‘Rake: Series 1’ on Netflix and AcornTV

Richard Roxburgh is Cleaver Greene in Rake.

Rake is a pretty fair description of Richard Roxburgh’s Cleaver Greene, an Australian criminal barrister who tends toward unconventional methods in the courtroom and self-destructive behavior outside the courts. He’s once divorced, with a string of failed relationships (one with a former hooker now dating the tax attorney prosecuting him) and affairs, and it’s left his own personal life in quite a state of chaos. And he rarely gets through a case without a beating of some kind.

I couldn’t say if it’s indicative of the difference between British and Australian television, but where British shows tend to lovable eccentrics, this one is content to let us enjoy his reckless disregard and scruffy wit without worrying about redeeming him in any way, and it’s even more liberal in its gratuitous nudity. We don’t have to like him to enjoy his company. And if you need another reason to check it out, here’s one: the first episode guest stars Hugo Weaving as Greene’s client, a genius economist who happens to be a confessed and unashamed cannibal. Bon appétit!

Series 1 consists of 8 episodes

Queue it up on Netflix or watch it on AcornTV

Also on DVD and SVOD through Amazon Video and other services. Availability may vary by service.
Rake: Series 1 [DVD]

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About Sean Axmaker

Sean Axmaker is a contributing writer for Turner Classic Movies Online, The Seattle Weekly, Keyframe, and Cinephiled, and the editor of Parallax View (www.parallax-view.org). He was a film critic for the Seattle Post-Intelligencer for nine years and a longtime home video columnist for IMDb and MSN Movies, and his work has appeared in Indiewire, Today.com, The Stranger, Senses of Cinema, Asian Cult Cinema, Filmfax, Psychotronic Video, and "The Scarecrow Video Guide." You can find links to all of this and more on his shamelessly self-promoting blog at http://www.seanax.com/

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