The Bold Ones: The Protectors

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Not to be confused with the 1972-1974 ITC series The Protectors.
The Bold Ones: The Protectors
Bold Ones Protectors Cast.jpg
The cast of The Bold Ones: The Protectors
Also known as The Protectors
Deadlock
The Law Enforcers
Created by William Sackheim
Roland Wolpert
Directed by Daryl Duke
Lamont Johnson
Starring Leslie Nielsen
Hari Rhodes
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 7 (including 1 pilot movie) (list of episodes)
Production
Producer(s) Jack Laird
Running time 45–48 minutes
Release
Original channel NBC
Audio format Monaural
Original release February 22, 1969 (1969-02-22) – March 8, 1970 (1970-03-08)

The Bold Ones: The Protectors (also known as The Protectors, Deadlock or The Law Enforcers) is an American crime drama series that aired on NBC from 1969 to 1970; it lasted for seven episodes (including one pilot movie).

The Protectors was part of The Bold Ones, a rotating series of dramas that also included The New Doctors (with E.G. Marshall), The Lawyers (with Burl Ives) and The Senator (with Hal Holbrook). This was the shortest of the four series.

Overview[edit]

The series stars Leslie Nielsen as Deputy Chief Sam Danforth, the deputy chief of police in a volatile California city. He is a conservative law and order type who is brought in from Cleveland to try to keep the lid on. Nielsen often has run-ins with the city's idealistic, liberal black DA, William Washburn played by Hari Rhodes.

Cast[edit]

  • Leslie Nielsen as Deputy Police Chief Sam Danforth the deputy chief of police in a volatile California city
  • Hari Rhodes as the city's idealistic, liberal black District Attorney William Washburn, who often has run-ins with Sam Danforth.

Guest stars[edit]

  • Aldo Ray made one appearance as Edward Logan in the pilot movie: "Deadlock"
  • Max Julien made one appearance as Coley Walker in the pilot movie: "Deadlock"
  • Edmond O'Brien made one appearance as Warden Millbank in: "If I Should Wake Before I Die"
  • James Broderick made one appearance as Father Hayes in: "A Thing Not of God"
  • Frank Maxwell made two appearances as Mayor Alesi in: "The Carrier" and "A Case of Good Whiskey at Christmas Time"
  • Michael Bell made two appearances as Sergeant Jack Miller in: "Draw a Straight Man" and "A Case of Good Whiskey at Christmas Time"

Episodes[edit]

Title Directed by: Written by: Original air date
0 "Deadlock" Lamont Johnson Chester Krumholz,
Robert E. Thompson
22 February 1969
Pilot episode.
1 "A Case of Good Whiskey at Christmas Time" Robert Day L.T. Bentwood,
Betty Deveraux,
Robert I. Holt
28 September 1969
The builder of a high profile public housing project is murdered just as construction begins. District Attorney William Washburn has to walk a delicate line when he uncovers massive corruption during his investigation, as the publicity could jeopardize the project and lead to civil unrest.
2 "If I Should Wake Before I Die" Daryl Duke Jerrold Freedman,
Adrian Spies
26 October 1969
Washburn decides to retry a well-spoken and charming convicted murderer who has managed to avoid execution for seven years through appeals he filed and argued on his own behalf. Washburn's case hinges on a newly discovered poem the man wrote the night of his first scheduled execution, which Washburn believes the jury will interpret as a confession.
3 "Draw a Straight Man" * * 14 December 1969
Deputy Police Chief Danforth is under the microscope when accusations of police corruption surface after a series of robberies.
4 "The Carrier" Frank Arrigo Mark Rodgers,
Paul Stein,
Barry Trivers,
Charles Watts
11 January 1970
The death of a man carrying a plague from Asia leads the DA's office to a people-smuggling ring.
5 "A Thing Not of God" Jerrold Freedman Harold Livingston,
Mark Rodgers
1 February 1970
The DA's office gets involved with a case involving a church and an Army deserter who sought refuge there.
6 "Memo from the Class of '76" Daryl Duke Jerrold Freedman,
Benjamin Masselink
8 March 1970
The DA's office comes under the scrutiny of a group of angry parents when the police arrest a busload of students as part of a drug bust.

* Unknown

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