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Genre Comedy
Created by
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 6
Executive producer(s)
  • Michaela Watkins
  • Damon Jones
  • John Enbom
  • Mark Gordon
  • Andrea Shay
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) ABC Signature
The Mark Gordon Company
Original channel USA Network
Picture format
Original run October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28) – present
External links
Official website

Benched is an American single-camera comedy television series, created by Michaela Watkins and Damon Jones,[1] 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.[2]



  • Maria Bamford as Cheryl, one of Nina's colleagues. Described as "useless and empathetic" and the "comic relief" of the office.[6]
  • Jack McGee as Burt, Nina's boss at the public defender's office.
  • Fred Melamed as Judge Don Nelson, the impatient judge who usually has it out for Nina.
  • Cedric Yarbough as Morris, the by-the-books bailiff in Judge Nelson's courtroom.
  • Peter Spruyt as Boring Larry

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.[7] On January 24, 2014, a 12-episode first season was ordered, with Jay Harrington joining the series.[8]

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.[3] Shortly afterwards, Jolene Purdy was cast in the series regular role of Micah, an intern in the Public Defender's Office.[4] Carter MacIntyre was the last actor to join in the series regular role of Trent, Nina's former fiancée and professional nemesis.[5]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Michael Fresco Michaela Watkins & Damon Jones October 28, 2014 (2014-10-28) 0.87[9]
2 "Downsizing" Claire Scanlon Andy Berman November 4, 2014 (2014-11-04) 0.98[10]
3 "Hooked & Booked" Claire Scanlon Lindsey Shockley November 11, 2014 (2014-11-11) 0.77[11]
4 "Sell It" Victor Nelli, Jr. Damon Jones & Michaela Watkins November 18, 2014 (2014-11-18) 0.75[12]
5 "Shark, Actually" Tristram Shapeero Joanna Calo November 25, 2014 (2014-11-25) 0.78[13]
6 "Rights & Wrongs" Victor Nelli, Jr. John Enbom December 2, 2014 (2014-12-02) 0.93[14]
7 "Curry Favor"[15] December 9, 2014 (2014-12-09)
8 "Diamond Is a Girl's Worst Friend"[15] December 16, 2014 (2014-12-16)
9 "A New Development"[15]
10 "Solitary Refinement"[15]
11 "Campaign Contributions"[15]
12 "Brief Encounters"[15]


  1. ^ a b c "Benched"USA Network Picks-Up Half Hour Original Comedy Series (Press release). USA Network. 24 January 2014. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  2. ^ "USA Network to Premiere Original Comedy Series "Benched" on Tuesday, October 28th". The Futon Critic. September 22, 2014. Retrieved October 7, 2014. 
  3. ^ a b Andreeva, Nellie (12 February 2014). As Regular"Benched"The Office’s Oscar Nuñez Joins New USA Comedy Series .  
  4. ^ a b "'"Jolene Purdy Joins News USA Network Comedy 'Benched.  
  5. ^ a b "USA's Eliza Coupe Comedy 'Benched' Books Carter MacIntyre".  
  6. ^
  7. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (23 October 2013). "USA Orders Comedy Presentation Starring Eliza Coupe & Produced By ABC Signature". Deadline. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  8. ^ Ausiello, Michael (24 January 2014). "Benched"USA Network Picks Up Eliza Coupe-Jay Harrington Courtroom Comedy . TVLine. Retrieved 19 February 2014. 
  9. ^ "Tuesday Cable Ratings:'Sons of Anarchy' Wins Night, '19 Kids & Counting', 'Ink Master', 'Face Off', 'Awkward' & More". TV by the Numbers. October 29, 2014. Retrieved October 30, 2014. 
  10. ^ "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Sons of Anarchy' Tops Night + '19 Kids and Counting', Election Coverage & More". TV by the Numbers. November 5, 2014. Retrieved November 12, 2014. 
  11. ^ "Tuesday Final Nationals: 'The Voice' and 'Chicago Fire' Lift NBC to Win Among Adults 18-49 - TV Media Insights - TV Ratings & News - Network TV Show Reviews and Daily Ratings". TV Media Insights. November 12, 2014. Retrieved November 14, 2014. 
  12. ^ "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Sons of Anarchy' Tops Night + College Basketball, 'Anarchy Afterword', 'The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' & More". TV by the Numbers. November 19, 2014. Retrieved November 19, 2014. 
  13. ^ "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Curse of Oak Island' Wins Night, 'Ink Master', 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills', 'Bad Girls Club', 'Awkward', 'Faking It' & More". TV by the Numbers. November 26, 2014. Retrieved November 30, 2014. 
  14. ^ "Tuesday Cable Ratings: 'Sons of Anarchy' Tops Night + 'Anarchy Afterword', 'Moonshiners', 'Real Housewives of Beverly Hills' & More". TV by the Numbers. December 3, 2014. Retrieved December 4, 2014. 
  15. ^ a b c d e f "Benched - Episode Guide for Season 1". Retrieved October 29, 2014. 

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