A flamboyant Shakespeare quoting New York Defense Attorney always seems to get into trouble.

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1966   1965  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. Another 1 win. See more awards »

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 Daniel O'Brien (22 episodes, 1965-1966)
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18 September 1965 (USA)  »

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Great TV series
25 November 2004 | by (Canberra, Australia) – See all my reviews

I remember liking "The Trials of O'Brien" a lot. It wasn't like any other cop show or lawyer show of that time... an unusual mix of the comically absurd and serious drama. Unlike Perry Mason who always stayed within the law (even when it appeared that he hadn't for most of the episode), O'Brien was known to have "bent the truth a little" to make sure his client got a "fair go".

The 90 min (?) O'Brien TV movie, "Too Many Thieves", sometimes appears on the Showtime channel (in America). This movie is an edited version of the two part story "the Greatest Game"...but it really isn't typical of the rest of the series...eg. the Ex-Mrs O'Brien makes only a very brief appearance in it and I can't remember seeing "the Great MacGonigal" at all. Instead the movie is about a jewel heist and O'Brien trying to stop the baddies killing the heroine (Britt Eklund).

Like other fans, I hope the other episodes in this short-lived series will some day be shown again on TV.


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