The Defenders (1961)

The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961–1965. It starred E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed as father-and-son defense attorneys who specialized in legally complex cases, with defendants such as neo-Nazis, conscientious objectors, civil rights demonstrators, a schoolteacher fired for being an atheist, an author accused of pornography, and a physician charged in a mercy killing. It was created by television writer Reginald Rose. The Museum of Broadcast Communications called it "perhaps the most socially conscious series the medium has ever seen", a show "singularly resonant with New Frontier liberalism." In 2002, The Defenders was ranked #31 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. and in 2013 TV Guide ranked it #8 in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time.

Writing:
  • David Karp
  • Reginald Rose
  • Robert Thom

Stars:
Release Date: 1961-09-16
Seasons: 1 2 3 4
Metacritic: 7.4/10
TMDb: 9/10
  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 60
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William Shatner
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Jean Stapleton
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Charlotte Rae
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Val Avery
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Martin Sheen
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Adam Novins
Jack Klugman
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Barbara Harris
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E.G. Marshall
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Lawrence Preston
Robert Reed
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Kenneth Preston
Joan Hackett
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Joan Miller
Robert Redford
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Gary Degan
James Noble
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Sylvia Sidney
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Adela Collins
Julie Newmar
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Conrad Bain
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Don Gordon
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Polly Rowles
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Ken Kercheval
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Jan Murray
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Geraldine Brooks
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Michael Higgins
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Loring Smith
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Paul Hartman
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Ward Costello
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