Saturday, June 11, 2011
Franklin & Bash
This is one of those shows that I really wanted to like, if only because the two lead actors are so great. I mean, seriously, who doesn't love these two guys? Even if Saved By the Bell and Clueless were the only two things Mark Paul Gosselaar and Breckin Meyer had ever done, that still would've been enough to make them awesome. They've both gone on to do lots of other great stuff, however, which is good because I don't see this new show making it past a few more episodes. I really wanted to like it, but it just wasn't very good.
Franklin & Bash are lawyers who play by their own rules. These are two lawyers whose antics are totally out of order. Franklin & Bash are lawyers who didn't study for the bar, they got drunk at one. Franklin & Bash put the insanity in Not Guilty By Reason of Insanity. Are you starting to get the picture? Long story short, this is a comedy about two irreverent lawyers, and hilarity ensues.
Well, hilarity kind of ensues, since the lame premise only goes so far before it got annoying, no matter how game the cast is to make it work. Gosselaar and Meyer are wonderful, effortlessly charming actors who are fun to watch in just about anything, but the pilot episode for this show (which I downloaded for free on iTunes) just wasn't well thought out or well written at all. It was basically just the two leads being laid back and funny, which was entertaining for the first twenty minutes, until I realized that was all the show had. Even worse, it was just dumb and kind of annoying.
As I said, the episode is available for free on iTunes, so it's worth checking out for a few laughs and for the charm of the two lead actors, but don't get too invested because it just doesn't seem like something that's destined to be a hit, or, at least, it doesn't really deserve to be.