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Television Review

Law and disorder on ‘Rake’

The degree to which viewers will enjoy the new Fox series “Rake,” based on an Australian series of the same name and premiering Thursday at 9 p.m., will depend on how high their threshold is for watching a charismatic, talented person repeatedly sabotage himself while trying the patience of those around him.

Going a long way toward making that trope palatable, and quite charming, is Greg Kinnear as lawyer Keegan Deane, who is the rake of the title — in the sense of the raffish ladies man not the garden implement.

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