Benched: Season 1 (2014)


Critic Consensus: Benched's talented ensemble raises the show above its trite writing, resulting in a nicely diverting half-hour of comedy.


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Air date: Oct 28, 2014
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In this single-camera comedy, distinguished corporate lawyer Nina Whitley (Eliza Coupe) becomes outraged after her firm chooses another lawyer to become a partner. Her subsequent meltdown burns bridges with her coworkers and bosses, forcing her to take a new job in the less glamorous Public Defender's Office. While she tries developing relationships with her new, less accomplished colleagues, she also faces old coworkers and her ex-fiancé—and professional rival—Trent (Carter MacIntyre).

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Critic Reviews for Benched Season 1

All Critics (15) | Top Critics (11)

With a balance of "laughing at" and "laughing with," Benched could grow on me.

Oct 28, 2014 | Rating: 2.5/4 | Full Review…

So when a great part of Happy Endings joins up with a great part of Better Off Ted, magic occurs, right? Alas, no.

Oct 28, 2014 | Full Review…

There's plenty of time for Benched to find its legs. For now, though, Coupe remains a swizzle stick in desperate need of a better cocktail.

Oct 28, 2014 | Full Review…

It's a breezy, amusing half hour with a lead character whose insecurities poke through her confident exterior.

Oct 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Former Happy Endings star Eliza Coupe headlines Benched, a funny enough comedy set in legal circles that gets off to a weak start but quickly recovers.

Oct 28, 2014 | Full Review…

[Eliza] Good as Coupe is, the rest of the ensemble needs to come into sharper focus in a hurry for most of the comedy to work. But she's a strong foundational piece.

Oct 28, 2014 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

This could have been just another bland and forgettable show. But Benched rises above its somewhat stale premise with bold, fresh writing and a cast with crack comic timing, given lines with verve and crackle.

Nov 14, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

It's rare to come across a comedy that displays such admirable focus and delivers such smartly packaged slices of diverting escapism. More, please.

Oct 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Watching Coupe forced to play an 11th generation Private Benjamin, a woman so oblivious, elitist and tin-eared that it's almost impossible to imagine her graduating from college much less law school, is just no fun at all.

Oct 28, 2014 | Full Review…

The show's humor is grounded in Nina's fish-out-of-water career adjustment to a far less glamorous job and world, which may sound rather obvious, but works because of terrific writing by co-creators Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones.

Oct 28, 2014 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

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