Franklin & Bash: Season 1 (2011)

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Franklin & Bash

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

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Critic Ratings: 19

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User Ratings: 17

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Air date: Jun 1, 2011

A buddy-legal drama about offbeat yet effective street lawyers Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). First up: The young-gun bad boys draw the attention of Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell), the head of a top law firm who considers recruiting the dynamic duo.

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Air date: Jun 8, 2011

Franklin and Bash hold court when a woman is accused of using sex as a means to kill her husband. The two young-gun lawyers suspect the judge or jury is on the take, so they apply unconventional methods to deliver justice. Fred Willard guest stars.

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Air date: Jun 15, 2011

An unremarkable woman seeks representation when she believes she was wrongly dismissed from her job at a men's magazine for being too attractive. Elsewhere, Franklin and Bash's epic technology-laden man cave causes the server to crash.

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Air date: Jun 22, 2011

A tangled legal quagmire finds Peter working for Jared's old rival. As for Jared, he must take the lead on a divorce case when friction mounts between Karp and Hanna. Harry Hamlin guest stars.

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Air date: Jun 29, 2011

A family feud rages when one side sues the other over a prized home-run baseball. Jared tries to cover all the bases, but he ends up battling his own father (Beau Bridges) in the case. Meanwhile, Peter and Hanna defend a reality-TV father (Tom Arnold); and Karp and Pindar work on a top-secret project.

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Air date: Jul 6, 2011

Franklin and Bash think they've gained a big-bucks trophy client when a wealthy CEO (Jason Alexander) courts them, but the bigwig's unethical conduct could land them in a heap of trouble. Meanwhile, Karp and Hanna reach out to Pindar for help in acquiring a new client.

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Air date: Jul 13, 2011

Peter and Jared's friendship is tested when they defend two pole-dance instructors who are accused of stealing. Meanwhile, Karp and Hanna represent a teen boy who wants to kayak solo on the treacherous Amazon River, thereby defying his father's demands not to do so.

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Air date: Jul 20, 2011

A judge (Kathy Najimy) puts Franklin and Bash on house arrest due to their courtroom shenanigans. Meanwhile, a visit by Infeld's niece goes up in smoke when she's busted for marijuana possession by a judge (Tommy Chong); the arrival of Carmen's boyfriend has legal consequences.

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Air date: Jul 27, 2011

Janie's fiancé (James Van Der Beek) enlists Peter to help him dodge a legal quagmire in the wake of his bachelor party. Meanwhile, Jared revisits his high school when a teacher is accused of having lusty encounters with her student.

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Air date: Aug 3, 2011

In the Season 1 finale, Franklin and Bash team up with a hotshot attorney (Tricia Helfer) to defend one Stanton Infeld, who is charged with murder. Tensions soon run high when it appears the trial could be sabotaged. Meanwhile, a wrestler (Danny Trejo) fights for justice after he's fired for being too old.

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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…
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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…

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.

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

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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…

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

Jun 1, 2011 | Full Review…

A new lawyer show the network's calling an "offbeat drama"--though it's hard to think of something whose beats are this predictable as off-anything.

Jun 1, 2011 | Full Review…

Given that McDowell steals pretty much every scene he's in, maybe Franklin & Bash should just reboot now, as Infeld.

Jun 1, 2011 | Rating: 5/10 | Full Review…

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