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For the People (1965 TV series)

For the People is an American legal drama that aired from January 31 until May 9, 1965. The series starred a pre-Star Trek William Shatner as a New York City prosecutor. It was shot on location in New York.

For the People
GenreLegal drama
Created byStuart Rosenberg
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13
Producer(s)Arthur Joel Katz
Camera setupAndy Lazlo
Running time60 minutes
Production company(s)Plautus Productions
Titus Productions
Paramount Television
CBS Paramount Television
CBS Television Distribution (current as of 2007)
Original networkCBS
Original releaseJanuary 31 –
May 9, 1965



William Shatner played assistant district attorney David Koster in New York City.[1]



No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date
1"To Prosecute All Crimes"David GreeneErnest Kinoy and Albert SandersJanuary 31, 1965 (1965-01-31)
Koster becomes obsessed with the idea of indicting a big-time racketeer, despite stiff opposition from his bureau chief.
2"Guilt Shall Not Escape or Innocence Suffer"Stuart RosenbergErnest KinoyFebruary 14, 1965 (1965-02-14)
A vagrant is arrested for burglary and assault, he admits to the assault but denies the theft.
3"The Influence of Fear"Stuart RosenbergArt WallaceFebruary 21, 1965 (1965-02-21)
The public wants the death sentence for a Puerto Rican boy who is charged with the murder of an elderly woman.
4"Act of Violence"TBATBAFebruary 28, 1965 (1965-02-28)
A man kills his teacher after an argument.
5"Between Candor and Shame"Tom GriesLeon TokatyanMarch 7, 1965 (1965-03-07)
The owner of a bookstore is arrested for displaying an obscene novel.
6"The Killing of One Human Being"Stuart RosenbergErnest KinoyMarch 14, 1965 (1965-03-14)
Koster and Cahane disagrees about the future of a woman who is charged with first-degree murder.
7"Dangerous to the Public Peace and Safety"Stuart RosenbergRobert ThomMarch 21, 1965 (1965-03-21)
An emotionally disturbed teenager is a suspect in the killing of six girls.
8"Secure Any Special Privileger or Advantage"Herbert HirschmanAl SargentMarch 28, 1965 (1965-03-28)
An actor is arrested for impersonating an officer.
9"The Right to Kill"TBATBAApril 4, 1965 (1965-04-04)
A prison guard is suspected of murder, but he claims it was in self defence.
10"With Intent to influence"TBATBAApril 11, 1965 (1965-04-11)
A high official hides evidence about an old political scandal.
11"Seized, Confined and Detained"Paul AlmondArt WallaceApril 25, 1965 (1965-04-25)
A diabetic boy is kidnapped.
12"Any Benevolent Purpose"Howard Da SilvaHarold GastMay 2, 1965 (1965-05-02)
A con man accuses the executive director of a charity of taking bribes.
13"A Competent Witness"TBAHarold GastMay 9, 1965 (1965-05-09)
An ex-convict has identified a cop killer, but Koster doesn't think he will be trusted in court.


The series was canceled after its first season. The cancellation left Shatner free to accept the role of Captain James T. Kirk on Star Trek.


  1. ^ TV Guide. "For the People Cast and Details". TV Guide. Retrieved 2013-01-22.

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