Third-episode verdict: Raising the Bar

The CarusometerA Carusometer rating of 3

Time to have a proper look at Steve Bochco’s new series about young lawyers, Raising the Bar. Not much to add since the first episode, since everything’s more or less the same: young lawyers cocking up and getting more impassioned about their cases than their older colleagues do; same lawyers finding it’s hard to be friends with their old school friends when they’re on opposite sides and getting all impassioned.

The second episode was marginally better than the other two episodes, with a hint of drama creeping in. But there’s nothing dreadfully good and exciting it, bar Malcolm in the Middle‘s Jane Kaczmarek as a cranky judge.

So The Medium is Not Enough has great pleasure in declaring Raising the Bar a three or ‘Minor Caruso’ on The Carusometer quality scale.

  • I admire your tenacity to stick it out for the required three eps in order to do the Carusometer. I was “one and done” with the series as it wasn’t going to give me anything new that I hadn’t seen already. (Besides, Graham Currie as the D.A. – even as an Executive Assistant D.A. – causes me Toobworld problems…..)

  • Sitting there, getting bored, so you don’t have to…