The Defenders

Recent law school graduate (Robert Reed) joins his father (E.G. Marshall) as the pair tackle challenging legal cases, often involving issues which were highly touchy for the times (abortion, euthanasia, "un-American" activities, movie censorship). In most, the freshly minted lawyer has much to learn from his father's extensive legal experience.

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Season From To Episodes
All Seasons
Specials 4
Season 1 September 1961 May 1962 32
Season 2 September 1962 May 1963 34
Season 3 September 1963 June 1964 36
Season 4 September 1964 May 1965 30
Unassigned Episodes 0
Season From To Episodes
Unassigned Episodes 136
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Season From To Episodes
Season 1 0
Unassigned Episodes 136
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Paul Bogart 3 12/21/1963 - 06/06/1964
David Greene (I) 2 03/09/1963 - 02/18/1965
David Greene 2 02/16/1963 - 04/25/1964
Buzz Kulik 2 10/14/1961 - 02/03/1962
William Ball 1 01/07/1965
Gerald Mayer 1 02/01/1964
John Newland 1 11/24/1962
Franklin J. Schaffner 1 09/23/1961
Stuart Rosenberg 1 01/18/1964
Philip Leacock 1 10/22/1964
Elliot Silverstein 1 12/22/1962
Name Number of Episodes Dates
Alvin Boretz 3 10/28/1961 - 05/06/1965
David Karp 2 12/22/1962 - 03/21/1964
Ernest Kinoy 2 01/18/1964 - 06/06/1964
William Woolfolk 2 11/24/1962 - 03/09/1963
John Vlahos 2 09/23/1961 - 10/14/1961
Edward DeBlasio 1 01/07/1965
Joel Carpenter 1 02/18/1965
Larry Cohen 1 02/16/1963
Mann Rubin 1 02/03/1962
Ellen Violett 1 10/22/1964
Robert Van Scoyk 1 12/21/1963
William Woolfold 1 02/01/1964

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