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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 1, 2008
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Bochco returns with a new legal drama set in the criminal justice system.
  • Genre(s): Drama
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 3 out of 23
  2. Negative: 5 out of 23
  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    75
    Good show with fine cast, but it all still feels a little too familiar and old-fashioned.
  2. 63
    Bar is so slow to start, it might as well be in reverse. The first episode is, simply, flat-out terrible. Which is why, if you're a Bochco fan, you'd be wise to wait for the fourth episode, when Bar moves to mediocre.
  3. 60
    What it isn't is very dramatic. If watching attorneys haggle like rug traders was all that interesting, Feige probably would still be doing it. Nonetheless, there are worse ways to spend an hour than watching Raising the Bar, especially since the cast members are all quite pretty.
  4. Bar still feels like an attempt at a '90s-era edgy prime-time drama whose time has past.
  5. 50
    Seriously, it is hard to take the show very seriously. It does traffic in issues and hot topics--and protests, in its way, the general corruption of the legal system--but not in particularly fresh or original terms.
  6. Reviewed by: David Hiltbrand
    40
    All the characters appear to have emerged from the stockroom.
  7. It's not just familiar, but lazy.

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 19
  2. Negative: 9 out of 19