is a 2010 American legal comedy-drama
that was ordered to series by CBS for the 2010–11 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
In order to represent both a husband
and wife against murder charges, Nick and Pete temporarily
dissolve their law partnership.
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.
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.
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.
Nick and Pete defend a college student
who's facing life in prison.
Nick revisits an old murder case from
seventeen years ago, in which the defendant disappeared on
the day before his wife's murder trial.
Nick defends a young man charged with
sexual assault because of a personal connection. Meanwhile,
Pete gets assigned to jury duty.
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
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.
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.
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.
Pete convinces Nick to represent the
mistress of an iconic Las Vegas entertainer.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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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