1 9 7 0 – 1 9 7 1 (USA)
In the premiere episode of this CBS legal drama series, young lawyer David Hansen (Robert Foxworth) gave up his position with the prestigious law firm of Horton, Troy, McNeil, Carroll and Clark, in plush Century City, California, to join two other young attorneys in a non-profit practice.
He, Deborah Sullivan (Sheila Larkin) and Gabriel Kaye (David Arkin) set up an office in a small store in a poor section of Los Angeles and offered their services to poor people who needed legal help but could not afford an expensive attorney.
Following an unsuccessful start and a three-week hiatus in January, the series returned on 3 February 1971, with a new title – Men at Law – and a new format.
The three young attorneys were now working for the fancy law firm that Hansen had left, under the guidance of senior partner Devlin McNeil (Gerald S. O’Loughlin) and the cases were more conventional.
They still worked on cases involving the underprivileged but also took on those of more affluent members of the community. At this point, the amount of each episode that actually took place in the courtroom also increased substantially.
Gerald S. O’Loughlin