• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 1, 2011
  • Season #: 1 , 2 , 3
Metascore
56

Mixed or average reviews - based on 21 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 8 out of 21
  2. Negative: 2 out of 21
  1. Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jun 1, 2011
    75
    Franklin & Bash sometimes tries too hard to be edgy, suffering some paper cuts in the process. It's otherwise a good deal of fun delivered with an abundance of energy.
  2. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    May 31, 2011
    75
    Sometimes, you're not looking for great TV. Sometimes, you're looking for par-tay! And dudes paid "to mess with the zombie culture," while also acing the case, surely fits the bill.
  3. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    May 26, 2011
    75
    The show works on its own undemanding terms. [6 Jun 2011, p.45]
  4. Reviewed by: Mary McNamara
    Jun 1, 2011
    70
    So, it's not as intrigue-heavy as "White Collar," as satiric as "The Good Guys" or as beautifully located as "Hawaii Five-O"; Franklin & Bash is smart, it's fun and it's summer.
  5. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    May 31, 2011
    70
    Nobody will confuse this with "L.A. Law" in its prime, but the vibe is similar to that show's more whimsical side--a breezy tone that carries through the handful of episodes previewed.
  6. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    May 31, 2011
    70
    Viewers who want TV to wash over them as light entertainment may enjoy Franklin & Bash, but viewers who prefer thought-provoking TV programs that engage on a higher level may not be satisfied.
  7. Reviewed by: Tim Goodman
    May 31, 2011
    70
    It's quip-heavy, doesn't complicate things with too much plot, keeps the pacing brisk and litters the TV screen with beautiful people.
  8. Reviewed by: Linda Stasi
    May 31, 2011
    63
    The show is a string of one-liners occasionally punctuated by women in underwear (one even strips on the stand in court). The lines, if taken by themselves, are pretty funny. But, in the context of what this show is attempting to do, it's not as funny as it could be.
  9. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 1, 2011
    60
    The show is kind of amusing, at least in a summer-TV sort of way.
  10. Reviewed by: David Hinckley
    May 31, 2011
    60
    It's a lawyer show with no aspirations to examine the legal universe. If it has any antecedent, it would be "My Cousin Vinny." So it's wise not to try to parse the nuances too closely here. Better to enjoy a steady stream of pop-culture banter and an attitude reminiscent of sophomore year in college.
  11. Reviewed by: Mark A. Perigard
    Jun 1, 2011
    58
    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.
  12. Reviewed by: Archana Ram
    Jul 18, 2011
    50
    The emphasis on the Animal House-style antics over the actual case of the week isn't the problem; it's that the shenanigans are a little too "bro" for their own good.
  13. Reviewed by: Mike Hale
    Jun 1, 2011
    50
    Franklin & Bash has some of the ingredients of perfectly adequate summer filler: it's handsomely shot; the writing, line by line, is as good as or better than that of most of the cable competition; and there are appealing actors like Malcolm McDowell, Reed Diamond and Ms. Davis in supporting roles. The problem is that Franklin and Bash themselves are resolutely uninteresting.
  14. Reviewed by: David Wiegand
    Jun 1, 2011
    50
    F&B will rise or fall almost entirely on the basis of how likable you find Gosselaar and Meyer, not to mention the wisecrack-stuffed dialogue.
  15. Reviewed by: Michael Landweber
    Jun 1, 2011
    50
    The only thing connecting how Franklin and Bash act inside and outside the courtroom is a general willingness to wing it and hope for the best. But they're not as charming as the show thinks they are, and their triumphs don't seem so great.
  16. Reviewed by: Ellen Gray
    May 31, 2011
    50
    Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar go the buddy-comedy route in Franklin & Bash, 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.
  17. Reviewed by: Maureen Ryan
    Jun 1, 2011
    40
    The problem is that the cases that the lead duo take on aren't offbeat enough, and Gosselaar's appealing qualities aren't enough to make up for Franklin & Bash's other shortcomings.
  18. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jun 1, 2011
    40
    Your enjoyment of Franklin & Bash may depend on your tolerance for frat-boy antics and smarmy whimsy.
  19. Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    May 31, 2011
    40
    It tries to coast on banter that's not particularly snappy, and on a snickering dependence on sex-related gags and plots.
  20. Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jun 1, 2011
    37
    As oversexed as it is underachieving, Bash is the kind of original programming that makes you reconsider your antipathy toward reruns.
  21. Reviewed by: Matthew Gilbert
    May 31, 2011
    30
    Franklin & Bash is not a guilty pleasure, because there's no pleasure here to regret, just strained, sexist, frat-boy self-love.
User Score
7.0

Generally favorable reviews- based on 38 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 9 out of 13
  2. Negative: 2 out of 13
  1. Jun 3, 2011
    8
    This is a summer series! It is light, energetic, and fun. The characters have enough depth that you do not get too serious yet you do care about them. Seriously what do you expect from a cast of basically stereo-types. From the college buddies who are best friends to the office mistress trying (and succeeding) to sleep with the new guy, the eccentric boss. Nevertheless Breck Meyer and Mark Paul make for a good combination for seasoned vets of the acting game. Granted they haven't achieved an Abbott and Costello height of chemistry but if the the show stays on they could. The supporting characters are interesting enough to warrant their own storyline that you actually give a crap about. The stories are going to be cliche as will the resolutions but this isn't about that. It is about the ride there. The ride on this one is "FUN" You laugh and you enjoy the hour. Isn't that what you want out of a summer series? They had a girl stripping in court on the stand no less. Seriously when was the last "FUN" legal show you have watched? Granted you could say that about Kathy Bates' show however at times (David E. Kelley) it takes itself a little too seriously. turn your brain off for an hour. Watch it,m enjoy it then turn it back on because there is still world hunger. Full Review »
  2. Jul 27, 2011
    2
    I started watching this show bearing in mind a reviewer had called it sophomoric (is fratermorphic a word? Anyway it was both so I said goodbye and went off to watch something less juvenile. Full Review »
  3. Jun 28, 2011
    8
    Enjoying this frat boy romp into the courtoom immensely. Great fun and the characters add edge and witty verbal sparing with the corp legal set . common man (highly educated) goes high fiving into any situation and comes out shining.
    Light , funny and yet i find something reassuring and novel about the show after I watch that makes me want to see what they will do next.
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