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George Grumbeigh Jr.
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With a balance of "laughing at" and "laughing with," Benched could grow on me.
So when a great part of Happy Endings joins up with a great part of Better Off Ted, magic occurs, right? Alas, no.
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.
It's a breezy, amusing half hour with a lead character whose insecurities poke through her confident exterior.
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.
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.
[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.
Benched blends some of the most attractive, practical characteristics of lawyer shows, fish-out-of-water narratives, and workplace comedies, breathing new life into all three modes of storytelling.
It's good to see the talented Eliza Coupe of ABC's canceled-too-soon Happy Endings back on TV. It would be even better to see her on a show at least half as funny as her old one.
It's a bit of stretch to ask any comedy to maintain that balance for forty-plus minutes; Benched is able to do it, though, anchored by a couple of fantastic scenes to close out the season.
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.
Audience Reviews for Benched: Season 1
Mar 28, 2021More like fired/quilty
Jan 18, 2015Very funny and well-written!
Dec 29, 2014Eliza Coupe aka.star of ABC's Happy Endings proof that she can steal all attention in new USA network's comedy Benchend all by herself . All pilot episode you think where she was all this time? And maybe she the next one queen of comedy? Maybe the last question will be hard to answer immediately so you must see more episodes (all season) because great scripted comedy with outstanding performance it's full package,and Benchend have all of this.
Nov 04, 2014Except for the over abundance and over use of foul language...this is hilariously funny and very entertaining.