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Michel D. (michelann) from WALNUT GROVE, MO Reviewed on 7/14/2012...
Shark is even better the second time around!
We sit each evening and watch 2-3 episodes of Shark and find it is even more enjoyable than when we started watching back in 2006. James Woods has always been a favorite actor since first seeing him in Joe Wambaugh’s "The Onion Fields" back in 1979. He is flippant, argumentative, and very bright! This TV series is also flippant, argumentative, and very bright! LA defense attorney Sebastian Stark (James Woods) is getting tired of the way his job is going and decides to switch sides and become a prosecutor for the County of Los Angeles.
Season One sees Stark (Shark) working for the current DA Jessica Devlin played by Jeri Ryan (The O.C., Star Trek-Voyager) and they work some heavy cases for the county of LA. It’s really entertaining and fun with plenty of comedy interspersed into all that drama that goes on in southern California!
"Shark is a modern day throwback to classic Perry Mason Perry Mason - Season 2, Vol. 1 with a twist. Woods brings a wiley attorney who after defending the bad guys who really did do the crimes, he starts to work as prosecutor instead of defense attorney
He has all the hockum the modern day Mason would have. A courtroom in his basement to have him and his team to practice it. Think of the X-Men's DANGER ROOM for attorneys. A sexy boss (Jerri Ryan) who always try to put him, down and he rises above her. A team of lawyers who all seem wet behind the ears.
This show and Boston Legal are better than any Law & Order show. It does not need ripped from the headline cases to make this interesting. It just makes you watch
One side note, Wood's Stark character is saddled with a teenage daughter. so beyond the legal work, you also have Bachelor Father thrown in for good measure. This sometimes takes away from the case at hand, but it is a nice touch
This show is taylor made for the talents of Woods. Someone should have given him a TV vehicle long ago..THANK GOD, someone did this time! it is good Television, better than most reality programing. A show with a brain, cuz a mind is a terrible thing to waste!
Bennet Pomerantz AUDIOWORLD"
Kept me glued to the TV in 2007!
Olukayode Balogun | Leeds, England | 04/15/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"I've always respected James Woods as an actor. I've always thought of him as unique. He has a very unique image, has a very unique style and his choice of roles over the years have, I've always felt, marked him out as, well, unique. "Ghosts of Mississippi", "True Crime", "Any Given Sunday". Even his appearance on "ER" a few seasons ago. Whether the role has been big or small, on the big screen or small, my opinion is that he's always played very interesting characters.
Once seen, Woods is very difficult to forget.
Still, as much as I love me some legal drama, when I first heard about this TV series in 2006 a part of me thought - very snobbishly, I admit - that Woods' decision to do a TV series was a sign of his career as a movie actor being on the wane. I thought it would feel tired and desperate. As a consequence, even though I'd heard that the pilot was directed by Spike Lee, I didn't tune in to watch the series when it premiered here. Big mistake.
I caught it around four or five episodes in - I was channel surfing and something - or someone - caught my eye. It could've been Henry Simmons. Whatever or whoever, after just a few minutes I was hooked.
This fast-paced series has everything I love in a crime/courtroom drama. Woods, as LA maverick, über-prosecutor with a conscience Sebastian Stark, (who's just "hopped the fence" from the other side, i.e. defending criminals, by the way), is fast-talking, fast-thinking and is as slick as a pool of oil - but in a good way.
The urban mayhem and legal wrangling were right up my street but I was also immediately drawn in by the underlying storyline involving Stark and his teenage daughter Julie, played by Danielle Panabaker. But it was when the show gave me one of the biggest sit-up-and-gape TV shocks of 2007 by killing off a major character, a character I'm sure everyone watching was growing to love, that I realised these people were serious. This was the real deal. I never missed another episode.
Watching the entire season over on DVD has been a treat. Not only did I catch up on the episodes I missed, I also got the chance to review a scene if I didn't completely get it the first time round. Great performances all round, especially from Woods himself of course; from Jeri Ryan as his boss Jessica Delvin (the on-screen chemistry between her and Woods sizzles; the banter between their two characters is razor sharp, yet playful at the same time); from Simmons as cop-turned- prosecuting-investigator Isaac Wright and from Sam Page, Sophina Brown, Alexis Cruz and Sarah Carter as Woods' ADAs, Casey Woodland, Raina Troy, Martin Allende and Madeleine Poe respectively. A more dynamic legal team, I don't think I've ever seen on TV. This is what Dick Wolf's ill-fated "Conviction" wished it could've been. It's very much like "The Shield" but without the violence. There's no profanity either.
If you enjoy courtroom drama, emotional drama, crime detection and all-round high-octane action with a sliver of politics thrown in, you can't afford to miss this 22-episode series. The season finale involving scenes with Stark and his daughter had me in floods of tears.
DVD extras include audio commentary on selected episodes, a "Creating Shark" feaurette, gag reel and deleted scenes.
This is brilliant TV. Highly recommended. Season two finally kicks of here this Friday. Guess who's going to be parked on the sofa come 10pm, cranberry juice in hand..."
SHARK ON CBS SEASON ONE
Todd Davis | Scottsdale, AZ USA | 08/16/2007
(5 out of 5 stars)
"James Woods is a classic actor and we are lucky to have him on a weekly Television Series. He reminds me of David Caruso's 1st (and only) Season on NYPD Blue--he develops all the characters around him--he makes them better too. His interaction with all, including his daughter and the emotions and feeling he displays through out show what an excellent actor he really is. The new Perry Mason?? Slick, well written show with everything revolving and hinging around Woods performance. I'm not sure how long the daughter thing can go on--maybe limit this role further vs. eliminating it. Great cast, Better show. Woods is a real smart a__ with sly humor and he's simply brilliant in this role. Enjoy!!"
Fantastic And Heartwarming
Judith O. Neff | Oregon | 10/11/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Loved "Shark"! CBS--YOU SUCK--not only did you cancel "Moonlight" you canceled "Shark". What were you thinking--never mind, you obviously don't think.
"Shark" was so entertaining and James Wood made it a hit--he has a strength few actors have and an heir of warmth! Got bless you James Wood, you are a fantastic actor!!! The public wants "Shark" back. Now CBS has totally bored me by cutting their best--new management is definitely needed there."
Shark is awesome!!!
Booze | Texas, USA | 07/29/2008
(5 out of 5 stars)
"Man this show rocks!!! James Woods is freakin funny at times and brilliant at others. The story will keep you coming back for more and there are plenty of little plot twists that will surprise you when you least expect it. I started watching this by myself but by the time i was at the end of the season...there was like 3 to 4 other people in my room every night watching it with me...it's a great show!!!"