Franklin & Bash

Franklin & Bash
Genre Comedy-drama
Legal procedural
Created by Kevin Falls
Bill Chais
Starring Breckin Meyer
Mark-Paul Gosselaar
Dana Davis
Kumail Nanjiani
Malcolm McDowell
Reed Diamond
Garcelle Beauvais
Heather Locklear
Toni Trucks
Anthony Ordonez
Opening theme "Mixture" performed by Pete[1]
Composer(s) John Robert Wood, Tree Adams
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 4
No. of episodes 40 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jamie Tarses
Kevin Falls
Bill Chais
Jason Ensler
Producer(s) Dana Calvo
Location(s) Los Angeles, California
Atlanta, Georgia (pilot only)
Cinematography Dennis S. Hall
Editor(s) Joe Hobeck
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) FanFare Productions
Four Sycamore Productions
Left Coast Productions
Sony Pictures Television
Distributor Sony Pictures Television
Original network TNT
Original release June 1, 2011 (2011-06-01) – October 22, 2014 (2014-10-22)
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Franklin & Bash is an American comedy-drama television series created by Kevin Falls and Bill Chais. The series starred Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as unconventional lawyers and longtime friends. A Turner Broadcasting executive referred to the series as a "funny legal procedural",[2] whereas in the United Kingdom it was referred to as "Ally McBeal With Balls" when advertised for its forthcoming debut on E4.[3]

The series was broadcast in the United States on the cable channel TNT. It premiered on June 1, 2011.[4] The second season aired June 5, 2012,[5] and the third on June 19, 2013.[6] The show was renewed for a fourth season on October 17, 2013, which premiered August 13, 2014.[7] The series was canceled on November 11, 2014.[8]


The characters Franklin and Bash, for whom the show is named , are an unlikely duo of streetwise attorneys. After defeating Damien Karp of the prestigious law firm Infeld & Daniels, LLC (colloquially "Infeld Daniels"), they are recruited by co-founder and managing partner Stanton Infeld to breathe new life into the ailing firm with the duo reminding Stanton of his early days with his partner the late Daniels. Assisting Franklin and Bash is Carmen Phillips, an ex-convict out on parole who assists with background investigations on cases, and Pindar Singh, a brilliant, agoraphobic attorney and classmate of theirs.

In agreeing to work for Infeld Daniels, Franklin and Bash were guaranteed that they would still be taking on the same kind of cases as before, only with the backing of a major law firm. Over the course of their cases Franklin and Bash, through their courtroom antics, prove to be effective advocates for their clients, much to the chagrin of Damien Karp and his ex-girlfriend fellow attorney Hanna Linden.

Unbeknownst to the titular duo, Karp and Linden have been clandestinely stockpiling files on the team in the hopes that enough infractions will motivate Infeld to fire them. However, after assisting Franklin & Bash in military court, Linden deleted the entire file, however due to digital copies never been deleted off servers, failed to hide the file from the NY firm partners.

The duo later learn their hiring was a move by Infeld to protect the firm from a leveraged buyout by any firm, particularly Franklin's father's firm, Franklin and Franklin. Although the pair feel understandably manipulated, the team still work to save Infeld Daniels from the attempted takeover. Infeld arrives at their house offering his regrets about the lie.

In Season 3's "Coffee and Cream", the firm is renamed Infeld•Daniels•King LLC, with the hiring/buying in of Rachel King, a lawyer who had worked with Karp years ago and had recently humiliated Franklin and Bash on national television. Infeld hired her in hopes of restoring some of the corporate culture lost with the changes Franklin and Bash brought in with their own hiring.

In season 4, it is revealed that Rachel King fled to Croatia after embezzling money from clients and Stanton is believed to be her accomplice, leading to his suspension from the bar. He leaves Peter and Jared in charge, effectively making the firm Infeld•Daniels•Franklin•Bash LLC. Pindar and Carmen have left and are replaced by new lawyer Anita Haskins and Dan Mundy, a new investigator. Also joining the firm is Ellen Swatello, who has left the DA's office and taken a job with the firm to work with Stanton Infeld, becoming dismayed at learning of his disbarment and having to work for Peter and Jared.

Cast and characters

Main cast

Recurring cast

Development and production

The series was originally in development for the TBS network.[14] In February 2010, TBS placed a cast-contingent pilot order from a script written by Kevin Falls and Bill Chais.[14] Casting announcements began in early March, with Meyer and Gosselaar taking starring roles as the title characters.[15] Next to be cast was McDowell, as Stanton Infeld.[16] Then, comedian Nanjiani was cast as Pindar Singh,[17] followed by Diamond, as Damien Karp,[18] and Beauvais and Davis as Hanna Linden and Carmen Phillips respectively.[18]

The pilot was filmed in Atlanta in late March and early April.[19][20] In May 2010, the show was moved from TBS to sister station TNT, where network executives believed it was a better fit.[2][21] The network green-lit production in mid-May with a ten episode order,[22][23] with production moving to Los Angeles.[24]


Critical reception

Franklin & Bash received mixed reviews from TV critics. On Metacritic, the show has a score of 56 out of 100, based on 21 critics, indicating "mixed or average reviews".[25] On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a rating of 41%, based on 17 reviews, with an average rating of 6/10. The site's consensus reads, "Slick, playful, and occasionally witty, Franklin & Bash unfortunately sticks too close to the courtroom drama formula".[26]

The Los Angeles Times described the pilot episode as "not as intrigue-heavy as White Collar, as satiric as The Good Guys or as beautifully located as Hawaii Five-0; 'Franklin & Bash' is smart, it's fun and it's summer."[27] Variety gave a positive review, describing the show as "playful, silly and wholly unpretentious."[28] The Hollywood Reporter also gave the pilot a positive review:

In the end, Franklin & Bash uses the legal genre to prop up what is mostly a buddy story. There may be bigger reveals ahead and certain daring complications, but no doubt Franklin and Bash will get out of them with their good looks and quick wits. That’s how they roll – mostly – on TNT.[29]


The pilot episode premiered with 2.7 million total viewers, scoring 1.1 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic and 1.2 million in the 25–54 demographic, making it the fourth most watched cable-program of the evening.[30] Live + 3 day ratings for the series premiere updated those numbers to 3.5 million total viewers, scoring 1.5 million viewers in the 18–49 demographic, 1.6 million in the 25–54 demographic and 0.7 million in the 18–34 demographic.[31]

Season Season premiere Season finale
Date Viewers
(in millions)
Date Viewers
(in millions)
1 June 1, 2011 2.74[32] 1.14[32] August 3, 2011 2.54[33] 0.8[33]
2 June 5, 2012 3.07[34] 0.9[32] August 14, 2012 2.82[35] 0.9[35]
3 June 19, 2013 1.97[36] 0.6[36] August 14, 2013 2.17[37] 0.6[37]
4 August 13, 2014 October 22, 2014 TBA TBA

DVD releases

Sony Pictures Home Entertainment have released the first season of Franklin & Bash in Region 1, and the first three seasons in Region 2.

DVD Name Ep# Release dates
Region 1 Region 2 Region 4
The Complete First Season 10 June 19, 2012[38] November 14, 2011[39] N/A
The Complete Second Season 10 N/A April 28, 2014[40] N/A
The Complete Third Season 10 N/A November 3, 2014[41] N/A


Franklin & Bash premiered in Canada on Bravo! on August 22, 2011.[42] For the fourth season, the show was moved to M3.[43] In the UK the show premiered on July 13, 2011 on E4.[44] On November 8, 2011 it began showing on M-Net in South Africa.[45] In Australia it premiered on FX on June 6, 2012.[46]


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