Franklin & Bash Review: A Great Bromance

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Franklin & Bash is far from your normal legal drama. These boys are ambulance chasers with hearts of... well, I'm not sure what their hearts are made of just yet, but I know it won't be dull finding out.

In the first courtroom scene  of the premiere, a witness takes off her blouse and shakes her assets for the jury in order to get their attention. Bash gets thrown in contempt of court for the stunt, but he sees it as productive. ("Signed two DUIs and a weenie wagger.") Not to mention, his partner wins the case.

Jared Franklin and Peter Bash

And the tone is set for Franklin & Bash. If that's too over the top, you may want to bow out now. But if you find the lighthearted, goofball, campiness of this series appealing then you'll want to stick around.

At its heart, Franklin & Bash is a buddy dramedy, or shall we use the modern term, bromance. It pulls it off nicely. Mark-Paul Gosselaar's Steven Bash and Breckin Meyer's Jared Franklin feel like old friends. These two have chemistry in spades and there's nothing I like more than great chemistry between two characters.

The supporting cast is entertaining, too. Malcolm McDowell plays the eccentric new boss with the subtlety of a sledgehammer, but this is a show that likes to take things to the edge. 

Speaking of that edge, if they'd like to put Gosselaar's naked rear end in more episodes this season, I'm not against that.

Yes, this show is full of silliness. It has after-hours naked hot tubs, conference room karaoke machines, and sexual innuendo that runs rampant.

What sells it, though, is the two leads who ooze charm with every line. Bash loves the perks of being at the big law firm while still having his boyish fun. Unfortunately, he recently lost the girl. Whether or not he can get her back looks like a story we'll be following closely because this boy is head over heels, singing goofy songs, in love.

Franklin gets all the best lines but borders on being a jerk. All we know is that he didn't take the job at his daddy's law firm. I guess we'll have to wait and see why that is. 

Unfortunately for Franklin, I lost a huge amount of respect for him when he mistook Pindar's Star Trek comment about the Borg cube for Star Wars. That's just completely unacceptable.

Franklin & Bash is not your traditional legal show. Instead, it is a fun, comical romp through the law with characters who will make you smile every step of the way.


Editor Rating: 4.3 / 5.0
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Rating: 4.2 / 5.0 (88 Votes)

C. Orlando is a TV Fanatic Staff Writer. Follow her on Twitter.




LOVED IT! I'm with the reviewer...smiling, chuckling, entertained the whole way through...if you don't get the humor, you don't like one liners! Chemistry between the two leads is's the kind of best friendship we all long for...someone who knows you from all the way back when and isn't afraid to remind you of the power and trust that comes with that position in your life. Franklin and Bash are funny and friendly and I get quite a kick out of them.


Please watch it. It is so bad as a 70's action mexican drug cartel movie. Becomes entertaining for all the wrong reasons. Haven't seen this much bad acting and lack of pacing in years. A gem. Won't last more than a one season (if so). Watch it while it last.


not as good as terriers but has the same feel which i love. a show thats about their friendship as well as funny cases.


Looks like this is going to be one of those shows that you either love it or you hate it and I loved it. The guys are cute and charming and the pilot made me laugh. I guess it's not for everyone but I'll be back for more.


There was a lot of promise here. Meyer and Gosselaar have charisma. But this pilot episode was horrible. I wanted to like the program, and I'll give it another chance. But what I saw in episode #1 was terrible.


This is the pilot ? The show that sold the series ? BBBBBBBBBBBAAAAAAAAAAAAAADDDDDDDDDDDD. Tried to stay with it, hoping it would actually have something redeeming, but changed the channel at the point where the agoraphobic was vomiting. Because I realized I was right there with him........who gave the green light to this emetic ?


Zack naked? I'm there.


For the first episode I liked what I saw. I am 31 years old and still watch shows on the CW Network witch is geared tords teenagers.I only watch 90210 and One Tree Hill.I grew up watching the original 90210 so when the newer version came out I just had to watch it and became hooked on it.Franklin and Bash is a adult show that leaves me wanting more. I grew up watching Mark on Saved By The Bell. Never really saw his partner in anything before this show and I think that the two of them work really well together. I hope that the show picks up fan's and stays on and makes it to a second season. I know I am saying this after only seeing one episode but there was really nothing boring about the show at all. It kept me entertained and into the show from start to finish. I can't wait for the next episode.


Franklin and Bash character assessment
Franklin ?
Bash Kermit meets Rodney Dangerfield
Supporting Cast Forgettable For a pilot this was pretty bad. Not a lot of character development aside from shallow attempts of endearment. The jokes came off as Spike Tv humor inserts. I lost count of the cliche's for lawyers. About the law , the cases they chose to run with were awful. Except for the distracting defense I forgot the other cases. Franklin losing Janie a year ago only to find out she's engage was just comical. I don't know if it was his surprise ,or the fact that I didn't care at this point. TNT doesn't offer the young a whole lot of programming. Not even the young at heart. Aside from NBC Southland I don't watch anything on this network. TNT announced it would depend on it's lead actor. After the pilot I'm still asking ,"who were they talking about?" Advice concentrate on Franklin and Bash characters as if it were the last season.

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Franklin & Bash Season 1 Episode 1 Quotes

See that's a talent, sounding like a total asshole even when you're supposedly saying something sincere.


"Sorry, sorry. Jean Claude Van Damme marathon last night. Unavoidable.