Watching Raising the Bar will be more fun if you think of it not as a TV show but as an attempt to drive a stake through Perry Mason's heart. Witnesses aren't reduced to stammering, drooling bags of pudding by epic cross examinations, and spectators don't leap to their feet to scream confessions to ax murders.
In fact, hardly anybody even makes it into a courtroom. TNT's Raising the Bar is the first legal drama that shows America's criminal court system for what it is: a creaky, overburdened bureaucracy where prosecutors and defense attorney swap pleas and jail time like flea-market hustlers. Read my full review in Monday's Miami Herald.