The BEST Episodes of Benched
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: Feb 28, 2021
Network: USA Network
A single-camera courtroom comedy that focuses on Nina, a dedicated, career-driven corporate attorney who has a very public nervous breakdown after getting passed up for an expected promotion, and finds herself working as a public defender. Her personal and professional worlds are turned upside down when she joins the ranks of the legal world's underdogs and very quickly realizes that the law isn't quite as fair as she once thought. Nina's new colleague is Phil, a tall, dark and handsome, if not a little scruffy, public defender and avid gambler.
#1 - Solitary Refinement
Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 23, 2014
An old friend asks Nina to set her up with Phil; Nina goes on an ill-fated double date.
#2 - Campaign Contributions
Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 30, 2014
Phil is on the shortlist for Public Defender of the Year; Trent brings a young boy to court.
#3 - A New Development
Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 23, 2014
Nina discovers that Trent and the district attorney's office are involved in a plot.
#4 - Sell It
Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 2014
Nina realizes she may need help influencing jurors; Phil and Trent face off.
#5 - Brief Encounters
Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Dec 30, 2014
After secretly reuniting with Trent, Nina must make some hard choices. Meanwhile, Phil must look at his own relationships when Morris calls him out for being glib.
#6 - Curry Favor
Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 9, 2014
Nina makes friends with a spunky forensics analyst who takes the concept of loyalty a bit too seriously; Carlos gets worrisome glimpse into Phil's life.
#7 - Rights and Wrongs
Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 2, 2014
Nina must accept that losing cases to Trent is a fact of life; Carlos gives up smoking, which worries the rest of the gang.
#8 - Pilot
Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 28, 2014
Corporate lawyer Nina Whitley has given up a lot in her climb to the top. However, when she's passed over for a promotion and her former fiance gets engaged to another woman, Nina has an epic meltdown.
#9 - Shark, Actually
Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 25, 2014
Nina worries that she is being played; a stenographer rejects Phil's advances.
#10 - Diamond Is a Girl's Worst Friend
Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 16, 2014
Nina is assigned one of Phil's former defendants and lands herself in a bet with Phil. Meanwhile, Phil and Carlos decide to teach Micah a lesson.
#11 - Downsizing
Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 4, 2014
Nina attends a gala honoring public defenders; however, her former colleagues are unimpressed.
#12 - Hooked & Booked
Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 11, 2014
Phil tricks Nina into believing that all of the public defenders voluntarily go to jail to better understand their clients. She learns what lengths she'll go to be a part of the gang.