Watch Franklin and Bash

Published 11:21 pm Friday, June 17, 2011

My latest attempt to persuade you what to (or not to) watch on television is dealing with the new series Franklin and Bash.

The new drama appears at 9 p.m. on Wednesday nights on TNT and was a hit with me before it ever aired. Franklin and Bash stars Mark-Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer, both of who are among my favorite character actors. Gosselaar was the famous Zack on Saved by the Bell and Meyer starred in Road Trip and enjoyed several other good roles.

The show is a hoot and features two screwball lawyers who do their best to win their cases despite not always following the strictest of codes in doing so. The pilot was a hoot and was something I laughed most of the way through.

Gosselaar plays Peter Bash, “a fearless lawyer whose charm does more than just amuse jurors and anger judges; it wins cases.” As much as Gosselaar would probably hate the comparison, he reminds me of what Zack would have been like grown up as a lawyer.

Meyer portrays Jared Franklin, a funny guy who “is the kind of scrappy lawyer every underdog wants to have.” He is the funnier of the two comedic actors in my opinion and even early-on in the show, it is obvious you never will know what he may or may not do.

I have to admit my wife isn’t as crazy about Franklin and Bash as I am. She didn’t find the jokes all that funny. She called it predictable. I agree with that particular assessment and I think the predictability is exactly why I like it. I watched the show because the trailers amused me and the show lived up to exactly as it was billed.

Franklin and Bash will probably get smarter and funnier as it goes along. Most pilots are actually among the worst shows ever written in a TV series because they take so much time introducing the characters.

This show is going to get better I’m certain and I can’t wait to see how funny, quirky and downright enjoyable it will be.

It’s not necessary to watch the episode at 9 if you are already enjoying a show on another network, but it is certainly worth putting on DVR and watching later.

While I’m on the subject of a TNT show, let me just say that their tag line “We know drama” is right on. The network has some of the better dramatic shows on television.

Leverage and Men of a Certain Age are shows that I watch on a regular basis. They always keep me entertained and looking forward to the next episode.

Leverage, which is a much-better and more modern A-Team, is due to begin its next season on June 26. If you haven’t caught it yet, make sure you’re tuned in. I was a little late to this party and it takes a while to catch up, but it’s worth the wait.

Among all the dramas on television, Leverage is by far my favorite. TNT knows drama and they know good television. You’d do well to check them out.

Thadd White is a Staff Writer and Sports Editor for Roanoke-Chowan Publications and can be reached via email at or by telephone at 332-7211.