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Sam Benedict

Season 1 1962 - 1963

  • 1962-09-15T23:30:00Z on NBC
  • 60 mins
  • 1 day, 4 hours, 0 mins
  • United States
  • English
  • Drama

Sam Benedict is the go to lawyer in the San Francisco area with a reputation for winning impossible cases. Trudy has his office running efficiently while Hank keeps things from getting too serious as Benedict's right hand man.

28 episodes

1x01 Hannigan

  • Series Premiere

    1962-09-15T23:30:00Z — 60 mins

When her husband suddenly dies, Patricia Hannigan turns to the family's closest friend, Sam Benedict, for help in settling the estate. One of the survivors is the deceased's playboy brother James.

1x02 A Split Week in San Quentin

  • 1962-09-22T23:30:00Z — 60 mins

Sam is hired by an entertainer who was charged with drug possession, but it was his obnoxious attitude that got him convicted.

1x03 Nor Practice Makes Perfect

  • 1962-09-29T23:30:00Z — 60 mins

Sam Benedict defends Thonis J Jundelin, San Fransisco's one-time greatest lawyer, against a charge of professional misconduct.

1x04 Nothing Equals Nothing

  • 1962-10-06T23:30:00Z — 60 mins

Benedict goes for the insanity plea after a well known lady murders her socialite husband.

1x05 Tears for a Nobody Doll

  • 1962-10-13T23:30:00Z — 60 mins

Sam defends an accused arsonist at a time when every possible juror in town would be prejudiced against the defendant.

1x06 Twenty Aching Years

  • 1962-10-20T23:30:00Z — 60 mins

When a college boy meats death while resisting arrest, hard-nosed police veteran Tony Delgano is threatened with indictment for manslaughter. Sam Benedict and associate Hank Tabor take the case.

1x07 Maddon's Folly

  • 1962-10-27T23:30:00Z — 60 mins

A woman's father died leaving $150,000 of embezzled debt.

1x08 Hear the Mellow Wedding Bells

  • 1962-11-04T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Sarah Friedman was married in a civil ceremony. Her traditionally minded mother is soon to arrive and she asks Sam to convince her husband to go through another wedding, this time with a Rabbi.

1x09 Life is a Lie, Love is a Cheat

  • 1962-11-11T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Sam gets involved in a lawsuit between two lovebirds.

1x10 The Bird of Warning

  • 1962-11-18T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Diana Hyland plays a rich girl who has been arrested for drunk driving. Turns out she is an ex-fiancee of Hank Tabor, Sam Benedict's assistant, played by Richard Rust. He takes her in hand, for old time's sake, and suffers the consequences, though he ends up figuring out what her problem is and it isn't really drinking, it's a chemical imbalance. Nice scenes with those two. Another story involves the guest star George Tobias as a Hungarian who owns an ethnic restaurant. He's 80, married to a 42 year old and they want to divorce, but of course, Sam saves their marriage!

1x11 The View from an Ivory Tower

  • 1962-11-25T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

An attorney engaged in a bitter clash with Sam Benedict in a civil case is arrested for the murder of his wife. His law firm asks Sam to defend him despite the antagonism between the two.

1x12 Everyone's Playing Polo

  • 1962-12-15T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

When multimillionaire Cyrus Carter puts on a toga and begins meditating in a San Francisco park, his longtime friend, Sam Benedict, must prove Cyrus' sanity and save him millions from greedy relatives. GUEST STAR: BURGESS MEREDITH

1x13 Too Many Strangers

  • 1962-12-09T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Larry Wilcox is accused of the murder of a prominent citizen in San Francisco, and asks Benedict to help in his defense.

1x14 So Various, So Beautiful

  • 1962-12-16T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Perjury by pathological liar Carla Bowman sends a man to the gas chamber. Under an untested California law, such wrongful testimony is itself punishable by death. Sam and Hank prepare a surprising defense for her. GUEST STAR: THEODORE BIKEL

1x15 Where There's a Will

  • 1962-12-23T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Sam's client is found guilty of murdering his wife. His life insurance of $100,000 will be canceled and his two children deprived of their only protection for the future unless Sam can win an appeal of the verdict. GUEST STAR: GERALDINE BROOKS

1x16 The Target Over the Hill

  • 1962-12-30T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Billy Stone is a young boy who is about to be adopted by loving foster parents, until the proceedings are interrupted by his natural mother, claiming she is no longer addicted to drugs and is there to take her son back.

1x17 Not Even the Gulls Shall Weep

  • 1963-01-06T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

A love from long ago, Ruth Tyler, visits Sam Benedict for the first time in 15 years. She wants him to finalize a divorce from her husband, Robert Tyler, but she's unaware that Sam already has agreed to defend Robert. GUEST STARS: HOWARD DUFF, IDA LUPINO

1x18 The Boiling Point

  • 1963-01-13T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Two old friends are at odds, one a police officer, the other a mobster. The cop now is out to make his old friend's life miserable.

1x19 Green Room, Grey Morning

  • 1963-01-20T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

An attorney nearly dies in an auto accident the night before his client, convicted murderer Mickey Herman, is scheduled for the gas chamber. Sam is called in to find new evidence to get a stay of execution for Herman.

1x20 Run Softly, Oh Softly

  • 1963-01-27T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Mitch Dawlt has fled the country after defrauding an insurance company for a lot of money. But he's left behind something of more importance: his daughter.

1x21 Sugar and Spice and Everything....

  • 1963-02-07T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Hank takes on the case of Amy Vickers, a dancer who cannot remember what happened the night her husband was killed.

1x22 Some Fires Die Slowly

  • 1963-02-17T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

A successful family business burns to the ground and the owner is accused of setting the fire, until his son suddenly becomes a suspect.

1x23 Image of a Toad

  • 1963-02-24T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

A convict in Alcatraz has been carrying a torch for the prison psychologist. He will soon be paroled, but insists that he can't continue the relationship on the outside.

17 orphans live on an old man’s boat. The old man earns money to support them. When he gets in trouble with the law, Sam’s only way to win an acquittal, and save the kids' home, is to bring all 17 into court to testify.

1x25 Accomplice

  • 1963-03-10T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Two men are arrested for robbery and the murder of a guard. Sam believes his client was not the one with the murder weapon, but the accomplices have vowed that neither will say how the murder actually took place.

1x26 Read No Evil

  • 1963-03-17T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Robert Lansing gives a powerful performance as a high school teacher fighting against censorship in a small town. To complicate matters, Lansing may be in love with one of his students. A pilot for a series with Lansing but NBC decided to go with James Franciscus in "Mr. Novak"

1x27 Of Rusted Cannons and Fallen Sparrows

  • 1963-03-24T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Hank defends a woman accused of Communism while Sam takes on a free speech case in a racially charged environment.

1x28 Season For Vengeance

  • 1963-03-31T00:30:00Z — 60 mins

Sam defends a Dachau survivor for a crime against the man who informed on her famil to the Nazis.