The Defenders (1961)

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CBS (ended 1965)

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The Defenders (1961)

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Ken Preston (Robert Reed), a young, idealistic lawyer not too long out of law school, joins his father Lawrence Preston (E.G. Marshall) in the family law firm in New York. In this acclaimed, award-winning series, the pair tackle challenging legal cases, often involving issues often considered controversial in the early 1960s (abortion, euthanasia, "un-American" activities, movie censorship); the plots often have less to do with resolving a mystery than with debating an issue. The series began in 1961, and was inspired by a two-part TV play which series creator Reginald Rose wrote a few years earlier - The Defender (title in the singular), where William Shatner played Ken Preston and his father (originally called "Walter") was played by Ralph Bellamy.

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