Posted: 06/03/2011


Franklin & Bash

by Alex Brodsky

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“Franklin & Bash” answers the question: What if normal, everyday guys were lawyers? Jared Franklin (played by Breckin Meyer of Road Trip fame) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar: Saved By the Bell, NYPD Blue) party, play video games, and crack wise at other people’s expense.

Having grown up watching “Saved By the Bell,” I fully expected Mark-Paul Gosselaar to reprise his Zack Morris persona playing the rebellious, quick-witted lawyer of the team. That role, however, is taken on by Meyer who has the boyish charm to pull it off. Gosselaar plays the smooth talker who uses his charm to manipulate jurors, judges and witnesses alike. Meyer and Gosselaar play well off each other. The good chemistry between the duo makes it fun to watch, and brings most of the comedy to the show.

The two brash lawyers go to work for one of the big boys, Infeld & Daniels, headed by the affable Stanton Infeld, played by Malcolm McDowell (A Clockwork Orange, Entourage). Though his eccentricities are not as sharp or edgy as William Shatner’s Denny Crane in “Boston Legal,” it’s fun seeing McDowell in a looser role.

The witty retorts and banter from the two leads help to spice up the legal jargon, although the show skips over most of that anyways. Though none of their courtroom antics would fly in a real courtroom, it fits the characters and is played in a way that makes us look past that fact and enjoy going along for their wild ride.

We go along for the ride because underneath all these cheeky shenanigans and juvenile conversations is the heart of the show: standing up for the little guy and doing what’s right. The two take the cases other lawyers have dubbed as lost causes, from a wife accused of killing her much older husband for his fortune, to a corrupt C.E.O. trying to make things right with his shareholders.

Overall, “Franklin & Bash” is a fun, lighthearted show. It’s well paced, never seeming to drag, but taking the time to develop the characters, which is the key to an extended run for a show. As long as you don’t take the show too seriously, it’s entertaining and will get you laughing.

In the spirit of “Franklin & Bash,” a standard rating system wouldn’t do it justice. I give it a rating of 9 out of 12 jurors (one being the incredibly overweight juror seated in the front row of a Franklin & Bash jury. Keep your eyes open for him, but he’s pretty impossible to miss).

Alex Brodsky studied media at Northern Illinois University and screen writing in Santa Monica, California. He likes TV of all different genres along with cuddling and long walks on the beach.

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