Judd, for the Defense

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Judd, for the Defense
Carl Betz Katharine Houghton Judd for the Defense.JPG
Carl Betz as Judd with guest star Katharine Houghton, 1968.
GenreLegal drama
StarringCarl Betz
Stephen Young
Composer(s)Alexander Courage
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes50
Production
Executive producer(s)Paul Monash
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companies20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Century Fox Television
Fox Television Studios (current)
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Original runSeptember 8, 1967 (1967-09-08) – September 19, 1969 (1969-09-19)
 
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Judd, for the Defense
Carl Betz Katharine Houghton Judd for the Defense.JPG
Carl Betz as Judd with guest star Katharine Houghton, 1968.
GenreLegal drama
StarringCarl Betz
Stephen Young
Composer(s)Alexander Courage
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes50
Production
Executive producer(s)Paul Monash
Running time45–48 minutes
Production companies20th Century Fox Television
Distributor20th Century Fox Television
Fox Television Studios (current)
Broadcast
Original channelABC
Original runSeptember 8, 1967 (1967-09-08) – September 19, 1969 (1969-09-19)

Judd, for the Defense is an American legal drama originally broadcast on the ABC network on Friday nights from September 8, 1967, to September 19, 1969.

Synopsis[edit]

The show stars Carl Betz, who had previously spent eight years in the role of Dr. Alex Stone, husband of Donna Reed in ABC's The Donna Reed Show. In his new role, reportedly based on high-profile lawyers such as F. Lee Bailey and Percy Foreman,[1] Betz played Clinton Judd, a flamboyant attorney based in Houston, who often took on controversial cases across the country. Playing his top assistant, Ben Caldwell, was Stephen Young.

Even before the show premiered, Foreman threatened a lawsuit by saying that the program was "appropriating for commercial purposes my career as a lawyer." Throughout the course of the two-year run of the show, there were never enough viewers to establish Foreman's claim, although critics gave it positive reviews. Undoubtedly the skittishness of viewers was a result of the program's dealing with then-taboo (though contemporary) subjects such as homosexuality, blacklisting, and draft dodgers, with open-ended conclusions in many episodes.

The show's producer, Harold Gast, sought to break new ground with the program, using a number of new writers for scripts that veered away from previous television conventions. In addition, one personal experience involving credit card problems caused by computers became the basis for an episode entitled, "Epitaph on a Computer Card." In 1968, Gast and writer Leon Tokatyan won an Edgar Award from the Mystery Writers of America for the episode "Tempest in a Texas Town".

In an attempt to boost the low ratings of the hour-long program, the episode which aired on January 31, 1969, combined the Judd cast with that of another ABC series, Felony Squad, starring Dennis Cole. The idea did not salvage either program, as both were soon cancelled.

Betz's portrayal of a lawyer was enough to provide him paid opportunities to speak before groups of attorneys, and also helped him win both Golden Globe and Emmy Awards after the show's final season. Additionally, screenwriter Robert Lewin won a Writer's Guild award for the episode, "To Kill a Madman."

Other actors appearing on episodes of the show included Ed Asner, Karen Black, Scott Brady, Russ Conway, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall, Lee Grant, Ron Howard, Ida Lupino, Jessica Tandy, Lurene Tuttle, and William Windom.[2]

Episode guide[edit]

Season 1 (1967–1968)[edit]

Ep.TitleAirdate
11Tempest in a Texas TownSeptember 8, 1967
22The Deep EndSeptember 15, 1967
33The Other Face of the LawSeptember 22, 1967
44A Civil Case of MurderSeptember 29, 1967
55Shadow of a KillerOctober 6, 1967
66ConspiracyOctober 13, 1967
77ConfessionalOctober 20, 1967
88Death from a Flower GirlNovember 3, 1967
99Citizen RitterNovember 10, 1967
1010The Money FarmNovember 17, 1967
1111To Kill a MadmanNovember 24, 1967
1212CommitmentDecember 1, 1967
1313To Love and Stand MuteDecember 8, 1967
1414The Living VictimDecember 15, 1967
1515FirebrandDecember 22, 1967
1616Everybody Loved Harlan Except His WifeDecember 29, 1967
1717Fall of a Skylark: Part 1 - The TrialJanuary 5, 1968
1818Fall of a Skylark: Part 2 - The AppealJanuary 12, 1968
1919No Law Against MurderJanuary 19, 1968
2020The Grand Old ManJanuary 26, 1968
2121What You Can Do with MoneyFebruary 2, 1968
2222Kingdom of the BlindFebruary 9, 1968
2323The Devil's SurrogateFebruary 23, 1968
2424Square HouseMarch 1, 1968
2525The Worst of Both WorldsMarch 15, 1968
2626You Remember Joe MaddoxMarch 22, 1968

Season 2 (1968-1969)[edit]

Ep.TitleAirdate
127In a Puff of SmokeSeptember 27, 1968
228TransplantOctober 4, 1968
329The Ends of JusticeOctober 11, 1968
430The Name of This Game Is AcquittalOctober 18, 1968
531The Sound of the Plastic AxeOctober 25, 1968
632The Death FarmNovember 1, 1968
733Weep the Hunter HomeNovember 8, 1968
834The Gates of CerberusNovember 15, 1968
935My Client, the FoolNovember 22, 1968
1036Punishment, Cruel and UnusualDecember 6, 1968
1137Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to LiveDecember 13, 1968
1238A Swim with SharksDecember 20, 1968
1339The Crystal MazeJanuary 3, 1969
1440Borderline GirlJanuary 10, 1969
1541Epitaph on a Computer CardJanuary 17, 1969
1642The Poisoned TreeJanuary 24, 1969
1743The Law and Order BluesJanuary 31, 1969
1844Between the Dark and the DaylightFebruary 7, 1969
1945The Holy Ground: Part 1 - The KillingFebruary 14, 1969
2046The Holy Ground: Part 2 - The KillersFebruary 21, 1969
2147An Elephant in a Cigar BoxFebruary 28, 1969
2248The View from the Ivory TowerMarch 7, 1969
2349RunawayMarch 14, 1969
2450VisitationMarch 21, 1969

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Jamail Center for Legal Research, Tarlton Law Library, University of Texas Law School.[1]
  2. ^ Id.

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