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Benders (TV series)

Genre Sitcom
Created by Tom Sellitti
Jim Serpico
Starring Chris Distefano
Steve Schirripa
Steve Greenstein
Andrew Schulz
Lindsey Broad
Mark Gessner
Ruy Iskandar
Opening theme "You Gotta Teller" by Zeus
Composer(s) Anthony Roman & James "Mod" Asciutto
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 4
Executive producer(s) Denis Leary
Tom Sellitti
Jim Serpico
Producer(s) Tony Bidner
Editor(s) Elizabeth Merrick
Location(s) New York, New York
Cinematography Joe Kessler
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Apostle
Original channel IFC
Picture format 16:9 HDTV
Original release October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01) – present
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Benders is an American comedy series created by Tom Sellitti and Jim Serpico. On March 31, 2015, the series was ordered by IFC.[1] The series premiered on IFC on October 1, 2015.[2]


  • Premise 1
  • Cast 2
    • Main cast 2.1
    • Recurring cast 2.2
    • Notable guest stars 2.3
  • Episodes 3
  • References 4
  • External links 5


The series is centered on a group of guy friends whose lives revolve around their obsession for hockey. Even though they don't have the best skills, they have the passion to play in the local men's amateur hockey league. And they go through everyday life with problems that could impact their involvement on their team, "The Chubbys".


Main cast

Recurring cast

Notable guest stars


No.  Title  Directed by  Written by  Original air date  Production
U.S. viewers
1 "Choke" Jim Serpico Jim Serpico & Tom Sellitti October 1, 2015 (2015-10-01) 101 0.068[3]
After being on chemotherapy, Paul's grandfather wants to put an end to his misery and asks Paul to help him kill himself. Not only does this impact his involvement in the hockey team, but this put's Paul in a difficult situation. However, "pappy" makes Paul a tempting offer of getting $10,000 money from his life insurance policy. So Paul goes to his friend and teammate Anthony, who asks his uncle John if he "knows a guy" for taking care of the problem. Then Paul tells his wife Karen, who teaches him a rear-naked choke to put on him. At the last second, Pappy decides to go on living and tells the guys to live every moment like it's their last and do what they do best; "sucking at hockey".
2 "Wake 'Em Up" Richie Keen Jim Serpico & Tom Sellitti October 8, 2015 (2015-10-08) 102 0.077[4]
Paul agrees for Karen's cousin Brian Beale, who has cancer to play hockey with them, and his skills are horrible. However, the guys go to their favorite bar, Maggie Mae's and gets inspiration from their "Uncle Chubby's Brownie Sundae" for the new team name, ditching the previous name, the Bullets. But their momentum is stopped when Brian suddenly dies. And rival player Rajon Tucker tells them their play-off game is on the same day as the wake, so Paul tries to reschedule it with funeral home director Vito Gentile. In order to do so, Vito wants his logo as the team sponsor on their jerseys. Meanwhile, Karen shares Sebalos' questionable Asian joke with her Chinese acupuncturist, who drops her as a client.
Note: This episode was dedicated to the memory of the real Brian Beale (his photo appeared at the end).
3 "Prodigal Son" Tom Sellitti Jim O'Dotherty October 15, 2015 (2015-10-15) 103 0.065[5]
When Anthony joins the Dominicans team to play in a higher hockey division, along with playing for the Chubby's in D8, Paul, Sebalos, and Dickie decide to one-up Anthony by playing for a D7 Christian team. But in order to do so, they must clean up their act, quit drinking and attend their new team's bible study. This is the perfect excuse for Paul to sober up when Karen caught him "sleep pissing" on their bedroom wall after a night out at the bar. Meanwhile, Karen needs her own excuse to drink so she hosts a so-called book club. In the end, Anthony has to quit his team because his teammates are using him for free labor, causing the rest of the guys to quit Team Jesus and sobriety.
4 "Fight Club" Michael Blieden Frank Sebastiano October 22, 2015 (2015-10-22) 104 0.072[6]
Paul and Karen have to take a few sick days at home after they both get chicken pox. However, Anthony, Sebalos and Dickie contract the sickness themselves and decide to crash their "pox party", causing them not to get any rest from the guys' recklessness. But at least the Chubbys are on a winning streak in their absences. To make matters worse, Paul and Karen's upstairs neighbor, Brock has started running on his treadmill every late night, disrupting their sleep. So the guys teach Paul how to deal with him by showing him how to fight. But there's no need since Paul and his neighbor end up making amends by sharing diet and exercising techniques while eating and watching TV on the couch.
5 "The Sport of Kings"[7] October 29, 2015 (2015-10-29) 105
6 "Secrets and Lies"[8] November 5, 2015 (2015-11-05) 106
7 "Nice Day For a Boat Ride"[8] November 12, 2015 (2015-11-12) 107
8 "California Here We Come"[8] November 19, 2015 (2015-11-19) 108


  1. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (2015-03-31). "Hockey Comedy ‘Benders’ From Gets IFC Series Order". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  2. ^ Petski, Denise (2015-06-09). "IFC’s Hockey Comedy ‘Benders’ Sets Cast". Deadline. Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  3. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 2, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Update:10.1.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 2, 2015. 
  4. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 9, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Update:10.8.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 9, 2015. 
  5. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 16, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Update: 10.15.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 16, 2015. 
  6. ^ Metcalf, Mitch (October 23, 2015). "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 100 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Update: 10.22.2015". Showbuzzdaily. Retrieved October 23, 2015. 
  7. ^ "Shows A-Z - benders on ifc". Retrieved 2015-10-04. 
  8. ^ a b c "Episode Guide Season 1". IFC. Retrieved October 19, 2015. 

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