The Guardian : Season 1

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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 25, 2001
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  • Summary: Simon Baker stars as Nick Fallin, a Pittsburgh lawyer sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service after a drug conviction. Dabney Coleman co-stars as his father and boss at the law firm.
  • Genre(s): Drama

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Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 27
  2. Negative: 4 out of 27
  1. Washington Post
    Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    Sep 20, 2013
    80
    The character and the show sneak up on you in clever, unexpected ways and prove a gratifying surprise. [25 Sept 2001, p.C01]
  2. Kansas City Star
    Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Sep 19, 2013
    70
    It's an engaging set-up for what will likely be a hit, since it was obviously designed to complement the social-service minded "Judging Amy." [25 Sept 2001, p.E1]
  3. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Barry Garron
    Sep 20, 2013
    70
    What emerges is a drama that is solid, though not spectacular, and a star more charismatic than complicated. [24 Sept 2001]
  4. The Globe and Mail (Toronto)
    Reviewed by:  John Doyle
    Sep 19, 2013
    60
    The Guardian is a chilling, state-of-America show, pointedly devoted to the question, "What is a meaningful life?" Simon Baker is galvanizing as the hero, intense and hard to read. This is what he's meant to be, but as to whether The Guardian and this tortured angel of a corporate lawyer will be a hit with viewers, it is impossible to say in these days of war and retribution. [25 Sept 2001, p.R2]
  5. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Phil Rosenthal
    Sep 19, 2013
    50
    Despite two great character actors as support--Alan Rosenberg runs the legal clinic and Dabney Coleman is the dad--this manipulative and cloying series neither rings true nor strikes the emotional chords it all too transparently wants to pluck. [25 Sept 2001, p.47]
  6. Reviewed by: Terry Kelleher
    Jun 27, 2013
    50
    In the end, though, tinkering around the edges won't be enough to ensure The Guardian's future if Baker's performance remains a void at the center of the drama.
  7. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: David Zurawik
    Sep 19, 2013
    20
    I swear I have no idea what The Guardian is supposed to be about. But I don't think the producers or CBS do, either. [25 Sept 2001, p.3E]

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