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Matlock

Don't be fooled by his down-home demeanor and country-boy ways; criminal defense lawyer Ben Matlock is worth every penny of his fee. Count on Matlock to visit the crime scene, scope out the clues everyone else missed, and dramatically reveal the real criminal (usually a killer) during a climactic trial sequence.

Premiere:
Sep 20, 1986
Original Network:
ABC
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Mr. Awesome

S06, E18  (First Aired: Apr. 17, 1992)
A woman is accused of murdering her estranged boyfriend; her imaginative son creates a comic book with parallels to the crime.
  • Sun 9/25
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The Ghost

S07, E05  (First Aired: Jan. 14, 1993)
Ben investigates a murder with the help of the victim's ghost (Franc Luz), whose widow is accused of the crime.
  • Sun 9/25
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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The Class

S07, E06  (First Aired: Jan. 21, 1993)
Ben regrets teaching a public seminar on criminal law, when one of his students disappears without a trace after a class discussion on the perfect crime.
  • Mon 9/26
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The Singer

S07, E07  (First Aired: Jan. 28, 1993)
A country singer is murdered after firing her manager, who claims he was framed by the investigating lieutenant.
  • Mon 9/26
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The Prisoner

S04, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 14, 1989)
The attorney general asks Ben to vindicate a prison guard of murder charges in a mock trial held by mutinous inmates.
  • Mon 9/26
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Trial

S05, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 19, 1991)
Newly appointed Special Prosecutor Matlock investigates the murder of an assistant district attorney and finds evidence pointing to members of the legal profession.
  • Mon 9/26
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Trial

S05, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 26, 1991)
Special Prosecutor Matlock faces a top defense attorney in his prosecution of two judges and a lawyer.
  • Mon 9/26
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Mark

S07, E08  (First Aired: Feb. 4, 1993)
Ben defends a country singer accused of murdering his dishonest business partner after the two open a club with money won in the lottery.
  • Tue 9/27
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The Juror

S07, E09  (First Aired: Feb. 11, 1993)
Emotions run high when Ben holds out against 11 fellow jurors faced with deciding an accused murderer's fate.
  • Tue 9/27
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The Prisoner

S04, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 21, 1989)
Ben gets a lesson about life in prison, while Conrad tries to get insider information on the real killer.
  • Tue 9/27
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Accident

S05, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 26, 1991)
Matlock defends a man charged with killing an ambulance-chasing lawyer who specialized in personal injury claims against a local water-slide park.
  • Tue 9/27
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Formula

S05, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 12, 1991)
Ben seeks the truth on behalf of a chemist accused of stealing a hair growth formula and murdering its inventor.
  • Tue 9/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Debt

S07, E12  (First Aired: Mar. 18, 1993)
Against her father's advice, Leanne reluctantly agrees to defend her former husband, who is accused of murdering a fellow lawyer.
  • Wed 9/28
  • 4:00AM-5:00AM
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The Revenge

S07, E13  (First Aired: Mar. 25, 1993)
Ben fights to protect his reputation from a deliberate campaign to ruin his credibility as a witness in a robbery trial.
  • Wed 9/28
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The Best Friend

S02, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 8, 1987)
Matlock defends the subject of a slain biographer and learns a disturbing fact about his client during the trial.
  • Wed 9/28
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Celebrity

S05, E22  (First Aired: Apr. 30, 1991)
Ben defends a movie-queen turned cosmetics-mogul accused of murdering her former lover to prevent the publication of some revealing photos.
  • Wed 9/28
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Strangler

S06, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 25, 1991)
A serial killer (Richard Gilliland) whose eventual target is Ben embarrasses him in court by leaving false clues.
  • Wed 9/28
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Obsession

S07, E14  (First Aired: Apr. 1, 1993)
Nightmares give Ben clues to the murderer of a celebrity doctor who was selling secrets about a client to the press.
  • Thu 9/29
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The Divorce

S07, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 8, 1993)
Ben agrees to handle the divorce of his friends Clara and Duncan Farmington; a man collecting for charity sues after falling off Ben's porch steps.
  • Thu 9/29
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The Country Boy

S02, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 15, 1987)
Ben defends a country singer (David Carradine) who was too drunk to remember whether he killed his sister-in-law.
  • Thu 9/29
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Witness Killings

S06, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 1991)
While back home for the town's bicentennial festivities, Ben is retained to defend a man for two homicides linked to a 15-year-old crime.
  • Thu 9/29
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Witness Killings

S06, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 18, 1991)
While back home for the town's bicentennial festivities, Ben is retained to defend a man for two homicides linked to a 15-year-old crime.
  • Thu 9/29
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Competition

S07, E18  (First Aired: May. 6, 1993)
A music student who lost a scholarship competition is thought to have committed suicide, but Ben proves murder.
  • Fri 9/30
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The Play

S08, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 23, 1993)
After losing his role in a community play, Ben is hired to defend the play's director, who is accused of murdering the leading lady.
  • Fri 9/30
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The Gambler

S02, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 29, 1987)
Matlock goes to Las Vegas to defend a friend (Bruce Weitz) charged with murdering his girlfriend (Marg Helgenberger).
  • Fri 9/30
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Nightmare

S06, E04  (First Aired: Nov. 1, 1991)
On his way to a dude ranch, Ben is knocked unconscious and dreams of himself as a frontier lawyer, with Conrad as a gunslinging client and Julie as the owner of a boardinghouse.
  • Fri 9/30
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Marriage Counselor

S06, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 8, 1991)
Ben's insurance agent (Ron Fassler) is charged with murdering a deceitful marriage counselor (Bryan Cranston) after the police learn the adviser was having an affair with the agent's wife (Kim Johnston Ulrich).
  • Fri 9/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Diner

S08, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 14, 1993)
Ben recalls the '60s, when he resigned as judge to defend a black cook (Stan Shaw) accused of killing a bullying white sheriff.
  • Sat 10/1
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The View

S08, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 28, 1993)
A murder case involves two stars of a local theater production and an argument Ben thought he saw from his hotel window.
  • Sat 10/1
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The Last Laugh

S08, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 1993)
Milton Berle guest stars as a mouthy comic who stands accused of murdering an equally mouthy young comedian.
  • Sun 10/2
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The Capital Offense

S08, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 1993)
A con artist facing execution for murder exasperates Ben while having his case appealed.
  • Sun 10/2
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The Conspiracy

S08, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 25, 1993)
A young attorney is involved in blackmail, jury tampering and murder when a chemical company is accused of carcinogenic pollution.
  • Mon 10/3
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Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream

S08, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 2, 1993)
In a dream, Ben defends a '30s club owner accused of shooting a saxophonist who was romancing his wife.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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The Husband

S02, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 20, 1987)
Ben tackles a case in which a murdered man's three wives are suspects in the killing.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Suspect

S06, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1991)
Evidence uncovered in Michelle's case may incriminate Ben's murder client (Brynn Thayer), but attorney/client privilege bars action.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Suspect

S06, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1991)
Evidence uncovered in Michelle's case may incriminate Ben's murder client (Brynn Thayer), but attorney/client privilege bars action.
  • Mon 10/3
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Defendant

S08, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 16, 1993)
Leanne falls in love with her client, Gil Stoddard, a handsome philanthropist accused of murdering his partner.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 4:00AM-5:00AM
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The Temptation

S08, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 27, 1994)
Ben's daughter Leanne becomes involved with a man who burgled her home, took her diary and now seems to know everything about her.
  • Tue 10/4
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The Power Brokers

S02, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 1987)
Matlock defends a columnist implicated in the murder of a source.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Defense

S06, E09  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 1991)
A grandmother's testimony is vital to Ben's defense of a youth who is charged with murdering his abusive father to protect his mother.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Game Show

S06, E10  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1991)
Defending a game-show host (Peter Haskell) accused of killing his producer, Ben learns others had motives.
  • Tue 10/4
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Crook

S08, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 3, 1994)
A rare-book collector, who is also a parishioner at Ben's church, is accused of killing a college professor.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 4:00AM-5:00AM
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The Murder Game

S08, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 10, 1994)
Ben agrees to participate in a charity event -- a murder mystery weekend that becomes all too real when the host is found dead.
  • Wed 10/5
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The Power Brokers

S02, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 1987)
Matlock's client confesses to a murder and then recants, claiming federal agents coerced it.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Foursome

S06, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 20, 1991)
Matlock risks being disbarred when he accuses the deputy district attorney of misconduct in her case against his client.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Big Payoff

S06, E16  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1992)
Frugal Ben hires a hitchhiker (Randy Travis) to paint his home; Michelle and an insurance adjuster pursue an ad producer's murderer.
  • Wed 10/5
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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Brennan

S08, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 17, 1994)
Ben vies with a formidable D.A. (George Dzundza) while defending a client accused of killing a city councilwoman.
  • Thu 10/6
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P.I.

S08, E19  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 1994)
Ben's friend (George Peppard), a private investigator, and his estranged daughter (Tracy Nelson) try to re-establish their relationship while probing the murder of a director's (Jonathan Banks) mistress.
  • Thu 10/6
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The Secret

(First Aired: Oct. 30, 1990)
Matlock uncovers other suspects while defending a blues singer.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Picture

S06, E12  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1992)
Ben finds a photo that may solve a murder while looking for his cousin's (Christina Pickles) philandering husband.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Picture

S06, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 24, 1992)
Ben uses evidence in an altered photo to uncover a murder plot designed to conceal a counterfeiting operation.
  • Thu 10/6
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Godfather

S08, E20  (First Aired: Apr. 28, 1994)
Ben throws a prenuptial party for his goddaughter at his house, resulting in murder.
  • Fri 10/7
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The Scandal

S09, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 20, 1994)
The prime suspect in the murder of a prominent attorney is an employee (Melora Hardin) who accused him of sexual harassment.
  • Fri 10/7
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The Secret

S05, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 1990)
Ben uncovers information about a 15-year-old unsolved killing during his defense of a gambler accused of murder.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 19
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The Outcast

S06, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1992)
``Retired'' Ben returns from fishing to find a young immigrant farmhand dead and a town unfriendly to questions.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 387
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The Outcast

S06, E15  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1992)
``Retired'' Ben returns from fishing to find a young immigrant farmhand dead and a town unfriendly to questions.
  • Fri 10/7
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 387
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The Dare

S09, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 27, 1994)
Murder occurs after a millionaire philanthropist (Terry O'Quinn) tells Ben he is planning one and dares him to solve it.
  • Sat 10/8
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The Tabloid

S09, E05  (First Aired: Nov. 3, 1994)
A senatorial candidate (Tricia O'Neil) is accused of murdering the editor of a tabloid that smeared her.
  • Sat 10/8
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