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Owen Marshall, Counselor at Law 

In a small California town, attorney Owen Marshall, assisted by several different younger lawyers, defends clients with great compassion for the accused.




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Complete series cast summary:
Arthur Hill ...  Owen Marshall 70 episodes, 1971-1974
Joan Darling ...  Frieda Krause 70 episodes, 1971-1974
Lee Majors ...  Jess Brandon 53 episodes, 1971-1974


In a small California town, attorney Owen Marshall, assisted by several different younger lawyers, defends clients with great compassion for the accused. Written by Ed Stephan <stephan@cc.wwu.edu>

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Interestingly, Arthur Hill was studying to become a lawyer in his native Canada before he decided to become an actor. See more »


Referenced in The Brady Bunch: The Fender Benders (1972) See more »

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A Classic Early '70s Courtroom Series . . . .
8 January 2020 | by sundayatduskSee all my reviews

In Santa Barbara, which is not exactly a "small town" in California, Owen Marshall defended those in need of an attorney. Like many TV men of his time, he was widowed. Why, where he was concerned, is a bit confusing since Arthur Hill wasn't exactly a romantic type figure. He had a teenage daughter, but she was a very minor character, and he was not a warm, fuzzy type of father, either. Joan Darling played his secretary Freida and was the "woman's voice" in the show.

His partners over the years were Lee Majors, David Soul and Reni Santoni. Lee Majors had the personality of a board, David Soul I can't even remember, but I do remember Reni Santoni. Pat Harrington played the D.A., and I always thought he was the best character on the show. My absolute favorite episode was the one about his family, where Norma Crane played his wife Marie. I would kill for a copy of that episode, but it doesn't look like the show is ever going to be put on DVD. You can't even stream it anywhere.

The topics of the shows were diverse, and some quite controversial for that time period. One memorable episode was a joint one with "Marcus Welby, M.D., where Dr. Kiley was being sued by Kim Darby, who said he was the father of his child. As a teenager, I watched the show every week, but really remember few of the episodes. That's another reason I would love to watch the series again, since it would be like watching new episodes.

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Release Date:

12 September 1971 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Owen Marshall - Strafverteidiger See more »

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Universal Television See more »
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(69 episodes)

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Color (Technicolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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