The BEST Episodes of Raising the Bar
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Jan 23, 2020
Network: TNT (US)
A group of young lawyers, all former classmates, find themselves going up against one another as public defenders trying to help the down and out.
#1 - Bagels and Locks
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Sep 29, 2008
Jerry takes on an emotional case of the murder of a young boy. As the press coverage intensifies, Balco takes over as lead prosecutor. Bobbi defends a family man charged with possession of heroin. Jerry finally meets Bobbi's husband and they continue to flirt.
#2 - Guatemala Gulfstream
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 8, 2008
Jerry defends a man accused of murder but the only eyewitness is in Guatemala. Michele has the chance of trying her first murder trial and tries to remember to be a good lawyer in the process. Meanwhile, Richard defends a man accused of assault and Charlie runs into a former lover in the courtroom.
#3 - I Will, I'm Will
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 15, 2008
Jerry defends a mentally ill client and runs into problems with Judge Kessler. Richard defends a woman who caused problems due to a welfare check and may not be able to take care of her grandmother if she is convicted.
#4 - Bobbi Ba-Bing
Season 2 - Episode 11 - Aired Aug 17, 2009
Jerry defends an inmate charged with stabbing another inmate; Richard works with Ashley, a new public defender, on a case involving a homeless man arrested for panhandling.
#5 - Richie Richer
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Sep 22, 2008
Richard's wealthy father offers Roz a job. Jerry defends a mother whose arrest may have something to do with her testifying in a murder trial. Judge Kessler continues her quest as a political candidate.
#6 - Maybe, Baby
Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Dec 24, 2009
Jerry questions his client's deal to testify against a rapist and a series of events leave Roz with a baby.
#7 - Shop Till You Drop
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 3, 2008
The appeals court overturns the conviction of a black firefighter accused of stealing property from a body found during a fire. The court finds that Judge Kessler was wrong to disallow testimony. Roz and Balco have to go and retry the case and they find racism to play a major part. Jerry finds some information out about Bobbi's husband but doesn't know if he should share it. Charlie deals with conflict between him and Judge Kessler.
#8 - Hang Time
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 6, 2008
Jerry defends a man who followed a hit and run driver and then stole from him. Bobbi's latest case involves a domestic -violence dispute which has the wife refusing to press charges.
#9 - A Leg to Stand On
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 13, 2008
Jerry defends a client who he is sure is innocent. Jerry gets a sign that he should go with a bench trial, but it seems there are some politics going on in the background. Richard receives extra attention from his law student. Judge Kessler is called in for a favor.
#10 - Out on the Roof
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Oct 20, 2008
One of Charlie's friends is arrested and Charlie arranges to have Jerry handle the case, but then is put in front of Charlie's boss, Judge Kessler. Michelle calls Jerry in to intercede on one of Bobbi's cases.
#11 - Roman Holiday
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Oct 27, 2008
Jerry defends an HIV-positive man charged with attempted murder due to the fact that he spit in a police officer's face. Jerry must go up against Mitch Baker, an arrogant assistant DA. Bobbi and Richard defend a 14-year-old who was possibly involved in a murder. Judge Kessler plans a trip to Italy and invites Charlie along.
#12 - Hair Apparent
Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Jun 8, 2009
In the dramatic season premiere, Jerry defends a barber charged with allowing his nephew to sell crack out of his barbershop, a crime for which the barber is now being tried. Marcus, under orders from Balco to “take the hard line” in prosecuting cases, refuses to give any leeway. Roz decides to start handling cases again, but her first one hits a snag that could ruin a woman’s life and the life of her son. Bobbi’s divorce proceedings get underway, but it’s not too long before she gets thrown a curveball. And Jerry gets ribbed about his hair during a party celebrating his 33rd birthday.
#13 - The Curious Case Of Kellerman's Button
Season 2 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 22, 2009
Jerry gets into a conflict with Judge Farnsworth. Jerry schemes to make Farnsworth a victim of his own rules.
#14 - O! Say Can You Pee
Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Dec 24, 2009
Richard defends a law student accused of pouring beer on a cop at a sporting event. Marcus takes legal action against a father who stole food to feed his family, however, a videotape surfaces to tell another story. Bobbie and Jerry face an important personal decision.
#15 - Happy Ending
Season 2 - Episode 15 - Aired Dec 24, 2009
In the series finale, Jerry defends a male massage therapist against charges of inappropriately touching a female client. Kessler's boyfriend asks for a favor, Bobbi and Jerry look for a place together, and Roz must deal with the father of the baby she is caring for.
#16 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 1, 2008
Public defender, Jerry Kellerman, defends a man that he is certain is innocent. Jerry struggles on the case while in front of a judge that despises him. Meanwhile in the DA's office, Michelle tries to right a wrong in a rape trial while the office doesn't want to be embarrassed by a wrong conviction.
#17 - No Child's Left Behind
Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 29, 2009
Jerry defends a father against Balco's aggressive prosecution. Bobbi considers finding another job with better pay.
#18 - Rules of Engagement
Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 15, 2009
Jerry and Michelle go before a new judge; Michelle becomes smitten with a cop who may be perjuring himself.
#19 - Making Up Is Hard to Do
Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Aug 10, 2009
Bobbi defends a woman accused of smuggling cocaine; Michelle must rely on the testimony of her cop boyfriend.
#20 - I'll Be Down to Get You a Taxi, Honey
Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Jul 13, 2009
Jerry relies on the sympathy of the jury instead of the facts when he holds court for a man charged with running over a corrupt lawyer. Elsewhere, Richard makes a judicial fumble when he rushes through his cases. Also, Bobbi's divorce proceedings advance.
#21 - Fine and Dandy
Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Jul 20, 2009
Jerry and Richard both fight for their clients who have received unjust punishments. Judge Kessler will be working Richard's case, while also looking forward to going on a first blind date. Meanwhile, Bobbi has trouble adjusting to a life-shattering situation concerning her ex-husband.
#22 - Is There a Doctor in the House?
Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Jul 6, 2009
Jerry defends a woman picked up for drug possession. Michelle's new boyfriend gives Jerry the runaround.
#23 - Beating a Dead Horse
Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired Aug 24, 2009
Jerry takes over Bobbi's case involving a pregnant woman addicted to heroin; Michelle is determined to put the woman away to stop her from shooting up with a baby in her womb; Roz defends a carriage driver.
#24 - Trout Fishing
Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Aug 3, 2009
Kessler and Farnsworth clash over a case in which a mother is set to go to prison. Elsewhere, Balco hands a case to Michelle, but she'll only have 48 hours to prepare before it goes to trial.
#25 - Trust Me
Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Jul 27, 2009
Bobbi is put to the test while working on a case for a confidential informant who fears his powerful codefendant could have him killed. Jerry tries to assist Bobbi in the case, but his meddling backfires. Elsewhere, Richard uses his family name as leverage in a case.