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The Defenders
Topic Started: Aug 8 2018, 07:18 PM (30 Views)
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I'm s'prised a bit that nobody's mentioned this show.

It began in 1957 as a two-part live drama on Studio One with Ralph Bellamy as a crusty old lawyer, Bill Shatner as his right-outta-law-school son, Steve McQueen as the defendant and Martin Balsam as the cocky prosecutor, written by Reginald "Twelve Angry Men" Rose. Four years later, it became a highly respected drama that ran for four seasons (1961-65) with E.G. Marshall as Robert Reed as Lawrence and Kenneth Preston, the Defenders. A couple of years ago, Shout! Factory released a 9-disc set of season one (which includes the Studio One shows and an unaired pilot from '61) and I've been savoring it ever since. This ain't Perry Mason (a show I also enjoy); rarely does it get down into "who's guilty?" but mostly the plots revolve around various controversial or intricate aspects of law, including a doctor's mercy killing, what lengths a lawyer can go to to acquit a client, and even abortion.

I admonished at least one Balconeer for binge-watching this and officially proclaimed it "TV Too Good to Binge Watch". I'm 21 episodes in, 11 to go, plus the pilot. (I watched the two-parter with Steve McQueen this week; good stuff, and Ralph Bellamy is much nastier than E.G. Marshall ever would be, at least not in season one.)

Anybody else like this show?
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Remember liking it back in the day. I don't know what I might think if I watched it now.

I keep think I remember an episode written by either C. L. Moore or Leigh Brackett, but IMDB doesn't mention either in its list of screen writers.
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Watched it on TV - I believe it was on the same day and channel as Perry Mason. A good series and would recommend the DVD set. Ralph Bellamy will always be Ellery Queen for me.
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