The BEST Episodes of Benched

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 22, 2022

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.

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Solitary Refinement

#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.

star 7.66
235 votes
Writers: Jessica Conrad
Campaign Contributions

#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.

star 7.39
186 votes
Directors: Eric Appel
Writers: Ari Berkowitz, Scott Hanscom
A New Development

#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.

star 7.36
232 votes
Writers: Jim Cashman
Brief Encounters

#4 - 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.

star 7.25
193 votes
Directors: Eric Appel
Writers: Andy Berman, Lindsey Shockley
Sell It

#5 - Sell It

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 18, 2014

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

star 7.25
269 votes
Writers: Damon Jones, Michaela Watkins
Curry Favor

#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.

star 7.18
227 votes
Directors: John Enbom
Writers: Damon Jones, Michaela Watkins
Rights and Wrongs

#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.

star 7.17
285 votes
Writers: John Enbom

#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.

star 7.07
426 votes
Directors: Michael Fresco
Writers: Damon Jones, Michaela Watkins
Diamond Is a Girl's Worst Friend

#9 - 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.

star 7.07
245 votes
Writers: Ben Smith
Shark, Actually

#10 - Shark, Actually

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 25, 2014

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

star 7.06
293 votes
Writers: Joanna Calo

#11 - Downsizing

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 4, 2014

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

star 6.90
371 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Andy Berman
Hooked & Booked

#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.

star 6.64
307 votes
Directors: Claire Scanlon
Writers: Lindsey Shockley