Screen Junkies » franklin & bash Movie Reviews & TV Show Reviews Fri, 08 Aug 2014 20:19:50 +0000 en hourly 1 TV Bromances Through The Ages Wed, 27 Jul 2011 21:58:24 +0000 Jame Gumb Time for some hot bro on bro action...

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The Urban Dictionary describes a bromance as “the complicated love and affection shared by two straight males.” Based on that definition, the bromance has been a fixture of TV plot lines throughout the ages. From the very genesis of television to right up to the present day, straight-male characters have forged uncomfortably close bonds right before our eyes, leaving little doubt that Americans love a good bromance. As a tribute to this platonic on-screen man love, and in honor of the renewal of Franklin and Bash, I present to you the following 25 TV bromances.

The 1950′s


Jack Benny & Rochester Van Jones – The Jack Benny Program

Jack Benny is a miserly boss who doles out days off like he was dispensing gold nuggets. Rochester Van Jones is a smart ass who doesn’t do his job if he doesn’t feel like it. On paper, the relationship is doomed from the start. But Benny inexplicably keeps Rochester employed despite being constantly ridiculed, and Rochester seems content with his job despite the low wages. He even hangs out at Benny’s house on his days off. I don’t know about you, but the idea of hanging out with my boss on the weekend seems like a fate worse than death. Obviously, there’s a bromance brewing between the two.

Ralph Kramden & Ed Norton – The Honeymooners

Ralph and Ed are one of the earliest bromances on television. Physically, the two don’t have a lot in common, but dig a little deeper, and you’ll discover that the pair are two peas in a pod. They both work for the city, they both have smart-ass wives, and they both are members of the Raccoon Lodge. These bros were practically made for each other. In fact, considering they are fictional characters, they actually were made for each other.

Ricky Ricardo and Fred Mertz – I Love Lucy

Ricky and Fred aren’t really bros by choice. But by virtue of their awful wives, they are forced into a bromance. While it might be one of the weaker examples on the list, these two definitely fit the mold. After all, with Lucy and Ethel off pulling stupid shit at the candy factory, all they have is each other.

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Review: TNT’s Franklin & Bash Tue, 17 May 2011 23:31:01 +0000 Fred Topel It seems like this is the outrageous, but not too highbrow, courtroom drama “The Defenders” wanted to be.

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I figure the factor that decides whether or not you like a lawyer show is whether you like the actor playing the lawyer. Spader and Shatner made “Boston Legal,” and I liked Marx Paul Gosselaar on “Raising the Bar.” Gosselaar was my way into TNT’s latest courtroom drama “Franklin & Bash” (he’s Bash).

The pilot works really hard in the introduction to drop as many references as it can to illustrate what wild cards Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash are. They talk about Van Damme marathons, hitting on Marisa Tomei, Ali/Frasier and even The Notebook. Their home office is adorned with movie posters, all Sony movies which is the only explanation why S.W.A.T. is in the running. I can buy Zombieland, even Blue Thunder, but S.W.A.T.?

Don’t worry about that pop culture overload. It pays off later. The courtroom antics start big and get deeper too. The boys have a mattress model (Mircea Monroe) strip to her bra in court to prove that her video billboard is a distraction to drivers on the road. It works because even the court reporter was too distracted to take down testimony. That’s how they roll, but later you’ll see they have hearts too.

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The big firm Infeld and Daniels hires Franklin & Bash to bring their wild card to their stodgy old firm. Infeld’s (Malcolm McDowell) nephew Damien Karp (Reed Diamond) is like the crusty old dean who’ll always be thwarted by young punks Franklin and Bash. Karp’s blatant anger at a press conference is entertaining because it’s so not going to help him or his clients. He’ll be ripe for a legal pantsing every week.

Franklin and Bash shake things up right away. They tear down a wall to turn their individual offices into one, because they’re a team, man. They bring their kooky paralegals on board. Agoraphobic techno-perv Pindar (Kumal Nanjiani) will get old, so hopefully they don’t overplay that. Franklin and Bash will go so far as to stage a fistfight at a press conference to distract from the scandal, and they do.

Now that we like the lawyers, it’s time to make the cases interesting. Bash represents a dominatrix accused of prostitution. He turns the case into a sympathetic heartbreak. You really believe that the professional dominatrix thought her client loved her. In the second episode, the case begins as a joke about an ugly duckling fired from a fashion magazine. By the end it becomes about the daddy issues of the publisher’s daughter. I’m sold. They’ve got a hook and they’ve got heart.

For now, there are hints that Bash takes to the corporate life a little too well and Franklin keeps it real. Franklin has turned down work at his dad’s firm though, so he’s overcompensating. Their pop culture knowledge constantly works to their advantage. Bash can quote The Breakfast Club to trap a witness. It seems like this is the outrageous, but not too highbrow, courtroom drama “The Defenders” wanted to be.

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