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The Defenders 

A father and son lawyer duo take a variety of cases that often deal with the important issues of the day.

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Reginald Rose
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4   3   2   1  
1965   1964   1963   1962   1961  
Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 14 wins & 19 nominations. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
E.G. Marshall ...  Lawrence Preston 132 episodes, 1961-1965
Robert Reed ...  Kenneth Preston 132 episodes, 1961-1965
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Storyline

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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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

16 September 1961 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Los defensores See more »

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Runtime:

(132 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

The pilot has mostly the same plot as Season 1, Episode 3, episode three, "Death Across the Counter", but Lawrence is married to Frances (Meg Mundy) instead of being a widower. See more »

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Referenced in The Dick Van Dyke Show: Laura's Little Lie (1963) See more »

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Riveting Courtroom Drama at its best!!!
7 November 2000 | by raysondSee all my reviews

Even though it only ran between 1961-1965 on CBS,this was one of those shows that broke ever taboo with subjects that were too rowdy for television back then. This show was the forefront other successful courtroom shows to follow,even though it came out at the height of the Civil Rights Movement and the overall turbulance of the Vietnam War. Based on a Studio One play of the same title(which starred Ralph Bellamy and William Shatner) its premise was similiar to that of "Perry Mason",but with amazing results. E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed(long before he became one of the "Brady Bunch") were terrific as the father and son defense team who tackle issues head on in the courtroom and outside the premise as well. Great show!!!


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