Last night was the premiere of “Franklin & Bash” starring “Saved By the Bell” actor Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Road Trip‘s Breckin Meyer. Like the characters in their previous projects, Gosselaar and Meyer, play a pair of young and outspoken lawyers who like to do things their way. Their boyish charm will get them hot women and land them sweet jobs, but we’ll also get to see another side to the world of law and order that we don’t regularly see in “Law & Order” – the goofy, campy side. Let’s see if this comedy show has the chops to make it though the summer.

The Players:

  • Director: Jason Ensler
  • Writer: Kristi Korzec
  • Cast: Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Breckin Meyer, Malcolm McDowell, Garcelle Beauvais

Episode Title: “Pilot”

Peter Bash and Jared Franklin are young and hip lawyers and partners in the law firm Franklin & Bash. Their nontraditional approach to the legal profession keeps things interesting in the office and the courtroom. The duo’s use of questionable legal tactics draws the attention of Stanton Infeld (McDowell), partner of the prominent law firm of Infeld Daniels. He makes an offer for them to work for him with a promise of certain creative liberty.

The Good:

  • Bromance: I’m beginning to think that bromances are better than romances. It’s definitely the case for TNT’s new “Franklin & Bash.” Peter Bash (Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Meyer) have an amazing chemistry. They feed off each others lines and they know exactly when to make a line funny. They are good, experienced actors who know how to keep a conversation alive and entertaining.
  • Lighthearted, fun: This show clearly defines it’s genre from the get-go. In one of the first scenes of the show a woman takes off her shirt while sitting in the witness box. We see Franklin dressed in a bathrobe while playing Wii at work, where his employees are an ex-convict and a guy who’s afraid of birds. That, along with other campy stuff, sets the tone for the show. And it’s fun! This isn’t going to be your typical legal show, it’s going to be fun and very summer appropriate.

The Bad:

  • One Storyline per show: Though the story is fun,”Franklin & Bash is still only so-so. We have yet to see how funny this show can really be. So far, the cultural references all make sense. With that said, modern TV shows need longer stories, and more development then just one storyline and episode unless the comedy is REALLY good, which this isn’t… yet. I didn’t mind this type of format for “Arrested Development” and I certainly don’t mind it for “30 Rock,” but if the show isn’t funny I need cliffhangers and ‘last time on…’ Yup.
  • Too Ideal: Everything went to perfectly. Franklin and Bash got everything they wanted without really trying. There was no real struggle. Both young, hip lawyers won each of their cases, got sweet jobs at a law firm plus huge offices, and they got their employee who suffers of agoraphobia, and has never left the house, to leave the house and go to an airport.


Franklin and Bash have amazing chemistry from the get go. They are fun and successful and you’ll probably hate that you love guys like that, but hey, both are very charming. This is not law show like “Law & Order,” it’s goofy and silly, from start to finish. Even though we might get a season full of the same story lines, episode after episode, the bromance feels like it’ll be worth it.

Rating: 7.5/10

“Franklin & Bash” airs every Wednesday night on TNT!

What did you think of last night’s episode?