The Defenders (2010 TV series)

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The Defenders
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Genre Comedy-drama
Legal drama
Created by Kevin Kennedy
Niels Mueller
Starring Jim Belushi
Jerry O'Connell
Jurnee Smollett-Bell
Tanya Fischer
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 18 (list of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Harry Gantz
Joe Gantz
Kevin Kennedy
Niels Mueller
Carol Mendelsohn
Running time 43 minutes
Production company(s) Carol Mendelsohn Productions
CBS Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Picture format 1080i (HDTV)
Original release September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) – March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11)

The Defenders is a 2010 American legal comedy-drama that was ordered to series by CBS for the 2010–11 television season.[1][2] 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.[3][4] This series is not related to the 1960s CBS series of the same name.

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.[5] 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 p.m. Eastern/7:00 p.m. Central.[6] 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 and it was not renewed for a second season.[7]

Cast and characters[edit]

Main characters[edit]

  • Jerry O'Connell as Pete Kaczmarek, a freewheeling playboy lawyer
  • Jim Belushi as Nick Morelli, Pete's partner, who is very passionate about his work and the clients he helps
  • Jurnee Smollett-Bell as Lisa Tyler, a young lawyer who worked her way through law school as a dancer
  • Tanya Fischer as Zoey Waters, Pete and Nick's assistant

Supporting cast[edit]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Davis Guggenheim Kevin Kennedy & Niels Mueller September 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) 12.09[9]
Las Vegas attorneys Nick Morelli and Pete Kaczmarek defend a murder client.
2 "Las Vegas v. Reid" Jeff Melman Peter Noah September 29, 2010 (2010-09-29) 10.41[10]
Nick defends a mother who killed a jogger while driving.
3 "Nevada v. Carter" Jeff Melman Peter Noah October 6, 2010 (2010-10-06) 9.28[11]
Nick defends a dancer at a strip club.
4 "Nevada v. Cerrato" Charlie Haid Brett Conrad October 13, 2010 (2010-10-13) 9.90[12]
Nick takes on an arson case. Pete defends a drunk gambler who lost millions.
5 "Nevada v. Senator Harper" Jeff Thomas Jacqueline Hoyt & Bruce Rasmussen October 20, 2010 (2010-10-20) 10.03[13]
Pete and Nick defend a state senator who is accused of murdering his mistress.
6 "Nevada v. Rodgers" Jamie Babbit Kevin Kennedy & Niels Muellers October 27, 2010 (2010-10-27) 9.80[14]
Nick defends a getaway driver's charge of attempted murder. Pete pleas for a man who stole Elvis collectables.
7 "Las Vegas v. Johnson" Tim Busfield Carolina Paiz November 3, 2010 (2010-11-03) 9.94[15]
Pete and Nick defend a celebrity murder case.
8 "Nevada v. Killa Diz" Rod Holcomb Brett Conrad November 10, 2010 (2010-11-10) 8.40[16]
Nick defends a rapper. Pete bargains with the FBI for an internet hacker.
9 "Whitten v. Fenlee" Christine Moore Peter Noah & Bruce Rasmussen November 17, 2010 (2010-11-17) 9.43[17]
A man dies on a construction site and his wife sues the company with Nick as her lawyer. Another man, represented by Pete, tries to get himself out of trouble after exposing a magician's secret.
10 "Nevada v. Dennis" Matt Earl Beesley Jacqueline Hoyt December 8, 2010 (2010-12-08) 10.54[18]
A man gets in trouble for dealing with guns with filed-off serial numbers. Nick tries to stop a bear from being put to sleep.
11 "Nevada v. Reily" Richard J. Lewis Kevin Kennedy December 15, 2010 (2010-12-15) 10.29[19]
A man who used to play football gets in trouble for assault. Meanwhile, Pete is not happy that his father decides to come visit.
12 "Nevada v. Wayne" Greg Beeman Bruce Rasmussen January 12, 2011 (2011-01-12) 6.81[20]
Nick defends a young man he knows who is accused of sexual assault, while Pete gets jury duty.
13 "Nevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy" John Showalter Brett Conrad February 4, 2011 (2011-02-04) 8.71[21]
A man returns to prove he is innocent of murdering his wife seventeen years after he skipped his trial.
14 "Nevada v. Doug the Mule" Charlie Haid Carolina Paiz February 11, 2011 (2011-02-11) 7.91[22]
Nick and Pete defend a young man who has been duped by a woman to smuggle a car full of cocaine across the Mexican border.
15 "Nevada v. Hunter" Brad Silberling Niels Mueller February 18, 2011 (2011-02-18) 8.47[23]
Facing 30 counts of possession of a controlled substance, an overconfident judge turns to Nick, who has no choice but to try to get him acquitted of the charges.
16 "Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals" Christine Moore Matt Payne February 25, 2011 (2011-02-25) 8.68[24]
The firm represents a teenager who took the wrong dosage of a medication.
17 "Nevada v. Greene" Charlie Haid Kevin Kennedy March 4, 2011 (2011-03-04) 8.59[25]
The firm represents a partier who is accused of murdering a woman while under the influence of alcohol.
18 "Morelli v. Kaczmarek" Paul McCrane Niels Mueller March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11) 8.38[26]
The firm temporarily dissolves its partnership when they have to defend a husband and wife accused of murder.

International broadcasts[edit]


In the  UK, FX acquired the rights to air episodes from April 8, 2011.[27]

In  Poland AXN and AXN HD Polska from November 15, 2010.[citation needed]

In  the Netherlands on Net5 from May 19, 2014

In  Portugal on Fox Portugal.

In  Germany, kabel eins acquired the rights with the Sat 1 network airing from March 27, 2011.[28]

In  Russia on SET from January 27.[29]

In  Austria on ORF.

In  Italy on Rai 3 from September 12, 2011.

South Pacific[edit]

In  Australia on Network Ten's primary channel from June 1, 2011 with re-runs on their HD channel.[30]

In  New Zealand, TV3 are burning off the show from midday December 31, 2013. With the exception of the pilot it is shown in HD. The subtitling is an edited STL conversion of the original WGBH-TV CBS paid for captions.


In  Malaysia on RTM's tv2 from midnight May 18, 2011.


In  South Africa on DSTV from November 3, 2011.


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