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The Defenders: Season 1 (2010-2011)




Average Rating: 6/10
Reviews Counted: 11
Fresh: 8 | Rotten: 3

The Defenders takes a shopworn format and turns it fresh with witty dialogue and surprising twists.


Average Rating: 6/10
Critic Reviews: 8
Fresh: 5 | Rotten: 3

The Defenders takes a shopworn format and turns it fresh with witty dialogue and surprising twists.



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Season Info

A program loosely inspired by two real-life lawyers, the CBS comedy-drama series "The Defenders" follows the exploits of Pete Kaczmarek (Jerry O'Connell) and Nick Morelli (James Belushi) a colorful pair of Las Vegas defense attorneys. The men will do seemingly anything to aid their clients, while attempting to keep their personal lives under control on the side. First-season cases find Kaczmarek and Morelli defending such characters as an exotic dancer at a strip club, a woman who becomes

Genre: Drama

Network: CBS




Air date: Sep 22, 2010


Pete and Nick are forced to bend the rules while defending a young man charged with murder.

Air date: Sep 29, 2010

Las Vegas v. Reid

Nick defends a woman accused of running down a jogger while talking on her cell phone. Meanwhile, Pete helps a man down on his luck.

Air date: Oct 6, 2010

Nevada vs Carter

Nick defends a stripper accused of solicitation; Pete must take on an unwanted case after losing a hand of poker.

Air date: Oct 13, 2010

Nevada v. Cerbone

When he considers taking a simple arson case, Nick realizes the client could be convicted of first-degree murder; Pete helps a lottery winner who lost his fortune take on a casino.

Air date: Oct 20, 2010

Nevada v. Senator Harper

In the middle of a divorce case, a client is charged with the kidnapping and burglary; Pete defends a cabana girl accused of assault and battery.

Air date: Oct 27, 2010

Nevada v. Rodgers

Nick defends a man charged with attempted murder; a man is caught with stolen Elvis memorabilia.

Air date: Nov 3, 2010

Las Vegas v. Black Betty

Nick reluctantly defends an entertainer's girlfriend when she is charged with murder; Lisa's newest client reveals potentially dangerous information.

Air date: Nov 10, 2010

Nevada v. Killa Diz

Nick defends a rapper (Romeo Miller) accused of murdering two people at a club. Meanwhile, Pete represents an Internet hacker charged with racketeering.

Air date: Nov 17, 2010

Whitten v. Fenlee

Nick and Pete try to prove wrongful death in the case of a man who died from a fall on a construction site; Pete tries to help a blogger avoid jail.

Air date: Dec 8, 2010

Nevada v. Davis

Nick and Pete try to help a young man caught carrying guns with filed-off serial numbers; the ADA's sister asks Nick to help save a bear from being euthanized.

Air date: Dec 15, 2010

Nevada v. Riley

Nick and Pete help a troubled former football player charged with battery; Pete's father (James Brolin) comes to town.

Air date: Jan 12, 2011

Nevada v. Wayne

Nick defends a young man charged with sexual assault; Pete is shocked when he has jury duty.

Air date: Feb 4, 2011

Nevada v. Donnie the Numbers Guy

A former friend of Nick's tries to use new technological tools to clear his name of murder.

Air date: Feb 11, 2011

Nevada v. Doug the Mule

When a college student is caught with 30 bricks of cocaine, Pete and Nick try to prove that he was conned.

Air date: Feb 18, 2011

Nevada v. Hunter

Nick begrudgingly agrees to defend an overconfident judge facing 30 counts of drug possession.

Air date: Feb 25, 2011

Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals

After people overdose on epinephrine, Nick and Pete sue a pharmaceutical company for faulty packaging; Lisa contemplates a job offer and has a secret affair.

Air date: Mar 4, 2011

Nevada v. Greene

A hotel owner's son asks Nick and Pete for help when he wakes up to find a dead body in the hot tub and no memory of the night before.

Air date: Mar 11, 2011

Morelli v. Kaczmarek

Both Nick and Pete dissolve their partnership in order to represent a married couple accused of killing a yoga instructor.

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All Critics (11) | Top Critics (8) | Fresh (8) | Rotten (3)

Did I want to watch "The Defenders'' again? Not so much. And that's always the test.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Boston Globe
Boston Globe

Here the love connection is unambiguously platonic and winning.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: New York Post
New York Post

The Defenders" is a standard-issue legal drama, but Mr. Belushi and Mr. O'Connell bring a playful exuberance to their roles that allows the series to rise above its trappings.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

The show is an old-fashioned courtroom procedural, but the pilot has enough sharp writing and well-greased plot twists to suggest future promise.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Newsday

The Defenders,' which is a pretty straightforward legal procedural, has a surprising amount of fun with its familiar building blocks.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Huffington Post
Huffington Post

"The Defenders" is easily the best thing to happen to Jim Belushi since "According to Jim" was canceled and people like me had to stop using him as a punchline.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Daily News
Philadelphia Daily News

Based on the preliminary evidence, there are few grounds to deny a motion to dismiss.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Variety

Welcome to fall's most pleasant surprise.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: USA Today
USA Today

...Oh, forget it. The show is lousy.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: San Francisco Chronicle
San Francisco Chronicle

Nothing we all haven't seen before, with nary a character or line of dialogue that's meaningful or memorable.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Los Angeles Times
Los Angeles Times

The plots feature lots of creative legal give-and-take to keep the audience amused and guessing.

September 22, 2010 Full Review Source: Philadelphia Inquirer
Philadelphia Inquirer

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