The 1960s TV Drama That Dared to Defend the Right to Abortion
And inspired a plotline in Mad Men decades later.
In this member-exclusive episode, Slow Burn’s host Susan Matthews and producer Samira Tazari discuss what to expect this season, and what it was like to interview people in Shirley Wheeler’s life for Episode 1. Then, Matthews interviews TV historian Stephen Bowie about the TV drama The Defenders, which aired a surprisingly progressive take on abortion rights in 1962 that scared off the show’s regular advertisers and some network stations.
Mentioned in the episode:
“Benefactors” by Stephen Bowie, The Classic TV History Blog
Production by Chau Tu.