The Defenders (1961)

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Episode Guide

  • Season 1
    • Quality of Mercy
      Quality of Mercy
      Episode 1
      9/16/61
      8.5

      Dr. Bill Conrad is accused of a "mercy killing" - the victim being a newborn baby with Down's Syndrome.

    • Killer Instinct
      Killer Instinct
      Episode 2
      9/23/61
      8.3

      Mild-mannered Jim McCleery has killed a man who attacked him. It seems obviously a case of self-defence, but the DA discovers that Jim was trained to kill during his war service.

    • Death Across the Counter
      9/30/61
      8.4

      A drug addict is arrested after a robbery attempt has ended in murder. But, because of his narcotic intoxication, he has no idea whether he did the killing or not.

    • The Riot
      The Riot
      Episode 4
      10/7/61
      8.0

      Lawrence Preston finds himself in the unwelcome role of intermediary in a prison riot.

    • Young Lovers
      Young Lovers
      Episode 5
      10/14/61
      9.0

      When David, who's Jewish, marries Irene, who's Greek, both their families object.

    • The Boy Between
      The Boy Between
      Episode 6
      10/21/61
      8.2

      An estranged wife retains the Prestons in order to get a restraining order preventing her husband from ever seeing their child.

    • The Hundred Lives of Harry Simms

      An impressionist accused of murder claims he's innocent because "Jimmy Cagney did it"—and gives evidence of multiple-personality disorder when interrogated on the witness-stand.

    • The Accident
      The Accident
      Episode 8
      11/4/61
      8.5

      A boy is run over by a shallow young woman, Eleanor Dunn. His parents decline an operation for him, for religious reasons.

    • The Trial of Jenny Scott
      11/11/61
      8.5

      At Jenny Scott's trial for murder, the testimony of the chief defence witness seems - unintentionally? - likely to convict her.

    • The Man with the Concrete Thumb
      11/18/61
      8.3

      The arrogant Commissioner for Public Works plans to raze a school playground as part of a new project. When one of his minions is injured during a protest by local people, Ken Preston finds himself defending his own girlfriend.

    • The Treadmill
      The Treadmill
      Episode 11
      11/25/61
      9.0

      A man is released from a mental hospital after a long incarceration, and finds he must now stand trial for a murder committed over twenty years earlier.

    • Perjury
      Perjury
      Episode 12
      12/2/61
      9.0

      When a defence witness is caught out in a lie, he blurts out that Lawrence Preston told him to do it. The elder Preston finds himself on trial...

    • The Attack
      The Attack
      Episode 13
      12/9/61
      9.5

      Public opinion becomes a factor when a policeman is arrested for killing an apparent sex offender.

    • The Prowler
      The Prowler
      Episode 14
      12/16/61
      8.0

      Dwight Harkavy has killed a prowler in defence of his property, or so he claims - but it turns out the dead man is his young wife's ex-husband.

    • Gideon's Follies
      Gideon's Follies
      Episode 15
      12/23/61
      7.5

      Gideon, an unpleasant millionaire, wants to introduce his new wife to his five ex-wives. But someone murders him.

    • The Best Defense
      The Best Defense
      Episode 16
      12/30/61
      9.5

      The Prestons are forced to explore the world of organized crime when their client is accused of the murder of a low-level hoodlum.

    • The Bedside Murder
      The Bedside Murder
      Episode 17
      1/6/62
      8.0

      A doctor may have helped an elderly patient arrive earlier than scheduled in the grave - a patient who has left him money.

    • The Search
      The Search
      Episode 18
      1/20/62
      9.8

      Years ago, Ernest Pomeroy was executed for murder. But now someone else has confessed to the crime.

    • Storm at Birch Glen
      1/27/62
      7.8

      When a teenager in reform school is found dead, a supervisor is accused of beating him to death.

    • The Point Shaver
      The Point Shaver
      Episode 20
      2/3/62
      8.0

      Stacy Phillips, star college basketball player, is accused of taking money from gambler Vince Fargo to fix a game. The Prestons, alumni of the college, are hired to defend him before the State's Senate Rackets Committee.

    • The Locked Room
      The Locked Room
      Episode 21
      2/10/62
      9.3
      The Prestons defend an heiress on trial for the death of a woman reputed to have been having an affair with her husband, who is the only witness to the incident. The focus is on the jurors, and how some of them visualize the events that led to the woman's death.moreless
    • The Empty Chute
      The Empty Chute
      Episode 22
      2/17/62
      8.0

      When a parachute fails to open and a man is killed, it may not be the accident it first appears to be.

    • The Crusader
      The Crusader
      Episode 23
      2/24/62
      8.3

      An innocent man has already done twelve years in jail - can Ken Preston get him released?

    • The Hickory Indian
      The Hickory Indian
      Episode 24
      3/3/62
      8.0

      When Lawrence Preston defends the elderly Louis Astor, who is accused of stealing money from his son's firm, he finds that his courtroom opponent is his former teacher, the eminent Professor Hopkins.

    • The Iron Man
      The Iron Man
      Episode 25
      3/10/62
      8.2
      On a point of principle, the Prestons defend a man they detest.
    • The Tarnished Cross
      3/17/62
      9.0

      The Prestons find themselves involved when some teenagers decide to hold a secret kangaroo court to deal with someone they regard as a criminal.

    • The Last Six Months
      3/31/62
      7.5

      A man with six months to live kills his business partner in a fit of rage when the latter refuses to help support his family after his death.

    • The Naked Heiress
      The Naked Heiress
      Episode 28
      4/7/62
      8.0

      A professor finds himself being blackmailed by the mother of a stripper.

    • Reunion with Death
      Reunion with Death
      Episode 29
      4/21/62
      8.0

      Some Air Force officers take the law into their own hands to deal with someone they regard as a traitor.

    • The Benefactor
      The Benefactor
      Episode 30
      4/28/62
      8.8
      The Prestons client is on trial for performing abortions.
    • Along Came a Spider
      5/5/62
      7.8

      An elderly man seems likely to be convicted on the evidence of a child.

    • The Broken Barrelhead
      5/26/62
      8.0

      Defending Peter Crewe offers the Prestons quite enough problems as it is - and then his blowhard father tries to bribe a juror.

  • Season 2
  • Season 3
  • Season 4
  • Season 5
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