• Network: TNT
  • Series Premiere Date: Jun 1, 2011
Season #: 1, 2, 3, 4
User Score
7.1

Generally favorable reviews- based on 42 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 26 out of 42
  2. Negative: 4 out of 42

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  1. Mar 3, 2016
    6
    F&B was a great show, for the first and second seasons. After that the main premise had run out of legs, and what was a decent 'buddy comedy' became very contrived and lost its sparkle.
    By the time the fourth season came around, you just knew it would be the last. When one of the established characters fails to return for the third season, and then two more are written out for the
    F&B was a great show, for the first and second seasons. After that the main premise had run out of legs, and what was a decent 'buddy comedy' became very contrived and lost its sparkle.
    By the time the fourth season came around, you just knew it would be the last. When one of the established characters fails to return for the third season, and then two more are written out for the fourth.... Well, you're getting to the 'Great Gazoo' stage, when the writers/producers know their original idea can't carry on much longer, and need to bring in some even more wacky and meaningless characters/storyline in an attempt to prop up the ratings

    As with most attempts in that vein..... It failed.

    My '6' rating is based on an average across the four seasons (oh what a night).

    Season One - 9/10
    Season Two - 8/10
    Season Three - 5/10
    Season Four - 2/10
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  2. Jun 10, 2011
    5
    Watched the first two episodes and I am just not feeling it. This show feels too much like The Defenders. Two lawyers doing their job under their own rules, both looking to score big on their cases. Although there is one difference between the two shows besides their locale. The Defenders has two lawyers with distinct personalities. Franklin and Bash are playing both sides of the same coin.
  3. Jul 5, 2011
    6
    I want to like this show too, because it's nice to see Mark Paul Gosselaar back on TV and I've always had a soft spot in my heart for Breckin Meyer. But the writing is "meh", the characters are "blah", and the show just doesn't grab me. I'll give it a few more episodes to see if it gets any better, but it's starting out to be as mediocre as "Leverage" has become.
  4. Aug 1, 2011
    5
    Franklin & Bash is as legally accurate as Scrubs is for Medicine. It is a pure summer comedy, which is undeniably funny, but doesn't really separate itself from the likes of The Defenders. The ex-con paralegal is a very overused cliche, as is the everything-phobic Pindar. All in all, if all you want is something to laugh at, then fire away, but if you have half a brain, maybe reconsiderFranklin & Bash is as legally accurate as Scrubs is for Medicine. It is a pure summer comedy, which is undeniably funny, but doesn't really separate itself from the likes of The Defenders. The ex-con paralegal is a very overused cliche, as is the everything-phobic Pindar. All in all, if all you want is something to laugh at, then fire away, but if you have half a brain, maybe reconsider watching it. Expand
  5. Aug 4, 2012
    6
    This show is good summer fun. The stories are a lot more interesting than I thought they would be, and the show is decently funny. It certainly has its flaws, but they are worth looking past because overall this show is pretty darn good.
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: 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.
  2. 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.
  3. Reviewed by: Glenn Garvin
    Jun 1, 2011
    60
    The show is kind of amusing, at least in a summer-TV sort of way.