The Defenders

The Defenders

Sep. 16, 1961
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E.G. Marshall isLawrence Preston
Lawrence Preston
Robert Reed isKenneth Preston
Kenneth Preston
Joan Hackett isJoan Miller
Joan Miller
Polly Rowles isHelen Donaldson
Helen Donaldson
Robert Redford isGary Degan
Gary Degan

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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.

Original title The Defenders
Firt air date Sep. 16, 1961
Last air date May. 13, 1965
Seasons 4
Episodes 132
Status Ended

Seasons and episodes

1 Season 1 Sep. 16, 1961

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