The Defenders: Season One

Released: July 12, 2016 • Available in US & Canada
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On the path to justice, there shall stand The Defenders.

One of television's most respected dramas finally arrives on DVD with The Defenders: Season One. E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed star as Lawrence and Kenneth Preston, a father-and-son team of defense attorneys specializing in complex and challenging cases, many of which explored real-world concerns which still resonate with audiences today.

Created by Reginald Rose (Twelve Angry Men), The Defenders was an Emmy® award-winning series many times over, with a well-earned reputation as one of the most socially conscious series ever to air on television.

In addition to its critical accolades, Season One's thirty-two episodes feature guest appearances from a litany of tremendous stars, including Jack Klugman, William Shatner, Ossie Davis, Richard Thomas, Frank Gorshin, Eva Gabor, Robert Duvall, Robert Loggia, Martin Sheen, Julie Newmar, and more.

An unquestionable champion of quality television, The Defenders: Season One is at long last in session.

Why We Love It

"This excellent legal drama was the 60’s alternative to the slick Perry Mason as it observed a father and son team of defense attorneys who often clashed over their socially relevant cases. Well conceived by Reginald Rose (Twelve Angry Men). This marks the first time this series has been available and the extras, from the good folks at Shout Factory, are solid." – Floyd County Times

"The Defenders is one of the most important television series to air on an American broadcast network. It won more than a dozen Emmys, including three consecutive trophies for best drama (a record not broken for another two decades, by Hill Street Blues). At a moment when the dramatic anthology was on its deathbed, and ongoing series were often (fairly or not) thought of as meritless escapism (Newton Minow’s “vast wasteland” speech depends on this context), The Defenders created the template for what we now think of as quality television." – The Classic TV History Blog

"'The Defenders' offered viewers an early glimpse of what risk-taking, quality TV could deliver." – The Los Angeles Times

"One of the best legal dramas ever broadcast finally arrives on DVD. New viewers might be struck by how the show is both boldly progressive and oddly old-fashioned at the exact same time, but the strength of the writing, the directing, and the performances make it irresistible even so. Highly Recommended." – DVD Talk

“…I cannot stress enough what a sure thing this show is to anyone who appreciates good writing, good acting, ambitious stories, and entertainment that actually expects viewers to have an IQ above double-digits. Give The Defenders a try. You won't be disappointed.” – David Hofstede, Comfort TV

“Finally, the first season of this indispensable television series is being released on DVD; among the guest stars in the 32 episodes included in the eight disc set are Jack Klugman, William Shatner, Ossie Davis, Richard Thomas, Frank Gorshin, Eva Gabor, Robert Duvall, Robert Loggia, Martin Sheen, Julie Newmar, and many more...Well worth watching – and still compelling viewing today, immaculately restored.” – Wheeler Winston Dixon, Frame By Frame


Bonus Features

  • The Studio One Presentation Of The Defender (1957) Starring Ralph Bellamy, Steve McQueen And William Shatner
  • Original And Extended Version Of The Pilot Episode
  • New Interviews With Associate Producer Bob Markell And Writer Larry Cohen
  • Interview With Actor E.G. Marshall

Product Information


Episode Episode Title
1 The Defenders: The Quality Of Mercy
2 The Defenders: Killer Instinct
3 The Defenders: Death Across The Counter
4 The Defenders: The Riot
5 The Defenders: The Young Lovers
6 The Defenders: The Boy Between
7 The Defenders: The Hundred Lives Of Harry Simms
8 The Defenders: The Accident
9 The Defenders: The Trial Of Jenny Scott
10 The Defenders: The Man With The Concrete Thumb
11 The Defenders: The Treadmill
12 The Defenders: Perjury
13 The Defenders: The Attack
14 The Defenders: The Prowler
15 The Defenders: Gideon's Follies
16 The Defenders: The Best Defense
17 The Defenders: The Bedside Murder
18 The Defenders: The Search
19 The Defenders: Storm At Birch Glen
20 The Defenders: The Point Shaver
21 The Defenders: The Locked Room
22 The Defenders: The Empty Chute
23 The Defenders: The Crusader
24 The Defenders: The Hickory Indian
25 The Defenders: The Iron Man
26 The Defenders: The Tarnished Cross
27 The Defenders: The Last Six Months
28 The Defenders: The Naked Heiress
29 The Defenders: Reunion With Death
30 The Defenders: The Benefactor
31 The Defenders: Along Came A Spider
32 The Defenders: The Broken Barrelhead
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The Defenders: Season One

E.G. Marshall Actor
Joan Hackett Actor
Polly Rowles Actor
Robert Reed Actor
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