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The Defenders: Season 1 (2010-2011)



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


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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 implicated in charges of vehicular homicide when she strikes down a jogger with her car, an illegal arms dealer, and an adolescent who accidentally ingests the wrong dosage of prescription medication.


Jim Belushi
as Nick Morelli
Jerry O'Connell
as Pete Kaczmarek
Tanya Fischer
as Zoey Waters
Teddy Sears
as Thomas Cole
Gillian Vigman
as Jessica Morelli
Monnae Michaell
as Judge Bass
Nealla Gordon
as Judge White
David Ramsey
as ADA Ward
Glynn E. Turman
as Judge Owens
Natalie Zea
as Meredith Kramer
Dan Aykroyd
as Judge Max Hunter
Robert Belushi
as ADA Nicholson
David Noroña
as ADA Gomez
Mark Rolston
as Johnny Greene
John Ales
as Vinnie
Louis Herthum
as Joe Rodgers
Lil' Romeo
as Killa Diz
Steven Culp
as Senator Clint Harper
Julian Acosta
as Judge Reyes
Russell Andrews
as Det. Markowitz
Michael Harney
as Det. Hank Smith
J. August Richards
as ADA Bracken
Ambrit Millhouse
as Court Clerk
Marshall Allman
as Jim Rodgers
April Grace
as ADA Harper
Michelle Lombardo
as Darian Sollaway
Michael Chieffo
as Mr. Christensen
Kathy Griffin
as Sally Kavalleri
James Brolin
as Teddy K
Ron Melendez
as ADA Sneed
Arye Gross
as Bennie
Milena Govich
as ADA Hunt
Erik Palladino
as Ausa Bukant
Judith Hoag
as Courtney
Jessica Tuck
as Susan Harper
Fred Koehler
as Gordon Gardner
Andrew Hawkes
as Det. Cervelli
Callard Harris
as Matt Greene
Alberto Isaac
as Judge Chang
Angelo Tiffe
as Sgt. Sean Sullivan
Alona Tal
as Ashley
Chris McGarry
as Alan Faber
Michele Greene
as Judge Glynn
James Curreri
as John Meers
Steve Tom
as Tom Harrison
Freda Foh Shen
as Judge Sato
Andrew Borba
as Dr. Cassidy
Alyssa Shafer
as Katie Reid
Michael B. Silver
as Dr. Stewart
Laura San Giacomo
as Judge Anna Desanti
David S. Lee
as Jeff Rodgers
Jonathan Goldstein
as Luke Purcell
Jim O'Brien
as Attorney Briar
Nora Dunn
as Amber
Stephen Root
as Judge Taylor
Susan May Pratt
as Laura Reid
Brian Howe
as Chief of Detectives
Amy Castle
as Amy Dillard
Nicolai Dorian
as Brett Jr.
Jeff Austin
as Foreperson
Walter Addison
as Judge Cooper
Stephen Tobolowsky
as Judge Gelineau
Jonathan Chase
as EMT Jason
David Barrera
as Det. Fierro
Robert Reinis
as Judge Katz
Markus Flanagan
as Agent Solo
Robyn Cohen
as ADA Quinn
Mary Gross
as Divorcee
Ruben Garfias
as Det. Davis
Tobias Forrest
as Sparky O'Keefe
William Russ
as EMT Carrick
Susan Griffiths
as Marilyn Monroe
Angela Gibbs
as Judge Lowery
Mel Fair
as Reporter
Kurt Basa
as Attorney Dent
Chuck Kelley
as Judge Graham
Andy DiMino
as Dean Martin
Burl Moseley
as Kurt Faber
Will Peters
as Antonio
Tim Griffin
as Agent Reese
Frank Maharajh
as Criminalist
Caleb Moody
as Sgt. Berry
Janet Song
as Asian Woman
Colin Walker
as Det. Hopkins
Alejandro Furth
as Det. Masters
Mackenzie Astin
as Paparazzo
Travis Johns
as Pick-Up Guy
Zorianna Kit
as Reporter #1
as Corner Boy
Asante Jones
as Officer
Nicholas Brooks
as Sammy Davis Jr.
Ronny Yu
as Ada Gow
Ronny Yu
as Ada Gow
John F. Schaffer
as Barista Man
Bobby Reed
as Snippy Server
Mo McRae
as Rapper
R.C. Ormond
as Uniformed Leader
Max Adler
as Robert
Peter Dobson
as Annie Barlow, Arnie Barlow
Dayci Brookshire
as Honey Bean
Troy Metcalf
as Doughy Guy
Darryl Alan Reed
as Groundskeeper
John Walter Davis
as Judge Bachmann
Todd Felix
as Reporter #2
Eli Goodman
as Radcliff
Kevin D'Arcy
as Court Clerk
Marcus Folmar
as Storage Unit Manager
Josh Latzer
as Bailiff
Chase Kim
as Ridley
Andrew Burlinson
as Tom Bukant
Peter Moret
as Officer Mark Peterson
Ryan K. Smith
as Uniform, Uniformed Officer
Michael Crider
as Lawyer #1
Joe Souza
as Wallace Stern
Delaina Mitchell
as Dr. Morton
Marcus Giamatti
as Lawyer #2
Robert Pine
as Judge Bronson
Troy Winbush
as Officer Chuck Collins
Cory Blevins
as ADA Henley
Kelli Dawn Hancock
as Female Officer
Amy Paffrath
as Field Reporter
Ryan Alvarez
as Jeff Philips
D.T. Matias
as Process Server
Casey Hendershot
as Corrections Officer
Nate Reese
as Deputy
Joe Basile
as Patrol Cop
Merry Simkins
as Trial TV Anchor
Blake Gibbons
as Mr. Wyatt
Joel Bryant
as Stander
Tom Virtue
as Detective
Pete Pastore
as Company Rep
Sheetal Gandhi
as Court Clerk #1
Bo Kane
as Reporter #1
Leith Burke
as Donte Neele
Justin Wade
as Jury Foreman
Jason Bowers
as Reporter #2
Reggie Jordan
as Reporter
Thomas Duong
as Court Clerk #2
Madeline Walter
as Reporter #3
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Critic Reviews for The Defenders: Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (9)

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

September 22, 2010 | Full Review…

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

September 22, 2010 | Full Review…

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 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Despite the ubiquity of superheroes today, there are not enough stories that are willing to send their heroes to the darkest of ends, after they've been put through the wringer.

August 27, 2018 | Full Review…

You already know what you are going to find: more of the same. blows, false depth, some other captivating character, badly shot fights and heroism without meshes or jokes. [Full Review in Spanish]

July 9, 2018 | Full Review…

It's so-so.

February 20, 2018 | Full Review…

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