Genre: Drama/comedy, law
Available On: Netflix
Watch if you like: The FOX Remake, Californication
“Rake” is an Australian series centered around defense lawyer Cleaver Greene. If you’re wondering where the title comes from, it is a term that can be used to describe Greene to a tee. Per Wikipedia: “A rake, short for rakehell, is a historic term applied to a man who is habituated to immoral conduct, frequently a heartless womanizer. Often a rake was a prodigal who wasted his (usually inherited) fortune on gambling, wine, women and song, incurring lavish debts in the process.” He is a smart man and great lawyer, but also a serious fuck-up prone to all known vices. Despite this, he remains likable from start to finish. The show focuses on his often tense but hilarious relationships with his ex-wife and son, best friend Barney, and prostitute Missy (all of whom deliver great performances).
Highly recommended. A total of 16 episodes thus far.