Accused (1958 TV series)

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Genredramatized court show
StarringEdgar Allan Jones, Jr.
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
Producer(s)Selig J. Seligman
Original networkABC
Original releaseDecember 10, 1958 –
September 30, 1959

Accused is a 1958 dramatized court show consisting of filmed reenactments of actual court cases. The show was cancelled at the end of its first season.[1]


In the summer of 1957, local television station KABC-TV began broadcasting Traffic Court, presenting re-enactments of traffic court cases and arraignments. The format proved popular and the show moved to ABC's national daytime schedule. It was soon followed by the syndicated Divorce Court and Day in Court. In December 1958, Accused debuted as the prime time version of Day in Court.[2]


Similar to other courtroom dramas of the time, the defendants and witnesses were actors (including, for example, Pamela Mason and Robert Culp). However, the defense and prosecution attorneys were real-life lawyers. The court was presided over by Edgar Allan Jones, Jr. Jones had a law degree from the University of Virginia, was a member of the UCLA law faculty and a labor arbitrator.[3]

  • Edgar Allan Jones, Jr. as the Judge
  • William Gwinn as the Substitute Judge
  • Jim Hodson as the Clerk
  • Tim Farrell as the Bailiff
  • Violet Gillmore as the Court Reporter (and Announcer)


The show was produced by Selig J. Seligman, a former U.S. Army lawyer who served at the Nuremberg Trials. He later became an ABC Vice President as well as executive producer of Combat! and Garrison's Gorillas.[4]


  1. ^ Terrace, Vincent (2009). Encyclopedia of Television Shows, 1925 through 2007 (Volume 1). Jefferson, North Carolina: McFarland & Company, Inc. ISBN 978-0-7864-3305-6.
  2. ^ TV Courtroom Shows Proliferate in the Late 1950s (May 8, 2003). Metropolitan News-Enterprise. Retrieved 2011-04-23.
  3. ^ UCLA School of Law Faculty Profiles Archived 2012-05-09 at the Wayback Machine
  4. ^ Terrace, Vincent (1976). The Complete Encyclopedia of Television Programs 1947-1976 (Vol. 1). South Brunswick and New York: A.S. Barnes and Company. ISBN 0-498-01561-0.