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.


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    I’m Rob Buckley, a journalist who writes for UK media magazines that most people have never heard of although you might have heard me on the podcast Lockdown Land or Radio 5 Live’s Saturday Edition or Afternoon Edition. I’ve edited Dreamwatch, Sprocket and Cambridge Film Festival Daily; been technical editor for TV producers magazine Televisual; reviewed films for the short-lived newspaper Cambridge Insider; written features for the even shorter-lived newspaper Soho Independent; and was regularly sarcastic about television on the blink-and-you-missed-it “web site for urban hedonists” The Tribe. Since going freelance, I've contributed to the likes of Broadcast, Total Content + Media, Action TV, Off The Telly, Action Network, TV Scoop and The Custard TV.

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