Memory Lane: ‘The Defenders’ Theme

I think I was lucky to find this on YouTube. It was the only one of its kind. All the other “Defenders” were only Marvel Comics wastes of space. I am so tired of that crap.

“The Defenders” was a TV show that ran from 1961 through 1965, and starred E.G. Marshall and Robert Reed as a father-and-son legal team. When I was old enough to stay up and watch it on Saturday night, it blew me right over.

In this show the impossible sometimes happened: the good guys lost the case! Holy cow! That never happened to Perry Mason! Sometimes the Defenders’ clients were even… guilty! With Perry Mason, the client was always saved at the last minute by some delivery guy or meter-reader breaking down under questioning and admitting that he dunnit. That never happened for the Defenders.

It was a good show, but my favorite thing about it was the theme music. Almost made me want to be a lawyer.

And now it’s sinking into a Marvel Comics swamp that swallows up much that is better than itself. Sheesh, can’t we sit still for a drama anymore? Does everything have to be a bleedin’ comic book?

5 comments on “Memory Lane: ‘The Defenders’ Theme

  1. I do remember “The Defenders” was a TV show, but not much more. Sometimes they lost, wow, what a concept. I do remember “Perry Mason,” and many times at the last moment the case would be saved. Didn’t he become “Ironsides” a few years later?

  2. Yes, I remember seeing him in Godzilla. At the time, I thought it was really odd he would be in that film. About what year was that?

    I think Godzilla has starred in more monster movies than any other gigantic beast. In that realm Kong is not King. Yep, he’s got a lot of battles under his belt. The 1998 film starring Matthew Broderick and Jean Reno is my favorite Godzilla film. I don’t think the critics liked it. But I rate it three and a half out of five stars for entertainment value. I have watched it many times, it just doesn’t get old.

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