The Defenders (1961) - Season 4

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Episode Guide

  • Only a Child
    Only a Child
    Episode 30
    5/13/65
    8.0

    After a child has been killed in an accident, the bereaved parents are determined to sue - but the wife develops costly psychiatric problems.

  • The Bum's Rush
    The Bum's Rush
    Episode 29
    5/6/65
    8.0

    A penniless vagrant is arrested for murder; he didn't do it, but his life is so desperate, he couldn't care less about his fate.

  • The Prosecutor
    The Prosecutor
    Episode 28
    4/29/65
    8.0

    Prosecutor Charles Parker must choose between remaining in the District Attorney's office or joining the Prestons' law firm.

  • Youths and Maidens on an Evening Walk
    4/15/65
    8.0

    Hoping simply to attract the attention of a famous stage director, an eccentric young actress attacks a police officer.

  • A Matter of Law and Disorder
    4/8/65
    8.0

    Peter Dowling has shot an unarmed teenager, but claims it was self-defence.

  • The Sworn Twelve
    The Sworn Twelve
    Episode 25
    3/25/65
    8.8

    During an important trial, Lawrence Preston receives an anonymous letter suggesting that certain members of the jury are behaving improperly.

  • Impeachment
    Impeachment
    Episode 24
    3/18/65
    8.5

    Governor Defoe faces impeachment - but has he been set up by a corrupt political machine?

  • Nobody Asks What Side You're On . . .
    3/11/65
    8.0

    A woman journalist, investigating a sex attacker, is herself attacked.

  • The Merry-Go-Round Murder
    3/4/65
    8.0

    A governess tries to shield her young charge from the fall-out of an acrimonious parental divorce.

  • No-Knock
    No-Knock
    Episode 21
    2/25/65
    8.5

    Willie Drucker, a shady character, has killed a man he found in his apartment, and claims defence of property as his excuse. But the dead man is a plain-clothes cop armed with a "no-knock" warrant.

  • Fires of the Mind
    Fires of the Mind
    Episode 20
    2/18/65
    8.8
    After taking LSD, mentally disturbed Robert Kraft commits suicide while experiencing a hallucinatory reaction—and Dr. Byron Saul (Pleasence), who's been treating Kraft with the drug, is charged with manslaughter.
  • The Objector
    The Objector
    Episode 19
    2/11/65
    8.3

    Young Roger Bailey finds it's hard to be a conscientious objector.

  • The Unwritten Law
    The Unwritten Law
    Episode 18
    2/4/65
    8.0

    Leo Rolf has unquestionably killed his wife's lover, but he seems to think an "unwritten law" will be sufficient to get him off.

  • Death on Wheels
    Death on Wheels
    Episode 17
    1/28/65
    8.0

    Bob Garrison pleads temporary insanity after running someone over in his car.

  • The Silent Killers
    The Silent Killers
    Episode 16
    1/21/65
    8.0

    Circumstantial evidence seems likely to get the Prestons' client condemned to death.

  • Eyewitness
    Eyewitness
    Episode 15
    1/14/65
    9.0

    Twenty-seven people witnessed the murder, but none of them called the police.

  • Whipping Boy
    Whipping Boy
    Episode 14
    1/7/65
    8.0

    Christine Knox is accused of murdering her own young son.

  • King of the Hill
    King of the Hill
    Episode 13
    12/31/64
    8.0

    Wealthy property developer Mark Vronis is accused of involvement in narcotics smuggling.

  • A Voice Loud and Clear
    12/17/64
    8.0

    A young woman of strong - if very curious - religious beliefs claims that ethereal voices have directed her to kill someone.

  • Whitewash
    Whitewash
    Episode 11
    12/10/64
    8.0

    Is local politician Juan Espejo really corrupt, or is he the victim of anti-Hispanic prejudice, as he claims?

  • The Siege
    The Siege
    Episode 10
    12/3/64
    8.5

    Lawrence Preston is held as hostage by an ex-convict who holds him responsible for his incarceration.

  • Comeback
    Comeback
    Episode 9
    11/26/64
    8.0

    Lawrence Preston finds himself defending a once-famous actress for whom he had, during his younger days, a strong admiration - which now threatens to diminish his necessary objectivity.

  • A Taste of Ashes
    A Taste of Ashes
    Episode 8
    11/12/64
    8.0

    Two men have committed murder, ostensibly because it was the only way to save their own lives.

  • Turning Point
    Turning Point
    Episode 7
    11/5/64
    8.8

    Ken Preston makes himself unpopular when he re-opens an old murder case - even though a man was long since executed for the crime.

  • The Man Who . . .
    The Man Who . . .
    Episode 6
    10/29/64
    8.5

    Lawrence Preston is persuaded to run for political office, and soon regrets it.

  • Conflict of Interests
    10/22/64
    8.3

    The Prestons represent a sharp-tongued drama critic in a libel suit.

  • Go-Between
    Go-Between
    Episode 4
    10/15/64
    8.0

    Matthew Ritter might be the President some day. But now his son has been kidnapped, and he prefers to keep it out of the papers and so doesn't go to the police.

  • Hero of the People
    Hero of the People
    Episode 3
    10/8/64
    8.0

    Harry Oberman is a lonely, unhappy nonentity. When a drug dealer is killed, he confesses to the deed in the hope of becoming, at least briefly, a popular hero.

  • The Seven Hundred-Year Old Gang (2)
    10/1/64
    8.0

    The D.A. realises that prosecuting a group of elderly people for illegal wine-making is likely to damage his career.

  • The Seven Hundred-Year Old Gang (1)
    9/24/64
    8.0

    An elderly man is accused of manufacturing bootleg wine.