A corporate lawyer who loses her career, her status, and her fiance takes a job at the only place that will hire her: the Public Defender's office.




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Series cast summary:
Eliza Coupe ...  Nina Whitley 12 episodes, 2014
Jay Harrington ...  Phil Quinlan 12 episodes, 2014
Carter MacIntyre ...  Trent Barber 12 episodes, 2014
Oscar Nuñez ...  Carlos 12 episodes, 2014
Jolene Purdy ...  Micah 12 episodes, 2014
Maria Bamford ...  Cheryl 8 episodes, 2014
Peter Spruyt ...  Boring Larry 8 episodes, 2014
Fred Melamed ...  Judge Nelson 5 episodes, 2014


After losing her boyfriend and her high-powered job as an attorney all on one day, Nina finds that the only job available to her is at the Public Defender's office. She quickly realizes that the system is more screwed up than her own crazy personal life. Written by anonymous

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It has some real potential
16 November 2014 | by TheSeaLionSee all my reviews

I know the show is only three episodes in, but from what I've seen, I believe it has real potential.

I think the premise of this show is quite good. A once high-powered attorney now having to serve as a public defender sounds like it has a lot of potential for funny situations for the characters to get themselves into and for humorous side characters to be introduced.

For the most part, I am unaware of any of the actors in this show with the exception of Eliza Coupe (Nina Whitley) and Oscar Nunez (Carlos). Coupe is a talented actress and comedian who also portrayed Denise on the medical sitcom drama "Scrubs" who I'm glad to see in something else. Nunez has done good comedic work on "The Office" and Jay Harrington (Phil Quinlan) has so far given some good comedic performances in the show.

The one issue I have at the moment is that of the main character, Nina. While Eliza Coupe has done a good job at bringing the character to life, I feel at the moment she is a bit annoying and unlikable, which is understandable given where she came from and the job she now has, but it's a bit of an off put for me. Though, it's only been three episodes so I'm sure that Nina is another Michael Scott (Steve Carell) from "The Office" or Leslie Knope (Amy Poehler) from "Parks and Recreation", a main character who I find annoying who I will learn to like after getting to know her better.

It's only the start of the series so it's a little bumpy, but most series are at the beginning and just need to find its footing. That's the case with "Benched" and I am eager for the next episode because, as I've already said, I think this show has great potential.

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28 October 2014 (USA) See more »

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Los Angeles, California, USA

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