TNT's newest series is Franklin & Bash, a legal dramaedy about two men named, well, Franklin and Bash. Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer, Robot Chicken, Road Trip) is a goofball who refuses to sell out or work for his father. Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Saved By the Bell, Raising the Bar) plays much closer to the rules than Franklin, and yearns for some real income. They are assisted by Carmen Phillips (Dana Davis, Heroes, The Nine), an ex-con, and Pindar Singh (Kumail Nanjiani, Michael and Michael Have Issues), who lives with them, and is afraid to leave the house. This works out OK, because Franklin & Bash work out of their home, until they are recruited by Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell, Entourage, Heroes). At his firm, they meet the uptight and slightly sleazy Damien Karp (Reed Diamond, Dollhouse, 24), and the sexy Hannah Linden (Garcelle Beauvais, NYPD Blue, The Jamie Foxx Show).
While the last thing TV needs is another legal procedural, Franklin & Bash is a lot more fun that Gosselaar's previous short-lived TNT legal drama, Raising the Bar. Perhaps this indicates a willingness by the network to push the envelope, and try something new. With a pilot like this, it is extremely hard to tell how good the series will be, as much of the screen time is devoted to setting up the scenario that the show will spring from. Not only that, but there is a lot going on in this first hour.
In "Pilot," there are three separate legal cases playing out, quite a bit for any law show to handle, let alone in a first episode. In the first case, Franklin and Bash represent a man who got into a car wreck because of a distracting advertisement. They go up against, and get a settlement from, Infeld & Daniels LLC, which is why Stanton Infeld recruits them after watching them in action. Then the pair split off. Franklin, while not assigned to the case, works to help an airline pilot that Karp is assisting the airline company in tossing all their blame on. Bash clears a woman accused of being a prostitute. Between all of that, they also settle into their new offices and throw a party. How is there time in the day?