The Defenders (2010 TV series)

The Defenders is an American legal comedy-drama television series 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.

The Defenders
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Created by
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes18
Executive producer(s)
Running time43 minutes
Production company(s)
DistributorCBS Television Distribution
Original networkCBS
Picture format1080i (HDTV)
Original releaseSeptember 22, 2010 (2010-09-22) –
March 11, 2011 (2011-03-11)

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 charactersEdit


  • 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



No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateUS viewers
1"Pilot"Davis GuggenheimKevin Kennedy & Niels MuellerSeptember 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 MelmanPeter NoahSeptember 29, 2010 (2010-09-29)10.41[10]
Nick defends a mother who killed a jogger while driving.
3"Nevada v. Carter"Jeff MelmanPeter NoahOctober 6, 2010 (2010-10-06)9.28[11]
Nick defends a dancer at a strip club.
4"Nevada v. Cerrato"Charlie HaidBrett ConradOctober 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 ThomasJacqueline Hoyt & Bruce RasmussenOctober 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 BabbitKevin Kennedy & Niels MuellersOctober 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 BusfieldCarolina PaizNovember 3, 2010 (2010-11-03)9.94[15]
Pete and Nick defend a celebrity murder case.
8"Nevada v. Killa Diz"Rod HolcombBrett ConradNovember 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 MoorePeter Noah & Bruce RasmussenNovember 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 BeesleyJacqueline HoytDecember 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. LewisKevin KennedyDecember 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 BeemanBruce RasmussenJanuary 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 ShowalterBrett ConradFebruary 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 HaidCarolina PaizFebruary 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 SilberlingNiels MuellerFebruary 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 MooreMatt PayneFebruary 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 HaidKevin KennedyMarch 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 McCraneNiels MuellerMarch 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.


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