Benched: Season 1 Reviews

March 4, 2020
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.
November 14, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 29, 2014
It's rare to come across a comedy that displays such admirable focus and delivers such smartly packaged slices of diverting escapism. More, please.
October 29, 2014
A legal comedy that has a few big laughs, some groaners and a steady stream of that's-decent-enough jokery. (And yes, I know that's not a word.)
October 29, 2014
The stellar cast's snappy, confident delivery brightens up a sometimes scattershot script.
Full Review | Original Score: B+
October 28, 2014
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.
October 28, 2014
With a balance of "laughing at" and "laughing with," Benched could grow on me.
Full Review | Original Score: 2.5/4
October 28, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/4
October 28, 2014
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.
October 28, 2014
So when a great part of Happy Endings joins up with a great part of Better Off Ted, magic occurs, right? Alas, no.
October 28, 2014
[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.
Full Review | Original Score: B-
October 28, 2014
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.
October 28, 2014
It's a breezy, amusing half hour with a lead character whose insecurities poke through her confident exterior.
Full Review | Original Score: 3/5
October 28, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: A-
October 27, 2014
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.
Full Review | Original Score: 2/4
October 24, 2014
Benched plucks its leads from defunct ABC comedies and generally presents the sitcom version of a recycling program. The greatest indignity might be that its unscripted lead-in, Chrisley Knows Best, delivers more laughs.