Rake: Series 5 (3 DISC)
The final season of this ever-sparkling comedic drama (The Guardian, Australia) tackles the contentious world of politics, with disbarred lawyer Cleaver Greene (Richard Roxburgh, Moulin Rouge!) having won an Australian Senate seat on a campaign promise to do nothing. But even Cleavers low expectations fall short of the absurd reality, as he contends with a right-wing nemesis (Jane Turner, Kath and Kim), a noxious gas attack believed to be the work of terrorists, and a disastrous visit from the US defense secretary (Anthony LaPaglia, Without a Trace). Can Cleaver outmaneuver his cutthroat colleagues, or will his self-destructive behavior destroy his budding new career?
Featuring biting wit, inedible characters, and sharp social commentary, this smart, cheeky, and funny (Newcastle Herald, Australia) series also stars Matt Day (Muriels Wedding), Sara Wiseman (A Place to Call Home), Jacek Koman (Jack Irish), Erroll Shand (Mystery Road), Mark Mitchinson (Dear Murderer), and William McInnes (East West 101).