The Defenders is a 2010 American legal comedy-drama that was ordered to series by CBS for the 201011 television season. The series originally ran from September 22, 2010 to March 11, 2011. Set in Las Vegas, Nevada, the show involves a pair of defense attorneys who go all out to help their clients while keeping their personal lives in order. The show is loosely based on real-life Vegas lawyers Michael Cristalli and Marc Saggese.

In October 2010, CBS announced that the show had been picked up for a 19-episode season with the option to produce a full 22-episode season. In January 2011, CBS announced that The Defenders was moving from its Wednesday timeslot to the Friday timeslot vacated by Medium, with Blue Bloods temporarily moving to the timeslot The Defenders vacated. Blue Bloods returned to its Friday timeslot in February 2011 owing to the series premiere of Criminal Minds: Suspect Behavior. The Defenders aired the last six episodes of its season on Fridays at 8:00 pm Eastern/7:00 pm Central. Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell star as the defense attorneys of the show's title.

On May 15, 2011, The Defenders was canceled by CBS. On August 22, 2011, the show was picked up by the Netflix "Watch Instantly" streaming service in the U.S.


 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

the Defenders EPISODE GUIDE 

  • Season 1
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      Episode 18
      3/11/11

      In order to represent both a husband and wife against murder charges, Nick and Pete temporarily dissolve their law partnership.

    • Episode 17
      3/4/11
      Claiming no recall of events, a hotel owner's son needs Nick and Pete's help when he's accused of strangling a casino host. An offended audience member sues a Vegas comic whose claim to fame is insulting the audience.

      Episode 16
      2/25/11
      Nick and Pete go after a pharmaceutical company for faulty packaging when two victims overdose on the same drug. Lisa is secretly seeing ADA Ward all the while considering a fascinating new job offer.

      Episode 15
      2/18/11
      When an excessively critical and demanding judge is charged with possession of a controlled substance, it's Nick who's stuck with helping free the judge from the multiple charges.
      Episode 14
      2/11/11
      Nick and Pete defend a college student who's facing life in prison.

      Episode 13
      2/4/11
      Nick revisits an old murder case from seventeen years ago, in which the defendant disappeared on the day before his wife's murder trial.

      Episode 12
      1/12/11
      Nick defends a young man charged with sexual assault because of a personal connection. Meanwhile, Pete gets assigned to jury duty.

      Episode 11
      12/15/10
      When an ex-football player is charged with assault and battery, Nick and Pete come to the rescue. Meanwhile, Pete is greatly annoyed that his father is in town.
    • Episode 10
      12/8/10
      Nick and Pete team up to see if they can get charges dropped when a man is caught carrying guns with the serial numbers filed off. An ADA asks Nick to help his sister save a bear from being euthanized.

      Episode 9
      11/17/10
      Nick and Pete pursue a wrongful death case against a construction company when a man dies from a fall. An online blogger needs Pete's help after exposing an illusionist's magic trick.

      Episode 8
      11/10/10
      Nick defends a local rapper after he is accused of killing two people at a club shooting and is charged with first-degree murder. Pete defends an Internet hacker facing RICO charges.
      Episode 7
      11/3/10
      Pete convinces Nick to represent the mistress of an iconic Las Vegas entertainer.
      Episode 6
      10/27/10
      Nick needs to prove reasonable doubt after one man is killed and an off-duty copy is wounded. Pete's client is caught with stolen Elvis memorabilia.
      Episode 5
      10/20/10
      Nick and Pete's latest case involves a state senator whose divorce case turns into a high-profile murder investigation when his mistress goes missing. Pete's other case involves accusations of assault and battery against a cabana girl.
      Episode 4
      10/13/10
      What Nick thinks is a simple arson case may turn into a first degree murder conviction. Pete takes on a casino when a lottery winner loses it all after a night of high rolling.
       
      Episode 3
      10/6/10
      While Nick defends a stripper who is charged with solicitation, Pete is forced to take a case he doesn't want to when he loses a hand of poker.

      Episode 2
      9/29/10
      Nick defends a single mother who is accused of running down a runner while talking on her cell phone. Meanwhile, Pete tries to help a despondent man.

      Episode 1
      9/22/10

      Nick Morelli and Pete Kaczmarek use whatever tactics necessary in order to defend a young man facing murder charges in a case unique to Las Vegas.

 

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