Judd, for the Defense
Carl Betz as Judd with guest star Katharine Houghton, 1968.
GenreLegal drama
StarringCarl Betz
Stephen Young
ComposerAlexander Courage
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons2
No. of episodes50
Executive producerPaul Monash
Running time45–48 minutes
Production company20th Century-Fox Television
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 8, 1967 (1967-09-08) –
March 21, 1969 (1969-03-21)

Judd, for the Defense is an American legal drama originally broadcast on the ABC network on Friday nights from September 8, 1967, to March 21, 1969. Judd was a shortened surname from Juddinski.


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 evasion, 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 titled "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, Len Birman, Russ Conway, Tyne Daly, Richard Dreyfuss, Robert Duvall, Lee Grant, Rodolfo Hoyos, Jr., Ron Howard, Vivi Janiss, Wright King, Ida Lupino, Barry Morse, Jessica Tandy, Lurene Tuttle, and William Windom.[2]

Episode guide

Season 1 (1967–68)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
11"Tempest in a Texas Town"Harvey HartStory by : Paul Monash
Teleplay by : Harold Gast & Leon Tokatyan
September 8, 1967 (1967-09-08)6044
In the opening episode, Judd defends a wild, rebellious young man who has exerted a Pied Piper-like influence over a small town's teenagers. The young man is accused of killing two teenage girls although no bodies have been found and they might in fact be runaways. Pat Hingle guest stars.
22"The Deep End"Seymour RobbieSaul LevittSeptember 15, 1967 (1967-09-15)1802
Judd defends a skipper charged with the murder of four people aboard his boat. The only witness is a little girl who was also wounded during the attack. Beverly Garland and Leslie Nielsen guest star.
33"The Other Face of the Law"Robert ButlerEllis Kadison & Joel KaneSeptember 22, 1967 (1967-09-22)1804
Judd defends an ex-cop who claims that he was framed for murder after he tried to expose corruption within the department. Ed Asner and Jeff Corey guest star.
44"A Civil Case of Murder"Boris SagalHalstead WellesSeptember 29, 1967 (1967-09-29)1806
A football player asks Judd to represent him in fighting his late wife's parents for custody of his son. But soon the case takes on a more serious turn, as the grandparents accuse him of killing their daughter. John Dehner, Daniel J. Travanti and Brooke Bundy guest star
55"Shadow of a Killer"Leo PennSheldon StarkOctober 6, 1967 (1967-10-06)1805
Judd takes the case of a pregnant young woman who was found outside the scene of a burglary and charged with it. Quentin Dean, Joe Don Baker and Vincent Gardenia guest star.
66"Conspiracy"John ErmanLeo Lieberman & Meyer DolinskyOctober 13, 1967 (1967-10-13)1809
Judd represents architect Paul Christopher (Kevin McCarthy) in his lawsuit against a former police chief turned special investigator, who is ruthlessly harassing Christopher in his attempt to prove him guilty of conspiracy in the assassination of a mayor. John Considine and Kim Darby guest star.
77"Confessional"Alex MarchWilliam FrougOctober 20, 1967 (1967-10-20)1803
The son of an oil tycoon makes false confession. Chill Wills guest stars.
88"Death from a Flower Girl"William HaleStory by : David Davidson
Teleplay by : Irving Gaynor Neiman & Stanford Whitmore
October 27, 1967 (1967-10-27)1808
Judd's client is a young girl who shot her married lover, but claims she mistook him for a burglar. He finds he must defend her "New Morality" life style as well as the murder charge. Katherine Justice and Andrew Duggan guest star.
99"Commitment"Robert ButlerPaul MonashNovember 3, 1967 (1967-11-03)1813
An escaped convict confronts Judd in a parking lot and demands that he take his case to prove him innocent of the murder he was convicted of six years earlier. Judd motions for a new trial, on the grounds that the man's previous attorney did not provide an adequate defense. Brock Peters, Cicely Tyson and William Windom guest star.
1010"Citizen Ritter"Alex MarchStory by : Jack Jacobs & Lawrence Louis Goldman
Teleplay by : Sheldon Stark
November 10, 1967 (1967-11-10)1811
Judd's partner Ben (Stephen Young) has a client charged with killing the doctor who illegally operated on his daughter and almost killed her. Judd believes the man has a violent streak. Ben uncovers many dark secrets when the case goes to trial. Murray Hamilton and Norma Crane guest star.
1111"The Money Farm"Ralph SenenskyAnthony TerpiloffNovember 17, 1967 (1967-11-17)1807
An oil company executive is charged with the murder of a man who had been blackmailing him. The defendant says the victim stumbled during a fight and fell off a platform accidentally, but two witnesses insist that he was pushed. James Whitmore and Diana Muldaur guest star.
1212"To Kill a Madman"Larry PeerceRobert LewinNovember 24, 1967 (1967-11-24)1812
An old classmate of Judd's law-partner Ben (Stephen Young) is accused of murdering three young women. Len Birman and William Schallert guest star.
1313"To Love and Stand Mute"Michael CaffeyGerry DayDecember 1, 1967 (1967-12-01)1810
Judd and his law-partner, Ben (Stephen Young) take the case of a deaf-mute couple who want to adopt the foster child they've been taking care of. A complication develops when the child's natural mother shows up and decides to rescind her original decision to give up her baby. Ruta Lee guest stars.
1414"The Living Victim"William HaleHarold GastDecember 8, 1967 (1967-12-08)1815
Judd is representing mobster Walter Whittaker (Robert Alda), who is targeted by prosecutor Joseph Flexner (John Larch). A bomb killed Flexner's wife and despite a lack of evidence he indicts Whittaker for the murder. Joan Hackett also stars.
1515"Firebrand"Alex MarchFrank ParisDecember 15, 1967 (1967-12-15)1814
Judd visits his client, labor leader Gabriel Aguila (Rodolfo Hoyos Jr.), in jail for staging an illegal strike. But in a failed escape attempt a police officer is killed and Judd is taken hostage as leverage. Perry Lopez and Mark Lenard guest star.
1616"Everybody Loved Harlan But His Wife"Gerald MayerJames M. MillerJanuary 5, 1968 (1968-01-05)1818
Judd defends a woman who admits to killing her invalid husband. She claims she was in fear for her life because of his increasingly violent and erratic behavior, but no one else in her town claims to have seen that side of him. Vera Miles and Charles Drake guest star.
1717"Fall of a Skylark: Part 1 — The Trial"Boris SagalAndy LewisJanuary 12, 1968 (1968-01-12)1817-1
Judd defends the playboy son of a millionaire hotel owner who has been charged with the murder of the hotel's bookmaker, whom he was in debt to. Bradford Dillman and Diana Hyland guest star.
1818"Fall of a Skylark: Part 2 — The Appeal"Boris SagalAndy LewisJanuary 19, 1968 (1968-01-19)1817-2
After his client Bruzzy Burke (Bradford Dillman) is convicted, Judd continues to work to try to appeal the conviction, even though he is fired by Bruzzy's millionaire father (Barry Morse). His first step is to discredit the witness whose surprise testimony led to the conviction, and to use new witnesses; however, one of them winds up dead. Diana Hyland and Malachi Throne also star.
1919"No Law Against Murder"Boris SagalHarold GastJanuary 26, 1968 (1968-01-26)1819
As a member of a national committee of attorneys assigned to civil rights cases, Judd must defend a client he'd prefer not to: a Southern sheriff charged with violating the civil rights of a harassed Northern writer who was found dead shortly after the sheriff was seen taking him away in his car. Earl Holliman and Mariette Hartley guest star.
2020"The Grand Old Man"Boris SagalDave Lewis & Andy LewisFebruary 2, 1968 (1968-02-02)1820
Judd's law-partner Ben (Stephen Young) defends the son of a grocer who was murdered by the mob. The young man is accused of kidnapping the retired gangster father of the man who is believed to have ordered the killing. Christopher Connelly and Albert Dekker guest star.
2121"What You Can Do with Money"Boris SagalHarold Gast & William FrougFebruary 9, 1968 (1968-02-09)1821
Judd is called to the home of an assistant to a high-powered millionaire industrialist, where he is shown the body of a dead man in a boat. Judd finds much obfuscation regarding the facts of the case, as the industrialist tries to control the official story. Eventually the assistant confesses to killing the man, claiming the victim attacked his wife, but Judd is skeptical. Albert Salmi and Janice Rule guest star.
2222"Kingdom of the Blind"Christian NybyJohn W. BlochFebruary 16, 1968 (1968-02-16)1822
A onetime film star, hoping for a comeback, asks Judd to represent a scriptwriter to help him get out of a restrictive contract with a Hollywood producer. The producer is subsequently murdered and the writer is charged with the crime. Tim O'Connor and Ida Lupino guest star.
2323"The Devil's Surrogate"Larry PeerceWilliam KelleyFebruary 23, 1968 (1968-02-23)1823
A headstrong, controversial priest answers a desperate call from one of his students, a young woman who has been obviously smitten with him. She tells him she is going to kill herself unless he comes to her apartment. The priest arrives, only to find himself in a situation in which the girl's boyfriend is accidentally shot and killed. Judd defends the priest. James Franciscus and Karen Black guest star.
2424"Square House"Alex MarchArthur RoweMarch 1, 1968 (1968-03-01)1824
A parolee may be sent back to prison for associating with a rehabilitation center for former convicts, as this violates the terms of his parole. Judd defends him, but he soon has worse problems, as he is charged with killing an old associate during a robbery attempt. Robert Duvall and Collin Wilcox guest star.
2525"The Worst of Both Worlds"George McCowanNorman BorisoffMarch 8, 1968 (1968-03-08)1825
In Juvenile Court, without benefit of counsel, 17-year-old Kenny Carter, Jr. is consigned to the county Juvenile Home for three years based on the charge of stealing and wrecking a car, for which he vaguely denies guilt. Judd steps in to uphold Carter's full rights under due process, but Carter is reluctant to cooperate, as he is concealing a terrible secret. Luke Halpin and Pippa Scott guest star.
2626"You Remember Joe Maddox"George McCowanFranklin BartonMarch 15, 1968 (1968-03-15)1826
Joe Maddox (Kevin McCarthy) is desperate to find a decent job after being eased out of the editor's position he held for years. But he makes the mistake of confronting the former employer whom he blames for the loss of his job, resulting in the man's death and Maddox being charged with his murder. Coleen Gray also stars.

Season 2 (1968–69)

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air dateProd.
271"In a Puff of Smoke"Richard A. CollaHarold GastSeptember 27, 1968 (1968-09-27)2801
Ray Elliott (Robert Forster), an attorney who is well known for his advocacy against the draft, is charged with murder after a young man he was counseling immolates himself in public to avoid conscription. Prosecutors contend Elliott encouraged the young man to do it. Barry Atwater and Katharine Houghton guest star.
282"Transplant"Walter GraumanWilliam KelleyOctober 4, 1968 (1968-10-04)2803
Judd defends a doctor accused of murder after performing a heart transplant. The recipient is a young woman who the doctor has fallen in love with, and another doctor present claims that the donor was still alive when his heart was removed. John Vernon and Julie Sommars guest star.
293"The Ends of Justice"John MoxeyCharles McDanielOctober 11, 1968 (1968-10-11)2807
Jody Crews (Bernie Hamilton) is arrested on a minor charge when he tries to stop his black militant son's group from using a gun. Judd easily gets that charge dropped, but the arrest brings to light the fact that Crews escaped from prison years earlier in South Carolina, where he had been convicted of murder after a traffic accident. Though Judd is sure he can get the conviction overturned, Crews' son (Georg Stanford Brown) hopes to use his father's plight to bolster his group's claim that a black man can't receive justice through laws made by whites. Larry Linville also stars.
304"The Name of This Game is Acquittal"Alexander SingerE. Arthur KeanOctober 18, 1968 (1968-10-18)2808
One of Judd's female lawyer-colleagues, accused of intentionally running down a woman in an alley, uses different ways to pressure Judd into taking her apparently shaky case. Pat Crowley and Virginia Capers guest star.
315"The Sound of the Plastic Axe"Richard A. CollaJames M. MillerOctober 25, 1968 (1968-10-25)2804
Judd defends a rock entrepreneur who is charged with the murder of his wife, who died at a party he was hosting. Though she died of a heart condition, the man is accused of giving her the amphetamines which contributed to her death. Peter Haskell and Norman Fell guest star.
326"The Death Farm"John MoxeyRobert LewinNovember 1, 1968 (1968-11-01)2805
A young woman begs Judd to defend her friend, an escapee from a prison farm, who claims he will be killed if he is sent back there. The man claims to have killed a convict/trustee who tried to stop his escape. But when Judd asks about this at the farm, the officials deny the man was ever killed. Bonnie Bedelia and Wright King guest star.
337"Weep the Hunter Home"Lamont JohnsonMel Goldberg & Arthur H. SingerNovember 8, 1968 (1968-11-08)2810
An old friend of Judd objects to his son's friendship with a young man whom he thinks is a homosexual. Later, when the father is shot in an altercation, the son's friend is accused of attempted murder. Richard Dreyfuss and Dana Elcar guest star.
348"The Gates of Cerberus"Leo PennJohn W. BlochNovember 15, 1968 (1968-11-15)2802
Judd defends a man who filmed a movie inside a mental institution, a project he began when he was a patient there himself. The institution does not want the film shown to the public, but the filmmaker and his backers--led by his wife and brother-in-law--strongly believe conditions inside such places must be exposed. Sam Wanamaker, Phil Bruns, Stuart Margolin and Lee Grant guest star.
359"My Client, the Fool"Walter DonigerAlvin SapinsleyNovember 22, 1968 (1968-11-22)2809
Judd's partner Ben (Stephen Young) successfully defends a young man in a paternity suit by bringing out the names of other men who the baby's mother may have been with. But soon afterward he is arrested and charged with bringing the young woman across state lines for immoral purposes. Arthur Hill, Donna Baccala and Patricia Quinn guest star.
3610"Punishment, Cruel and Unusual"Lamont JohnsonCharles A. McDanielDecember 6, 1968 (1968-12-06)2812
Judd defends an alcoholic woman who has been charged with hit-and-run even though she has not had a drink in years. It is soon obvious the evidence against her is flimsy, but the judge in the case denies every motion Judd tries to prove this. Judd soon decides to show that the judge is biased due to his own unsuccessful battle against alcohol. Jessica Tandy and James Daly guest star.
3711"Thou Shalt Not Suffer a Witch to Live"Leo PennRobert LewinDecember 13, 1968 (1968-12-13)2815
A man removes his pregnant wife from a group of witches, who have convinced her that they could protect the baby. After she goes back again, he returns and this time accidentally injures the group's high priest, who tried to stop him from taking his wife back. Judd defends the man against a charge of assault, feeling that he genuinely feared for his wife and baby. Betty Field and Kenneth Tobey guest star.
3812"A Swim with Sharks"Jud TaylorBarry OringerDecember 20, 1968 (1968-12-20)2806
A longshoreman dealing with loan sharks who have taken over his union is charged with the murder of the union steward, who he believed was assisting them in charging him exorbitant interest on a loan. Simon Oakland and Gerald S. O'Loughlin guest star.
3913"The Crystal Maze"John ErmanJohn W. BlochJanuary 3, 1969 (1969-01-03)2813
A young woman whom Judd hasn't seen since she was a child names him as custodian for her baby after she kills her husband and then herself. Judd can't permanently take care of the child, but he finds that no one in the young woman's family is well suited for the baby either, and thus must consider adoption, if the family will agree to it. Carrie Snodgress and Margaret Leighton guest star.
4014"Borderline Girl"Boris SagalHarold GastJanuary 10, 1969 (1969-01-10)2814
Judd assists another attorney in defending a mildly retarded young woman who readily admits to killing the young man she considered her boyfriend, saying that she did it because he told her to. Brooke Bundy, Sandy Kenyon and Geraldine Brooks guest star.
4115"Epitaph on a Computer Card"Leo PennE. Arthur KeanJanuary 17, 1969 (1969-01-17)2816
A man finds his job and reputation being destroyed by a minor mistake on a computer card, and in his attempts to do something about it he may be digging himself in even deeper. William Daniels and Jacqueline Scott guest star.
4216"The Poisoned Tree"Leo PennStory by : Tina Pine & Lester Pine
Teleplay by : Roger H. Lewis
January 24, 1969 (1969-01-24)2811
The kleptomaniac daughter of a wealthy woman is charged with grand theft. She insists she is innocent, but proving it would involve telling a secret which could jeopardize her family situation. Dennis Patrick and Nancy Wickwire guest star.
4317"The Law and Order Blues: Part 2"William WiardHarold GastJanuary 31, 1969 (1969-01-31)2818
This episode was a crossover with Felony Squad. Guest stars: Ed Asner, Howard Duff, Brock Peters and Dennis Cole.
4418"Between the Dark and the Daylight"John ErmanJohn W. BlochFebruary 7, 1969 (1969-02-07)2819
A student who has been acting as an undercover agent for the police narcotics squad is accused by several students of raping a girl. Judd defends him but believes more is motivating him than just a desire to keep his fellow students off of drugs. Ron Howard and Lane Bradbury guest star.
4519"The Holy Ground: Part 1 — The Killing"Leo PennWilliam KelleyFebruary 14, 1969 (1969-02-14)2820
Dan Miles (Walter Brooke) arrives at a spiritual retreat run by Reverend Barnaby Cutler (Richard Kiley) to take his wife home, but she refuses to go. Soon Miles is found dead, and Cutler is charged with his murder. His claim that he does not even remember the events of the day make it look even worse for him. John Dehner and Joanne Linville guest star.
4620"The Holy Ground: Part 2 — The Killers"Leo PennWilliam KelleyFebruary 21, 1969 (1969-02-21)2821
After a recording of a conversation at one of his sessions is played, the prosecution charges that Reverend Barnaby Cutler (Richard Kiley) planned the murder of victim Dan Miles (Walter Brooke) with the help of his lover, Miles' wife, Paula (Joanne Linville). John Dehner and Edward Binns also guest star.
4721"An Elephant in a Cigar Box"Charles S. DubinRobert LewinFebruary 28, 1969 (1969-02-28)2822
Judd defends a smug anti-government man suspected of smuggling. Paul Henreid and Charles Grodin guest star.
4822"The View from the Ivory Tower"Leo PennAlvin SapinsleyMarch 7, 1969 (1969-03-07)2823
Judd defends a college professor whose job is on the line after he invited a black militant lecturer to one of his events. Dennis Weaver and Al Freeman Jr. guest star.
4923"Runaway"Leo PennE. Arthur KeanMarch 14, 1969 (1969-03-14)2824
A friend of Judd's is shot and killed while with his rebellious daughter and her horse. The girl claims it was an accident, but though he agrees to defend her Judd has trouble believing her version of the event, as does her mother. Susan Anspach and Jacqueline Scott guest star.
5024"Visitation"Michael O'HerlihyJack MorseMarch 21, 1969 (1969-03-21)2817
A divorced man, fearful that his ex-wife plans to leave the country with his son, also learns that he has no legal right to stop her according to the divorce agreement. While trying to find them, he gets into an argument with his brother-in-law and accidentally kills him. Gavin MacLeod and John McMartin guest star.


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