The Defenders (1961)

The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961–1965. It starred E. G. Marshall and Robert Reed as father-and-son defense attorneys who specialized in legally complex cases, with defendants such as neo-Nazis, conscientious objectors, civil rights demonstrators, a schoolteacher fired for being an atheist, an author accused of pornography, and a physician charged in a mercy killing. It was created by television writer Reginald Rose. The Museum of Broadcast Communications called it "perhaps the most socially conscious series the medium has ever seen", a show "singularly resonant with New Frontier liberalism." In 2002, The Defenders was ranked #31 on TV Guide's 50 Greatest TV Shows of All Time. and in 2013 TV Guide ranked it #8 in its list of The 60 Greatest Dramas of All Time.

  • Reginald Rose
  • Robert Thom
  • David Karp
Seasons: 1 2 3 4
metacritic icon 7.6/10
themoviedb icon 9.0/10
  • Release Date: 1961-09-16
  • Views: 765
  • Country: US
  • Language: En
  • Runtime: 60

Robert Duvall

Luke Jackson

Robert Redford

Gary Degan

Dustin Hoffman

Robert Burke

Martin Landau

Dr. Daniel Orren

Martin Sheen

Adam Novins

Gene Hackman


Sylvia Sidney

Adela Collins

E.G. Marshall

Lawrence Preston

Robert Reed

Kenneth Preston

Joan Hackett

Joan Miller

Polly Rowles

Helen Donaldson

James Noble


Val Avery


Jack Klugman


Patrick O'Neal

Sammy Slater

Don Gordon

Joey Tassili

Jan Murray


Paul Hartman


Conrad Bain


Loring Smith


Pat Henning

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