A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
This is basically a show about redemption, so if Keegan's qualities don't offend your family overmuch, viewers will receive the positive message that people can mess up and then make things better. That said, the show treats visiting prostitutes and heavy drinking as fairly comedic.
Positive Role Models
Keegan Deane is a drinker, a gambling addict, and a womanizer, and he's very irresponsible. He's also trying to do better by his family and friends and himself.
Violence & Scariness
Some sudden violence with a bit of blood, including punching, car crashes.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Explicit references to casual sex; the camera pans suggestively up the bodies of women wearing short skirts or bikinis. Keegan regularly visits a prostitute, and we hear how much he pays her and see them making out on a couch half-clothed.
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Some cursing, sometimes in anger: "What the hell?"
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Drinking, Drugs & Smoking
Scenes take place in a bar where everyone looks to be drinking beer and cocktails; Deane gets sloppy drunk, sometimes in front of kids. He often behaves irresponsibly due to drinking, but this is treated comically.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Rake centers on the life of Keegan Deane (Greg Kinnear), a brilliant but flawed attorney who's allowing alcohol and his terrible gambling habit to ruin his career and his life. Deane regularly visits a prostitute; we see him drinking and gambling and staying one step ahead of loan sharks, who threaten him with violence. Deane also is a womanizer and picks up (much younger) women and takes them home. The camera pans up the bodies of women in a leering fashion, as well. There is some mild cursing and physical scuffling. However, the show tracks Deane's redemption, so parents may be willing to have mature teens watch his earlier stumbles to make the point that people can come back after making mistakes.
Is It Any Good?
Three-word review: It's all right. You want to hear more? Kinnear is a pro at playing adorable jerks. See Nurse Betty and Mystery Men. The actor himself is so charming, with his crinkle-eyed smile and "Who, me?" facial expressions, that it's hard to dislike his Keegan Deane. But legal shows (and police procedurals, and shows in general about crime and punishment) have been so done to death in recent years that Rake comes across as not-so-fresh despite the great cast.
Not only that, but charming antiheroes with bad habits have become a modern trope. Why, hello, Don Draper, Walter White, and Frank Gallagher of Shameless! I believe we see your influence here. In short, redemption junkies, legal show completists, or die-hard fans of any of the excellent cast members should give this one a shot. Otherwise, see the three-word review above.
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