Franklin & Bash 4 Seasons 2011

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As Jared (Breckin Meyer) and Carmen (Dana Davis) team up in a divorce case to undercut millionaire adventurer Rick Paxton's (guest star Harry Hamlin) playboy image, Peter's (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) drunken driving defense exposes high school classmate Danny Dubois's secret life. But when an elderly witness is discredited by revelations of her shady past, it's an outrageous courtroom stunt by Jared that exonerates Danny.

Starring:
Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Runtime:
43 minutes
Original air date:
June 22, 2011

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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 50 REVIEWER on August 6, 2011
The courtroom drama has become such a staple of American television, it is impossible to imagine a program with a completely unique approach to the genre. Yet, you always hope a show can tweak the formula and give you something you haven't seen a hundred times previously. While TNT's "Franklin & Bash" certainly isn't revolutionary television, it has its comedic sensibilities firmly in place. The makers won't win any awards for believable legal work and sensible courtroom action, but that's precisely the point. It is essentially a frat buddy comedy set in a professional arena. Its goals are simple. Aspiring to be lightly entertaining and fitfully funny, the show is a deft blend of humorous mayhem and good ole boy camaraderie. Silly, juvenile, and wildly inappropriate--not one moment of "Franklin & Bash" resembles anything in real life. And that's not all bad. The show is fast paced, spry, and filled with likable actors. Essential to its success are having lead characters that make the show fun. Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer, as the titular lawyers, have such a light and winning chemistry--it's hard not to be swept up in their joyful nonsense.

The overall premise is fairly thin. As unorthodox hustlers, our heroes come to the attention of the eccentric head of a prestigious law firm (played with easy charm by the great Malcolm McDowell) after winning a high profile case. With the most tenuous of explanations (oh, the joys of TV land), the boys join the firm and seem to enjoy complete freedom and autonomy. Even though their notorious courtroom antics infuriate every judge in the city, they are put to work for the most influential and important of clients. But they are also free to accept bizarre personal assignments that would seem to make no money for the firm.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful By hobobigiv on September 26, 2011
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This show is probably one of the funniest shows on TV. If you want a serious court room show go somewhere else. Its was created for laughs and does a great job with each episode.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Michael D. White on May 2, 2014
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Bought his cause Im off during the week and tired of soaps and same/same talk shows. Friendly warning you love this show but can't find season 2 on DVD. I use my Apple TV for 2-3 season.
Shows bout two crazy lawyers (ambulance chasers) who take on crazy clients ta pay the bills. Dana Davis is a hot street smart ex con that is thier investigator. Oh yeah Breckin Meyer, Mark-Paul Gosselar and Malcolm McDowell are gr8 too.
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3 of 4 people found the following review helpful By G. Family on May 26, 2012
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When I heard about F&B I got real excited. I am entering into my first year of law school. The lawyer life is stressful and depressing but it is fun to get a nice laugh watching a television show about how cool it is to be a lawyer. F&B have great chemistry and I easily fell in love with the entire cast. What is odd is the last four episodes are by far the best, so if you are thinking about giving it a try but do not want to buy the whole season check out one of the later episodes. My only complaint is that there were only ten episodes. I am crossing my finger for atleast 13 for the second season.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Amazon Customer on September 13, 2012
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Great Show! I really like how Mark-Paul Gosselaar has grown into his acting skills! "Saved by the Bell" will always be a benchmark against which he will be remembered and compared, but even with his low brow humor and playful pranking, he pulls off a mature yet rebelious lawyer very well! Here, his character Peter Bash really seems to be the fully matured and fleshed out version of his character Jerry Kellerman, a Don Quiote-esque Public Defender, from "Raising the Bar". He adds emotional depth to his preformance and does a great job of enhancing the preformance of his cast partners without overshadowing them.

Breckin Meyer has always been a favorite actor of mine, but he's never really been allowed to step up before. His previous roles have all been bit parts in someone elses orbit, and while I always admired that he played off of his counterparts very well, I always wanted to see him, front and center stange, if only to see how he handled it. Well, I can say now that he does a wonderful job! Like Gosselaar, he enhances the cast without going over the top, and the interplay between him and Gosselaar is phenomenal and hilarious!

The show occationally touches down to Earth with a particular look at issues we are all familiar with, and while it keeps it light and always refreshes you at the end, it doesn't do so by downplaying the seriousness of the issues. It really just shows you how to turn lemons into lemonade, in an audacious and unique style that is completely Franklin and Bash!

All in all, it is well worth the time and price point to get the chuckles, surprises, and lets not forget the eye candy! It will warm your heart and leave you satisfied to have been part of the adventure!
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I wasn't sure what to expect from the first season of this series. I've enjoyed the actors in other things they've done and was hoping that they weren't just going to rehash their old characters into new names. They haven't and the show is a hoot. Heck it's two hoots.

Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Breckin Myer) are two ambulance chasing attorney's who do things their own way. They're not beyond placing a distracting billboard sign near and intersection while waiting for an accident on which they can blame the billboard. They're a quirky duo who have two assistants that aren't any straighter than they are: Carmen (Dana Davis) is an ex-con who does their leg work for them and Pindar (Kumail Ninjiani) is an agoraphobic germ fanatic who does the computer/research for the team. But things are about to change.

Enter Stanton Infield (Malcolm McDowell), the head of one of the biggest firms in the country. Having had his eye on the team for some time, he recruits them to come work for his firm. With no conditions except that they do their best, he sets them up in their own office, gives them anything they want and proceeds to send the oddest of clients their direction. Franklin and Bash proceed to do what they do best: win cases.

Office politics have a place in the story as well. Reed Diamond stars as Damien Karp, the Infield's nephew and the starchy straight laced type lawyer who worries more about important clients than in doing the right thing. Franklin and Bash may twist the law a bit and be unorthodox, but they seem to work for bad guys. Also in the office is Hanna Linden (Garcelle Beauvais), an attractive high powered attorney in her own right, former flame of Damien and possible love interest for Franklin.
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