Rake (2014) : Season 1

  • Network: FOX
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 23, 2014
Metascore
62

Generally favorable reviews - based on 33 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 18 out of 33
  2. Negative: 1 out of 33

Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 22, 2014
    83
    Kinnear is solid, but his Keegan is a work in progress--both as human being and TV character.
  2. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 7, 2014
    83
    “House” comparisons will surely abound, but Rake is easily one of the more confident network dramas to come our way of late.
  3. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jan 23, 2014
    80
    That nonjudgmental, easygoing charm is precisely why the people in Key's life put up with him, and why viewers will be drawn to him. Rake may be the story of yet another anti-hero, but it's difficult to remember one this likable.
  4. Reviewed by: Alessandra Stanley
    Jan 22, 2014
    80
    The writing is smart and the episodes well structured, but much of the credit goes to Mr. Kinnear, who maintains a veneer of charm without stinting on his character’s underlay of seedy desperation.
  5. Reviewed by: Jeff Korbelik
    Mar 27, 2014
    75
    Outside the courtroom is where the drama finds its feet.
  6. Reviewed by: Vicki Hyman
    Feb 13, 2014
    75
    The pilot is carried on Kinnear's rascally charm and is heavy on quirk.
  7. Reviewed by: Todd VanDerWerff
    Jan 22, 2014
    75
    The new first episode is good enough to suggest Tolan and creator Peter Duncan will be able to get at least a season out of the world punishing Keegan. There might not be enough here to go beyond that initial episode order, but just watching Kinnear play the sad asshole—wandering around L.A. without a car or getting beaten up due to gambling debts—keeps things rolling smoothly for now.
  8. Reviewed by: Lori Rackl
    Jan 21, 2014
    75
    It’s a fun, entertaining spin on the legal procedural and an ideal showcase for Kinnear’s rakish charm.
  9. People Weekly
    Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jan 21, 2014
    75
    The first few episodes of Rake are, if anything, even fluffier than White Collar. All the better for Kinnear to gently cut through the whimsy with his sharp delivery. [27 Jan 2014, p.39]
  10. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jan 21, 2014
    75
    Kinnear is great in the role because he doesn’t look like a loser--quite the opposite--and that’s important.... Perhaps because this is the pilot, most of the episode is devoted to showing Keegan screwing up and only a few afterthought scenes focus on Torrant’s case. In order to succeed from week to week, the series needs more than just a lot of figurative pratfalls.
  11. Reviewed by: Jeff Jensen
    Jan 17, 2014
    75
    An hour feels a little long for the tonally eclectic dramedy, but Kinnear is pitch-perfect, and with sharp stories, Rake can progress. [24 Jan 2014, p.64]
  12. Reviewed by: Lily Moayeri
    Jan 23, 2014
    70
    Rake has enough varied story elements to not fall into the procedural courtroom drama. Kinnear is a natural in the starring role, effortlessly making the shambles of his character's life seem not only plausible, but also sympathetic.
  13. Reviewed by: Sarah Rodman
    Jan 22, 2014
    70
    The degree to which viewers will enjoy the new Fox series Rake, based on an Australian series of the same name, will depend on how high their threshold is for watching a charismatic, talented person repeatedly sabotage himself while trying the patience of those around him. Going a long way toward making that trope palatable, and quite charming, is Greg Kinnear as lawyer Keegan Deane.
  14. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 21, 2014
    70
    Thanks to Kinnear, most of this works, although there are touches that feel a tad too precious.
  15. Reviewed by: Tom Long
    Jan 23, 2014
    67
    Kinnear, as always, is a likable presence, and he and Summers seem like they’ll have good chemistry if the show ever calms down.
  16. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jan 22, 2014
    67
    The first pilot was already emblematic of the struggle to do cable-style weirdness and moral ambiguity in a broadcast network context; the new pilot sands off several of the edges that survived the first time.... It is, essentially, "House, JD," and Kinnear has the impish charm to play this kind of character.
  17. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jan 21, 2014
    67
    Kinnear carries himself ably, and his character’s amiable rogue presence wears fairly well for starters. The long haul may be problematic, though.
  18. Reviewed by: Chuck Bowen
    Jan 17, 2014
    63
    Kinnear's particularly comfortable, perhaps too comfortable.... Roy could've been a cartoon thug, but instead he's allowed to gratifyingly embody the demons that truly threaten to carry an addict away into a realm of chaos. He gives this fun but smug series a little bite.
User Score
6.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 43 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 10
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 10
  3. Negative: 4 out of 10
  1. Jan 24, 2014
    6
    Note: I have not seen the original Australian version.

    The first episode of Rake is kind of an odd way to introduce us to the series. This
    Note: I have not seen the original Australian version.

    The first episode of Rake is kind of an odd way to introduce us to the series. This isn't the true pilot episode, as FOX says Rake will become a more dramatic and less comedic in the future. But what's here is a promising start that gives us a decent introduction to the cast.

    Greg Kinnear plays Keegan Deane, an attorney whose life is currently a terrible mess. With already a ton of stuff on his plate, his client, who was supposed to just plead guilty, gives him more trouble than he anticipated. Peter Stormare guest stars and does a great job as said client.

    The first couple of minutes of Serial Killer move along at a fast pace and feels quite cluttered as a result. The show begins to be more cohesive down the stretch, and was overall a solid hour of television. The humour usually hits the mark too, and even though this is planed to be a drama, I can't see the comedy being completely ditched. There wasn't a ton of drama or tension to speak of here; it was a very light episode for the most part. However, I do see the potential for some good drama later on.
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  2. Jan 24, 2014
    7
    Not as good as the original from Australia but still a 7 compared to most of what broadcast TV has to offer. Unfortunately because it is onNot as good as the original from Australia but still a 7 compared to most of what broadcast TV has to offer. Unfortunately because it is on broadcast TV it has been sanitized a bit which makes this Keegan less edgy than the Cleaver Green portrayed by Richard Roxburgh from down under. The pilot shows promise and I found the introduction of characters well done.. I think if Kinnear can grow into this role and become more difficult to love it could be as successful as the original Rake. Full Review »
  3. Jan 24, 2014
    9
    The show has a potential to become a good and strong tv series. It's like watching M.D House becoming a lawyer while still being and sociopathThe show has a potential to become a good and strong tv series. It's like watching M.D House becoming a lawyer while still being and sociopath and a real scumbag. Full Review »