The Defenders, Season 1HDClosed Captioning
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The Defenders is a drama about two colorful Las Vegas defense attorneys who go all-in when it comes to representing their clients. Nick and Pete are the local go-to guys with an eclectic client list who are still looking to hit their own jackpot. Leading the law firm of Morelli & Kaczmarek are Nick Morelli, an earnest, hard-charging attorney who represents his clients to the best of his ability, no matter how big or small the case; and his partner, Pete Kaczmarek, whose passion for the law is matched only by his love of fast cars, beautiful women and expensive clothes. Joining them in their growing law practice is new associate Lisa Tyler, an enthusiastic young attorney looking to put her exotic dancing days behind her; and their young assistant, Sophie, a spunky and sweet ingenue who is eager to please her bosses. While Lady Luck shines on their legal careers, the partners have their hands full when it comes to their personal lives. With Pete busy cruising the Vegas Strip for his latest romantic conquest, Nick is focused on repairing a fractured marriage to his estranged wife and remaining present in the life of their young son. No matter the offense, Nick and Pete aim to prove that when the stakes are high, they're willing to bet the house on the clients they defend in Sin City.
|1||HDClosed CaptioningVideoPilot||Nick and Pete defend a young man facing a murder charge in a case unique to Vegas that requires a slight bending of the rules and 'by any means necessary' tactics.||44:21||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|2||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLas Vegas v. Reid||Nick works the system to free a single mother accused of running down a jogger while chit chatting on her cell phone, meanwhile, Pete does his best to help a man down on his luck.||43:49||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|3||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Carter||Nick defends a stripper accused of solicitation, and Pete is forced to take an unwanted case after losing a hand of poker.||43:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|4||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Cerrato||Nick is ready to accept a simple arson case until he realizes that his client could be convicted of first-degree murder. Meanwhile, Pete helps a lottery winner take on a casino when he loses his fortune after a night of high rolling.||43:51||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|5||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Senator Harper||Nick and Pete are shocked when their client, a state senator, is charged with the kidnapping and burglary of his mistress in the midst of a divorce case. Meanwhile, Pete defends an attractive cabana girl from accusations of assault and battery.||43:50||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|6||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Rodgers||When a man is killed and an off-duty cop is left wounded in a bar shooting, Nick must prove reasonable doubt in his client's charge for attempted murder. Meanwhile, Pete tries to cut a deal for man caught with stolen Elvis memorabilia.||43:45||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|7||HDClosed CaptioningVideoLas Vegas v. Black Betty||When an entertainer's girlfriend is charged with his murder, Nick begrudgingly accepts Pete's request to represent the finicky mistress.||43:48||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|8||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Killa Diz||Nick comes to the defense of a young rapper wanted on two counts of first-degree murder. Meanwhile, Pete takes the case of an Internet hacker facing RICO charges.||43:24||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|9||HDClosed CaptioningVideoWhitten v. Fenlee||When a woman's husband dies from a fall on a construction site, Nick and Pete look to prove wrongful death against the company. Meanwhile, Pete tries to help an online blogger avoid jail after exposing an illusionist's magic trick.||43:34||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|10||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Dennis||When a young man is pulled over carrying guns with filed-off serial numbers, Nick and Pete try to get the charges thrown out. Meanwhile, Nick agrees to help the ADA's sister save a bear from being euthanized.||43:46||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|11||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Riley||Nick and Pete come to the aid of a troubled ex-football player charged with battery. Meanwhile, Pete becomes exasperated when his father (James Brolin) shows up in town.||43:51||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|12||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Wayne||Nick's personal ties to a young man charged with sexual assault prompt him to defend the accusations. Meanwhile, Pete is stunned when he has jury duty.||42:50||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|13||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy||Seventeen years after disappearing on the eve of his wife's murder trial, a man from Nick's past returns to Vegas looking to prove his innocence by relying on new technological tools.||43:26||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|14||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Doug the Mule||When a young man is pulled over carrying 30 bricks of cocaine, Nick and Pete look to prove their client was duped by a girl he met on spring break.||43:45||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|15||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Hunter||Facing thirty counts of possession of a controlled substance, an overconfident judge turns to Nick, who has no choice but to help acquit him of the charges.||43:34||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|16||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNoland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals||Two separates incidents of victims overdosing on epinephrine prompt Nick and Pete to sue a Fortune 500 pharmaceutical company for faulty packaging. Meanwhile, Lisa has a secret affair with ADA Ward while contemplating an intriguing job offer.||43:59||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|17||HDClosed CaptioningVideoNevada v. Greene||Unable to recall any events from the previous night, the son of a hotel owner turns to Nick and Pete for help after he awakes to find a casino host strangled to death in a hot tub.||43:44||$2.99||View in iTunes|
|18||HDClosed CaptioningVideoMorelli v. Kaczmarek||Nick and Pete temporarily dissolve their law firm and partnership in order to separately represent a husband and wife accused of murdering a yoga instructor.||41:16||$2.99||View in iTunes|
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Belushi's comedic skills should play nicely with O'Connell's smoldering sexy heat. Both are a joy to watch when producing at the top of their game.
Disappointing, O'Connell's talent is wasted
I watched with high hopes as someone who has liked Jerry O'Connell in past performances and as someone who loves the setting of Las Vegas for the show - but I was very disappointed. Belushi totally falls flat and both actors are given a lame script to work with. The court case was relatively interesting, but, unfortunately, more focus was put on the obnoxious and slapstick "comedy" than on the somewhat interesting drama element. O'Connell's talent is completely wasted on this show, and he couldn't save it. I won't be watching it again.
Surprising, in several ways!
I watched the pilot and before it started didn't honestly know what to expect. For me the pilot started out somewhat "slowly" and I definitely didn't know if I was going to like it or not. But then it started getting better and better and better! By the end of that first show I definitely knew it had potential!
Tonight I watched the second episode...it was much more obvious how well Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell work together and play off each other. The storylines are good too. Tonight, when the credits were running, I realized I was looking forward to next week's show. I kept thinking that the show was well written and well produced and then I saw it - "A Carol Mendelsohn Production"!! No wonder and no surprise why I liked it. I don't believe I've ever disliked anything her production company has put out. I think this show will keep getting better and better and I'm going to enjoy watching every minute while it does