Matlock TV Show




Matlock Cast


Series Description
    


Matlock was a 60 minute legal drama series that aired on NBC for the first six seasons and then on ABC for three more seasons. It was about a criminal defense attorney who was so good at defending those falsely accused of murder that he could demand $100,000 to just take a case! Matlock would not only get a jury to find his clients innocent, he'd also find the real killer and prove they had committed the murder!

Matlock Cast

Andy Griffith .... Benjamin "Ben" Matlock
Julie Sommars .... Assistant D.A. Julie March
Nancy Stafford .... Michelle Thomas
Clarence Gilyard Jr. .... Conrad McMaster
Michael Durrell .... D.A. Lloyd Burgess
David Froman .... Lieutenant Bob Brooks
Richard Newton .... Judge Richard Cooksey
Kene Holliday .... Tyler Hudson
Don Knotts .... Les Calhoun
Linda Purl .... Charlene Matlock
Brynn Thayer .... Leanne McIntyre
Daniel Roebuck .... Cliff Lewis
Carol Huston .... Jerri Stone
Warren Frost .... Billy Lewis
Kari Lizer .... Cassie Phillips


Matlock Trivia

The TV series, "Jake And The Fatman" was a "spin-off" of Matlock. Episodes 5 & 6 titled, "The Don - Parts 1 & 2" (see below) featured guest stars William Conrad, Joe Penny and Alan Campbell in their roles on Jake & the Fatman for the very first time, although their characters names were different.

Jake and the Fatman also spun-off a series titled, "Diagnosis Murder". Andy Griffth appeared as "Ben Matlock" on episodes #74 and #75 of that series titled, "Murder Two - Parts 1 & 2".

Ben Matlock was a Harvard educated Lawyer with a Georgian accent. He often came off as a tough, stuffy character and occasionally had a "potty mouth" but underneath he had a heart of gold. His favorite food was a hot dog.

Andy Griffith also played the role of Ben Matlock's father in a few flashback episodes.

Linda Purl who played Charlene Matlock on the Matlock TV show was in every episode of the first season except episode #14, "The Rat Pack". Her former husband from a very short marriage, "Desi Arnaz Jr." was guest-starring on that episode. Apparently, there were still hard feelings over the break up even though five years had passed.

Charlene Matlock and Leanne McIntyre had been designated as being sisters in the outline for the series but nothing was ever said about it during the entire series' run.

Several of Andy Griffith's co-stars on the "Andy Griffith Show" appeared on Matlock as guest stars. They were Don Knotts (Barney Fife), Aneta Corsaut (Helen Crump), Jack Dodson (Howard Sprague), Arlene Golonka (Millie Hutchins), and Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou).

Before he came to work as an investigator for Matlock, Conrad McMaster had served as a Deputy Sheriff.


Episodes List With Original Air Dates

TV Pilot Movie

Diary Of A Perfect Murder (3/3/1986)

Season 1
  1. The Judge (9/23/1986)
  2. The Stripper (9/30/1986)
  3. The Affair (10/7/1986)
  4. The Seduction (10/14/1986)
  5. The Don - Part 1 (10/28/1986)
  6. The Don - Part 2 (11/4/1986)
  7. The Sisters (11/11/1986)
  8. The Cop (11/18/1986)
  9. The Angel (11/25/1986)
  10. The Professor (12/2/1986)
  11. Santa Claus (12/9/1986)
  12. The Chef (1/6/1987)
  13. The Author (1/13/1987)
  14. The Rat Pack (1/20/1987)
  15. The Nurse (2/3/1987)
  16. The Convict (2/10/1987)
  17. The Court Martial - Part 1 (2/17/1987)
  18. The Court Martial - Part 2 (2/24/1987)
  19. The Therapist (3/3/1987)
  20. The People vs. Matlock (3/24/1987)
  21. The Photographer (3/31/1987)
  22. The Widow (5/5/1987)
  23. The Doctors (5/12/1987)
Season 2
  1. The Billionaire - Part 1 (9/22/1987)
  2. The Billionaire - Part 2 (9/22/1987)
  3. Blind Justice (9/29/1987)
  4. The Husband (10/20/1987)
  5. The Power Brokers - Part 1 (10/27/1987)
  6. The Power Brokers - Part 2 (11/3/1987)
  7. The Annihilator (11/10/1987)
  8. The Network (12/1/1987)
  9. The Best Friend (12/8/1987)
  10. The Country Boy (12/15/1987)
  11. The Gift (12/22/1987)
  12. The Gambler (12/29/1987)
  13. The Body (1/5/1988)
  14. The Reunion (1/12/1988)
  15. The Gigolo (1/19/1988)
  16. The Umpire (1/26/1988)
  17. The Investigation - Part 1 (2/2/1988)
  18. The Investigation - Part 2 (2/9/1988)
  19. The Hucksters (2/16/1988)
  20. The Lovelorn (2/23/1988)
  21. The Genius (3/15/1988)
  22. The Magician (3/22/1988)
  23. The Fisherman (3/29/1988)
  24. The Heiress (5/3/1988)
Season 3
  1. The Lemon (11/29/1988)
  2. The Ambassador - Part 1 (12/6/1988)
  3. The Ambassador - Part 2 (12/13/1988)
  4. The Mistress (12/20/1988)
  5. The D.J. (1/3/1989)
  6. The Captain (1/10/1989)
  7. The Vendetta (1/17/1989)
  8. The Mayor - Part 1 (1/31/1989)
  9. The Mayor - Part 2 (2/7/1989)
  10. The Black Widow (2/14/1989)
  11. The Other Woman (2/21/1989)
  12. The Starlet (2/28/1989)
  13. The Psychic (3/7/1989)
  14. The Thief - Part 1 (3/28/1989)
  15. The Thief - Part 2 (4/4/1989)
  16. The Thoroughbred (4/18/1989)
  17. The Model (4/25/1989)
  18. The Cult (5/2/1989)
  19. The Blues Singer (5/9/1989)
  20. The Priest (5/16/1989)
Season 4
  1. The Hunting Party (9/19/1989)
  2. The Hunting Party (9/19/1989)
  3. The Good Boy (9/26/1989)
  4. The Best Seller (10/10/1989)
  5. The Ex (10/17/1989)
  6. The Clown (10/24/1989)
  7. The Star (10/31/1989)
  8. The Con Man (11/7/1989)
  9. The Prisoner - Part 1 (11/14/1989)
  10. The Prisoner - Part 2 (11/21/1989)
  11. The Fugitive (11/28/1989)
  12. The Buddies (12/12/1989)
  13. The Scrooge (12/19/1989)
  14. The Witness (1/2/1990)
  15. The Student (1/9/1990)
  16. The Talk Show (1/16/1990)
  17. The Victim (1/23/1990)
  18. The Kidnapper (2/6/1990)
  19. The Pro (2/13/1990)
  20. The Informer - Part 1 (2/20/1990)
  21. The Informer - Part 2 (2/27/1990)
  22. The D.A. (3/20/1990)
  23. The Blackmailer (5/1/1990)
  24. The Cookie Monster (5/8/1990)
Season 5
  1. The Mother (9/18/1990)
  2. Nowhere to Turn - Part 1 (9/25/1990)
  3. Nowhere to Turn - Part 2 (9/25/1990)
  4. The Madam (10/2/1990)
  5. The Personal Trainer (10/9/1990)
  6. The Narc (10/23/1990)
  7. The Secret - Part 1 (10/30/1990)
  8. The Secret - Part 2 (11/6/1990)
  9. The Brothers (11/13/1990)
  10. The Cover Girl (11/20/1990)
  11. The Biker (11/27/1990)
  12. The Broker (12/4/1990)
  13. The Fighter (12/11/1990)
  14. The Critic (1/8/1991)
  15. The Parents (1/15/1991)
  16. The Man of the Year (1/29/1991)
  17. The Arsonist (2/5/1991)
  18. The Formula (2/12/1991)
  19. The Trial - Part 1 (2/19/1991)
  20. The Trial - Part 2 (2/26/1991)
  21. The Accident (3/26/1991)
  22. The Celebrity (4/30/1991)
Season 6
  1. The Witness Killings - Part 1 (10/18/1991)
  2. The Witness Killings - Part 2 (10/18/1991)
  3. The Strangler (10/25/1991)
  4. The Nightmare (11/1/1991)
  5. The Marriage Counselor (11/8/1991)
  6. The Dame (11/15/1991)
  7. The Suspect - Part 1 (11/29/1991)
  8. The Suspect - Part 2 (11/29/1991)
  9. The Defense (12/6/1991)
  10. The Game Show (12/13/1991)
  11. The Foursome (12/20/1991)
  12. The Picture - Part 1 (1/17/1992)
  13. The Picture - Part 2 (1/24/1992)
  14. The Outcast - Part 1 (2/7/1992)
  15. The Outcast - Part 2 (2/7/1992)
  16. The Big Payoff (2/28/1992)
  17. The Abduction (3/6/1992)
  18. Mr. Awesome (4/17/1992)
  19. The Evening News - Part 1 (4/24/1992)
  20. The Evening News - Part 2 (5/1/1992)
  21. The Assassination - Part 1 (5/8/1992)
  22. The Assassination - Part 2 (5/8/1992)
Season 7
  1. The Vacation - Part 1 (11/2/1992)
  2. The Vacation - Part 2 (11/2/1992)
  3. The Legacy - Part 1 (11/19/1992)
  4. The Legacy - Part 2 (11/19/1992)
  5. The Ghost (1/14/1993)
  6. The Class (1/21/1993)
  7. The Singer (1/28/1993)
  8. The Mark (2/4/1993)
  9. The Juror (2/11/1993)
  10. The Fortune - Part 1 (2/18/1993)
  11. The Fortune - Part 2 (2/18/1993)
  12. The Debt (3/18/1993)
  13. The Revenge (3/25/1993)
  14. The Obsession (4/1/1993)
  15. The Divorce (4/8/1993)
  16. The Final Affair - Part 1 (4/29/1993)
  17. The Final Affair - Part 2 (4/29/1993)
  18. The Competition (5/6/1993)
Season 8
  1. The Play (9/23/1993)
  2. The Fatal Seduction - Part 1 (9/30/1993)
  3. The Fatal Seduction - Part 2 (10/7/1993)
  4. The Diner (10/14/1993)
  5. The View (10/28/1993)
  6. The Last Laugh (11/4/1993)
  7. The Capital Offense (11/11/1993)
  8. The Haunted - Part 1 (11/18/1993)
  9. The Haunted - Part 2 (11/18/1993)
  10. The Conspiracy (11/25/1993)
  11. Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream (12/2/1993)
  12. The Defendant (12/16/1993)
  13. The Kidnapping - Part 1 (1/13/1994)
  14. The Kidnapping - Part 2 (1/20/1994)
  15. The Temptation (1/27/1994)
  16. The Crook (2/3/1994)
  17. The Murder Game (2/10/1994)
  18. Brennen (2/17/1994)
  19. The P.I. (3/3/1994)
  20. The Godfather (4/28/1994)
  21. The Idol - Part 1 (5/19/1994)
  22. The Idol - Part 2 (5/19/1994)
Season 9
  1. The Accused - Part 1 (10/13/1994)
  2. The Accused - Part 2 (10/13/1994)
  3. The Scandal (10/20/1994)
  4. The Dare (10/27/1994)
  5. The Tabloid (11/3/1994)
  6. The Coach (11/10/1994)
  7. The Dating Game (11/17/1994)
  8. The Confession (12/1/1994)
  9. Dead Air (12/8/1994)
  10. The Getaway (1/5/1995)
  11. The Verdict (1/12/1995)
  12. The Deadly Dose (2/2/1995)
  13. The Target (2/9/1995)
  14. The Assault (2/16/1995)
  15. The Heist - Part 1 (4/27/1995)
  16. The Heist - Part 2 (4/27/1995)
  17. The Scam - Part 1 (5/7/1995)
  18. The Scam - Part 2 (5/7/1995)




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