1 9 6 6 (USA)
12 x 30 minute episodes
The Jean Arthur Show displayed the comedienne with the enchantingly cracked voice who delighted moviegoers in Mr Smith Goes To Washington, Mr Deeds Goes To Town and many other cinema comedies.
Her TV series cast her as a widowed lawyer who had the brains, the crusading zeal and the zest for battle of a Lawrence Preston. Like Preston, she also had a son (Ron Harper) who was her law partner.
But the similarity to The Defenders went no further than that. For this was situation comedy, pure and simple.
A number of the situations involved reformed hood Richie Wells, played by Richard Conte.
The original working title was Mothers Word Is Law, but to cash in on Arthur’s star power, the eponymous title was selected.