|Created by||David Hollander|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||3|
|No. of episodes||67 (list of episodes)|
Lori Jane Coleman
Michael N. Knue
Robert P. Seppey
|Running time||44 minutes|
|Distributor||CBS Television Distribution|
Sony Pictures Television (non-USA)
|Original release||September 25, 2001 –|
May 4, 2004
The Guardian is an American drama television series created by David Hollander for CBS. It originally aired from September 25, 2001, to May 4, 2004. In the United States, as of September 2018, it was being broadcast in re-runs on Heroes & Icons and Hulu. The Guardian has aired in the United Kingdom on the Hallmark Channel, ABC1 (April 2006) and, more recently, 5USA (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: Criminal Intent and Law & Order: 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 premiered in October 2012 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 (originally Children's Legal Services) as the result of a drug conviction. The plot focuses on Nick's community service as a guardian ad litem 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.
Main article: List of The Guardian episodes
|First aired||Last aired|
|1||22||September 25, 2001||May 21, 2002|
|2||23||September 24, 2002||May 13, 2003|
|3||22||September 23, 2003||May 4, 2004|
The show was set in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, 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. The fictional offices of Legal Services of Pittsburgh are located at 121–123 Seventh Street, Pittsburgh, while Fallin & Fallin's offices are located in the Frick Building, 437 Grant Street, Pittsburgh.
CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount Home Entertainment) has released all three seasons of The Guardian on DVD in region 1.
On February 6, 2018, CBS Home Entertainment released The Guardian-The Complete Series on DVD in region 1.
|DVD Name||Ep#||Release Date|
|The First Season||22||October 27, 2009|
|The Second Season||23||September 7, 2010|
|The Final Season||22||February 8, 2011|
|The Complete Series||67||February 6, 2018|
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 Koch Media has released the first two seasons on DVD and Blu-ray.
|2002||ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards||"Top TV Series" – Jakob Dylan||Won|
|Family Television Awards||"Actor" – Simon Baker"||Won|
|GLAAD Media Awards||"Outstanding Individual Episode (In a Series Without a Regular Gay Character)" – "The Men from the Boys"||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Award||"Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series - Drama" – Simon Baker||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||"Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor" – Erik Knudsen||Nominated|
|"Best Performance in a TV Drama Series - Guest Starring Young Actor" – Jesse Plemons||Nominated|
|2003||ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards||"Top TV Series" – Jakob Dylan||Won|
|Emmy Award||"Outstanding Guest Actress in a Drama Series" – Farrah Fawcett||Nominated|
|Environmental Media Awards||"Drama - TV Episodic" – "Assuming the Position"||Nominated|
|2004||ASCAP Film and Television Music Awards||"Top TV Series" – Jakob Dylan||Won|
|Environmental Media Awards||"Drama - TV Episodic" – "Big Coal"||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||"Best Performance in a TV Series - Guest Starring Young Actress" – Danielle Panabaker||Won|
|2005||Prism Awards||"Performance in a Drama Series Storyline" – Simon Baker||Nominated|
|"TV Drama Series Multi-Episode Storyline" – "Beautiful Blue Mystic" and "Amends"||Nominated|
|Young Artist Award||"Best Performance in a Television Series - Recurring Young Actress" – Scout Taylor-Compton||Nominated|