Raising the Bar (2008 TV series)

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This article is about the legal drama show. For the barmaking show, see Raising the Bar (2013 TV series).
Raising the Bar
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Genre Legal drama
Created by Steven Bochco
David Feige
Theme music composer Richard Stone
Philip de Souza
Composer(s) Alec Puro
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 25 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Steven Bochco
Producer(s) Jonathan Abrahams
Dayna Kalin Bochco
David Feige
Caroline James
Cinematography Baz Irvine
Editor(s) Rick Hinson
Running time 45–48 minutes
Production company(s) Steven Bochco Productions
ABC Studios
Distributor Disney–ABC Domestic Television
Original network TNT
Original release September 1, 2008 (2008-09-01) – December 24, 2009 (2009-12-24)

Raising the Bar is an American legal drama, which ran on TNT network from September 1, 2008 to December 24, 2009.[1]


Raising the Bar was originally announced to be joining TNT as a new series in January 2008.[2] It came to TNT through ABC Studios and Steven Bochco served as executive producer, with Jesse Bochco as co-executive producer and David Feige as supervising producer. After completing its first season of 10 hour-long episodes in November 2008, the series was renewed for a 15-episode second season, which premiered on Monday June 8, 2009 at 10p.m ET/ 9 p.m. CT.[3] The show was canceled after season 2.

Plot summary[edit]

Idealistic public defender Jerry Kellerman does whatever it takes to assist the helpless and disenfranchised, which often leads to clashes in the courtroom presided over by Judge Trudy Kessler, a hard-liner hoping to become the city's next district attorney. Jerry has many clashes with both law enforcement and the assistant district attorneys (ADAs) such as Michelle Ernhardt, the beautiful and occasionally devious attorney with whom he has had a turbulent secret fling.[4]

Cast and characters[edit]


Season Episodes Originally aired DVD release date
Season premiere Season finale
1 10 September 1, 2008 November 3, 2008 June 2, 2009
2 15 June 8, 2009 December 24, 2009 May 11, 2010


The series debut garnered 7.7 million viewers. It was the biggest audience ever for a new-series launch on basic cable. It beat the record set in 2004 by USA Network's launch of The 4400 which opened with an average of 7.4 million viewers; runner-up was TNT's The Closer, which recorded 7 million viewers when it was unveiled in 2005.[5] Following the premiere, ratings evened out to around 5.5 million viewers per episode.[3] For calendar-year 2008 on a first-run basis, the series delivered 1.37 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic,[6] garnering mixed reviews.[7]


TNT confirmed to E! Online on November 30, 2009 that the series would not be renewed for a third season.[8] The final three episodes were burned off marathon style on Christmas Eve night.[9]

International distribution[edit]

Country TV network(s) Series premiere Weekly schedule (local time)
 United States TNT September 11, 2008 Monday 22:00
 United Kingdom BT Vision June 2012 On Demand streaming
Arab League Arab World Fox Series 2010
 Turkey DiziMax October 17, 2008 Friday 22:00
 South Africa M-Net December 2008 Tuesday 21:00
 Bulgaria TV7 December, 2009 20:00
 Canada CTV January 9, 2009 Friday 22:00
 Spain TNT March 2, 2009 Thursday 22:15
 Italy Fox Crime & La5 March 18, 2009 Wednesday 22:50
 India Zee Cafe February 2012 Weekends 21:00
 Portugal AXN & Sony Entertainment Television April 8, 2009[10] Wednesday 21:30
 Norway TV2 June 23, 2009 Tuesday 21:45
 Singapore Sony Entertainment Television August 26, 2009 Wednesday 21:00
 Hong Kong Sony Entertainment Television August 26, 2009 Wednesday 21:00
 Greece Fox Life December 5, 2009 Fridays 21:00
 New Zealand TV2 July 27, 2009 Tuesday 00:30
AXN September 8, 2009 Monday 21:00
 Brazil AXN October 5, 2009 Monday 21:00
 France Jimmy October 1, 2009 Thursday 20:40
 Mexico AXN October 5, 2009 Monday 22:00
 Netherlands NET 5 April 21, 2012 previously on Saturday 23:20
 Israel yes stars Base / HOT family November 14, 2009 Saturday 17:15
 Latvia Fox Life 2011

DVD releases[edit]

DVD name Release date Ep #
The Complete First Season June 2, 2009 10
The Complete Second and Final Season May 2010 15


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