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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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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
Olivia Moss
as Young Kate
Henry Shotwell
as Young Ben
Melinda McGraw
as Vera Everson
Jon Foster
as George
Tom Wright
as Melvin Adams
Michael Patrick McGill
as Ron/Working Dad
Rafi Silver
as Soroush
Rachel Cannon
as Joanne/Hot Mom
Marliss Amiea
as Saleswoman
Kai Scott
as Norman
Sarah Burns
as Stephanie
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
Robert Craighead
as Old Man #1
Austin Michael Coleman
as Zitty Teenage Supervisor
Aleksei Archer
as Slutty Princess #1
Colleen Smith
as Woman #1
David Hornsby
as Matt Swan
Sam Daly
as Kate's Boyfriend
Marty Dew
as Drunk Dude
Jerry Boyd
as Old Man #2
Ryan Pinkston
as Kenny/Sam
Dave Holmes
as Director
Akinsola Aribo
as Hall Monitor
Jeffery S. Smith Jr.
as Counter Worker
Rachel Risen
as Slutty Princess #2
Brandon Gibson
as Darcy's Groom
René Ashton
as Woman #2
Keisuke Hoashi
as Golfer #1
Mikey McKernan
as Ramone's Pizza Plus
Thor Edgell
as Business Man
Lou Richards
as Golfer #2
Gita Reddy
as School Mom
Doug Simpson
as UPS Guy
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.

September 25, 2012 | Full Review…

Ben & Kate is a choice serving of screwball.

September 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.

September 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.

September 25, 2012 | Full Review…

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

September 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.

September 25, 2012 | Rating: B- | Full Review…
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