It’s not unusual for me to start watching a show because of an actor or actress. To be honest, most shows I’ve become fans of started out as “that new show with Wendy Moniz/Simon Baker/Frank Grillo/Nathan Fillion. I’m a fan of actors and I’ll gladly follow them from project to project when I admire their work.
As soon as I heard Wendy Moniz had joined the cast of The Guardian, I was all in. Thus began three seasons of gut wrenching emotion with some really pretty(and talented) people thrown in.
Fallin–the name fit.
Nicholas Fallin had truly fallen from grace. He had the money. He had the job. He had the class, but he didn’t have what he wanted most–his family. Burton Fallin, his lawyer father, loved him, but didn’t know how to show it. His mother died of cancer when he was a young boy and he had no siblings. Above all, he wanted to be wanted.
After being convicted of a drug charge, he was sentenced to community service in a legal services center–the point in the show where the fun really begins.
Let’s recap–You’ve got an emotionally stunted, recovering addict on probation who is desperate for his father’s approval. You’ve got a workaholic father who has no idea how to relate to his son. You’ve got a Legal Services Program (LSP) that specializes in the most destitute, depressing cases on earth….What more do you need?
Romance–that’s what. Enter Wendy Moniz. Louisa Archer enters the show halfway through the first season and promptly turns Nick’s world upside down The. For the next season and a half we are treated to the “will they/won’t they” dance until we finally get an answer.
And that’s just the beginning.
The Guardian wasn’t your typical feel good show. It didn’t wrap up every episode in a neat little bow. The endings weren’t always pretty. Sometimes life happened. Sometimes people got hurt. Sometimes the court got it wrong. Sometimes things happened too late. But it always felt real.
Sadly, The Guardian came to an end at the end of season three. In the three seasons the show aired, there were truly phenomenal moments from Simon Baker (Nick) and Wendy Moniz (Lulu). Dabney Coleman (Burton) and Alan Rosenberg (Alvin) also gave stellar performances. Their talent, along with some poignant writing from the shows creator, David Hollander made the show what it was. The finale was, what most people had come to expect from the show, honest, raw, and most of all–real.
And in a world of scripted reality tv, isn’t real a nice change?
The Guardian is available on DVD and through Netflix and Amazon Prime.