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By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 14+

Strong female lead, adult humor in legal dramedy.

TV USA Comedy 2014
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The blueprints for BENCHED resemble those of a zillion other workplace/fish-out-of-water comedies, so this could have been just another bland and forgettable show. But Benched rises above its somewhat stale premise with bold, fresh writing and a cast with great comic timing, given lines with verve and crackle. Coupe is a sly and silly lead, able to walk the fine line of inhabiting a character audiences are supposed to love despite her many imperfections. She's a fine anchor to build the show around, particularly when the writing plays to her strengths: privileged-yet-frazzled line readings and goofy physical comedy, such as one gag where she has to climb over a locked office half-door in a pencil skirt and stilettos.

Female-led smash-hit shows such as Orange Is the New Black and Scandal show that there's an audience hungry for powerful, funny, complicated women. Nina Whitley is well set-up to be a fine example of this for the right audience.

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