The law firm of Preston & Preston was composed of a father and
son, two lawyers involved in a weekly courtroom drama. Lawrence,
the father, was a knowledgeable, seasoned attorney with more than 20 years of
experience at the bar. Kenneth, the son, was a recent law school graduate. The
learning process he went through as his father's partner was an integral part of the
series. During the first season, the firm's secretary, Helen Donaldson and
Kenneth's girlfriend, Joan Miller had regular featured roles.
a time when most TV entertainment series avoided any hint of controversy or
occasionally addressed such real-life issues such as abortion, mercy killing, and the
U.S. Government's restriction of its citizens' right to travel to unfriendly
countries. A January, 1964 episode entitled "Blacklist" was TV's first
hard look at its own practice of political blacklisting, and won actor Jack Klugman and writer Ernest Kinoy Emmy awards.
based on an original story by Reginald Rose, which was first telecast as a
two-part episode of
One in February-March, 1957. That
presentation was titled "The Defender," and
starred Ralph Bellamy and William Shatner as the father and son attorneys, with Steve
McQueen as a young defendant accused of murder.