|Garcelle Beauvais as "Hannah Linden"|
I just watched my first episode and will be watching a lot more. It's a comical legal procedural which focuses on two highly unconventional lawyers, Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) and Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar). Sci-fi legend Malcolm McDowell also stars, alongside Reed Diamond and Kumail Nanjiani. In addition, two women star on the show, and both are beautiful Black women.
Garcelle Beauvais portrays Hannah Linden, a lawyer at the same firm as Franklin and Bash. From her character bio on the TNT website:
A longtime member of the Infeld Daniels team, Hanna Linden is a knockout lawyer in more ways than one. In the courtroom she is smart, polished, effective and nearly unbeatable. She brings in more clients and billable hours than anyone in the firm, including her ex-boyfriend, Karp (Reed Diamond's character). She also happens to be drop-dead gorgeous, a quality she uses to great effect.According to Wikipedia, Franklin has a crush on her.
|Dana Davis as "Carmen Phillips"|
Paralegal Carmen Phillips is the fire that keeps Peter and Jared going. She's a smart, tough private investigator and always willing to be candid. Although she often finds herself serving as den mother to the unruly organization, she couldn't imagine working anywhere else.I've only watched one episode so far, but here's the scoop. The show's been out for over a year and was renewed for a second season, yet I was the first person to ever hit the "Like" button on either of these characters' bio pages. Not a good start; not interested in seeing such a show with such potential for these two get axed simply because it conveniently flew under the radar.
So when you can, ladies, hit up TNT's Franklin & Bash Facebook page and flood it with thank you's and other expressions of appreciation for the casting and characterization of these two. Because it's one thing when the only woman on the show is a beautiful Black woman (think Uhura on Star Trek), it's another thing when both women on a show are smart, strong Black female characters.
To keep track of the show, visit its IMDB page, where it currently ranks 7.7 out of 10 stars.