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Benched is a single-camera comedy about a high-powered corporate lawyer's fall from grace into the rough-and-tumble world of the public defenders. From ABC Signature Studio, it stars Coupe as Nina Whitley, a distinguished corporate lawyer who has given up everything in her climb to the top. However, when she's hit with her ex-fiancé's engagement announcement and learns that she hasn't made partner at her high power firm, Nina snaps -- breaking vases and burning bridges.

Now that Nina is shunned from the corporate world, the only place she can get a job is at the Public Defender's office: home to the underfunded, understaffed, overworked, "if you can't afford a lawyer, one will be provided... " lawyers. In addition to her new clients, Nina must learn to connect with her co-workers, including the roguish Phil, the idealistic Carlos, the useless empathetic Cheryl and the dedicated intern Micah. If that didn't sound tough enough for Nina, she'll also be going head-to-head with her ex-fiancé, Trent, the rising star of the District Attorney's office.

Show Info

Network: United States USA Network (2014 - 2014)
Schedule: Tuesdays at 22:30 (30 min)
Status: Ended
Show Type: Scripted
Genres: ComedyLegal
Episodes ordered: 12 episodes

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7.2 (15 votes)

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Previous Episode

Brief Encounters

Episode 1x12; Dec 30, 2014

After secretly reuniting with Trent, Nina realizes she has some hard choices to make, especially when Phil unintentionally steps up to the plate. Meanwhile, Phil is forced to take a look at his own relationships when Morris calls out his glibness.

Previous Episodes

Episode NameAirdateTrailer
1x12: Brief EncountersDec 30, 2014
1x11: Campaign ContributionsDec 30, 2014
1x10: Solitary RefinementDec 23, 2014
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