The BEST Episodes of Benched

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 29, 2019

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.

Rights and Wrongs

#1 - Rights and Wrongs

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 7.77
117 votes
Writers: John Enbom
Solitary Refinement

#2 - Solitary Refinement

Season 1 - Episode 10

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

star 7.68
95 votes
Writers: Jessica Conrad
Hooked & Booked

#3 - Hooked & Booked

Season 1 - Episode 3

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.

star 7.54
138 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Lindsey Shockley
Brief Encounters

#4 - Brief Encounters

Season 1 - Episode 12

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.

star 7.51
80 votes
Directors: Eric Appel
Writers: Andy Berman, Lindsey Shockley
Sell It

#5 - Sell It

Season 1 - Episode 4

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

star 7.48
128 votes
Writers: Damon Jones, Michaela Watkins
Curry Favor

#6 - Curry Favor

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 7.48
114 votes
Directors: John Enbom
Writers: Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones
Shark, Actually

#7 - Shark, Actually

Season 1 - Episode 5

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

star 7.48
124 votes
Writers: Joanna Calo

#8 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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.

star 7.40
177 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Michaela Watkins, Damon Jones
Diamond Is a Girl's Worst Friend

#9 - Diamond Is a Girl's Worst Friend

Season 1 - Episode 8

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.

star 7.33
104 votes
Writers: Ben Smith

#10 - Downsizing

Season 1 - Episode 2

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

star 7.29
149 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Andy Berman
A New Development

#11 - A New Development

Season 1 - Episode 9

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

star 7.27
92 votes
Writers: Jim Cashman
Campaign Contributions

#12 - Campaign Contributions

Season 1 - Episode 11

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

star 7.27
74 votes
Directors: Eric Appel
Writers: Ari Berkowitz, Scott Hanscom