"Benders" follows several friends bonded by an irrational obsession for their beer-swilling amateur hockey league. Their skills may be limited but their passion is not, as evidenced by the chaos hockey creates in their everyday lives. This isn't fast-paced, brawler-style hockey. It's the slow motion, falling-down version.
There's a lot of dudes-being-dudes banter, without any "Bro is me" self-pity that sometimes can bog the genre down. Led by Chris Distefano, Mark Gessner, Ruy Iskandar and Andrew Schulz, the cast has an easy rapport that carries Benders along even if, after three episodes, I can't quite isolate distinguishing characteristics for all of the guys.The Hollywood Reporter Full Review
Benders feels similar in its comedy style to all the Leary shows that have come before.Pittsburgh Post-Gazette Full Review
There’s nothing in the early episodes of Benders that’s as explosively funny as any random 10 minutes of “Louie” or “Curb.” But it can impart a sort of calming buzz--if you lower your expectations for laughs in the same way that the show diminishes expectations that its characters will achieve any kind of triumph.The New York Times Full Review
Benders is produced by Denis Leary and his type of humor is all over the show.The A.V. Club Full Review
The show stumbles with labored one-liners and too-zany situations. [2 Oct 2015, p.68]Entertainment Weekly Full Review
Despite the occasional funny line or absurd situation--such as Paul’s grandfather wanting his help in euthanizing him in the premiere--the show feels completely disposable.Variety Full Review
None of it is believable. If the show’s structure were obviously satirical, there would be credible room for over-the-top, but the show is meant as a straight-ahead sitcom, and the story lines all sound exactly like what a bunch of guys would come up with in a college dorm room, rank with the smell of soiled laundry, flatulence and pot-induced tall tales.San Francisco Chronicle Full Review