Ben and Kate: Season 1 (2012 - 2013)


Critic Consensus: It may not be a laugh riot, but Ben and Kate sports a likable cast and just enough funny -- with a touch of charm -- to make it worth rooting for.


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Air date: Sep 25, 2012
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Air date: Nov 27, 2012
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Fox's situation comedy "Ben and Kate" follows the experiences of an adult brother and sister who move back in together in a heartfelt attempt to help each other out. On the surface, thirtysomething Ben Fox (Nat Faxon) seems irresponsible and impractical; he regards himself as an inventor and businessman, but his ill-fated attempts at entrepreneurship typically either fizzle out, or result in someone else striking it rich. Beneath the surface, however, Ben possesses an unshakeable sense of responsibility to his family. Ben's sister Kate Fox (Dakota Johnson), is a devoted single mom in her mid-20s; though she has all of the practical basics down in supporting herself and raising her six-year-old daughter Maddie (Maggie Elizabeth Jones), she feels very uneasy about the prospect of dating. The two decide to share a residence in LA, where Ben helps Kate raise Maddie. Episodes depict such adventures as Ben throwing Kate a 5-year-belated 21st birthday party, the family's trip to a uncomfortable Thanksgiving party, and Ben's failed attempt to start a new career as a wine salesman.


Nat Faxon
as Ben Fox
Echo Kellum
as Tommy
Olivia Moss
as Young Kate
Henry Shotwell
as Young Ben
Melinda McGraw
as Vera Everson
Tom Wright
as Melvin Adams
Rafi Silver
as Soroush
Kai Scott
as Norman
Sarah Burns
as Stephanie
Rachel Cannon
as Joanne/Hot Mom
Marliss Amiea
as Saleswoman
Rene Rube
as Michael
Jaylan Tucker
as Young Tommy
Nicci Claspell
as Drunk Girl
Rob Gleeson
as Dancing Dude
Tara Holt
as Hot Party Girl
Art La Fleur
as Mr. Carlson
Ayumi Iizuka
as Receptionist
Art LaFleur
as Mr. Carlson
Jayne Taini
as Babysitter
Alan Ruck
as Principal Feeney
Andy Forrest
as Justice of the Peace
Austin Michael Coleman
as Zitty Teenage Supervisor
Aleksei Archer
as Slutty Princess #1
Sam Daly
as Kate's Boyfriend
Marty Dew
as Drunk Dude
Colleen Smith
as Woman #1
Jerry Boyd
as Old Man #2
Akinsola Aribo
as Hall Monitor
Rachel Risen
as Slutty Princess #2
Jeffery S. Smith Jr.
as Counter Worker
Dave Holmes
as Director
Brandon Gibson
as Darcy's Groom
René Ashton
as Woman #2
Mikey McKernan
as Ramone's Pizza Plus
Keisuke Hoashi
as Golfer #1
Thor Edgell
as Business Man
Lou Richards
as Golfer #2
Raymond Lee
as Wonton Wok
Gita Reddy
as School Mom
S.E. Perry
as Sergeant Edwards
Dalton Grant
as Manager
Claire Lanay
as Retail Girl
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Critic Reviews for Ben and Kate Season 1

All Critics (38) | Top Critics (22)

It's about family bonds and particular personalities, nothing more than that, and it's as wise as it is funny.

Sep 25, 2012 | Full Review…

Ben & Kate is a choice serving of screwball.

Sep 25, 2012 | Full Review…

Even with a great performance from Jones and neurotic supporting characters like BJ (Lucy Punch), this is fairly flimsy stuff on which to build a show.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

The results are meant to be quirky and sweet, but your receptiveness to this comedy depends on your reaction to Ben. I found him incredibly annoying.

Sep 25, 2012 | Full Review…

Ben and Kate is easily one of this fall's most promising (and often funny) newcomers.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Faxon's performance is reminiscent of what Will Ferrell might have done with this role a dozen or so years ago. Which by and large isn't bad.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
Top Critic

The family unit has great chemistry together, and we genuinely like them right away (which means we're rooting for them).

Sep 25, 2012 | Full Review…

From the basic plot to the acting to the editing, this whole series is a mess.

Sep 25, 2012 | Full Review…

There is a ridiculous amount of sweetness in Ben and Kate, but that is effective here.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

Ben and Kate is one of the most promising new comedies of the season.

Sep 25, 2012 | Rating: 7.5/10 | Full Review…

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