Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23

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Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23
Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 intertitle.png
Also known as
  • Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23
  • Don't Trust the B
  • Apartment 23
Genre Sitcom
Created by Nahnatchka Khan
Narrated by Dreama Walker
Theme music composer
  • Steve Hampton
  • John Adair
  • Brad Hamilton
Opening theme "The B---- in Apt 23" by Katie Hampton
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 26[1] (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s)
  • Nahnatchka Khan
  • David Hemingson
  • Jeffrey Morton
  • Marshall Boone
  • Justin McEwen
  • Sally Bradford McKenna
  • Casey Johnson
  • David Windsor
  • Corey Nickerson
  • Laura McCreary
  • Erik Durbin
  • Tina Kil
  • Barbara Black
  • Daniel Hank
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor 20th Television
Original channel ABC
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original run April 11, 2012 (2012-04-11) – May 13, 2013 (2013-05-13)

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is an American sitcom created by Nahnatchka Khan that aired on ABC in the United States from April 11, 2012, to January 15, 2013. The series originally aired as a mid-season replacement during the 2011–12 television schedule, following Modern Family.[2]


The series follows June Colburn as she moves from Indiana to New York City to pursue her dream job – until she finds out that it no longer exists, and she ends up moving in with a con-artist party-girl named Chloe. The two don't get along at first; however, when Chloe's attempts at scamming June backfire, they end up forming an unlikely friendship.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Krysten Ritter as Chloe, the eponymous "Bitch in Apartment 23". She is an amoral and shameless con artist, party girl, and swindler whom June described as a girl who "may or may not be a psychopath", and who becomes June's roommate. At first trying to scam June like she does all her other "roomies" by charging her extra rent, Chloe eventually comes to like June and welcomes her. She works by "providing entertainment" to diplomats at the United Nations.
  • Dreama Walker as June Colburn, who moves to New York (from Indiana) when her dream job at a mortgage company provides her with a huge apartment. However, on her very first day, the company is shut down when the owner is arrested for stealing millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and the apartment building is sealed, forcing June to find a new place to live; she ends up moving in with Chloe. She tries to be tolerant to Chloe's reckless lifestyle and tries to find her place in New York because she is too ashamed to return to her Indiana hometown over losing her job and career and facing her overbearing parents. She works as a barista at a local coffee shop for most of the series, but is eventually hired as a junior analyst for a Wall Street firm. Her birthday is April 22, as of the episode "The D" where she claims to share a birthday with Jack Nicholson and Peter Frampton.
  • James Van Der Beek as a fictionalized version of himself, the former TV star of Dawson's Creek, who is a good friend of Chloe's and desperate to revamp his sagging acting career.
  • Michael Blaiklock as Eli Webber, the peeping-tom next-door neighbor who spies on the girls through a window across an alleyway. He works as a city health inspector.
  • Eric André as Mark Reynolds, who would have been June's supervisor at the mortgage company. He becomes manager of a local coffee shop within four hours of losing his job and hires June.
  • Ray Ford as Luther Wilson (season 2; recurring previously),[note 1] an effeminate man and personal assistant to James Van Der Beek. Luther and Chloe have a rocky relationship: Luther once denied Chloe money for rent and Chloe wouldn't read Luther's screenplay.
  • Liza Lapira as Robin (season 1; recurring season 2),[note 2][3] one of Chloe's former roommates, who was swindled like the others. But she still lives down the hall from Chloe and is obsessed with her. She works as a nurse at a local hospital.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Eve Gordon as Connie Colburn, June's mother, whom June, then James occasionally turns to for advice.
  • Peter MacKenzie as Donald Colburn, June's father.
  • Rosalind Chao as Pastor Jin, the pastor at the First Korean Baptist Church[4] where June attends worship services.
  • Jennie Pierson as Pepper
  • Katherine Tokarz as Nicole
  • Teresa Huang as Hillary

Guest cast[edit]

Special cameos[edit]

These guest stars have made special cameo appearances as themselves in the program:

Development and production[edit]

The show's former title card, when it was titled Apartment 23

The series was originally titled Don't Trust the Bitch in Apartment 23 and was developed at Fox as a 2009 fall contender, but was eventually passed on.[5][6] In January 2011, ABC green-lit the production of a pilot episode.[6] In February and March 2011, Dreama Walker, Krysten Ritter, and James Van Der Beek were cast as the three leads. On May 13, 2011, ABC picked up the project to series under the shortened title Apartment 23.[7] A few days later, ABC announced that the show would most likely debut in the 2011–12 mid-season.[8]

On October 11, 2011, ABC again renamed the show, this time to a bowdlerized version of its original name, censoring the word "Bitch" and replaced with "B----".[9]

The first two episodes were made available on iTunes, Hulu,[10],[11] and on Xfinity in the United States before the premiere on April 11, 2012.[12][13] In Canada, the first episodes were made available on Rogers on Demand and on,[14][15] also before the April 11, 2012 premiere. On May 11, 2012, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 was renewed for a second season, with the remaining six episodes of season one airing as a part of it.[16] The second season premiered on October 23, 2012.

ABC announced on January 22, 2013, that it was removing Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 from its schedule immediately.[17] The next day, the cast of the show confirmed its cancellation.[18] On April 18, 2013, ABC announced that the remaining eight unaired episodes would be streamed online beginning May 17[19] and ending June 2.[20]

In July 2014, it was announced that Logo TV had acquired the full run of the series—including the eight episodes that were previously unaired in the United States—and would air it in the correct order beginning July 19.[21]

A total of 26 episodes have been produced over two seasons.



In June 2011, Apartment 23, as it was called at the time, was one of eight honorees in the Most Exciting New Series category at the Critics' Choice Television Awards, voted by journalists who had seen the pilots.[22] The series received positive reviews from critics.[23][24] The first season getting a score of 71 on Metacritic based on 29 critics.[25] On Rotten Tomatoes, the first season holds a 91% and the second season has a score of 75%. The site's consensus states: "An odd couple sitcom with a modern twist, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is sleeker and smarter than expected, thanks to strong acting and snappy dialogue."[26]


Season Timeslot (ET) No. of
Premiered Ended TV Season Rank Viewers
(in millions)
Date Premiere viewers
(in millions)
Date Finale viewers
(in millions)
1 Wednesday 9:30 p.m. 7 April 11, 2012 6.91[27] May 23, 2012 5.60[28] 2011–12 #89 6.37[29]
2 Tuesday 9:30 p.m.
Sunday 10:30 p.m.
19 October 23, 2012 4.20 January 15, 2013 2.73 2012–13 #125 3.82[30]

International broadcast[edit]

In addition to premiering on ABC, the show has since been sold to various international markets.

Country / region Network Premiere date References
Asia-Pacific Star World June 25, 2012 [31]
Australia Arena September 3, 2012 [32]
Canada City April 11, 2012 [33][34]
New Zealand Four October 9, 2012 [35]
South Africa MNET Series 4 June 2013 [36]
United Kingdom E4 May 24, 2012 [37]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Performance – Female Dreama Walker Nominated [38]
Choice TV: Villain Krysten Ritter Nominated
Choice TV: Male Scene Stealer James Van Der Beek Nominated
2012 Artios Award Outstanding Achievement in Casting – Television Pilot – Comedy Lisa Miller Katz Nominated
2013 Young Artist Award Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress 11–13 Kiernan Shipka Nominated [39]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Ten and Under Danielle Parker Nominated


  1. ^ Ray Ford is credited as a series regular for episodes that were produced for the second season. In select episodes during the second season, he was once again credited as a guest star as six episodes were held from the first season and aired during the season's run.
  2. ^ Liza Lapira is credited as a guest star for episodes that were produced for the second season. In select episodes during the second season, she was once again credited as a series regular as six episodes were held from the first season and aired during the season's run. It was also announced during the hiatus between seasons that Liza had been demoted to a recurring role; she appeared in two episodes produced for the second season.


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