The Guardian (TV series)

The Guardian

season 2 intertitle of The Guardian
Genre Drama
Created by David Hollander
Written by David Hollander
Rid Eid
Jennifer M. Johnson
Nick Santora
Anne McGrail
Alfonso H. Moreno
Peter Parnell
Michael R. Perry
Barry M. Schkolnick
Tom Smuts
Craig Turk
Starring Simon Baker
Dabney Coleman
Raphael Sbarge
Amanda Michalka
Alan Rosenberg
Erica Leerhsen
Wendy Moniz
Opening theme Guardian Theme (Season 1) by Mark Snow
"Empire in My Mind" performed by The Wallflowers (Season 2 & 3)
Composer(s) Mark Snow
Jon Ehrlich
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 67 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) David Hollander
Mark Johnson
Michael Pressman
Producer(s) Alfonso H. Moreno
Peter Parnell
Cinematography James R. Bagdonas
Jacek Laskus
Editor(s) James Coblentz
Lori Jane Coleman
Gib Jaffe
Michael N. Knue
Chad Mochrie
Robert P. Seppey
Lynne Willingham
Running time 44 minutes
Production company(s) David Hollander Productions
Gran Via Productions
CBS Productions
Columbia TriStar Television (2001–02) (seasons 1-2)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–04) (seasons 2-3)
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25) – May 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)

The Guardian is an American drama series which aired on CBS from September 25, 2001 to May 4, 2004. In the United States, as of 2012, it is being broadcast in re-runs on the Sleuth Channel and TV Guide Network. The Guardian has aired in the United Kingdom on the Hallmark Channel, ABC1 (April 2006) and, more recently, 5 USA (May 2009) and Five (August 2009). In Turkey, the show aired on TNT and in Australia on Network Ten; as of 2011 re-runs are airing on the Nine Network following episodes of Simon Baker's 2008-2015 vehicle The Mentalist, but before on free to air television, the show has also aired on Foxtel's defunct station TV1 (now TVH!TS) in 2003 during the Saturday Night's Crime Time Block before Law & Order: CI and SVU. In India and Pakistan the show airs on Animax from June 2010 and AXN and FX. In Singapore, the show airs on AXN through Starhub Cable Television. In New Zealand, the show airs on Vibe, channel 7, via sky TV. In Latin America, the series will premiere in October on the Sony Spin channel.

The show stars Simon Baker and Dabney Coleman. It includes guest stars, such as Farrah Fawcett, and featured scenes with the Pittsburgh Police in multiple episodes.


Series protagonist Nick Fallin is a corporate attorney sentenced to 1,500 hours of community service with Legal Services of Pittsburgh as the result of a drug conviction. The plot focuses on Nick's community service and recovery from drug addiction, as well as his strained relationship with his father, who was founder and is managing partner of the corporate law firm where Nick is employed full-time.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Notable guest stars


The show was set in Pittsburgh, and was filmed in the city from time to time. Beginning in Season 2, the theme song was "Empire in My Mind" performed by The Wallflowers.


DVD releases

CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) has released all three seasons of The Guardian on DVD in Region 1.

DVD Name Ep# Release Date
The First Season 22 October 27, 2009[2]
The Second Season 23 September 7, 2010[3]
The Final Season 22 February 8, 2011[4]

CBS/Paramount controls video rights only in the USA (where CBS Television Distribution has ancillary rights). Outside the US, Sony Pictures Television controls distribution rights, and international DVD releases will be mostly from Sony Pictures Home Entertainment. In Germany the first season is set to be released July 9, 2015 via Koch Media.[5][6]


Year Award Category Result
2002 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards "Top TV Series" – Jakob Dylan Won[7]
Family Television Awards "Actor" – Simon Baker" Won[7]
"New Series" Won[7]
GLAAD Media Awards "Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character)" – The Men From The Boys Nominated[7]
Golden Globe Award "Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama" – Simon Baker Nominated[8]
Young Artist Award "Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor" – Erik Knudsen Nominated[9]
"Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor" – Jesse Plemons Nominated[9]
2003 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards "Top TV Series" – Jakob Dylan Won[10]
Emmy Award "Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" – Farrah Fawcett Nominated[11]
Environmental Media Awards "Drama - TV Episodic" – Assuming the Position Nominated[12]
2004 ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards "Top TV Series" – Jakob Dylan Won[13]
Environmental Media Awards "Drama - TV Episodic" – Big Coal Nominated[14]
Young Artist Award "Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress" – Danielle Panabaker Won[15]
2005 Prism Awards "Performance in a Drama Series Storyline" – Simon Baker Nominated[16]
"TV Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline" – Beautiful Blue Mystic & Amends Nominated[16]
Young Artist Award "Best Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young Actress" – Scout Taylor-Compton Nominated[17]


  1. Phil Weston is the character Ferrell played in the film Kicking & Screaming .
  2. The Guardian: The First Season
  3. The Guardian: The Second Season
  4. Lambert, David (6 December 2010). "The Guardian - Simon Baker's 3rd and Final Season Announced: Date, Cost, Specs, Package". Retrieved 10 February 2011.
  7. 1 2 3 4 "Awards for "The Guardian" (2001)". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  8. "SIMON BAKER". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  9. 1 2 "Twenty-Third Annual Young Artist Awards 2002". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  10. "Top Television Series (2003)". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  11. "PRIMETIME EMMY AWARD DATABASE". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  12. "13th Annual Environmental Media Awards". Environmental Media Association. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  14. "14th Annual Environmental Media Awards". Environmental Media Association. Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  15. "25th Annual Young Artist Awards - Winners and Nominations". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  16. 1 2 "Winners & Nominees". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
  17. "26th Annual Young Artist Awards - Nominations / Special Awards". Retrieved 6 February 2010.
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