
TNT September 11, 2008 Monday 22:00
BT Vision June 2012 On Demand streaming
Arab WorldFox Series 2010
DiziMaxOctober 17, 2008 Friday 22:00
M-Net December 2008 Tuesday 21:00
TV7December, 200920:00
CTVJanuary 9, 2009Friday 22:00
TNTMarch 2, 2009Thursday 22:15
Fox Crime & La5March 18, 2009Wednesday 22:50
Zee CafeFebruary 2012Weekends 21:00
AXN & Sony Entertainment TelevisionApril 8, 2009Wednesday 21:30
TV2June 23, 2009Tuesday 21:45
Sony Entertainment TelevisionAugust 26, 2009Wednesday 21:00
Sony Entertainment TelevisionAugust 26, 2009Wednesday 21:00
Fox LifeDecember 5, 2009Fridays 21:00
TV2July 27, 2009Tuesday 00:30

AXNSeptember 8, 2009Monday 21:00
AXNOctober 5, 2009Monday 21:00
JimmyOctober 1, 2009Thursday 20:40
AXNOctober 5, 2009Monday 22:00
NET 5April 21, 2012Saturday 23:20
yes stars Base / HOT familyNovember 14, 2009Saturday 17:15
Fox Life2011

DVD release

DVD nameRelease dateEp #
The Complete First SeasonJune 2, 200910
The Complete Second SeasonMay, 201015

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