|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||1|
|No. of episodes||12|
|Running time||22 minutes|
|Production company(s)||ABC Signature
The Mark Gordon Company
|Distributor||Disney–ABC Domestic Television|
|Original channel||USA Network|
|Original release||October 28, 2014– December 30, 2014|
Benched is an American single-camera comedy television series, created by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones, about a high-powered corporate lawyer's fall from grace into the rough-and-tumble world of a public defender. The series stars Eliza Coupe and Jay Harrington, and its 12-episode first season premiered on USA Network on October 28, 2014.
On January 14, 2015, USA Network cancelled Benched after one season.
- Eliza Coupe as Nina Whitley, a career-driven corporate attorney who has a nervous breakdown and becomes a public defender for Los Angeles County
- Jay Harrington as Phil Quinlan, Nina's colleague
- Oscar Nunez as Carlos, Nina's colleague
- Jolene Purdy as Micah, an intern in the Public Defender's Office
- Carter MacIntyre as Trent Barber, Nina's former fiancé and professional nemesis
- Maria Bamford as Cheryl, one of Nina's colleagues, described by the USA Network website as "useless and empathetic" and the "comic relief" of the office
- Jack McGee as Burt, Nina's boss at the public defender's office
- Gary Anthony Williams as Geoffrey, the new boss who replaces Burt, who is on extended-leave after having surgery.
- Cedric Yarbough as Morris, the by-the-books bailiff in Judge Nelson's courtroom
- Peter Spruyt as Larry, one of Nina's co-workers who's been given the nickname "Boring Larry" by everyone in the office.
- Fred Melamed as Judge Don Nelson, the impatient judge who usually has it out for Nina
- Catherine Reitman as Debbie, Nina's former colleague in her old lawfirm. She was also given the promotion at Nina's old lawfirm that she expected to get.
Development and production
On May 17, 2012, the American cable television network USA ordered a pilot presentation directed by Michael Fresco, from the script by Watkins and Jones. Eliza Coupe signed on to star in the lead role of the series, produced by John Enbom, Mark Gordon and Andrea Shay. On January 24, 2014, a 12-episode first season was ordered, with Jay Harrington joining the series.
Casting announcements on the remaining series regular roles began in the following February, with Oscar Nunez cast in the series regular role of Carlos, a public defender and new colleague of Nina's. Shortly afterwards, Jolene Purdy was cast in the series regular role of Micah, an intern in the Public Defender's Office. Carter MacIntyre was the last actor to join in the series regular role of Trent, Nina's former fiancée and professional nemesis.
|No.||Title||Directed by||Written by||Original air date||U.S. viewers
|1||"Pilot"||Michael Fresco||Michaela Watkins & Damon Jones||October 28, 2014||0.87|
|2||"Downsizing"||Claire Scanlon||Andy Berman||November 4, 2014||0.98|
|3||"Hooked & Booked"||Claire Scanlon||Lindsey Shockley||November 11, 2014||0.77|
|4||"Sell It"||Victor Nelli, Jr.||Damon Jones & Michaela Watkins||November 18, 2014||0.75|
|5||"Shark, Actually"||Tristram Shapeero||Joanna Calo||November 25, 2014||0.78|
|6||"Rights & Wrongs"||Victor Nelli, Jr.||John Enbom||December 2, 2014||0.93|
|7||"Curry Favor"||John Enbom||Michaela Watkins & Damon Jones||December 9, 2014||1.00|
|8||"Diamond Is a Girl's Worst Friend"||Tristram Shapeero||Ben Smith||December 16, 2014||0.75|
|9||"A New Development"||Michael McDonald||Jim Cashman||December 23, 2014||0.87|
|10||"Solitary Refinement"||Michael McDonald||Jessica Conrad||December 23, 2014||0.64|
|11||"Campaign Contributions"||Eric Appel||Ari Berkowitz & Scott Hanscom||December 30, 2014||0.85|
|12||"Brief Encounters"||Eric Appel||Andy Berman & Lindsey Shockley||December 30, 2014||0.72|
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