The BEST Episodes of The Defenders (2010)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 10, 2020

Network: CBS

An irreverent legal drama about two fiery and charismatic Las Vegas defense attorneys. Tenacious, defiant and completely engaging, they argue the law, and they follow the law, but they always keep a few tricks up their sleeves. No matter what the odds, these lawyers keep fighting for the little guy.

Whitten v. Fenlee

#1 - Whitten v. Fenlee

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 17, 2010

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.

star 8.21
682 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Bruce Rasmussen, Peter Noah
Nevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy

#2 - Nevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy

Season 1 - Episode 13 - Aired Feb 4, 2011

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.

star 8.10
417 votes
Writers: Brett Conrad
Nevada v. Killa Diz

#3 - Nevada v. Killa Diz

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 10, 2010

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.

star 8.08
844 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Brett Conrad
Nevada v. Doug the Mule

#4 - Nevada v. Doug the Mule

Season 1 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 11, 2011

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.

star 8.00
416 votes
Directors: Charlie Haid
Writers: Carolina Paiz
Pilot

#5 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1 - Aired Sep 22, 2010

Nick and Pete use whatever tactics necessary in order to defend a young man facing murder charges in a case unique to Vegas.

star 7.93
1,087 votes
Writers: Kevin Kennedy, Niels Mueller
Nevada v. Carter

#6 - Nevada v. Carter

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 6, 2010

Nick defends a stripper accused of solicitation; Pete must take on an unwanted case after losing a hand of poker.

star 7.92
893 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Peter Noah
Nevada v. Dennis

#7 - Nevada v. Dennis

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 8, 2010

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.

star 7.91
648 votes
Writers: Jacqueline Hoyt
Nevada v. Hunter

#8 - Nevada v. Hunter

Season 1 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 18, 2011

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.

star 7.90
444 votes
Directors: Brad Silberling
Writers: Niels Mueller
Nevada v. Senator Harper

#9 - Nevada v. Senator Harper

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 20, 2010

In the middle of a divorce case, a client is charged with the kidnapping and burglary; Pete defends a cabana girl accused of assault and battery.

star 7.83
781 votes
Directors: Jeff T. Thomas
Writers: Bruce Rasmussen, Jacqueline Hoyt
Nevada v. Wayne

#10 - Nevada v. Wayne

Season 1 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 12, 2011

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.

star 7.82
653 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Bruce Rasmussen
Nevada v. Greene

#11 - Nevada v. Greene

Season 1 - Episode 17 - Aired Mar 4, 2011

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.

star 7.72
534 votes
Directors: Charlie Haid
Writers: Kevin Kennedy
Morelli v. Kaczmarek

#12 - Morelli v. Kaczmarek

Season 1 - Episode 18 - Aired Mar 11, 2011

The firm temporarily dissolves its partnership when they have to defend a husband and wife accused of murder.

star 7.72
596 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Niels Mueller
Nevada v. Riley

#13 - Nevada v. Riley

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 15, 2010

Nick and Pete come to the aid of a troubled ex-football player charged with battery. Meanwhile, Pete becomes exasperated when his father shows up in town.

star 7.70
620 votes
Writers: Kevin Kennedy
Las Vegas v. Reid

#14 - Las Vegas v. Reid

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 29, 2010

Nick works the system to free a single mother accused of running down a jogger; Pete helps a man who is down on his luck.

star 7.68
878 votes
Writers: Kevin Kennedy, Niels Mueller
Las Vegas v. Black Betty

#15 - Las Vegas v. Black Betty

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 3, 2010

Nick reluctantly defends an entertainer's girlfriend when she is charged with murder; Lisa's newest client reveals potentially dangerous information.

star 7.62
757 votes
Writers: Carolina Paiz
Nevada v. Rodgers

#16 - Nevada v. Rodgers

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Oct 27, 2010

Nick defends a man charged with attempted murder; a man is caught with stolen Elvis memorabilia.

star 7.60
692 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Kevin Kennedy, Niels Muellers
Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals

#17 - Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals

Season 1 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 25, 2011

Nick and Pete go after a pharmaceutical company for faulty packaging when two victims overdose on the same drug. Lisa is secretly seeing ADA Ward all the while considering a fascinating new job offer.

star 7.53
386 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Matt Payne
Nevada v. Cerrato

#18 - Nevada v. Cerrato

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 13, 2010

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.

star 7.52
800 votes
Directors: Charlie Haid
Writers: Brett Conrad