Franklin & Bash premiered on TNT in Chicago on June 1, 2011, and it isn’t your average lawyer TV drama. As one of their newest clients say, “For lawyers, you’re almost human.”
Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) is the more down-to-earth of the two, but he’s still known for his courtroom antics. Yet, it’s Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) who is the bigger jokestar, who wants to work in a man cave, rather than his father’s firm. But when Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) sees the duo win a car accident case, claiming a billboard distracted the driver, the two lawyer friends are moving on up. They get a job offer at Infield Daniels, and suddenly they’re big time.
But they don’t act like it. Think of Franklin & Bash as a lawyer version of USA’s Psych, although a bit more grown up. The jokes still fly, but they’re of a slightly different breed, even if they use random obscure references. They also play Wii when taking breaks, and Jared tries bringing a karaoke machine into the office. They also use interesting tactics to win cases.
Peter wins a case, against his ex-girlfriend Janie (Claire Coffee), by asking the jury: what qualifies as proof of love? A kind prostitute doesn’t go to jail. But that case was more about Peter showing his affection for Janie, hoping to win her back. In that case, he loses. She’s now engaged.
The real focus of the first Franklin & Bash episode is a case against an airline pilot for supposedly joining the Mile High Club shortly before a plane accident. They represent the pilot, Tommy, but the rest of the office is looking to make some money. Jared’s arch-nemesis at the firm, Damien (Reed Diamond), throws Tommy under the bus to make more money with their other client, the airline.
But that’s not how Franklin & Bash work, even when Jared is just supposed to be shadowing the case. “I don’t shadow. I cast shadows,” Jared says.
The duo plant their flag and their agoraphobic employee finally gets out of the house, because he’s witness to hearing Damien’s plan. The leading lawyers get Tommy his job back, and nearly humilate the airlines in the process; they’re the kind of guys Infeld wants at his firm.
Franklin & Bash airs in Chicago on Wednesdays on TNT at 8PM.
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