When Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer), two young attorneys with a no-holds-barred courtroom style, are hired by Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell), life at his buttoned-down law firm will never be the same. Working with their equally oddball staff - researcher Pindar Singh (Kumail Nanjiani) and paralegal Carmen Phillips (Dana Davis) - Franklin and Bash shake things up at the firm with their audacious tactics and immediately find an enemy in its star lawyer, Infeld's nephew Damien Karp (Reed Diamond). While the sexual tension between Jared and senior partner Hanna Linden (Garcelle Beauvais) boils over as Peter is breaking up with his longtime girlfriend, prosecutor Janie Ross (Claire Coffee), they continue fighting for the underdogs and ne'er-do-wells as they learn to swim with the sharks in the world of high stakes corporate law.
Peter Bash (Mark-Paul Gosselaar) and Jared Franklin (Breckin Meyer) are young, fly-by-the-seat-of-their-pants lawyers and partners in the law firm Franklin & Bash. Their nontraditional approach to the legal profession keeps things interesting in the office and the courtroom. The duo’s use of questionable legal tactics draws the attention of Stanton Infeld (Malcolm McDowell), partner of the prominent law firm of Infeld Daniels. He makes an offer for them to work for him with a promise of certain creative liberty. With work and play frequently intermingling, days and nights are anything but traditional when spending time with Franklin & Bash.
Franklin and Bash defend a woman (guest star Natalie Zea) charged with murdering her husband with sex. Sensing that either the judge or the jury is in on the take, the guys use unorthodox tactics to get justice for their client.
A plain jane woman who believes she was wrongly let go from her job at a men's magazine for being too good-looking comes to Infeld Daniels looking for legal representation. Meanwhile, the man-cave's overwhelming technology causes the server to crash, leaving everyone disconnected from their respective gadgets.
Peter represents Jared's old frenemy in a legal dilemma. With things never what they seem to be, the guys begin to see their client a different way. Jared is also asked to run lead on a divorce case when it becomes clear Karp and Hanna's history prevents them from working together.
A family is torn as one side sues the other over a priceless 1988 home-run baseball in a case that pits Jared against his own father (guest star Beau Bridges). Meanwhile, Peter works with Hanna on defending a reality television father (guest star Tom Arnold) who is affectionately known as the "Douchey Dad." And Karp comes to Pindar for help on a top-secret project involving a compromising video.
When a wealthy CEO (guest star Jason Alexander) expresses interest in putting Franklin and Bash on retainer, the guys think they have hit the jackpot. However, the CEO's questionable and unethical behavior could potentially land the lawyers in hot water. Meanwhile, Karp and Hanna seek Pindar's assistance in landing a new client.
Peter and Jared represent two pole-dancing instructors who are charged with stealing from their clients. But the case soon creates tensions in their friendship. Meanwhile, Karp and Hanna defend a teenage boy who wants to kayak the Amazon solo against his father's wishes.
Fed up with the Franklin and Bash's courtroom antics, a judge (guest star Kathy Najimy) places them on 72-hour house arrest. A visit from Infeld's niece creates chaos and tension when she faces an unsympathetic judge (guest star Tommy Chong) on a charge of possessing marijuana. And the emergence of Carmen's ex-con boyfriend places her in legal jeopardy, forcing Pindar to serve as her legal council with an unorthodox defense claim.
Following the events of his bachelor party, Janie's fiancée (guest star James Van Der Beek) finds himself seeking the legal counsel of Peter Bash to get out of a precarious legal snafu. Jared heads back to his high school alma mater for a case involving a teacher charged with sleeping with her underaged student.
When Stanton Infeld is charged with murder, he personally selects Franklin and Bash to lead the defense, working with a high-profile attorney (guest star Tricia Helfer) from the firm's New York office. When it appears the trial could be sabotaged, Damien decides to put his political career on the line to defend his uncle. Meanwhile, Hanna represents a wrestler (guest star, Danny Trejo) being forced out by his employer for being too old.