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Bent: Season 1 (2012)

Seasons:
1

tomatometer

81

Average Rating: 6.3/10
Reviews Counted: 27
Fresh: 22 | Rotten: 5

A pleasant, smarter-than-average sitcom, Bent benefits from interesting characters and sharp comedic chemistry between stars David Walton and Amanda Peet.

86

Average Rating: 6.1/10
Critic Reviews: 14
Fresh: 12 | Rotten: 2

A pleasant, smarter-than-average sitcom, Bent benefits from interesting characters and sharp comedic chemistry between stars David Walton and Amanda Peet.

audience

100

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Average Rating: 4.5/5
User Ratings: 2

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Season Info

Alex (Amanda Peet), a recently divorced lawyer with a young daughter and little patience for frivolity, hires a contractor named Pete (David Walton) to help her renovate her kitchen. Aware of his reputation as a womanizer, Alex, whose ex-husband was sent to prison for insider trading, is adamant that she will fire Pete should he present any problems. Of course, neither Alex's love life or home renovations go smoothly.

Network: NBC

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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 21, 2012

Pilot

"Pilot", 3/21/12: A hard working single Mom is hesitant to hire a flakey but charming contractor to remodel her kitchen. HD Version

2
Air date: Mar 21, 2012

Smitten

"Smitten", 3/21/12: Pete and the guys advise Alex on how to take her relationship with her boyfriend Ben to the next level. HD Version

3
Air date: Mar 28, 2012

HD

"HD", 3/28/12: When Pete and the crew spot Ben in a precarious situation with another woman, Pete is determined to expose Ben s transgression to Alex. HD Version

4
Air date: Mar 28, 2012

A-Game

"A-Game", 3/28/12: When Alex is invited to a wedding at her boss Bob's home, she invites Ben,hoping he can aid in her efforts to impress the partner s wives. HD Version

5
Air date: Apr 4, 2012

Mom

"Mom", 4/4/12: When Pete's mom Vanessa returns to town, Walt is determined to win back his ex-wife any cost. Meanwhile, following Pete's no-show at work, Alex worries he may have succumbed to old habits.

6
Air date: Apr 4, 2012

Tile Date

"Tile", 4/4/12: While on a romantic getaway to Napa with her boyfriend Ben, Alex experiences a romantic dream involving Pete that causes her to question her true feelings.

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All Critics (27) | Top Critics (14) | Fresh (22) | Rotten (5)

Bent is at once both utterly generic and kind of pleasant.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Television Without Pity
Television Without Pity

What's wrong, in fact, is chemistry and payoff.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Newsday
Newsday

The quick reparte and the presence of great secondary players is also a crucial part of the appeal.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Denver Post
Denver Post

Light on an abundance of laughs, surprises and original ideas.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

It's not perfect, but it's also not particularly bent. (Wrinkled, maybe.)

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: HitFix

It's not brilliant but it's enjoyable, with a lackadaisical charm and a strong cast.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: TIME Magazine
TIME Magazine

There's a lot going on in Bent. A lot of absurdity, a lot of characters, and that vital thing, a lot of talent.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Wall Street Journal
Wall Street Journal

A hang-out sitcom is all about a good vibe, and Bent suggests one that's pleasant right now but could become terrific with time.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: AV Club

Despite this highly unoriginal setup, NBC's midseason rom-com Bent has its charms.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Chicago Sun-Times
Chicago Sun-Times

The leads are strong and immediately likable, but the heart of the show is in its supporting characters.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Zap2it.com

Actors David Walton (Pete) and Amanda Peet (Alex) have the kind of crackling romantic chemistry money can't buy.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Christian Science Monitor
Christian Science Monitor

NBC has been sitting on this gem of a sitcom for too long.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Under the Radar
Under the Radar

I absolutely don't believe NBC will come up with any comedies that are better than this in the fall.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

This low-key charmer is a pleasant spring surprise.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: TV Guide
TV Guide

You're 99.9 percent sure they'll end up in each other's arms, but watching them do the long, slow dance to get there is still a treat.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Deseret News, Salt Lake City
Deseret News, Salt Lake City

If DIY ever decides to turn its home-rehab series "House Crashers" into a sitcom, it couldn't be more rickety than NBC's Bent.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Boston Herald
Boston Herald

It's well-acted, it has a distinctive point of view.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Entertainment Weekly
Entertainment Weekly

Beneath all that witty repartee, the two main characters actually have some depth.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Times
New York Times

The show misses its mark - but not by much and not in any objectionable way.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Washington Post
Washington Post

Bent builds a nice little shelter in a classic style..

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

if the show lacks novelty, it's not without its appeal.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

Bent ends up being worth watching for the recurring grins it provides.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Uncle Barky
Uncle Barky

Could easily pull that common sitcom trick of a shaky start that develops into something greater.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: HollywoodChicago.com
HollywoodChicago.com

Bent traffics in rat-a-tat banter that's increasingly common in sitcoms, but rarely this well executed.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Variety
Variety

Bent isn't a terrible sitcom. It's just flimsy and forgettable.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: New York Daily News
New York Daily News

There's something cooking in Bent that's worth hanging out for.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

We like to think of it as the show having double the time to charm the pants off viewers.

March 21, 2012 Full Review Source: E! Online
E! Online

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