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Shark U.S. TV Series
GenreLegal drama
Created byIan Biederman
ComposerSean Callery
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes38
Executive producers
Running time43 minutes
Production companies
Original networkCBS
Original releaseSeptember 21, 2006 (2006-09-21) -
May 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)
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Shark is an American legal drama television series created by Ian Biederman that originally aired on CBS from September 21, 2006 to May 20, 2008. The series stars James Woods. On May 10, 2008, CBS cancelled the series after two seasons.[1]


The show revolves around Sebastian Stark (Woods), a notorious Los Angeles defense attorney who becomes disillusioned with his career after his successful defense of a wife-abuser results in the wife's death; after more than a month trying to come to grips with his situation, he is invited by the Los Angeles district attorney to become a public prosecutor so he can apply his unorthodox-but-effective talents to putting guilty people away instead of putting them back on the street. Stark's relationship with the Los Angeles District Attorney's office, his staff, and his daughter, forms the central plot for the series.

Cast members

Main cast

  • James Woods as Deputy DA Sebastian Stark, the protagonist of the series and head of the mayor's special unit. At the beginning he is not satisfied with his new job and does not get along well with his team; but he gets used to the new circumstances relatively quickly and is also almost unbeatable as a public prosecutor.
  • Jeri Ryan as Jessica Devlin, the district attorney (first season) and Stark's supervisor. At first she is against Stark as a prosecutor; but over time she can come to terms with him and work reasonably well with him. Still, she does not always agree with Stark's methods. After her failed reelection, she is a deputy DA (second season) and member of Stark's team in Season 2.
  • Danielle Panabaker as Julie Stark, Sebastian Stark's daughter. Because her parents divorced, she moves in with her father in the first episode as she decided to stay with him after her custody hearing, because "he needs her more than he'll ever know." Her mother went to New York City with her new partner.
  • Sarah Carter as Deputy DA Madeleine Poe, a prosecutor who in the first episode she joins Stark's special unit voluntarily to learn from him. She had the highest conviction rate of the entire DA's office in the last two years prior to the show's start, and is arguably the best lawyer of Stark's original team. She and Casey sleep together regularly, which does not burden or complicate the work.
  • Sophina Brown as Deputy DA Raina Troy, a prosecutor. Troy is passionate, smart and tough, and described by Stark as "brilliant" but "a contempt citation waiting to happen." Midway through the first season she begins a relationship with Stark's investigator Isaac Wright.
  • Samuel Page as Deputy DA Casey Woodland (Season 1 only) is a prosecutor after his father and senator gave him this post. Only Jessica Devlin knows about it and blackmails him in the third episode so he has to provide her with information about Stark's contacts. A young, handsome lawyer from an influential family, Casey finds himself having to prove his worth to those who think he bought his way into the job. He begins a sexual relationship with Madeline Poe in spite of their disdain for each other. He leaves the team at the end of the first season to devote himself to his father's election campaign.
  • Henry Simmons as DA Investigator Isaac Wright (main cast (Season 1, Episode 8 - Season 2), guest (Season 1, Episode 2)) is a former police officer who was dismissed for false testimony. He takes Stark's offer to work for him as an investigator only after much hesitation. Over time, he establishes a relationship with Raina.
  • Kevin Alejandro as Deputy DA Danny Reyes (Season 2) is a prosecutor. He joined the team in the first episode of the second season. Previously, he worked in the Department of Organized Crime in L.A., where he worked primarily with Eastern European gangs. He has had the highest conviction rate among his peers in his six-year career. At first he dislikes Stark, but he quickly learns to appreciate him because he can work well with him over the law.
  • Alexis Cruz as Deputy DA Martin Allende (main cast, Season 1, Episodes 1-11) is a prosecutor. In episode 11, he rescues a girl in a shootout and gets shot. He dies in the hospital.

Recurring cast

  • Carlos Gómez as Manuel "Manny" Delgado (recurring Seasons 1-2) is the acting mayor. In the first episode, he persuades Stark to change to the prosecutor. Nevertheless, he sometimes opposes him to enforce his own interests.
  • Shaun Sipos as Trevor Boyd, Julie's boyfriend (season 2)
  • Billy Campbell as Wayne Robert Callison (guest star Season 1, Episodes 12 & 22; Season 2, Episode 16), a ruthless serial killer, creative writing teacher and Stark's personal nemesis throughout season 1. He targeted emotionally damaged women in their 20s and tortured them to death by cutting them. After he is acquitted, Stark becomes obsessed with putting him behind bars.
  • Kevin Pollak as Leo Cutler (season 2) is district attorney and thus Stark's superior from season 2. He won the elections against Jessica Devlin and has since held her post. Stark and he dislike each other from the beginning--Stark considers him an "incompetent ass crawler" in his own words.
  • Paula Marshall as Jordan Westlake (season 2), a young and driven state prosecutor who helps Stark when Jessica has to leave town to help her ill father (Jeri Ryan had been pregnant filming the last episodes of season 2).

Shark's rules

  • Trial is War. Second place is death.
  • Truth is relative. Pick one that works.
  • In a jury trial, there are only 12 opinions that matter and yours (speaking to his team) is not one of them.

Broadcast history

The show first aired in the 10:00 p.m., Eastern Thursday night slot. On October 20, 2006, it was announced that CBS had picked up the show for a full 22-episode season.[2] CBS announced on May 16, 2007 that Shark would return for a second season to consist of 18 episodes, but due to the writer's strike, it was shortened to 16 episodes.[3]

In Shark's second season, it moved to Sunday night at 10:00 p.m., switching time slots with Without a Trace and thereby competing against another highly rated series, ABC's Brothers & Sisters. In Canada, Global had also picked up Brothers & Sisters, so they decided to keep Shark on Thursday 10 p.m. time slot, three days ahead of the CBS broadcast (except for the Season 2 premiere), and Brothers & Sisters for their Sunday night 10 p.m. time slot.

The show returned Tuesday April 29, 2008 in a new time slot at 9:00 p.m. to air the four remaining post-strike episodes.[4] CBS officially cancelled the series on May 13, 2008.[5]

Filming locations

Shark was filmed mostly in and around Hollywood and Los Angeles in California. Many Hollywood landmarks can be seen including Hollywood Boulevard and the Hollywood Hills. There were roof top scenes shot at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, and exterior and interior shots at the Vibe Hotel, both located on Hollywood Boulevard.


Season Time slot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Rating
1 Thursday 10:00 P.M. September 21, 2006 May 3, 2007 2006-2007 #20 8.7 (Tied with 60 Minutes)[6]
2 Sunday 10:00 P.M.
Tuesday 9:00 P.M.
September 23, 2007 May 20, 2008 2007-2008 #30 7.0 (Tied with The Unit and Hell's Kitchen)[7]

Home media

DVD name Release date Ep # Additional information
Season 1 October 2, 2007 22 2 Commentary Tracks, "Creating Shark" Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel.


Shark began airing on Ion in early 2010, in a Sunday 10 pm to midnight slot, but was soon removed.[]

International airings

In Australia Shark started airing season 2 at 10 p.m. on Thursdays from November 12, 2009, on Seven's new digital channel 7TWO. Season 2l and the series overall completed its first run airing on W on Friday, December 18.

In the United Kingdom, Shark was shown at 11 a.m. every weekday on Channel 5.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedRankRating
First airedLast aired
122September 21, 2006 (2006-09-21)May 3, 2007 (2007-05-03)208.7[a]
216September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23)May 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)307.0[b]
  1. ^ Tied with 60 Minutes
  2. ^ Tied with The Unit and Hell's Kitchen

Season 1 (2006-07)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Pilot"Spike LeeIan BiedermanSeptember 21, 2006 (2006-09-21)1AMK79
After a shocking outcome in one of his cases and a personal epiphany, Sebastian Stark decides to leave his job as a defense attorney. After 3 months of battling depression, he has been offered the position of director of the Los Angeles DA's high-profile crime unit, but with a twist--he will have to train a new team of inexperienced lawyers. Their first case proves to be trouble when a combination of lack of prep-work and Stark's loss of drive almost sinks them.
22"LAPD Blue"Rod HolcombIan BiedermanSeptember 28, 2006 (2006-09-28)1AMK01
Stark has a new case, the murder of an undercover narcotics detective by a drug dealer. He will have to deal with the murdered cop's partners, who are hesitant to trust or help him because he often used questionable means to win acquittals for his often-guilty clients when he was a defense attorney.
33"Dr. Feelbad"John ShowalterKeith EisnerOctober 5, 2006 (2006-10-05)1AMK02
A heart surgeon is accused of murdering his missing wife. The fact that Stark doesn't have any proof, or even a body, doesn't stop him. He asks his team to find creative means to secure evidence from Dr. Mitchell Sterling's home and obtain testimony from his eight-year-old son, Ethan.
44"Russo"Ron LagomarsinoKevin FallsOctober 12, 2006 (2006-10-12)1AMK03
A couple is shot to death in a Malibu beach house, which they rented from a private investigator who knows dirty secrets about almost everyone in Hollywood - including Shark. The PI is under investigation by a grand jury and Stark uses that threat to squeeze information from him. Back at home, Julie helps a guy on whom she has a crush research a term paper while she lets her own studies fall behind.
55"In the Grasp"Steven DePaulDevon GreggoryOctober 19, 2006 (2006-10-19)1AMK04
Stark prosecutes three college football players accused of raping a female student at a campus athletic house. One of the players is the team's starting quarterback and is considered a high first-round pick in the upcoming NFL Draft. The case takes a hit when Shark learns the victim was in a relationship with the quarterback. Back at home, Julie tells her dad she is being suspended from school because she's been accused of plagiarism.
66"Fashion Police"Arvin BrownBill ChaisNovember 2, 2006 (2006-11-02)1AMK05
Four Latino women are killed in a garment-factory fire and the police rule it an accident, but Martin leaks false information to the press to force the DA's office to investigate. Sebastian isn't happy about it and says the case can't be won, but he gets pumped up when he learns his rival, Elliott Dasher is defending the fashion company his office is going after. The probe reveals the company supports sweatshops and may be liable for the fire. Also, Julie gets readmitted to school.
77"Déjà Vu All Over Again"Rod HolcombMichael Oates PalmerNovember 9, 2006 (2006-11-09)1AMK06
After an 8-year-old girl is kidnapped from a park and murdered, Stark believes this new case could be linked to a similar crime committed 15 years ago. In the former case, the main suspect had been defended by Stark himself and prosecuted by Jessica Devlin, and the man had been convicted of the murder. Meanwhile, a young man tells Julie he believes his late father and her mother had an affair while she was still married to Stark.
88"Love Triangle"John ShowalterStory by : Mimi Schmir
Teleplay by : Ian Biederman
November 16, 2006 (2006-11-16)1AMK07
A 16-year-old black girl is run down by a car and killed just after she left a party. The school the victim went to is mostly attended by rich, white kids, including Stark's daughter, Julie. To help the case, Stark approaches Isaac Wright (The LAPD Detective from Episode 2) to join the team as an Investigator. Shark fears a racial war could break out over the crime but when the investigation is completed, it reveals a totally different story.
99"Dial M for Monica"Steve GomerIan BiedermanNovember 23, 2006 (2006-11-23)1AMK08
An assistant district attorney is gunned down along with a high-priced hooker in the prostitute's car. The investigation reports the victim had wanted to prosecute narcotics cases and not domestic disputes, and he may have been working the call girl on targeting a drug dealer with whom she had a relationship. Meanwhile, Julie considers going to the next step with Eddie.
1010"Sins of the Mother"Robert LiebermanYolanda LawrenceDecember 7, 2006 (2006-12-07)1AMK09
A married socialite, who is one of Jessica's best friends, fatally shoots her ex-con lover but claims it was in self-defense. Also, Sebastian gives Julie the silent treatment after she stays overnight with her boyfriend.
1111"The Wrath of Khan"Kate WoodsKeith EisnerJanuary 4, 2007 (2007-01-04)1AMK10
Stark goes after a millionaire arms broker who is supplying explosives to L.A. gangs that have caused three car bombings and nine fatalities over the past five months. Making things more difficult is the FBI, which wants to take over the case, but Sebastian won't allow it because Casey has been kidnapped and may be killed if the broker escapes the country. Martin dies tragically while trying to save a little girl.
1212"Wayne's World"Chris MisianoStory by : Bill Chais
Teleplay by : Ian Biederman
January 18, 2007 (2007-01-18)1AMK11
Sebastian's new case seems to be the easiest one he could get. He's prosecuting a suspected serial killer accused of murdering five women and seriously injuring a sixth who was lucky enough to escape from his house. But the victim is reluctant to testify when she learns that the killer will be interrogating her.
1313"Teacher's Pet"Rod HolcombBill Chais & Kevin FallsFebruary 1, 2007 (2007-02-01)1AMK12
Shark and the HPCU take on the murder of a billionaire real estate developer whose marriage to his second wife is in trouble. The billionaire's son and wife are both suspects in the bizarre killing.
1414"Starlet Fever"Adam DavidsonJacob EpsteinFebruary 8, 2007 (2007-02-08)1AMK13
A popular young actress is killed after being run off of trendy Mulholland Drive, and the paparazzi who follow her every move are immediately suspect. The starlet, however, has more in her life than just nagging photographers including fights with fellow actresses and a secret relationship.
1515"Here Comes the Judge"Steve GomerKen WoodruffFebruary 15, 2007 (2007-02-15)1AMK14
Not only is the wife of a popular and ultraconservative judge murdered, the grieving spouse and Stark have an unpleasant history. Shark soon finds himself buried in the middle of another political hotbed, as the judge has a secret that threatens to ruin his judicial career.
1616"Blind Trust"Marcos SiegaDevon GreggoryFebruary 22, 2007 (2007-02-22)1AMK15
Sebastian Shark puts his job on the line when he answers to the pleas of an old friend not to alert law enforcement that he found the body of one of his firm's interns.
1717"Backfire"Anthony HemingwayTed HumphreyMarch 29, 2007 (2007-03-29)1AMK16
In a controversial shooting, an upstanding black youth is killed and his drug-dealing cousin injured. Sebastian accuses a highly decorated black law enforcement officer and his white partner for the murder.
1818"Trial by Fire"Paul HolahanIan BiedermanApril 5, 2007 (2007-04-05)1AMK17
Sebastian, deputy DA Raina Troy, a convicted serial murderer they are trying to give the death penalty, and the courtroom audience are taken hostage by a distraught man who is to be sentenced for a robbery he claims he did not commit.
1919"Porn Free"Martha CoolidgeKeith Eisner & Mimi SchmirApril 12, 2007 (2007-04-12)1AMK18
Sebastian faces an uphill battle in court when the respected head of a women's shelter creates a positive "vigilante justice" media buzz for the killing of a predatory porn producer.
2020"Fall From Grace"Terrence O'HaraSteve SharletApril 19, 2007 (2007-04-19)1AMK19
Sebastian goes up against his sly, sexy former legal protege when he prosecutes the case of a young professor who was pushed to his death from the balcony of his wife's ultra wealthy college boyfriend's apartment.
2121"Strange Bedfellows"Paul HolahanMichael Oates PalmerApril 26, 2007 (2007-04-26)1AMK20
Sebastian has to convince a jury that a kidnapper was not simply saving a child from abusive parents, and D.A. Devlin faces election day. This episode is similar to the Shawn Hornbeck/Ben Ownby kidnapping case.
2222"Wayne's World 2: Revenge of the Shark"Adam DavidsonIan BiedermanMay 3, 2007 (2007-05-03)1AMK21
Shark goes on the warpath to bring down the infamous acquitted serial killer Wayne Robert Callison after the alarming discovery of another young woman found murdered. After losing the election, D.A. Devlin plans on going to private practice, until Shark makes her an offer. The episode ends with a surprising twist.

Season 2 (2007-08)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
231"Gangster Movies"Adam DavidsonIan BiedermanSeptember 23, 2007 (2007-09-23)2AMK01
After the prime witness to the murder of a film distribution executive is killed in a bus explosion, Sebastian, along with Danny Reyes (Kevin Alejandro) enlists Jessica's help in finding a new witness and bringing down a Russian mobster.
242"For Whom the Skel Rolls"Paul HolahanGardner SternSeptember 30, 2007 (2007-09-30)2AMK02
When new information about the murder of Isaac's former fiance surfaces, Sebastian and the team investigate without telling Isaac.
253"Eye of the Beholder"Marcos SiegaTed HumphreyOctober 7, 2007 (2007-10-07)2AMK03
After the body of a 22-year-old surgically enhanced aspiring actress turns up, the team begins working on identifying and convicting the killer. But the investigation leads to the discovery of one of the worst kind of exploitation there is in this industry: Sebastian's team uncovers that the victim's plastic surgeon was exchanging sex for surgery with her.
264"Dr. Laura"Kate WoodsJacob EpsteinOctober 14, 2007 (2007-10-14)2AMK04
Jessica finds herself in trouble when her friend, Medical Examiner Laura Fields, is caught tampering with evidence in their murder case. When confronted in court, she accuses Jessica of having pressured her into giving false testimony and arranging the evidence to gain a conviction when Jessica was the D.A.
275"Student Body"Seith MannStory by : Bill Chais
Teleplay by : Ian Biederman & Gardner Stern
October 21, 2007 (2007-10-21)2AMK05
The search for the bomber on a school campus and the killer of a co-ed leads to a young chemical engineering student who has been sending incriminating letters about exacting revenge on his condescending peers. When the case is ready to go to trial, Danny is convinced that the student is innocent and he convinces Sebastian to let him search for another suspect.
286"No Holds Barred"Paul McCraneKen WoodruffOctober 28, 2007 (2007-10-28)2AMK06
After a popular ultimate fighter commits suicide, an investigation reveals he had been the third fighter in the league to commit suicide and the league CEO had been pushing steroids on the players. Following the results of the investigation, Sebastian charges the CEO with murder.
297"In Absentia"Adam DavidsonKim ClementsNovember 4, 2007 (2007-11-04)2AMK07
Sebastian and Danny travel to Mexico to attempt to retrieve a defendant who left the country to avoid being prosecuted for murdering his business partner/mistress.
308"In the Crosshairs"Paul HolahanKeith EisnerNovember 11, 2007 (2007-11-11)2AMK08
The mayor places undue pressure on Sebastian and his team to identify, locate, and convict a serial freeway sniper who is causing city-wide panic in Los Angeles.
319"Burning Sensation"James FrawleyDevon GreggoryNovember 18, 2007 (2007-11-18)2AMK09
Sebastian's team learns the victim of a serial arsonist had been murdered and dumped at the site of a fire.
3210"Every Breath You Take"Dean WhiteTed HumphreyNovember 25, 2007 (2007-11-25)2AMK10
Five years after helping imprison a tennis star's stalker for her stabbing, Jessica is guilt-ridden when the tennis pro is fatally stabbed days after Jessica's failed attempt to uphold the man's conviction during his retrial.
3311"Shaun of the Dead"Terrence O'HaraStory by : Gary Glasberg & Ken Woodruff
Teleplay by : Ken Woodruff
December 9, 2007 (2007-12-09)2AMK11
When Shaun Mason, a member of star musician Justin Bishop's entourage, is found dead in a hotel suite registered to Justin, Shark discovers how far members of the entourage will go to make a buck or protect their own.
3412"Partners in Crime"David MillerStory by : Bill Chais
Teleplay by : Ian Biederman
January 27, 2008 (2008-01-27)2AMK12
Dark secrets from Sebastian's past surface after the fatal shooting of his long-time friend and former law firm partner is determined to have been a failed attempt to kill Sebastian.
3513"Bar Fight"Adam DavidsonStory by : Bill Chais
Teleplay by : Ian Biederman
April 29, 2008 (2008-04-29)2AMK13
Sebastian builds a case against an underworld kingpin as part of a covert deal initiated by the State Attorney General's office that could save Sebastian from being disbarred for having covered up the murderous act of a client in 1996.
3614"Leaving Las Vegas"Paul HolahanKeith EisnerMay 6, 2008 (2008-05-06)2AMK14
After being disbarred in California, Sebastian's Las Vegas gambling spell is soon sidelined by a notoriously crooked casino owner and former client who convinces Sebastian to make use of his Nevada law license to defend him in a murder trial.
3715"One Hit Wonder"Steven RobmanTed HumphreyMay 13, 2008 (2008-05-13)2AMK15
An abusive record producer is the prime suspect in the murder of an up-and-coming singer after leaving a party at the Playboy Mansion. However, another motive and suspect soon emerge, and Danny's actions put the case in jeopardy.
3816"Wayne's World 3: Killer Shark"Adam DavidsonIan BiedermanMay 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)2AMK16
Shark's nemesis, Wayne Callison, has escaped prison with one mission in mind: revenge against Shark through any means necessary.


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  2. ^ CBS Gets Chummy With Full 'Shark' Season
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