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Shark is an Americanmarker legal drama that originally ran on CBS from September 21, 2006 to May 20, 2008. Created by Ian Biederman, the series starred James Woods as Sebastian Stark, a notorious Los Angelesmarker defense attorney who becomes a prosecutor.


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.CBS announced on May 16, 2007 that Shark would return for a second season.

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

The show returned Tuesday April 29, 2008 in a new timeslot at 9:00 to air the four remaining post-strike episodes. CBS officially cancelled the series on May 13, 2008.

In Australia Shark will start airing at 10pm on Thursdays from Nov. 12, 2009.

Cast members

Actor Role Notes
Sebastian Stark, Deputy DA Main cast
Jessica Devlin, District Attorney (DA) Main cast
Julie Stark Main cast
Raina Troy, Deputy DA Main cast
Madeleine Poe, Deputy DA Main cast
Isaac Wright, DA Investigator Main cast (Season 1, Episode 8 – Season 2

Guest (Season 1, Episode 2)
Danny Reyes, Deputy DA Main cast (Season 2)
Casey Woodland, Deputy DA Main cast (Season 1)
Martin Allende, Deputy DA Main cast (Season 1, Episodes 1–11)
Manuel Delgado, Mayor Recurring (Season 1 – Season 2)
Lewis Slocombe Recurring (Season 1 – Season 2)
Leo Cutler, DA Recurring (Season 2)
Trevor Boyd Recurring (Season 2)
Kenneth Woodruff, Judge Recurring (Season 1 – Season 2)
Wayne Robert Callison Guest star (Season 1, Episodes 12 & 22; Season 2, Episode 16)


  • Sebastian Stark: A charismatic and cutthroat former high end defense attorney. Stark chose to become a public prosecutor after a client he had previously defended against assault charges killed his wife just a few days later. Despite his realisation after this case, his methods as a defense attorney have not been changed dramatically for his role as a prosecutor.
  • Jessica Devlin: Los Angelesmarker District Attorney for 15 years, Devlin was Stark's boss for the duration of the season one. When she was defeated in an election, however, Stark hired her as the Senior Member of his team.
  • Madeline Poe: Poe was originally the only voluntary member of Stark's team. In season one, she began a relationship with Casey, who had later left the team by the start of season two, to run his father's political campaign.
  • Raina Troy: Troy is passionate, smart and tough, and described by Stark as "a contempt citation waiting to happen". She is in a relationship with Isaac Wright.
  • Danny Reyes: Reyes was transferred from the gang-crime unit, and used past experience to influence his motives. He often conflicts with Stark and Jessica, both of whom privately agree that he is a very good lawyer.
  • Isaac Wright: A former LAPD officer, Stark offered him a job on his team after Wright was forced to admit he planted evidence in an effort to prosecute his partner's killer.
  • Julie Stark: The daughter of Sebastian, she decided to stay with her father after her custody hearing, because "he needs her more than he'll ever know".



USA TV Ratings

Seasonal rankings (based on average total viewers per episode) of Shark on CBS:

Season Timeslot (EDT) Season Premiere Season Finale TV Season Rank Viewers

(in millions)
1 Thursday 10:00 P.M. September 21, 2006 May 3, 2007 2006–2007 #24 13.7
2 Sunday 10:00 P.M.
Tuesday 9:00 P.M.
September 23, 2007 May 20, 2008 2007–2008 #43 10.38

Visual in-references

In episode four, during an exterior shot of a hotel right before a scene where Casey and Raina question a bartender, a bus with an ad for Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip passes in front of the camera. CBS had previously lost a bidding war to NBC for the rights to Studio 60 in October 2005.

DVD Release

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


  1. CBS Gets Chummy With Full 'Shark' Season

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