The Defenders (2010 TV series)

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Name: The Defenders
Creator: Kevin Kennedy and Niels Mueller
Date(s): September 22, 2010 – March 11, 2011
Medium: TV series
Country of Origin: United States
External Links: Wikipedia, IMDB
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The Defenders is a 2010 CBS American legal comedy-drama that was set in Las Vegas, Nevada. The show involves a pair of defense attorneys, Pete Kaczmarek (portrayed by Jerry O'Connell) and Nick Morelli (portrayed by Jim Belushi) who go all out to help their clients while keeping their personal lives in order.


The Defenders is a microfandom. Despite having two male leads which usually attracts slash fans, and various co-stars and guest stars in the series which had the potential to become a fannish drift, the Defenders fandom never quite took off, this probably due because the series was canceled. As of July 2015, FanFiction.Net has only 2 works which were both added post series finale in 2011. Tumblr has only a few posts dedicated to it, usually under just the character/actor tags or "the defenders" tag which is now filled with Marvel comics series Defenders and the upcoming TV series based on it.

Archive of Our Own has a The Defenders (TV 2010) tag, used on only a single work as of February 2018.[1]

Connections with Other Fandoms

Jerry O'Connell was a series regular on Crossing Jordan as Detective Woody Hoyt and star of Sliders as Quinn Mallory. Jim Belushi is known by fans as Jim Orenthal on the sitcom According to Jim and various other films and TV series. The series also starred Jurnee Smollett, who is known as Jess Merriweather on Friday Night Lights and later appeared as Nicole Wright on True Blood.

Dan Aykroyd portrayed Judge Maximus Hunter in the series, he's best known for his Ghostbusters role, Ray Stantz. Teddy Sears portrayed Thomas Cole, a prosecuting attorney in the series, is best known for his starring roles in Raising the Bar and Masters of Sex. Lana Parrilla, who portrayed the Evil Queen on Once Upon a Time appeared in an episode.

Archives & Fannish Links


  1. ^ As of January 2017, there were no works that used the "The Defenders (TV 2010)" tag. There was a single work for the show in the "The Defenders - Ambiguous Fandom" tag (Defended by pimpface, published in November 2011); all other works were for the Marvel fandom. As of February 2018, that story now has the "The Defenders (TV 2010)" tag.