The Defenders (1961) - Season 3

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Episode Guide

  • The Uncivil War
    The Uncivil War
    Episode 36
    6/27/64
    7.8

    Ken Preston represents his friend Gil Rawson in a particularly unpleasant divorce case.

  • Hollow Triumph
    Hollow Triumph
    Episode 35
    6/20/64
    8.0

    Edward Banter has been framed for murder, or so he claims - by a woman who may once have been his mistress.

  • Stowaway
    Stowaway
    Episode 34
    6/13/64
    8.0

    The Prestons try to prevent the deportation of a young illegal immigrant.

  • The Non-Violent
    The Non-Violent
    Episode 33
    6/6/64
    9.5

    A court hearing raises important issues about civil rights, free speech and the right of lawful assembly.

  • The Fine Line
    The Fine Line
    Episode 32
    5/30/64
    8.3

    The Prestons form the awkward suspicion that the man they're defending is actually guilty.

  • The Sixth Alarm
    The Sixth Alarm
    Episode 31
    5/23/64
    8.0

    A factory blaze leads to an arrest and a trial; but the wrong man is in the dock.

  • Mind Over Murder
    Mind Over Murder
    Episode 30
    5/16/64
    8.8

    Gerald Lowen has unquestionably killed a man - but his excuse is that he knew, through ESP, that the man intended to kill him, and thus it was self-defence.

  • The Man Who Saved His Country
    5/9/64
    8.5

    Belligerent Earl Chafee inadvertently kills a man during a fight at his hotel. But the man is a Cuban official.

  • Yankee Go Home
    Yankee Go Home
    Episode 28
    5/2/64
    8.0

    Journalist Harvey Slaughter has made an unauthorised visit to Communist China, and now finds that the US authorities have taken his passport away from him.

  • The Thief
    The Thief
    Episode 27
    4/25/64
    8.0

    Is Catherine Collins simply a thief or is she mentally ill?

  • May Day! May Day!
    May Day! May Day!
    Episode 26
    4/18/64
    8.0

    Admiral Kiley's outspoken (and extreme) patriotism gets him into big legal trouble.

  • Die Laughing
    Die Laughing
    Episode 25
    4/11/64
    8.8
    The wife has her husband, a comedian, committed to a mental institution after he attemps to take his own life. The comic takes legal action, seeking his release.
  • The Hidden Fury
    The Hidden Fury
    Episode 24
    3/28/64
    8.5

    A woman receiving psychiatric treatment is accused of murder.

  • Moment of Truth
    Moment of Truth
    Episode 23
    3/21/64
    7.8

    Ken Preston is arrested on a bribery charge.

  • Survival
    Survival
    Episode 22
    3/14/64
    8.0

    During intensive training, an Army drill instructor orders that live ammunition be used - with tragic results.

  • Drink Like a Lady
    Drink Like a Lady
    Episode 21
    2/29/64
    7.5

    Something terrible happened, but alcoholic Sheila Phelps was too drunk to remember what it was.

  • The Pill Man
    The Pill Man
    Episode 20
    2/22/64
    8.8

    A pharmacist has been selling drugs to drug addicts - at cost, so that he makes no money out of it. He argues that this is a more sensible way of solving the problems of addiction than merely penalising the users.

  • The Secret
    The Secret
    Episode 19
    2/8/64
    9.0

    Nuclear scientist Daniel Orren has destroyed secret scientific information - in defiance of the law - becuase he thinks it's too dangerous for anyone to know.

  • All the Silent Voices
    2/1/64
    8.5
    Dr. Katherine Tasso opens a clinic and dispenses birth-control information—although she's aware that her actions violate state laws.
  • Who'll Dig His Grave?
    1/25/64
    8.0

    Penniless bohemian and failed poet Gregor Martin is prepared to take the blame for a death to save a man who was kind to him from prosecution.

  • Blacklist
    Blacklist
    Episode 16
    1/18/64
    9.5

    After many years of being unoffically blacklisted, actor Joe Larch finally gets a major role - only to find that right-wing interests are only too keen to prevent his returning to work, even now.

  • The Last Day
    The Last Day
    Episode 15
    1/11/64
    9.0

    The Prestons have twelve hours to persuade Acting Governor White that their client should not be executed.

  • Claire Cheval Died in Boston
    11/23/63
    7.5

    The Prestons get involved with eccentric theatrical types when they agree to represent a play on tour and bound for Broadway.

  • Fugue for Trumpet and Small Boy
    12/28/63
    8.3

    Teenager Alan Slater has been accused of shoplifting; but his divorcecd parents don't seem to care.

  • Old Lady Ironsides
    Old Lady Ironsides
    Episode 12
    12/21/63
    7.8
    A high school senior is denied the chance to finish two more months of high school for a diploma, just because she has been found to be pregnant. A little old lady who has befriended the girl, and who had been an active Suffragette, determines to help her: she chains herself to the school entrance. The attending publicity and subsequent sanity hearing for the old lady, force the board to change its ruling.moreless
  • The Crowd Pleaser
    The Crowd Pleaser
    Episode 11
    12/14/63
    8.0

    Boxer Danny Norton is accused of manslaughter, and the Prestons defend him.

  • Climate of Evil
    Climate of Evil
    Episode 10
    12/7/63
    8.8

    The newly-convicted Arnold Foster thinks he can handle the prison system, but it may destroy him.

  • The Seal of Confession
    11/30/63
    8.0

    Fr. Phelps has heard the confession of a murderer - but the man refuses to give himself up as the priest has advised and, when the police arrest the wrong man, the seals of the confessional forbid Phelps from speaking out.

  • Loophole
    Loophole
    Episode 8
    11/16/63
    8.0

    A veteran cop inadvertently kills an innocent bystander and tries to blame it on his partner.

  • Star-Spangled Ghetto
    11/9/63
    8.0

    A young couple hope to escape the ghetto with the proceeds of a robbery.

  • The Cruel Hook
    The Cruel Hook
    Episode 6
    11/2/63
    8.3

    Discovering that his beloved older brother has committed a murder, attorney Cliff Sellers tries to cover up for him.

  • Conspiracy of Silence
    10/26/63
    8.8

    Representing the plaintiff in a medical malpractice suit, the Prestons find that doctors are reluctant to testify against a colleague.

  • The Bagman
    The Bagman
    Episode 4
    10/19/63
    8.0

    A judge finds that he is required to repay a political favour by bending the law a little.

  • The Captive
    The Captive
    Episode 3
    10/12/63
    8.0

    The Prestons find themselves representing an American who has been jailed behind the Iron Curtain.

  • The Empty Heart
    The Empty Heart
    Episode 2
    10/5/63
    8.0

    Norma Burgess finds that the police don't believe her story - she has two convictions for prostitution.

  • The Weeping Baboon
    The Weeping Baboon
    Episode 1
    9/28/63
    8.0

    Is Jason Thomas insane, as he claims? And how many people has he killed?