The Defenders (1961) - Season 1

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Episode Guide

  • 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.

  • Along Came a Spider
    Along Came a Spider
    Episode 31
    5/5/62
    7.8

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

  • The Benefactor
    The Benefactor
    Episode 30
    4/28/62
    8.8
    The Prestons client is on trial for performing abortions.
  • 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 Naked Heiress
    The Naked Heiress
    Episode 28
    4/7/62
    8.0

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

  • The Last Six Months
    The Last Six Months
    Episode 27
    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 Tarnished Cross
    The Tarnished Cross
    Episode 26
    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 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 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 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 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 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 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.

  • Storm at Birch Glen
    Storm at Birch Glen
    Episode 19
    1/27/62
    7.8

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

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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.

  • 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 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.

  • 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 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 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 Hundred Lives of Harry Simms
    10/28/61
    10

    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 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.

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

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.