The BEST episodes of Benched

Every episode of Benched ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Benched!

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.

Last Updated: 2/4/2024Network: USA NetworkStatus: Ended
Solitary Refinement
229 votes

#1 - Solitary Refinement

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/23/2014

An old friend asks Nina to set her up with Phil; Nina goes on an ill-fated double date.

Directors: Michael McDonald
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Campaign Contributions
185 votes

#2 - Campaign Contributions

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/30/2014

Phil is on the shortlist for Public Defender of the Year; Trent brings a young boy to court.

Directors: Eric Appel
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A New Development
228 votes

#3 - A New Development

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/23/2014

Nina discovers that Trent and the district attorney's office are involved in a plot.

Directors: Michael McDonald
Writer: Jim Cashman
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Brief Encounters
191 votes

#4 - Brief Encounters

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired 12/30/2014

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.

Directors: Eric Appel
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Sell It
258 votes

#5 - Sell It

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired 11/18/2014

Nina realizes she may need help influencing jurors; Phil and Trent face off.

Directors: Victor Nelli Jr.
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Curry Favor
219 votes

#6 - Curry Favor

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired 12/9/2014

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.

Directors: John Enbom
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Rights and Wrongs
275 votes

#7 - Rights and Wrongs

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 12/2/2014

Nina must accept that losing cases to Trent is a fact of life; Carlos gives up smoking, which worries the rest of the gang.

Directors: Victor Nelli Jr.
Writer: John Enbom
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411 votes

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/28/2014

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.

Directors: Michael Fresco
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Diamond Is a Girl's Worst Friend
240 votes

#9 - Diamond Is a Girl's Worst Friend

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired 12/16/2014

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.

Writer: Ben Smith
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Shark, Actually
280 votes

#10 - Shark, Actually

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired 11/25/2014

Nina worries that she is being played; a stenographer rejects Phil's advances.

Writer: Joanna Calo
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356 votes

#11 - Downsizing

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 11/4/2014

Nina attends a gala honoring public defenders; however, her former colleagues are unimpressed.

Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writer: Andy Berman
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Hooked & Booked
294 votes

#12 - Hooked & Booked

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired 11/11/2014

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.

Directors: Claire Scanlon
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