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16 September 1961 (USA) See more »
A Father-Son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day. Full summary »
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E.G. Marshall ... Lawrence Preston (132 episodes, 1961-1965)

Robert Reed ... Kenneth Preston (132 episodes, 1961-1965)

Series Directed by
Paul Bogart (20 episodes, 1961-1965)
Stuart Rosenberg (19 episodes, 1962-1964)
David Greene (13 episodes, 1962-1965)
Buzz Kulik (10 episodes, 1961-1964)
Don Richardson (6 episodes, 1961-1963)
Franklin J. Schaffner (6 episodes, 1961-1962)
Daniel Petrie (5 episodes, 1962-1965)
Charles S. Dubin (5 episodes, 1962-1964)
Alex March (5 episodes, 1962-1963)
Elliot Silverstein (4 episodes, 1962-1964)
John Brahm (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
Leonard Horn (3 episodes, 1964-1965)
Paul Stanley (2 episodes, 1961-1963)
Jack Smight (2 episodes, 1962)
Robert Butler (2 episodes, 1963-1965)
Philip Leacock (2 episodes, 1964)
Paul Sylbert (2 episodes, 1964)
William Ball (2 episodes, 1965)
Robert Stevens (2 episodes, 1965)
Series Writing credits
Reginald Rose (132 episodes, 1961-1965)
David Karp (11 episodes, 1962-1965)
William Woolfolk (10 episodes, 1962-1965)
Ernest Kinoy (9 episodes, 1961-1964)
Larry Cohen (9 episodes, 1963-1965)
Stanley R. Greenberg (8 episodes, 1962-1965)
Roger H. Lewis (7 episodes, 1963-1965)
Robert J. Crean (6 episodes, 1961-1965)
David Shaw (4 episodes, 1961-1965)
Max Ehrlich (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Robert Thom (4 episodes, 1961-1962)
Edward DeBlasio (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Ellen M. Violett (4 episodes, 1964-1965)
Alvin Boretz (3 episodes, 1961-1965)
Peter Stone (3 episodes, 1961-1962)
James Lee (3 episodes, 1962-1964)
Albert Ruben (3 episodes, 1964)
John Vlahos (2 episodes, 1961)
Charles Garment (2 episodes, 1962-1963)
Jerome Ross (2 episodes, 1962)
Ian McLellan Hunter (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
David W. Rintels (2 episodes, 1963-1964)
A.J. Russell (2 episodes, 1963)
Harold Gast (2 episodes, 1964-1965)

Series Produced by
Herbert Brodkin .... producer (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Bob Markell .... associate producer (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

George Justin .... producer (unknown episodes)
Series Cinematography by
Morris Hartzband (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Film Editing by
Arline Garson (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Casting by
Alixe Gordin (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Art Direction by
Willard Levitas (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

Edgar Lansbury (unknown episodes)
Series Costume Design by
Mary Merrill (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Makeup Department
John Jiras .... makeup artist (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Production Management
M. Clay Adams .... production manager / director of production operations (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Kenneth Utt .... production manager (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

David Golden .... production manager (unknown episodes)
Hal Schaffel .... production supervisor (unknown episodes)
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Joel Glickman .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Richard Moses .... assistant director (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

Arthur Steckler .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Series Art Department
Bob Coleman .... set dresser (1 episode, 1962)
Harry Wolf .... property master (1 episode, 1962)
Series Sound Department
Al Gramaglia .... sound re-recording mixer / sound mixer (132 episodes, 1961-1965)
Arthur Bloom .... boom operator (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Jack C. Jacobsen .... sound engineer / sound mixer (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
James Perdue .... studio recordist (10 episodes, 1964)
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Felix Trimboli .... camera operator (32 episodes, 1961-1962)

Howard Block .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Bea Leon .... wardrobe supervisor (1 episode, 1962)
Series Editorial Department
Sidney Katz .... supervising film editor (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Irving Rathner .... negative cutter (32 episodes, 1961-1962)
Series Music Department
Leonard Rosenman .... composer: theme music (132 episodes, 1961-1965)
Series Other crew
Dorothy Weshner Kanzer .... script supervisor (1 episode, 1962)
Jerome Leitner .... technical consultant (1 episode, 1962)
William Woolfolk .... script editor (1 episode, 1962)

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60 min (132 episodes)
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The characters first appeared in an episode of "Studio One in Hollywood" (1948), when they were played by Ralph Bellamy and William Shatner.See more »
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The Defenders: The reason I became a lawyer, 14 March 2008
Author: nandue0929 from United States

This landmark TV series (1961-65) was years ahead of its time. It correlated many contemporary stories from the headlines and did so with uncompromising depth. The protagonist attorneys (The late E.G. Marshall, Robert Reed) lost nearly as many cases as they won, because the series focused on controversial social issues where there were no easy answers or solutions. This was reflected in the outcome of some episodes. The issues included abortion; euthanasia; capital punishment; censorship; blacklisting; criminal insanity; Nazis; cannibalism; and a variation of what is currently called "road rage." The first listed, "The Benefactor," was a compelling episode about abortion, years before it was legal. The last, "Death On Wheels," involved an enraged motorist who accidentally killed a pedestrian after a heated argument with his wife. A shocking case was the one about cannibalism. Two men were accused of murdering and literally devouring another man when they were all cast adrift in a lifeboat in the ocean. An unusual episode, "Mind Over Murder" involved a clairvoyant accused of murder based on ESP. The defendant's background was loosely parallel to the late psychic, Peter Hurkos.

The Defenders theme song coupled with an aerial view of the courthouses in Foley Square, New York City, were presented with the onset of each episode. Immediately before the theme, the viewer saw the actual crime being committed when possible, which was graphically realistic and sometimes unnerving. The lawyers then often interviewed their clients in a simulated version of "The Tombs," an archaic NYC jail. The late E.G. Marshall portrayed the lead attorney, Lawrence Preston, with flawless acting that was in a class by itself. Indeed, he was so convincing that it was difficult for me to think of him thereafter as anyone else. The style and integrity he displayed in The Defenders inspired my interest in the law and was one of the initial reasons I became a lawyer.

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