A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »
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 Lawrence Preston (132 episodes, 1961-1965)
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 Kenneth Preston (132 episodes, 1961-1965)
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Recent law school graduate (Robert Reed) joins his father (E.G. Marshall) as the pair tackle challenging legal cases, often involving issues which were highly touchy for the times (abortion, euthanasia, "un-American" activities, movie censorship). In most the freshly minted lawyer has much to learn from his father's extensive legal experience. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Tense drama in and out of court in the noted series with E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed.

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16 September 1961 (USA)  »

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More than half of the actors who played jurors in 12 Angry Men (1957) have roles in the show.

In addition to series lead E.G. Marshall, Martin Balsam, Jack Klugman, Edward Binns, Joseph Sweeney, Ed Begley and Robert Webber all appear in multiple episodes, often as D.A.'s or judges. Furthermore, Ossie Davis appears in numerous episodes as D.A. Daniel Jackson. Ossie was also as a juror in the 1997 12 Angry Men television remake.

Series creator Reginald Rose was nominated for an Oscar for writing 12 Angry Men. See more »

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Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: You're Under Arrest (1965) See more »

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The Defenders
22 February 2006 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

There are heavy residuals on this great show, which I sure would like see again. Currently I have 32 stories, 29 of which are very good. If anyone has any episodes, please let met know. The ones I have are 30 listed "caseyguy", the Locked Room, and The Nonviolent. Of the remaining 100, I would like all but the the 2 part episode The 600 Year Old Gangm and Poltergest. Both of these were bad. Almost all of the old shows on video stores or cable were not worth watching even once. Somebody out there has the brainpower and pull to make them available to those willing to pay the price. This show caused you to think about conditions in your country. E.G. Marshall as excellent as were the frequent guest stars such as Frank Overton, Viveca Lindfors, Judson Laire, Jack Klugman, Harold Stone, Richard Kiley, Gene Hackmen, Edward Binns, Sylvia Sidney, Robert Webber, Malcom Atterberry, and others. This was the most socially conscious show ever.


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