Reel-Life Law

January 3, 2012

Practising law is just one big party for Franklin and Bash

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Emulating the winning buddy-cop formula (think Starsky and Hutch or Riggs and Murtaugh), US legal comedy-drama (dramedy?) Franklin and Bash makes practising law look like one easy ride.

Not so bashful
Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer, from Road Trip) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar – remember Saved by the Bell?) are ‘courtroom rebels’ with an unorthodox approach to law. Independent, maverick ambulance chasers they have, at best, dubious methods for defending their clients. But with their giant egos, silver tongues and rule-bending logic they always manage to win round the jury.

Life’s a legal breeze
Building on the sexy legacy of Brit hit This Life, the makers of Franklin and Bash have gone ‘in for a penny, in for a pound’ and make law look even sexier for the new century.

Cue prime example: the pilot episode sees Franklin and Bash defeating legal giant Infeld Daniels by getting their model (in more ways than one) witness to strip whilst on the stand. Impressed by their unorthodox techniques, Infeld’s key partner Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell) offers them a position at his top Los Angeles firm.

Needless to say, this sets the tone for the series. Franklin and Bash refuse to toe the corporate line and bring their own inimitable style to the firm, stripping down partition walls and bringing in their toys from home. I’d like to see their client’s bill that week.

Brewski with your brief?
But you’ve got to give it to the boys; they know how to enjoy their jobs. With a little help from their friends, investigator Carmen and agoraphobic lawyer Pindar (ah, that’s who does all the research!), Franklin and Bash prefer partying with a bevy of bikini-clad twenty-somethings as preparation for their big court cases.

And where better to brief their clients but in a hot tub with a beer in hand – no wonder they don’t mind pulling all-nighters. KM

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