Shark (U.S. TV series)

Genre Legal drama
Created by Ian Biederman
Starring James Woods
Danielle Panabaker
Sophina Brown
Sarah Carter
Kevin Alejandro
Henry Simmons
Jeri Ryan
Composer(s) Sean Callery
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 38 (list of episodes)
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Imagine Television
Deforestation Services
20th Century Fox Television
Original network CBS
Original release September 21, 2006 (2006-09-21) – May 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)

Shark is an American legal drama created by Ian Biederman that originally aired on CBS from September 21, 2006 to May 20, 2008. The series stars James Woods.


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 Sebastian Stark Deputy DA, is 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 District Attorney (DA) first season, Assistant DA second season, District Attorney and Starks supervisors. 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 member of Stark's team in Season 2.
  • Danielle Panabaker as Julie Stark, Sebastian Stark's daughter. Because her parents divorced, she moves to 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 Madeleine Poe Assistant DA, is a prosecutor and 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 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 Raina Troy Assistant DA, is 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 Casey Woodland Assistant DA (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 left the team at the end of the first season to devote himself to his father's election campaign.
  • Henry Simmons as Isaac Wright DA Investigator (Main cast (Season 1, Episode 8 – Season 2), Guest (Season 1, Episode 2)), is a former police officer who was dismissed for false testimony. Stark's offer to work for him as an investigator, he takes only after much hesitation. Over time, he establishes a relationship with Raina
  • Kevin Alejandro as Danny Reyes Assistant DA (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 Martin Allende Assistant DA (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 Mayor (recurring Season 1 – Season 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 Starks superior from season 2. He won the elections against Jessica Devlin and has since held her post. Stark and him dislike each other from the beginning - Stark considers him as an "incompetent ass crawler" in his own words

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.


SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[1][2]
First airedLast airedRankRating
122September 21, 2006 (2006-09-21)May 3, 2007 (2007-05-03)208.7[lower-alpha 1]
216September 23, 2007 (2007-09-23)May 20, 2008 (2008-05-20)307.0[lower-alpha 2]

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.[3] CBS announced on May 16, 2007 that Shark would return for a second season.[4]

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.[5] CBS officially cancelled the series on May 13, 2008.[6]

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)[7]
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)[8]

DVD release

DVD nameRelease dateEp #Additional information
Season 1October 2, 2007222 Commentary Tracks, "Creating Shark" Featurette, Deleted Scenes, Gag Reel.


Shark began airing on Ion in early 2010 late Sundays (10 p.m.-Midnight in a two episode block) but was later canceled except for marathons held holiday weekends.

International airings

In Australia Shark started airing season 2 at 10pm 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 11.00 am every weekday on Channel 5.


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  2. Top Rated TV Programs By Season (2007-Present)
  3. CBS Gets Chummy With Full 'Shark' Season
  4. CBS ANNOUNCES 2007-2008 PRIMETIME SCHEDULE Archived 2007-09-25 at the Wayback Machine.
  5. "CBS PROGRAM ADVISORY -- "Shark" Moves to Tuesdays at 9:00 PM For Three Broadcasts". Retrieved 2009-02-04.
  6. "It's Official: CBS Renews Christine, Unit, and HIMYM". Archived from the original on 2008-05-15. Retrieved 2009-02-04.
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  8. Ratings - Television and Record Industry History Resources
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