The BEST Episodes of The Defenders (2010)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 12, 2019

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

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 8.37
44 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Peter Noah, Bruce Rasmussen
Nevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy

#2 - Nevada v. Donnie The Numbers Guy

Season 1 - Episode 13

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 8.19
39 votes
Writers: Brett Conrad
Nevada v. Wayne

#3 - Nevada v. Wayne

Season 1 - Episode 12

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 8.13
44 votes
Directors: Greg Beeman
Writers: Bruce Rasmussen
Nevada v. Senator Harper

#4 - Nevada v. Senator Harper

Season 1 - Episode 5

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 8.13
86 votes
Directors: Jeff T. Thomas
Writers: Jacqueline Hoyt, Bruce Rasmussen
Nevada v. Dennis

#5 - Nevada v. Dennis

Season 1 - Episode 10

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 8.13
39 votes
Writers: Jacqueline Hoyt
Nevada v. Carter

#6 - Nevada v. Carter

Season 1 - Episode 3

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

star 8.09
110 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Peter Noah
Nevada v. Doug the Mule

#7 - Nevada v. Doug the Mule

Season 1 - Episode 14

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 8.05
38 votes
Directors: Charlie Haid
Writers: Carolina Paiz
Nevada v. Greene

#8 - Nevada v. Greene

Season 1 - Episode 17

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 8.02
41 votes
Directors: Charlie Haid
Writers: Kevin Kennedy
Nevada v. Killa Diz

#9 - Nevada v. Killa Diz

Season 1 - Episode 8

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 7.97
91 votes
Directors: Rod Holcomb
Writers: Brett Conrad
Nevada v. Hunter

#10 - Nevada v. Hunter

Season 1 - Episode 15

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 7.96
38 votes
Directors: Brad Silberling
Writers: Niels Mueller
Morelli v. Kaczmarek

#11 - Morelli v. Kaczmarek

Season 1 - Episode 18

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

star 7.94
45 votes
Directors: Paul McCrane
Writers: Niels Mueller
Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals

#12 - Noland v. Galloway Pharmaceuticals

Season 1 - Episode 16

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 7.82
38 votes
Directors: Christine Moore
Writers: Matt Payne
Las Vegas v. Black Betty

#13 - Las Vegas v. Black Betty

Season 1 - Episode 7

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

star 7.77
91 votes
Writers: Carolina Paiz
Nevada v. Riley

#14 - Nevada v. Riley

Season 1 - Episode 11

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 7.68
40 votes
Writers: Kevin Kennedy
Nevada v. Cerrato

#15 - Nevada v. Cerrato

Season 1 - Episode 4

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 7.65
105 votes
Directors: Charlie Haid
Writers: Brett Conrad
Nevada v. Rodgers

#16 - Nevada v. Rodgers

Season 1 - Episode 6

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

star 7.64
82 votes
Directors: Jamie Babbit
Writers: Kevin Kennedy, Niels Muellers
Las Vegas v. Reid

#17 - Las Vegas v. Reid

Season 1 - Episode 2

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 7.60
125 votes
Writers: Niels Mueller, Kevin Kennedy

#18 - Pilot

Season 1 - Episode 1

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

star 7.51
160 votes
Writers: Kevin Kennedy, Niels Mueller