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Overview

The Defenders is an American courtroom drama series . 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.

  1. Reginald Rose

    Creator

Series Cast

  1. E.G. Marshall as Lawrence Preston

    E.G. Marshall

    Lawrence Preston

    132 Episodes

  2. Robert Reed as Kenneth Preston

    Robert Reed

    Kenneth Preston

    132 Episodes

  3. Polly Rowles as Helen Donaldson

    Polly Rowles

    Helen Donaldson

    24 Episodes

  4. Ossie Davis as District Attorney Daniel Jackson, District Attorney, Officer Bond, Nixie, and Assistant District Attorney

    Ossie Davis

    District Attorney Daniel Jackson, District Attorney, Officer Bond, Nixie and 1 more...

    8 Episodes

  5. J.D. Cannon as District Attorney, District Attorney Manetto, Assistant District Attorney Ashley, and D.A. Al Ashley

    J.D. Cannon

    District Attorney, District Attorney Manetto, Assistant District Attorney Ashley, D.A. Al Ashley

    8 Episodes

  6. Murray Hamilton as District Attorney, Tark Bennett, Miles Morgan, D.A. Sid Morgan, and Bryan Phelps

    Murray Hamilton

    District Attorney, Tark Bennett, Miles Morgan, D.A. Sid Morgan and 1 more...

    6 Episodes

  7. Frank Overton as D.A. Bill Bryan, Richard Holmes, District Attorney, William Bryan, and Malcolm Page

    Frank Overton

    D.A. Bill Bryan, Richard Holmes, District Attorney, William Bryan and 1 more...

    6 Episodes

  8. Joan Hackett as Joan Miller

    Joan Hackett

    Joan Miller

    5 Episodes

  9. William Shatner as Gil Rawson, Jim McCleery, Charles Terranova, Assistant District Attorney Earl Rhodes, and Cliff Sellers

    William Shatner

    Gil Rawson, Jim McCleery, Charles Terranova, Assistant District Attorney Earl Rhodes and 1 more...

    5 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 4

1964 • 30 Episodes

Season 4 of The Defenders premiered on September 24, 1964.

Only a Child

(4x30, May 13, 1965) Season Finale

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Status Ended

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Type Scripted

Original Language English

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