The Defenders

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The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961 to 1965. It was created by television writer Reginald Rose. Original music for the series was scored by Frank Lewin and Leonard Rosenman.

The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series that ran on CBS from 1961 to 1965. It was created by television writer Reginald Rose. Original music for the series was scored by Frank Lewin and Leonard Rosenman.

Original Release

09/16/1961 on CBS

US Release

09/16/1961

Cast

E.G. Marshall Lawrence Preston
Robert Reed Kenneth Preston
Polly Rowles Helen Donaldson
Joan Hackett Joan Miller
J.D. Cannon District Attorney
John Boruff Judge
Salem Ludwig District Attorney
Marc Connelly Judge
Ossie Davis District Attorney Daniel Jackson
Edward Binns District Attorney Wolf
(see additional cast & crew)
# Title Air Date
1 The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Part 1 Thursday, 24 September 1964
2 The Seven Hundred Year Old Gang: Part 2 Thursday, 01 October 1964
3 Hero of the People Thursday, 08 October 1964
4 Go Between Thursday, 15 October 1964
5 Conflict of Interests Thursday, 22 October 1964
6 The Man Who Thursday, 29 October 1964
7 Turning Point Thursday, 05 November 1964
8 A Taste of Ashes Thursday, 12 November 1964
9 Comeback Thursday, 26 November 1964
10 The Siege Thursday, 03 December 1964
11 Whitewash Thursday, 10 December 1964
12 A Voice Loud and Clear Thursday, 17 December 1964
13 King of the Hill Thursday, 31 December 1964
14 Whipping Boy Thursday, 07 January 1965
15 Eyewitness Thursday, 14 January 1965
16 The Silent Killer Thursday, 21 January 1965
17 Death on Wheels Thursday, 28 January 1965
18 The Unwritten Law Thursday, 04 February 1965
19 The Objector Thursday, 11 February 1965
20 Fires of the Mind Thursday, 18 February 1965
21 No-Knock Thursday, 25 February 1965
22 The Merry-Go-Round Mender Thursday, 04 March 1965
23 Nobody Asks What Side You're On Thursday, 11 March 1965
24 Impeachment Thursday, 18 March 1965
25 The Sworn Twelve Thursday, 25 March 1965
26 A Matter of Law and Disorder Thursday, 08 April 1965
27 Youths and Maidens on an Evening Walk Thursday, 15 April 1965
28 The Prosecutor Thursday, 29 April 1965
29 The Bum's Rush Thursday, 06 May 1965
30 Only a Child Thursday, 13 May 1965
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Directors

Paul Bogart, Stuart Rosenberg, David Greene, Buzz Kulik, Don Richardson, Franklin J. Schaffner, Charles S. Dubin, Daniel Petrie, Alex March, Elliot Silverstein, Leonard J. Horn, John Brahm, Philip Leacock, Paul Sylbert, Paul Stanley, Robert Butler, William Ball, Jack Smight, Robert Stevens, Sydney Pollack, Paul Stewart, Alexander Mackendrick, Tom Gries, Ralph Nelson, Fielder Cook, Sam Wanamaker, Ted Post, Boris Sagal, Lamont Johnson, Denis Sanders, Vincent J. Donehue, Michael Powell, David Pressman, Shepard Traube, James Sheldon, John Newland, Gerald Mayer, Sidney Katz

Writers

Reginald Rose, David Karp, William Woolfolk, Ernest Kinoy, Larry Cohen, Stanley R. Greenberg, Roger H. Lewis, Robert J. Crean, David Shaw, Robert Thom, Ellen M. Violett, Max Ehrlich, Edward DeBlasio, James Lee, Peter Stone, Alvin Boretz, Albert Ruben, John Vlahos, Ian McLellan Hunter, Jerome Ross, A.J. Russell, David W. Rintels, Charles Garment, David Davidson, Harold Gast, Andrea Russo, Allan Chase, Charles Eckert, Rod Sylvester, Martin Donaldson, Peter A. Chilles, A.E. Hotchner, Howard Fast, Adrian Spies, John W. Bloch, George Bellak, Raphael Hayes, Mann Rubin, Arnold Manoff, Bo Goldman, George Baxt, Robert Van Scoyk

Creators

Reginald Rose

Cast

E.G. Marshall Lawrence Preston
Robert Reed Kenneth Preston
Polly Rowles Helen Donaldson
Joan Hackett Joan Miller
J.D. Cannon District Attorney
John Boruff Judge
Salem Ludwig District Attorney
Marc Connelly Judge
Ossie Davis District Attorney Daniel Jackson
Edward Binns District Attorney Wolf
Russell Bailey Clerk
John Gibson Judge
Michael Strong Dr. Sobranie
Judson Laire Judge Burton Henshaw
Judson Laire Judge
Lester Rawlins Dr. Wuhl
Robert Gerringer The District Attorney
Charles Randall Dr. Short
John McGovern Judge
Will Hussung Clerk

Producers

Herbert Brodkin Executive Producer
Bob Markell Producer
Herbert Brodkin Producer
Kenneth Utt Producer

Editors

Arline Garson, Sidney Katz, Murray Solomon

1965EmmyOutstanding Program Achievements in Entertainment Nominated
1965EmmyOutstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Directors Won
1965EmmyOutstanding Individual Achievements in Entertainment - Writers Won
1964Golden GlobeBest TV Show - Drama Nominated
1964Golden GlobeBest TV Star - Male Nominated
1964EmmyOutstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Drama Won
1964EmmyThe Program of the Year Nominated
1964EmmyOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Won
1964EmmyOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama Nominated
1964EmmyOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama Nominated
1964EmmyOutstanding Writing Achievement in Drama - Original Won
1963Golden GlobeBest TV Show - Drama Won
1963EmmyOutstanding Program Achievement in the Field of Drama Won
1963EmmyOutstanding Single Performance by an Actor in a Leading Role Nominated
1963EmmyOutstanding Single Performance by an Actress in a Leading Role Nominated
1963EmmyOutstanding Continued Performance by an Actor in a Series (Lead) Won
1963EmmyOutstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama Won
1963EmmyOutstanding Writing Achievement in Drama Won
1963EmmyThe Program of the Year Nominated
1963EmmyOutstanding Achievement in Film Editing for Television Won
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