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Cast of 'Matlock'

  • Andy Griffith as Benjamin L. Matlock
  • Julie Sommars as Asst. D.A. Julie March
  • Linda Purl as Charlene Matlock
  • Nancy Stafford as Michelle Thomas
  • Brynn Thayer as Leanne McIntyre
  • Carol Huston as Jerri Stone
  • Kene Holliday as Tyler Hudson
  • Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Conrad McMaster
  • Daniel Roebuck as Cliff Lewis
  • Kari Lizer as Cassie Phillips
  • David Froman as Lt. Bob Brooks

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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All Upcoming Times for Matlock

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The Blackmailer

S04, E23  (First Aired: May. 1, 1990)
Ben defends a politician (Peter Haskell) framed for murdering a cartoonist (Ray Buktenica) who knew about his affair.
  • Mon 7/24
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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The Cookie Monster

S04, E24  (First Aired: May. 8, 1990)
A baker friend (John Hancock) of Ben's is framed for the poisoning death of a rival bakery owner.
  • Mon 7/24
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 193
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The Mother

S05, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 18, 1990)
A legal secretary (Shirley Knight) is accused of murdering her boss, who was having an affair with her daughter.
  • Mon 7/24
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Mon 7/24
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
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The Madam

S05, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 2, 1990)
A madam (Maureen Arthur) is accused of killing a former employee who was blackmailing famous clients.
  • Tue 7/25
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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The Personal Trainer

S05, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 9, 1990)
A roofing contractor (George DiCenzo) is charged with murdering his wife's philandering personal-fitness trainer.
  • Tue 7/25
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 193
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The Narc

S05, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 23, 1990)
A narcotics officer (Titus Welliver) faces charges of murdering a fellow cop to cover up department corruption.
  • Tue 7/25
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
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The Brothers

S05, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 13, 1990)
A plastic surgeon is charged with the murder of his partner, but evidence later shows the doctor's twin brother may be the culprit.
  • Tue 7/25
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
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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.
  • Tue 7/25
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
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The Cover Girl

S05, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 20, 1990)
Conrad and his fashion-model girlfriend ask Ben to defend a photographer who is accused of murdering a modeling agent.
  • Wed 7/26
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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The Biker

S05, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 27, 1990)
A movie star's former bodyguard, now a rebellious biker, is the primary suspect in the actor's murder.
  • Wed 7/26
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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The Broker

S05, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 4, 1990)
Julie suspects that a murder and the perpetrator's apparent suicide are really a double homicide and pursues her own investigation.
  • Wed 7/26
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
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The Fighter

S05, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 11, 1990)
A boxing champ (Ken Foree) is accused of murdering a journalist (Christopher Allport) who wrote an unfavorable article about him.
  • Wed 7/26
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Wed 7/26
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 33
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The Critic

S05, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 8, 1991)
The composer (Geoffrey Blake) of a Broadway-bound musical is accused of murdering its powerful critic (Tony Jay).
  • Thu 7/27
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 193
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The Parents

S05, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 15, 1991)
Matlock defends a couple accused of murdering a new mother who changed her mind about giving up her baby for adoption.
  • Thu 7/27
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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The Man of the Year

S05, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 29, 1991)
On his way to a luncheon where he is to be honored as ``Man of the Year,'' Ben and his housekeeper have car trouble, are robbed and then arrested.
  • Thu 7/27
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
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The Arsonist

S05, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 5, 1991)
Ben defends a man accused of murdering his business partner during a fight about hiring an arsonist to burn down their failing store.
  • Thu 7/27
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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 7/27
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
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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.
  • Fri 7/28
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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.
  • Fri 7/28
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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.
  • Fri 7/28
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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.
  • Fri 7/28
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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 7/28
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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.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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The Final Affair

S07, E16  (First Aired: Apr. 29, 1993)
A lawyer is accused of murdering his lover and her husband, a high-school football coach and aspiring minister.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 9:00AM-11:00AM
  • 193
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The Kidnapping

S08, E13  (First Aired: Jan. 13, 1994)
An FBI agent investigating the kidnapping of Ben's friend is accused of killing a colleague.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 11:00AM-1:00PM
  • 193
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The Investigation

S02, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 2, 1988)
Ben takes up the defense of a longtime client (Shaun Cassidy) accused of murdering a Senate grandstander investigating organized crime.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM
  • 193
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The Mayor

S03, E08  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1989)
Ben's defense of a '60s activist accused of assassination uncovers a mayor's unsavory past.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 3:00PM-5:00PM
  • 193
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The Legacy

S07, E03  (First Aired: Nov. 19, 1992)
Ben ponders a 40-year-old link between his own father and a playwright's murder.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 5:00PM-7:00PM
  • 193
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The Billionaire

S02, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 22, 1987)
Matlock travels to London to conduct a mock retrial for a man convicted of killing his millionaire father.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 7:00PM-9:00PM
  • 193
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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.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 9:00PM-11:00PM
  • 193
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The Ambassador

S03, E02  (First Aired: Dec. 6, 1988)
An ambassador refuses diplomatic immunity when his lover (Lisa Hartman) accuses him of killing her husband.
  • Sat 7/29
  • 11:00PM-1:00AM
  • 193
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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).
  • Mon 7/31
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 193
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The Dame

S06, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 15, 1991)
In a flashback case involving the young widow (Sheree J. Wilson) of a wealthy older man (Daniel Benzali), Ben recalls the investigative techniques his father taught him.
  • Mon 7/31
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Mon 7/31
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 193
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The Final Affair

S07, E16  (First Aired: Apr. 29, 1993)
A lawyer is accused of murdering his lover and her husband, a high-school football coach and aspiring minister.
  • Mon 7/31
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 33
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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 8/1
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Tue 8/1
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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.
  • Tue 8/1
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
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The Abduction

S06, E17  (First Aired: Mar. 6, 1992)
Michelle is kidnapped by mobsters who offer her release in exchange for evidence Ben was given prior to a mob lawyer's murder.
  • Tue 8/1
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 193
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The Final Affair

S07, E17  (First Aired: Apr. 29, 1993)
A lawyer is accused of murdering his lover and her husband, a high-school football coach and aspiring minister.
  • Tue 8/1
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 33
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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 8/2
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Wed 8/2
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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.
  • Wed 8/2
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Wed 8/2
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Wed 8/2
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  • 33
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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.
  • Thu 8/3
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Thu 8/3
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Thu 8/3
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Thu 8/3
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 193
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The Fatal Seduction

S08, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 30, 1993)
At a beach resort to attend a high-school sweetheart's funeral, Ben is drawn into the investigation of two men's deaths.
  • Thu 8/3
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
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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.
  • Fri 8/4
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 193
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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.
  • Fri 8/4
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 193
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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 8/4
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 193
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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 8/4
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 193
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The Fatal Seduction

S08, E03  (First Aired: Oct. 7, 1993)
Ben defends a man against murder charges stemming from a date-rape shakedown scheme.
  • Fri 8/4
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 33
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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 8/5
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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