Shark is an American legal drama television series created by Ian Biederman which stars James Woods as Sebastian Stark, a notorious Los Angeles defence attorney who - following a personal epiphany - brings his cutthroat tactics to the prosecutor's office.
The series originally aired in the USA on CBS from 21 September, 2006 to 20 May, 2008. There are 38 hour-long episodes in two seasons.
Shark originally aired in South Africa on M-Net from 1 February, 2007 to 19 December, 2008. It later aired on DStv's M-Net Series channel and on TopTV's Fox FX channel. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 originally aired on M-Net from 5 September to 19 December, 2008, on Fridays at 19h30. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 2 then aired on M-Net Series from 14 September to 28 December, 2008, on Sundays at 19h00. New episodes broadcast weekly.
Season 2 premiered on Fox FX on Tuesday 30 April 2013, at 20h30. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 16 episodes in the second and final season.
Shark is a drama that follows the professional and personal life of Sebastian Stark, a charismatic, supremely self-confident and cutthroat prosecutor who chose to leave his long-beloved career as an ace defence attorney after a disturbing outcome in one of his cases resulted in a personal epiphany.
Though Sebastian is seeking to redeem himself, he has no intention of changing his underhanded approach to winning cases just because he's now working for the other side of the law.
Having weathered a challenging but successful first year as head of the Los Angeles District Attorney's High Profile Crime Unit, Sebastian has had the added good fortune of persuading the ambitious, accomplished and recently displaced former DA, Jessica Devlin, to revisit her glory days as a trial attorney by becoming a senior member of his team.
The junior lawyers on Sebastian's team, who are beginning to use some of Sebastian's infamous brass-knuckle tactics themselves, include the smart, tough and passionate Raina Troy, the shrewd and high-powered Madeleine Poe and the newest member, Danny Reyes, whose edgy and aggressive style challenges Sebastian at every turn.
The team also relies heavily on their resourceful investigator, Isaac Wright, a former LAPD detective.
In addition to striving to be a good father to his 17-year-old daughter, Julie Stark, and enjoying his status as one of LA's most eligible bachelors, this legal shark is intent on proving that he can play, and win, for the "good guys."
Season 1 (22 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 1 Feb 2007 | Finale: 28 Jun 2007 | Thursdays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 25 Jun 2007 | Finale: 19 Nov 2007 | Mondays, 23h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 17 Jan 2012 | Finale: 12 Jun 2012 | Tuesdays, 20h30
Season 2 (16 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 5 Sep 2008 | Finale: 19 Dec 2008 | Fridays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 14 Sep 2008 | Finale: 28 Dec 2008 | Sundays, 19h00
Channel: Fox FX | Premiere: 30 Apr 2013 | Finale: 13 Aug 2013 | Tuesdays, 20h30