Franklin & Bash: Season 1 (2011)


Season 1
Franklin & Bash

Critics Consensus

Slick, playful, and occasionally witty, Franklin & Bash unfortunately sticks too close to the courtroom drama formula.



Critic Ratings: 19


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User Ratings: 17

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Air date: Jun 1, 2011
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Two offbeat, young-gun street lawyers join a top-notch law firm in this buddy-legal drama. The brash, bad-boy antics of Jared Franklin and Peter Bash (Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) shake up the buttoned-down firm, which is headed by eccentric boss Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell), whose shifty nephew (Reed Diamond)---a corporate-climbing lawyer at the firm---is none too pleased with Franklin and Bash's unconventional methods and sets out to take the pair down. An ex-con and an agoraphobic researcher serve as colorful assistants to the title characters, whose early cases are highlighted by a family dispute over Kirk Gibson's 1988 World Series home-run ball.

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Critic Reviews for Franklin & Bash Season 1

All Critics (19) | Top Critics (11)

Franklin & Bash is not a guilty pleasure, because there's no pleasure here to regret, just strained, sexist, frat-boy self-love.

Jun 1, 2011 | Full Review…

Franklin & Bash is exactly what a summer TV show should be: fun.

Jun 1, 2011 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Franklin & Bash is one slick stew. The cast is a first-rate collection of familiar faces who've never quite found the right fit, till now.

Jun 1, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

As law dramas go, this one makes a better case than expected.

Jun 1, 2011 | Rating: B | Full Review…
Top Critic

TNT bills Franklin & Bash as a dramedy, but it is more accurately a comedic bromance laced with pop-culture jokes and a dash of legal jargon to trick you into thinking you spent an hour on something of substance.

Oct 15, 2018 | Full Review…

If they don't entertain us as much as they seem to entertain themselves, we still catch some of their buzz.

Oct 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It tries to coast on banter that's not particularly snappy, and on a snickering dependence on sex-related gags and plots.

Jun 1, 2011 | Full Review…

Your enjoyment of Franklin & Bash may depend on your tolerance for frat-boy antics and smarmy whimsy.

Jun 1, 2011 | Full Review…

As oversexed as it is underachieving, Bash is the kind of original programming that makes you reconsider your antipathy toward reruns.

Jun 1, 2011 | Full Review…

Gosselaar's appealing qualities aren't enough to make up for Franklin & Bash's other shortcomings.

Jun 1, 2011 | Full Review…

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