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September 22, 2010 | By Mary McNamara, Los Angeles Times Television Critic
In 1961, CBS premiered a show called "The Defenders" that starred E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as father-and-son lawyers tackling big-issue cases of the day — abortion, euthanasia, censorship — through exquisite understanding of the law. On its website, the Museum of Broadcast Communications describes it as perhaps the most socially conscious series the medium has ever seen. Almost 50 years later, CBS is introducing another show called "The Defenders," which stars Jim Belushi and Jerry O'Connell as a father-and-son-like team of Vegas lawyers who, when not struggling with, respectively, an ugly divorce and a penchant for fly-by sex, take on kind of tough cases and use cheap showmanship and contrived last-minute breaks to win them.
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