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
Created byNahnatchka Khan
Narrated byDreama Walker
Theme music composer
  • Steve Hampton
  • John Adair
  • Brad Hamilton
Opening theme"The B---- in Apt 23" by Katie Hampton
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes26 (8 aired in Australia before being shown on ABC during July 19 to September 6, 2014)
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 setupSingle-camera
Running time22 minutes
Production company(s)
Distributor20th Television
Original networkABC
Picture format480i (SDTV)
720p (HDTV)
Original releaseApril 11, 2012 (2012-04-11) –
January 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)

Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 is an American television sitcom created by Nahnatchka Khan and starring Krysten Ritter that aired on ABC for two seasons from April 11, 2012 to January 15, 2013.[1][2] Originally airing as a midseason replacement, ABC renewed the series for a second season with some episodes from its first season aired as part of its second, without regard for continuity. The series starred Ritter as Chloe, an irresponsible party girl who searches for roommates by asking for rent up front and then behaving outrageously until they leave. Her latest roommate, June Colburn (Dreama Walker), however, proves to be harder to drive away, and the women end up forming an unlikely friendship. James Van Der Beek co-starred as a fictionalized version of himself, one of Chloe's friends who is desperate to revive his withering acting career. Liza Lapira, Michael Blaiklock, Eric Andre, and Ray Ford led the supporting cast.

The series was originally in development to air on Fox in 2009, but was ultimately green-lit and picked up by ABC in 2011. Although it was the subject of positive reviews from television critics, Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 struggled significantly in ratings and was cancelled by ABC in January 2013. The network subsequently removed the series from its programming immediately, leaving eight episodes of its second season unaired. While the series was rumored to return the following summer to burn off the remaining episodes, ABC chose instead to make the last eight episodes available for streaming on their official website as well as on iTunes and Hulu. While the remaining episodes did not air on ABC, they were broadcast on Arena in Australia from March 25 to May 13, 2013. Logo TV later acquired the rights to Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 in the United States, and broadcast the remaining episodes from July 19 to September 6, 2014.


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. She ends up moving in with a bon vivant party girl named Chloe. Chloe keeps her apartment by inviting roommates to move in, asking for rent up front, and then behaving outrageously until they leave. June proves more difficult to dislodge than expected, and when June reverses Chloe's latest attempt to eject her in an unexpected fashion, they end up forming an unlikely friendship.

Cast and characters[edit]

Main cast[edit]

  • Krysten Ritter as Chloe, the titular "Bitch in Apartment 23". She is a hard-partying, irresponsible, freeloading, sexually adventurous con artist described as having "the morals of a pirate," who becomes June's roommate. After first attempting to run her "roommate scam" by convincing June to pay several months' rent in advance before driving her out of the apartment, Chloe, who usually finds other women boring and catty, discovers that she genuinely likes June and tries to be both protective and helpful in her own borderline sociopathic ways (such as slipping June illegal Chinese pharmaceuticals to help her "loosen up" and turning June's small homemade jam business into a lucrative internet erotica site when June is in danger of being unable to pay her share of rent). Chloe comes from a rocky background hinted at in several episodes: as a child, she attended a camp for sociopathic children (until it burned down), an experience she remembers fondly. She relates to her father as a friend, once even hooking him up with June, but resents her mother for never being involved with her as a child (only later do we learn that Chloe's mother is paraplegic and that all the events Chloe complains of were ones her mother could not participate in, such as ice skating and horseback riding). Chloe's only steady work is "providing entertainment" to diplomats at the United Nations once a year, during which she pays her share of rent for the year, meanwhile running day-to-day scams to provide her with free food, free drinks, and spending money.
  • Dreama Walker as June Colburn, who moves to New York from Richmond, 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 embezzling millions of dollars in a Ponzi scheme and the apartment building is sealed. Too ashamed to return to Indiana and face her overbearing parents, June ends up moving in with Chloe and tries to find her place in the big city. She is both horrified by Chloe's recklessness and lack of morals and envious of how effortlessly cool, popular, and exciting Chloe is. June's efforts to keep up with Chloe's partying often end disastrously, once with a trip to the ER for alcohol poisoning and a stomach pumping. June is optimistic, trusting, and tries to be honest and friendly with everyone she meets, which often lead her to be taken advantage of by more cynical New Yorkers, including her own roommate. Gradually she learns to hold her own against Chloe, earning Chloe's friendship and respect. 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.
  • James Van Der Beek as a fictionalized version of himself, the former TV star of Dawson's Creek, who is a close friend of Chloe's and desperate to revamp his sagging acting career. As a parody of himself, he is arrogant, self-centered, and shamelessly self-promoting as he takes on increasingly bizarre roles to revitalize his career, culminating in a stint on Dancing with the Stars. He uses his influence amongst the now-thirty-something demographic of female Dawson's Creek fans to get ahead personally and professionally, and he allows Chloe to name-drop him to advance her own scams. In spite of this, he is the person who seems to know Chloe best, and he seems genuinely invested in seeing Chloe and June's friendship succeed, often giving them both advice on how to handle one another's quirks.
  • Eric Andre 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. He lives with a domineering, unseen girlfriend who takes advantage of his good-natured meekness. At one point in Season Two, Mark manages to break up with his girlfriend and kick her out of his apartment, but he quickly becomes depressed and untethered without someone to tell him what to do. Mark has a hopeless crush on June and occasionally tries to approach her, but a combination of his girlfriend's emotional control and June's obliviousness always gets in his way. At one point, he and June admit their attraction to one another and attempt to hook up, only to learn that the two of them are completely sexually incompatible. Their lovemaking is so embarrassing that they vow to pretend it never happened in order to resume their previous friendship.
  • Ray Ford as Luther Wilson (season 2; recurring previously),[d] James Van Der Beek's fussy, effeminate personal assistant. He is extremely devoted to James and believes wholeheartedly in James' inevitable comeback. To that end he gladly micromanages James' life to the smallest detail, even as James takes advantage of him. Luther and Chloe have a rocky relationship: Luther feels Chloe's wild lifestyle and manipulations get in the way of James' career and tries to limit her access to him (and his checkbook), while Chloe finds Luther boring and uptight and resents when Luther keeps her from James. At one point, Chloe states that Luther is 78 years old and only retains his youthful appearance due to illegal panda-fat face cream; Luther does not deny either claim. Luther also demonstrates a stronger moral center than most of the main cast, leading him to become closer to June as the seasons progress.
  • 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. In spite of being a self-proclaimed pervert, Eli is hard-working and successful in his own limited field, often offers solid advice to June from his window across the alley, and is grateful for Chloe's casual lack of concern for his peeping-tom tendencies.
  • Liza Lapira as Robin (main cast season 1; recurring season 2),[e][3] one of Chloe's former roommates, who was swindled like the others and now lives in the apartment down the hall, where she tries to warn potential roommates "don't trust the bitch in apartment 23" before they make the same mistake. In spite of this, she is still obsessed with Chloe to the point of stalking her. Robin works as a nurse in a local hospital and is quite wealthy as she has no outside interests other than being near Chloe. To this end she is willing to participate in any schemes Chloe invites her into; she also secretly buys all Chloe's groceries and sneaks them into the apartment (June assumes Chloe buys them and Chloe does not bother finding out), delivers her mail, and pays for her cable and wifi.

Recurring cast[edit]

  • Tate Ellington as Steven, June's ex-fiancé.
  • 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.
  • Katherine Tokarz as Nicole, a nurse with whom Steven cheats on June.
  • Jennie Pierson as Pepper, June and Mark's socially awkward co-worker at the coffee shop.
  • Rosalind Chao as Pastor Jin, the pastor at the First Korean Baptist Church[4] where June attends worship services.
  • Teresa Huang as Hillary, June's co-worker at Harkin Financial.
  • Angelique Cabral as Fox Paris, June's rival at Harkin Financial.

Guest cast[edit]

  • Michael Landes as Scott, Chloe's father, who has a brief relationship with June.
  • Marin Hinkle as Karen, Chloe's paraplegic mother.
  • David Krumholtz as Patrick Kelly, the creator of the graphic novel Shitagi Nashi (Tall Slut, No Panties), based on Chloe.
  • Ben Lawson as Benjamin Lovett, an Australian director, who is friends with James and becomes a love interest for Chloe.
  • Keith Allan as Peter, an employee at People magazine.
  • Missi Pyle as Angie Beckencort, a lousy pro dancer who ends up paired with James on Dancing with the Stars.
  • Shanti Lowry as Valentina, James' upgraded Dancing with the Stars partner.
  • Jonny Cruz as James Martinez, June and Luther's yoga instructor.
  • Meg Chambers Steedle as Emily, a girl who briefly dates James.
  • Sarah Wright Olsen as Trish, Chloe's first New York roommate.
  • Meagen Fay as Katherine, James' mother.
  • Kerris Dorsey as Molly, playing Chloe's temporary foster daughter.

Special cameos[edit]

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

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.

On May 11, 2012, ABC renewed Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 for a second season.[17] The remaining six episodes of season one (with production codes beginning 1A in the table) aired as part of season two bringing the total to 19 episodes for the season.[16] ABC elected to air these episodes out of order, interspersing first and second-season episodes without regard to continuity. As a result, some multi-episode plot arcs (particularly James' appearance on Dancing with the Stars and June's travails at a new job outside the coffee shop) are almost incomprehensibly jumbled in the original broadcast order.

Ray Ford, who plays Luther, was promoted to a series regular for season two.[18] Liza Lapira was originally announced as having been demoted to a recurring role; ultimately she appeared in only one episode ("Dating Games...") that was produced for the second season.

Although series star Krysten Ritter originally stated in February 2013 that ABC was committed to airing the eight unaired episodes in the summer of 2013,[19] she later confirmed that the show would not return to ABC's schedule, but that all eight episodes would be made available on, iTunes and Hulu starting May 17, 2013.[20] The additional episodes have since been removed from Hulu, without announcement. It was later announced that the episodes would air on Logo TV Network in July 2014.[21]

ABC announced on January 22, 2013, that it was removing Don't Trust the B---- in Apartment 23 from its schedule immediately.[22] The next day, the cast of the show confirmed its cancellation.[23] On April 18, 2013, ABC announced that the remaining eight unaired episodes would be streamed online beginning May 17[24] and ending June 2[25].

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.[26]


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
17April 11, 2012 (2012-04-11)May 23, 2012 (2012-05-23)
219October 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)September 6, 2014 (2014-09-06)

Each episode is styled as " Apartment 23".

Season 1 (2012)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
11"Pilot"Jason WinerNahnatchka KhanApril 11, 2012 (2012-04-11)1ATF796.91[27]
Having moved from Indiana to New York City, June lands her dream job at a mortgage company and an apartment in Manhattan, while her fiancé Steven (Tate Ellington) finishes up his master's degree in Indiana. However, on her first day of the job, the company is shut down as the CEO is arrested for embezzlement, causing June to lose both her job and her apartment. She then meets and is instantly taken with a fun, vivacious, and seemingly perfect roommate named Chloe, who is close friends with James Van Der Beek. June decides that she wants to move in, but Chloe soon reveals her true intentions as she plots to scam June out of her rent money. June retaliates by selling all of Chloe's stuff. Steven arrives for June's birthday and Chloe is instantly suspicious of him. She learns that Steven is cheating on June with multiple women. She tries to tell June, who automatically thinks it is a ploy to get her to leave the apartment. Chloe decides to seduce Steven. After getting caught having sex with Steven on June's birthday cake, Chloe explains to June that she only did it to prove he was a cheater. Although sad, June thanks Chloe for helping her learn about Steven before she might have married him. They bond and discover the beginning of an unusual friendship.
22"Daddy's Girl..."Michael SpillerNahnatchka KhanApril 18, 2012 (2012-04-18)1ATF016.43[28]
Following June's breakup with Steven, Chloe sets her up with a guy she believes is perfect for her, Scott (Michael Landes). The two hit it off, until June finds out Scott is Chloe's father, whom she claims is separated from her mother. Things get even more complicated when Chloe's wheelchair-bound mother (Marin Hinkle) stops by in distress suspecting that her husband is cheating on her. Meanwhile, James teaches an acting class at New York University, but he is unable to get his students interested in anything other than his Dawson's Creek days.
33"Parent Trap..."Chris KochSally Bradford McKennaApril 25, 2012 (2012-04-25)1ATF094.91[29]
When June—who is juggling an unpaid internship with her job at the coffee shop—accuses Chloe of being selfish and irresponsible, Chloe adopts a foster daughter (Kerris Dorsey) and hires her as her personal assistant. James lands a role in a film opposite Mad Men child star Kiernan Shipka.
44"The Wedding..."Chris KochCasey Johnson and David WindsorMay 2, 2012 (2012-05-02)1ATF045.73[30]
June is depressed when she receives a wedding invitation addressed to her and her ex-fiancé Steven. Chloe decides to take June around the city and teach her how to be confident. However, Chloe becomes jealous over the budding friendship between June and James.
55"Making Rent..."Michael SpillerCorey NickersonMay 9, 2012 (2012-05-09)1ATF035.69[31]
After June catches Chloe pulling her roommate scam again, both women try to find alternative ways of making the rent. James launches a new line of super-skinny jeans named Beek Jeans.
66"It's Just Sex..."Nanette BursteinBilly FinneganMay 16, 2012 (2012-05-16)1ATF074.73[32]
Chloe encourages June to have casual sex with the coffee-shop customer (Hartley Sawyer) she is attracted to. However, once the guy becomes emotionally attached to June, Chloe insists that she breaks up with him. James freaks out when a copy of an old sex tape of him and Chloe falls into the hands of a porn distributor.
77"Shitagi Nashi..."Wendey StanzlerCasey Johnson and David WindsorMay 23, 2012 (2012-05-23)1ATF105.60[33]
June struggles to keep up with Chloe's fast-paced lifestyle, ending up in the hospital with alcohol poisoning. She also discovers that Chloe is the subject of a graphic novel called Tall Slut, No Panties, which is popular in Japan. James is upset when he learns that Dean Cain has a bigger dressing room when both compete on Dancing with the Stars.

Season 2 (2012–14)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
US viewers
81"A Reunion..."Wendey StanzlerNahnatchka KhanOctober 23, 2012 (2012-10-23)2ATF014.20[34]
When James receives a letter from cast members of Dawson's Creek urging him to take part in a reunion episode to mark the 10th anniversary of the series finale, June sets out to make the reunion episode happen. However, Chloe reveals to June that she is the one who has been sending him fake letters every year. After Chloe confesses everything to James, he decides to go forward with the reunion and calls his former castmates, only to learn that they all hate him because of something he did when the show ended. Busy Philipps and Mark-Paul Gosselaar guest star as fictionalized versions of themselves.
92"Love and Monsters..."Victor Nelli, Jr.Sally Bradford McKennaOctober 30, 2012 (2012-10-30)2ATF033.25[35]
James, who is terrified of Halloween, throws his annual "positivity party" on Halloween. June finds out that Chloe is dating a man named Benjamin (Ben Lawson) and is happy to see her friend in a real relationship, until she learns that he is the latest victim of Chloe's annual Halloween prank, in which she makes a person's deepest fears come true. Chloe plans to make Benjamin think of her as his mother, who left when he was seven, before breaking up with him. Benjamin reveals that he got wind of her prank through James, and has been pulling the same trick on her by having her live her life as if it were a chick flick.
103"Sexy People..."Lev L. SpiroCorey NickersonNovember 13, 2012 (2012-11-13)2ATF043.10[36]
June awaits the announcement of People magazine's "Sexiest Man Alive" list. When she says that James is not sexy enough to make the cut, Chloe accuses June of herd mentality, saying she will admire whoever makes the cover. To prove her point, Chloe takes over People's office by pretending to be the new managing editor and puts James on the cover, prompting June to see him in a new light.
114"It's a Miracle..."Rebecca AsherCasey Johnson and David WindsorNovember 20, 2012 (2012-11-20)2ATF022.99[37]
Chloe and June have different thoughts about Thanksgiving. Since June cannot afford to fly home for Thanksgiving, Chloe persuades her to come to her parents' house for Thanksgiving, but June begins to feel uncomfortable. Meanwhile, James volunteers at an exclusive celebrity soup kitchen in order to get publicity, but he is unpleasantly surprised when he and Luther get roped into actually working.
125"Whatever It Takes..."Henry ChanDavid HemingsonDecember 4, 2012 (2012-12-04)1ATF062.98[38]
Chloe teaches June to how to network by going drinking in the financial district, but when Chloe lands herself a hot young broker whose father is a Wall Street mogul, she also lands June a dream job offer, although there are strings attached and June must make a tough decision. Meanwhile, James is worried when he is paired with the worst pro dancer for Dancing with the Stars.
136"Bar Lies..."Aundre JohnsonLaura McCrearyDecember 11, 2012 (2012-12-11)1ATF112.49[39]
James and Luther go to Los Angeles for the season premiere for Dancing with the Stars. Chloe takes advantage of James' empty penthouse for one of her money-making scams.
147"A Weekend in the Hamptons..."David HemingsonBilly FinneganDecember 18, 2012 (2012-12-18)1ATF122.53[40]
Since June is anxiously awaiting news on a potential job interview and James is still upset over his Dancing with the Stars fiasco, Chloe decides to take everyone along on a weekend getaway to the Hamptons, where she plans to gatecrash the party of the year and hook up with its elusive host.
158"Paris..."Jeffrey WalkerLaura McCrearyJanuary 6, 2013 (2013-01-06)2ATF052.21[41]
June is nervous and excited about starting her new job at Harkin Financial. She befriends a seemingly nice co-worker, Fox Paris (Angelique Cabral), but Chloe warns June that she might be a backstabber. Chloe's suspicions soon prove true, and though she initially offers to help June take down Fox, Chloe and Fox end up becoming friends, much to June's dismay. Meanwhile, Mark goes to James for advice on his newfound feelings for June.
169"The Scarlet Neighbor..."Wendey StanzlerLaura McCrearyJanuary 8, 2013 (2013-01-08)1ATF053.11[42]
Chloe and June attend their first tenants' meeting after a new family moves into the building, but Chloe ends up making a scene and sparking outrage among the other residents. June becomes determined to clean up Chloe's act, encouraging her to start dating appropriate guys. However, things backfire when Chloe decides to set her sights on Mark, which is then further complicated by James' attempt to sabotage June's virtuous efforts.
1710"Mean Girls..."Chris KochSally Bradford McKennaJanuary 13, 2013 (2013-01-13)1ATF021.76[43]
When Chloe resists June's efforts to bond with her, June befriends a group of girls from her Pilates class who are the epitome of what Chloe detests. Meanwhile, James decides it is time to beef up his public image and signs up to mentor an underprivileged child.
1811"Dating Games..."Gail MancusoErik DurbinJanuary 15, 2013 (2013-01-15)2ATF082.73[44]
June and Mark are obsessed with a reality dating show, and Chloe encourages June to go out and get an actual date. However, when Chloe and June both end up asking out a man named Daniel (Kyle Howard), they get sucked into their very own dating game, with James orchestrating various challenges as the girls compete for Daniel's affections.
1912"The Leak..."Michael SpillerTina KilMarch 25, 2013 (2013-03-25) (AUS)
July 19, 2014 (U.S.)
James focuses all his attention on training for his appearance on Dancing with the Stars. When Luther is tasked with keeping James on a strict regimen, a jealous Chloe attempts to sabotage their efforts as she thinks James should not get stressed out. To make matters worse, an embarrassing photo of James suddenly leaks all over the Internet.
2013"Monday June..."Fred GossDavid HemingsonApril 1, 2013 (2013-04-01) (AUS)
July 26, 2014 (U.S.)
June has been so overwhelmed with work that she has no time for anything else, including Chloe. In order to solve this, Chloe decides to slip June an herbal relaxant, causing June to black out for two days. As she tries to piece together what happened, June discovers some surprising things about herself. Meanwhile, James grapples with the idea that he may have impregnated June's friend, Crissy (Nora Kirkpatrick), on her wedding day.
2114"Teddy Trouble..."Gail MancusoBilly FinneganApril 8, 2013 (2013-04-08) (AUS)
August 2, 2014 (U.S.)
Chloe and June get a surprise visit from Teddy (Michael Stahl-David), Chloe's childhood friend from psychopath camp, who visits her every year when he goes off his medications. Chloe intends to use her mentally unstable friend to her advantage against vicious, out-of-town women in order to pick up a bargain at a department store's annual warehouse sale. However, Chloe finds herself increasingly distracted by the return of Benjamin, whom June insists is Chloe's true love. Meanwhile, James is devastated when he finds out that his Beek Jeans were overstocked and ended up relegated to the chill-out corner at the sale where no one is buying them.
2215"The D..."
"Making the Grade..."
Jeffrey WalkerJeff Chiang and Eric ZiobrowskiApril 15, 2013 (2013-04-15) (AUS)
August 9, 2014 (U.S.)
June receives her one-year roommate evaluation from Chloe, in which she is shocked to learn that she has been given a D. After June realizes her low grade may have something to do with her poor dating record, Luther sets her up with James' agent's assistant, Will (Nicholas D'Agosto). The two hit it off, but their dates are constantly interrupted by phone calls from one of Will's clients, a demanding novelist who treats him like an errand boy. Meanwhile, James struggles with his audition for a new Woody Allen film.
2316"The Seven Year Bitch..."Stuart BassTina KilApril 22, 2013 (2013-04-22) (AUS)
August 16, 2014 (U.S.)
James invites Chloe and June out to dinner to meet the girl he has been dating, Emily (Meg Chambers Steedle). Chloe decides to use her veto power over Emily, forcing James to break up with her. However, she later finds out that James has been secretly continuing to date Emily, prompting Chloe to take a break from their seven-year friendship. June and Luther realize that they must reunite Chloe and James after their time apart leads to disastrous consequences.
2417"Using People..."Michael McDonaldSally Bradford McKennaApril 29, 2013 (2013-04-29) (AUS)
August 23, 2014 (U.S.)
June is shocked to discover that Chloe has been attending Alcoholics Anonymous meetings in order to share her crazy partying stories, while stealing alcohol from the recovering addicts. Pepper sets Mark up on a date with one of her friends, and June struggles to hide her jealousy. Chloe accuses June of using Mark by having him do favors while knowing he likes her. After Mark admits to June that he has feelings for her, they decide to have sex, but it turns out to be awful. Meanwhile, James learns that he is on the short list for a Martin Scorsese film, though Scorsese does consider him deep enough for the role.
2518"Ocupado..."David HemingsonCasey Johnson and David WindsorMay 6, 2013 (2013-05-06) (AUS)
August 30, 2014 (U.S.)
Chloe is excited about spending time with Benjamin, who is going to be in town to direct James in a sunglasses commercial. Chloe and Benjamin bond over the fact that they are both dating other people, though Chloe later becomes uncharacteristically jealous when she discovers that she is not the number-one girl in Benjamin's dating cycle.
2619"Original Bitch..."Nahnatchka KhanCorey NickersonMay 13, 2013 (2013-05-13) (AUS)
September 6, 2014 (U.S.)
In the series finale, Chloe hires a private investigator to track down her first New York roommate, Trish (Sarah Wright Olsen), who Chloe has been seeking revenge on since she stole her dream of becoming a dancer on a popular dance television show years ago. When they discover that Trish has died, Chloe cannot let go of her plans of vengeance and it begins to haunt her dreams. During Chloe's dream, she must complete challenges in order to reach her goal and overthrow Trish as the top dancer on the show, while also learning that she needs to trust June as her friend. Meanwhile, James learns that his father is not his biological father.


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 [45]
Australia Arena September 3, 2012 [46]
Canada City April 11, 2012 [47][48]
New Zealand Four October 9, 2012 [49]
South Africa MNET Series June 4, 2013 [50]
United Kingdom & Ireland E4 May 24, 2012 [51]
Ireland RTÉ Two November 8, 2012 [52]


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.[53] The series received positive reviews from critics, with many critics praising Ritter for her performance in what could be called her first "leading role".[54][55] The first season getting a score of 71 on Metacritic based on 29 critics.[56] 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."[57]


Season Timeslot (ET) Episodes First aired Last aired TV season Rank Avg. viewers
Date Viewers
Date Viewers
1 Wednesday 9:30 p.m. 7 April 11, 2012 6.91[58] May 23, 2012 5.60[33] 2011–12 89[59] 6.37[59]
2 Tuesday 9:30 p.m. (1–7, 9, 11)
Sunday 10:30 p.m. (8, 10)
19 October 23, 2012 4.20[34] January 15, 2013 2.73[44] 2012–13 125[60] 3.82[60]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Year Award Category Recipients Result Ref.
2012 Teen Choice Awards Choice TV: Breakout Performance – Female Dreama Walker Nominated [61]
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 [62]
Best Performance in a TV Series – Guest Starring Young Actress Ten and Under Danielle Parker Nominated


  1. ^ a b Licht and Cassidy only composed music for the pilot episode.
  2. ^ Weis only composed music for the pilot episode and the second episode after.
  3. ^ Rebhun only composed music for the second episode of season 1.
  4. ^ 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.
  5. ^ 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; ultimately she appeared in only one episode that was produced for the second season.


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