The Lawyers TV show was a 60 minute legal drama series on NBC about an accomplished and flashy lawyer who provided the "smarts" and experience while depending on the youthful exhuberance of two young attorneys who were also brothers to help him win his courtroom cases.
The Lawyers Cast:Burl Ives ................... Walter Nichols
Joseph Campanella ........... Brian Darrell
James Farentino ............. Neil Darrell
The Lawyers Trivia:
The Bold Ones was not the only time that a number of series aired under an "umbrella" name. NBC used that technique pretty successfully at least a couple of other times. The NBC Mystery Movie was actually a rotating timeslot that aired for seven seasons. The series were "Banacek", "Columbo", "McCloud", "McMillan and Wife", and "Quincy M.E.". The series as a whole was a huge hit!
Before McCloud aired on the NBC Mystery Movie, it premiered on another NBC umbrella series titled, "Four in One". The other three shows on Four in One were "Night Gallery", "The Psychiatrist", and "San Francisco International Airport". Night Gallery also left the Four in One club to become its own series with its own time slot!
These types of shows are often referred to as "wheel series". Yet another such series that also aired on NBC was "The Name of the Game". The different segments on that series did not have their own seperate titles but there were three different shows that starred Gene Barry, Robert Stack, and Tony Franciosa.
The Lawyers TV show was based on the 1968 TV movie, "The Sound of Anger". Guy Stockwell ("Adventures in Paradise") portrayed Joseph Campanella's role in the movie and his name in the movie was Brad Darrell rather than Brian Darrell. A year later, another TV movie, "The Whole World is Watching" also featured the characters that would appear later on The Lawyers and this time Joseph Camanella did appear in his role as Brian Darrell.
The Lawyers won two Emmys in 1972. One was for "Outstanding Achievement in Music Composition - For a Series or a Single Program of a Series" for the episode "In Defense of Ellen McKay". The other one was for "Outstanding Directorial Achievement in Drama - A Single Program of a Series with Continuing Characters and/or Theme" for the episode "The Invasion of Kevin Ireland".
Episodes List With Original Air Dates
TV Pilot Movies:The Sound of Anger (2 hrs) (12/10/1968)
The Whole World Is Watching (2 hrs) (3/11/1969)
The First Season
The Second Season
The Third Season
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