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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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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.
  • Tue 5/30
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Tue 5/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Tue 5/30
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Psychic

S03, E13  (First Aired: Mar. 7, 1989)
A woman (Camilla More) who had a premonition of her boyfriend's death becomes a suspect in his murder.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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The Thoroughbred

S03, E16  (First Aired: Apr. 18, 1989)
The defense of a mentally impaired farmhand accused of murder uncovers foul play involving a racehorse.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Model

S03, E17  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1989)
Ben defends a famous journalist who is accused of murdering an internationally known model.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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The Cult

S03, E18  (First Aired: May. 2, 1989)
A man who attempted to rescue his son from a religious cult is framed for the murder of the cult leader.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

The Capital Offense

S08, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 1993)
A con artist facing execution for murder exasperates Ben while having his case appealed.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Wed 5/31
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Blues Singer

S03, E19  (First Aired: May. 9, 1989)
Matlock attempts to clear a blues musician (Joe Seneca) framed for the murder of a rock star.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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The Priest

S03, E20  (First Aired: May. 16, 1989)
While reluctantly defending a construction contractor accused of murdering a priest, Matlock finds another clergyman is a prime suspect.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Good Boy

S04, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 26, 1989)
Defending a widow accused of murdering her second husband, Ben suspects her jealous son (Brian Bloom) of the crime.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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The Bestseller

S04, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 10, 1989)
A district attorney matches wits with a much-despised author (Tricia O'Neil) after the writer's best friend dies.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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The Haunted

S08, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 1993)
A dissatisfied patient is suspected of murdering her plastic surgeon, but Ben thinks otherwise.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Haunted

S08, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 1993)
A dissatisfied patient is suspected of murdering her plastic surgeon, but Ben thinks otherwise.
  • Thu 6/1
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Ex

S04, E05  (First Aired: Oct. 17, 1989)
When Ben and Julie go to Baltimore to defend a case, the prosecuting attorney turns out to be Julie's ex-husband.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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The Clown

S04, E06  (First Aired: Oct. 24, 1989)
Ben defends a circus clown accused of killing his partner; Conrad gets trapped in a tiger's cage.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Star

S04, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 31, 1989)
Ben defends a director accused of killing an aging actress (Anita Morris) during her horror-film death scene.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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The Con Man

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 1989)
Ben defends an old friend accused of murdering a stock-market swindler (David Birney).
  • Fri 6/2
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Fri 6/2
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Fugitive

S04, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 28, 1989)
Ben has trouble with the defense of a brash, young client framed for the murder of a wealthy relative.
  • Sat 6/3
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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The Buddies

S04, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 12, 1989)
Ben is surprised to discover that a reopened, 35-year-old murder case reveals familiar suspects.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Scrooge

S04, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 19, 1989)
Ben defends his Scrooge-like neighbor, who has been framed for the murder of his business partner; Les goes overboard on Christmas gifts.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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The Witness

S04, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 2, 1990)
Michelle agrees to defend Ben's pal, framed for murder, until she learns her old law-school friend is also suspect.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Kidnapping

S08, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 20, 1994)
Ben sets out to prove the innocence of an FBI agent who is involved in a murder setup and the kidnapping of Ben's friend.
  • Mon 6/5
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Student

S04, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 9, 1990)
Ben gets involved in the case of a coed (Debbie Barker) accused of murdering her professor lover.
  • Tue 6/6
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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The Talk Show

S04, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 16, 1990)
Ben and Michelle defend a TV producer (Teri Austin) accused of murdering an obnoxious talk-show host.
  • Tue 6/6
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Victim

S04, E17  (First Aired: Jan. 23, 1990)
The adulterous wife of a businessman is murdered, and an associate finds himself framed for the crime.
  • Tue 6/6
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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The Kidnapper

S04, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 6, 1990)
Michelle and Conrad search for Ben, who may have been kidnapped by vengeful ex-convicts.
  • Tue 6/6
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Tue 6/6
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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 6/6
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Tue 6/6
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Pro

S04, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1990)
A hotheaded professional tennis player (Vincent Van Patten) is accused of murdering his primary rival.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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The D.A.

S04, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 20, 1990)
Conrad swings into action to determine who is harassing District Attorney March.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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 6/7
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Wed 6/7
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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 6/8
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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 6/8
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Thu 6/8
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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 6/9
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

The Accused

S09, E01  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 1994)
A writer who claims she killed in self-defense turns to Ben for help; Ben hires a new investigator.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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The Accused

S09, E02  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 1994)
A writer who claims she killed in self-defense turns to Ben for help; Ben hires a new investigator.
  • Fri 6/9
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Sat 6/10
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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).
  • Mon 6/12
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Mon 6/12
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Mon 6/12
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Mon 6/12
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Mon 6/12
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Coach

S09, E06  (First Aired: Nov. 10, 1994)
After a college basketball coach clashes with a booster over recruiting techniques, he is accused of murder.
  • Mon 6/12
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 157
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Tue 6/13
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  •  
  • 124
  • HMM
  •  
  •  
  • 814
  • HMMHD

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 6/13
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
  • HMM
  •  
  •  
  • 814
  • HMMHD

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 6/13
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
  •  
  •  
  • 124
  • HMM
  •  
  •  
  • 814
  • HMMHD

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.
  • Tue 6/13
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  •  
  • 124
  • HMM
  •  
  •  
  • 814
  • HMMHD