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Benched 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (2014)
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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 ... See full summary »
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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
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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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Criminally unfunny
3 January 2015 | by huwbuttsSee all my reviews

Benches evidently wants to be Scrubs mixed with Suits. Unfortunately, such a promising premise is let down by flat jokes, poor delivery and bad casting; it's also not silly enough to keep up with the surreal humour you find in successful comedies (30 Rock, Community, Arrested Development and the like) but instead relies on very tired scenarios to eek out the laughs.

I was really looking forward to this as Jay Harrington absolutely made Better Off Ted as the put-together protag - such a travesty that it got cancelled. Sadly, his role in Benched as the work-shy swindler Phil just doesn't fit - it would have been potentially better for him to be Trent (but a more interesting version). He also comes across as if he knows the show isn't going to last, and doesn't put any effort into...not putting any effort in.

Eliza Coupe is...angry. I know that's supposed to be 'funny' and endearing, but she just comes across as irritating and unbelievable (a lawyer but all-too-gullible for example). Someone else as the female lead would have saved the day (Christina Applegate? Gillian Jacobs? Jaime Presley?) A wasted opportunity. I hope the show makes better use of such talent soon, or else I fear it'll be curtains.


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