The Defenders Season 1
S01 E01Sep 16, 1961
Quality of Mercy Sep 16, 1961 Dr. Bill Conrad's patient, Leona Warner, delivers a baby with Down Syndrome.
S01 E02Sep 23, 1961
Killer Instinct Sep 23, 1961 A wartime hero who had been trained to act like a "destructive animal," kills a man with a judo blow. At his trial the vital question is "did he kill because he could not control the killer instinct?"
S01 E03Sep 30, 1961
Death Across the Counter Sep 30, 1961 The tortured world of a dope addict is explored in this story of a young man convinced he's guilty of murder - although he has no recollection of the crime.
S01 E04Oct 7, 1961
The Riot Oct 7, 1961 Preston (E.G. Marshall) undertakes a delicate and dangerous task: acting as intermediary for the investigators of a prison riot.
S01 E05Oct 14, 1961
Young Lovers Oct 14, 1961 A destitute young couple take a desperate gamble to provide for themselves and their baby.
S01 E06Oct 21, 1961
The Boy Between Oct 21, 1961 The Prestons become embroiled in a bitter custody battle when they are retained by Belle Remington (Norma Crane), who insists her son never be allowed to see his father.
S01 E07Oct 28, 1961
The Hundred Lives of Harry Simms Oct 28, 1961 Frank Gorshin stars as an impressionist accused of murder who claims he's innocent because ""Jimmy Cagney did it""â€”and breaks into his multiple personality of Cagney on the witness stand as the Prestons are questioning him.
S01 E08Nov 4, 1961
The Accident Nov 4, 1961 A woman is charged with criminal negligence when she hits a child while driving home from a party.
S01 E09Nov 11, 1961
The Trial of Jenny Scott Nov 11, 1961 Unhappily married Jenny Scott (Mary Fickett) is the prime suspect when her husband is murdered.
S01 E10Nov 18, 1961
The Man with the Concrete Thumb Nov 18, 1961 Picketing to save a park, Joan Miller (Joan Hackett) is charged with second-degree assault when a brick thrown by one of the demonstrators injures an adversary.
S01 E11Nov 25, 1961
The Treadmill Nov 25, 1961 Released from a mental hospital, Victor Fergusson (Edward Binns) is forced to stand trial for a murder he committed 25 years before.
S01 E12Dec 2, 1961
Perjury Dec 2, 1961 Charged with perjury, a witness says he lied because Preston asked him to.
S01 E13Dec 9, 1961
The Attack Dec 9, 1961 The impact of public opinion on a trial is examined in this story of a policeman who kills the alleged molester of his young daughter.
S01 E14Dec 16, 1961
The Prowler Dec 16, 1961 Dwight Harkavy (Kent Smith) goes on trial for shooting a prowler - who was his wife's first husband.
S01 E15Dec 23, 1961
Gideon's Follies Dec 23, 1961 Preston investigates the death of a millionaire playboy - murdered before he could divide his estate among his current spouse and five ex-wives.
S01 E16Dec 30, 1961
The Best Defense Dec 30, 1961 The Prestons come to the aid of a racketeer charged with the gangland murder of a small-time hoodlum.
S01 E17Jan 6, 1962
The Bedside Murder Jan 6, 1962 The Prestons defend a doctor accused of murdering a wealthy patient who promised to leave him a large sum in her will.
S01 E18Jan 20, 1962
The Search Jan 20, 1962 An old homicide case is reopened when James Mitchell (James Congdon) confesses to a murder for which another man was executed six years earlier.
S01 E19Jan 27, 1962
Storm at Birch Glen Jan 27, 1962 The Prestons encounter fear and hostility at a reform school when they are retained by a supervisor charged with murdering one of the inmates.
S01 E20Feb 3, 1962
The Point Shaver Feb 3, 1962 Stacy Phillips, star college basketball player, is accused of taking money from gambler Vince Fargo to fix a game. The Presons, alumni of the college, are hired to defend Phillips before the State's Senate Rackets Committee.
S01 E21Feb 10, 1962
The Locked Room Feb 10, 1962 The Prestons defend an heiress on trial for the death of a woman reputed to have been having an affair with her husband, who is the only witness to the incident. The focus is on the jurors, and how some of them visualize the events that led to the woman's death.
S01 E22Feb 17, 1962
The Empty Chute Feb 17, 1962 The Army suspects foul play when a paratrooper's chute fails to open and he falls to his death.
S01 E23Feb 24, 1962
The Crusader Feb 24, 1962 Ken launches a personal investigation when a model prisoner - jailed for crimes he insists he never committed - is refused parole.
S01 E24Mar 3, 1962
The Hickory Indian Mar 3, 1962 The defendant: Louis Astor (George Voskovec), who's charged with stealing money from his son's firm.
S01 E25Mar 10, 1962
The Iron Man Mar 10, 1962 The Prestons give a campus fascist leader a lesson in democracy when he's arrested after his henchmen beat up a heckler.
S01 E26Mar 17, 1962
The Tarnished Cross Mar 17, 1962 The Prestons become defense counselors in a kangaroo court set up by a group of teenagers bent on trying an alleged murderer.
S01 E27Mar 31, 1962
The Last Six Months Mar 31, 1962 Arthur Hill plays a man with six months to live--he kills his business partner in a fit of rage when the man refuses to help support his family after he has died.
S01 E28Apr 7, 1962
The Naked Heiress Apr 7, 1962 Edna Holley (Glenda Farrell) invites trouble when she blackmails a professor who's interested in her daughter, a strip-tease artist.
S01 E29Apr 21, 1962
Reunion with Death Apr 21, 1962 A group of Air Force veterans set up a kangaroo court to try one of their number for treason.
S01 E30Apr 28, 1962
The Benefactor Apr 28, 1962 A controversial episode dealing with the trial of an accused abortionist.
S01 E31May 5, 1962
Along Came a Spider May 5, 1962 The Prestons defend an ex-vaudevillian accused of murdering his son-in-law. The only witness: the dead man's daughter.
S01 E32May 26, 1962
The Broken Barrelhead May 26, 1962 Defending a youth charged with vehicular homicide, the Prestons are hampered by the boy's overbearing father (Harold J. Stone) - who isn't above bribing jurors.