Franklin & Bash
Genre Comedy-DramaLegal Procedural
Created by Kevin FallsBill Chais
Starring Breckin MeyerMark-Paul GosselaarDana DavisGarcelle Beauvais-NilonKumail NanjianiMalcolm McDowellReed Diamond
Theme music composer Pete
Opening theme Mixture
Composer(s) John Robert Wood
Country of origin United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 9 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Jamie TarsesKevin FallsBill ChaisJason Ensler
Producer(s) Dana Calvo
Editor(s) Joe Hobeck
Cinematography Dennis S. Hall
Camera setup Multiple-camera setup
Running time 42 minutes
Production company(s) FanFare ProductionsFour Sycamore ProductionsLeft Coast ProductionsSony Pictures Television
Original channel TNT
Original run June 1, 2011 (2011-06-01) – present
Status Airing


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Franklin & Bash

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Franklin & Bash is an American drama-comedy television series created by Kevin Falls and Bill Chais. The series stars Breckin Meyer and Mark-Paul Gosselaar as unconventional lawyers and longtime friends. A Turner Broadcasting executive has referred to the series as a "funny legal procedural".The series is broadcast in the United States on the cable channel TNT. It premiered on June 1, 2011. The series was renewed for a second season on July 26, 2011.


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Jared Franklin and Peter Bash are two streetwise, neighbourhood attorneys. After defeating Damien Karp of the prestigious law firm Infeld Daniels they are recruited by senior partner Stanton Infeld to breathe new life into the ailing firm. Assisting Franklin & Bash is Carmen Phillips, a convicted offender out on parole who assists with background investigations on cases, and Pindar Singh, an agoraphobic but brilliant attorney.

In agreeing to work for Infeld Daniels, Franklin & 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 & Bash, through their courtroom antics, prove to be effective advocates for their clients, much to the chagrin of Damien Karp and his ex-girlfriend Hanna Linden.


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Jared Franklin and Peter Bash.

Main cast

  • Breckin Meyer as Jared Franklin, the snarky, self-confident party-boy son of a famous trial lawyer.
  • Mark-Paul Gosselaar as Peter Bash, Franklin's best friend and legal partner. He is more mature and level-headed than Franklin, and still has feelings for his ex-girlfriend, Janie (portrayed by Claire Coffee).
  • Malcolm McDowell as Stanton Infeld, the eccentric, yet easy-going senior partner of the prominent law firm Infeld Daniels, who hires Franklin and Bash after witnessing their unconventional techniques in court.
  • Dana Davis as Carmen Phillips, an ex-convict working for Franklin and Bash.
  • Kumail Nanjiani as Pindar Singh, an agoraphobic science fiction nerd working for Franklin and Bash.
  • Reed Diamond as Damien Karp, Stanton's nephew, working for Infeld Daniels, who become jealous of Franklin and Bash's good standing and quick success with his uncle. He was once in a relationship with Hanna Linden, but is no longer because he refuses to have relations with a co-worker.
  • Garcelle Beauvais-Nilon as Hanna Linden, a lawyer working for Infeld Daniels, and Damien's ex-lover who uses Franklin's affections to get back at Damien.

Recurring cast
  • Alexandra Holden as Debbie Wilcox, an assistant to Franklin and Bash.
  • Claire Coffee as Janie Ross, DA Assistant and Peter Bash's ex-girlfriend.

Development and production

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

The pilot was filmed in Atlanta in late March and early April. In May 2010, the show was moved from TBS to sister station TNT, where network executives believed it was a better fit. The network green-lit production in mid-May with a ten episode order.


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Critical Reception
Franklin & Bash has received mixed to average reviews, earning a score of 56 on Metacritic. 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."Variety gave a positive review, describing the show as "playful, silly and wholly unpretentious."The Hollywood Reporter also gave the pilot a positive review:

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. 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.

SeasonSeason PremiereSeason Finale
(in millions)
(in millions)
1June 1, 20112.741.14August 3, 2011N/AN/A

DVD releases

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Sony Pictures Home Entertainment will release the first season of Franklin & Bash on Region 2 DVD on November 14th, 2011.

DVD NameEp#Release dates
Region 1Region 2Region 4
The Complete First Season10N/ANovember 14, 2011N/A

International broadcasting

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CountryNetworkPremiere date
 CanadaBravo!02011-08-22 August 22, 2011
 United KingdomE402011-07-13 July 13, 2011

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