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Franklin & Bash 4 Seasons 2011

Season 1
4.5 out of 5 stars (85) IMDb 7.7/10

When Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer), two young attorneys with a no-holds-barred courtroom style, are hired by Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell), life at his buttoned-down law firm will never be the same. Working with their equally oddball staff - researcher Pindar Singh (Kumail Nanjiani) and paralegal Carmen Phillips (Dana Davis) - Franklin and Bash shake things up at the firm with their audacious tactics and immediately find an enemy in its star lawyer, Infeld's nephew Damien Karp (Reed Diamond). While the sexual tension between Jared and senior partner Hanna Linden (Garcelle Beauvais) boils over as Peter is breaking up with his longtime girlfriend, prosecutor Janie Ross (Claire Coffee), they continue fighting for the underdogs and ne'er-do-wells as they learn to swim with the sharks in the world of high stakes corporate law.

Starring:
Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer

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Season 1

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1. Pilot

Winning a high profile case leads streetwise lawyers Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) to join Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) at his corporate law firm. While representing a prostitute who claims that she and her "client" were actually in a relationship, the brash attorneys defend a heroic airline pilot from being undermined by a scheming company executive. Guest starring Kathy Najimy.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 43 minutes Release date: June 1, 2011
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2. She Came Upstairs to Kill Me

Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) enlists Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared (Breckin Meyer) to help defend Isabella Kaplowitz (guest star Natalie Zea) against charges that she used sex to kill her elderly billionaire husband. But when their attempt to disqualify the judge for wagering on the case fall flat, Franklin and Bash enlist the late billionaire's best friend (guest star Fred Willard) to prove Isabella's innocence.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: June 8, 2011
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3. Jennifer of Troy

Franklin & Bash's (Breckin Meyer and Mark Paul Gosselaar) lawsuit on behalf of Jennifer Putnam (guest star Jillian Bell), a woman who claims she was fired for being too sexy, is complicated when they discover that she is quite plain. Meanwhile, Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) appeals to a powerful Chinatown business council to salvage the reputation of Peter and Jared's irreplaceable computer maven.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: June 15, 2011
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4. Bro-Bono

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.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: June 22, 2011
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5. You Can't Take It With You

A family feud over a renowned World Series home run ball owned by Duncan Morrow (guest star Robert Pine) lands Jared (Breckin Meyer) in court against his dad, superstar lawyer Leonard Franklin (guest star Beau Bridges); Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Hanna represent Ronny Streppi, (guest star Tom Arnold) a reality TV star who claims the show's producers unfairly portrayed him as a bad parent.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: June 29, 2011
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6. Big Fish

After agreeing to help a reviled and terminally ill financier Carter Lang (guest star Jason Alexander) repay the investors he defrauded, Franklin & Bash (Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) face an ethical thicket when he changes his mind after his diagnosis is found to be a mistake. Meanwhile, Karp and Hanna use Pindar to persuade an eccentric multimillionaire businesswoman (guest star Sarayu Rao) to hire their law firm.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 6, 2011
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7. Franklin Vs. Bash

Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared (Breckin Meyer) agree to each represent Amber North (guest star Jud Tylor) and Simone Winters (guest star Marisa Petroro), two pole-dancing teachers accused of jewelry theft by their wealthy client. In another courtroom, Hanna (Garcelle Beauvais) and Karp (Reed Diamond) argue on behalf of a thirteen-year-old boy who is suing his father for the right to kayak down the Amazon River...alone.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 41 minutes Release date: July 13, 2011
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8. The Bangover

When Infeld's (Malcolm McDowell) niece Lily (guest star Anabella Casanova) is arrested for drug possession during a visit to their house, Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared (Breckin Meyer) work to gain her freedom while keeping the news from her uncle. Meanwhile, a surprise visit from an ex-con boyfriend puts Carmen (Dana Davis) in danger of being jailed for a parole violation. Guest starring Kathy Najimy and Tommy Chong.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 40 minutes Release date: July 20, 2011
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9. Bachelor Party

Peter (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is asked to defend ex-girlfriend Janie Ross's (Claire Coffee) fiancé Nathan Connor (guest star James Van Der Beek) in a prostitution case. And as representing a teacher accused of having sex with a student (guest star Alexandra Breckenridge) pits Jared (Breckin Meyer) against his old high school headmaster, the discovery of a long-missing body in Alaska spells trouble for Infeld (Malcolm McDowell).

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: July 27, 2011
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10. Go Tell It On The Mountain

While being manipulated by a scheming law partner (guest star Tricia Helfer), Franklin & Bash (Breckin Meter and Mark-Paul Gosselaar) must prove Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) is innocent of murdering his best friend during a mountain climbing expedition fifteen years ago. Hanna (Garcelle Beauvais) lends a hand when a younger challenger and a pair of greedy promoters threaten an aging professional wrestler's career.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 42 minutes Release date: August 3, 2011
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Bonus: Franklin & Bash & Friendship

Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer, along with co-stars, discuss the role friendship plays in the new TNT series, Franklin & Bash, Wednesdays 9/8c on TNT.

TV-14 CC Runtime: 2 minutes Release date: June 6, 2011
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By K. Harris HALL OF FAMETOP 100 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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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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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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I ordered these because of the positive reviews. I was expecting a funny legal show... What I got was vulgar, jokes, sexual innuendo, and horrible writing. Just terrible! If you like South Park and king of the hill this show may be for you.
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By JT on February 5, 2013
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This is a refreshingly new & clever law show. Even though the main characters are portrayed as immature and selfish; the show's writers do an excellent job of placing altruistic spins on each episode. While this is quite comedic, some "pseudo-drama" is interjected through (good acting) of the supporting actors & actresses.
Well Casted!!!
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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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Love this show! The chemistry between the two stars is what makes this show. It's so funny without taking itself too seriously. This show is a comedy with some law thrown in. And that is what makes it so great.
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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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