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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 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.
  • Mon 2/19
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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The Annihilator

S02, E04  (First Aired: Oct. 13, 1987)
A surprise witness seems to hinder an acquittal for Ben's client (Dick Butkus), a professional wrestler accused of murder.
  • Mon 2/19
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Network

S02, E08  (First Aired: Dec. 1, 1987)
A TV producer is accused of murdering the programming chief at the top-rated network.
  • Mon 2/19
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Lemon

S03, E01  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1988)
Ben's new neighbor (Don Knotts) is framed for the murder of a car dealer who sold him a defective automobile.
  • Tue 2/20
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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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.
  • Tue 2/20
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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The Lemon

S03, E01  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1988)
Ben's new neighbor (Don Knotts) is framed for the murder of a car dealer who sold him a defective automobile.
  • Tue 2/20
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
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The Mistress

S03, E04  (First Aired: Dec. 20, 1988)
Ben searches for a witness capable of clearing his client in her unfaithful husband's murder.
  • Tue 2/20
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 86
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The DJ

S03, E05  (First Aired: Jan. 3, 1989)
Ben dislikes his client, an obnoxious radio personality accused of killing a rival disc jockey.
  • Tue 2/20
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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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 2/20
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Tue 2/20
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Captain

S03, E06  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1989)
Ben defends a patrolman framed for murder but is upset when the prime suspect appears to be the chief of police, an old friend.
  • Wed 2/21
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 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).
  • Wed 2/21
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

The Captain

S03, E06  (First Aired: Jan. 10, 1989)
Ben defends a patrolman framed for murder but is upset when the prime suspect appears to be the chief of police, an old friend.
  • Wed 2/21
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
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The Vendetta

S03, E07  (First Aired: Jan. 17, 1989)
Convinced his brother was framed for murder, a psychopath takes Matlock's associates hostage.
  • Wed 2/21
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 86
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The Black Widow

S03, E10  (First Aired: Feb. 14, 1989)
A death and new evidence hamper Ben's efforts to clear the name of a wrongfully imprisoned former client.
  • Wed 2/21
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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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 2/21
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Wed 2/21
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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The Other Woman

S03, E11  (First Aired: Feb. 21, 1989)
Another suspect's dual personality damages Ben's defense of a psychiatrist accused of killing a patient.
  • Thu 2/22
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 2/22
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

The Other Woman

S03, E11  (First Aired: Feb. 21, 1989)
Another suspect's dual personality damages Ben's defense of a psychiatrist accused of killing a patient.
  • Thu 2/22
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
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The Starlet

S03, E12  (First Aired: Feb. 28, 1989)
Ben defends an ex-girlfriend's (Anne Francis) daughter (Nia Peeples), a pageant winner accused of murdering a contestant.
  • Thu 2/22
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Thu 2/22
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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The Gift

S02, E11  (First Aired: Dec. 22, 1987)
When Matlock takes on the defense of a man accused of murdering his vindictive ex-wife, he also has his hands full baby-sitting the man's daughter.
  • Thu 2/22
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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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).
  • Thu 2/22
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Fri 2/23
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 2/23
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Fri 2/23
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
  • HMMHD

The Model

S03, E17  (First Aired: Apr. 25, 1989)
Ben defends a famous journalist who is accused of murdering an internationally known model.
  • Fri 2/23
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 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.
  • Fri 2/23
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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The Reunion

S02, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 12, 1988)
Ben must defend an old friend when a former law school classmate, who was the accused's business partner, is murdered.
  • Fri 2/23
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Umpire

S02, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 26, 1988)
Ben defends his boss (Richard Kline), accused of killing an umpire during his softball team's playoff game.
  • Fri 2/23
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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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.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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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.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
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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.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 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.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Investigation

S02, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 9, 1988)
Ben must prevent a mob war when the crime-boss father of his client discovers the evidence against his son was manufactured.
  • Mon 2/26
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Tue 2/27
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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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 2/27
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Tue 2/27
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
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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.
  • Tue 2/27
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 2/27
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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The Hucksters

S02, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 16, 1988)
Ben must defend an infuriated investor who is accused of murdering the slick owner of a bogus company.
  • Tue 2/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Genius

S02, E21  (First Aired: Mar. 15, 1988)
When his genius nephew (Bill Mumy) is accused of murder, Ben's only hope for acquittal lies in his client's ability to outwit a computer.
  • Tue 2/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Wed 2/28
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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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 2/28
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Wed 2/28
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
  • HMMHD

The Con Man

S04, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 7, 1989)
Ben defends an old friend accused of murdering a stock-market swindler (David Birney).
  • Wed 2/28
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Wed 2/28
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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The Magician

S02, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 22, 1988)
Ben unearths more than one suspect while defending a magician (Michael E. Knight) accused of murdering a devious assistant.
  • Wed 2/28
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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The Fisherman

S02, E23  (First Aired: Mar. 29, 1988)
Ben defends a Vietnamese fisherman accused of killing the man who was terrorizing him and his fellow countrymen.
  • Wed 2/28
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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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.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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The Dating Game

S09, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 17, 1994)
Ben and Jerri pose as video-dating customers to find a murderer who may have used the service.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
  • HMMHD

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.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 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.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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The Heiress

S02, E24  (First Aired: May. 3, 1988)
Upon her release from a mental sanitarium, an heiress faces charges of murdering the accountant handling her trust fund.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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The Lemon

S03, E01  (First Aired: Nov. 29, 1988)
Ben's new neighbor (Don Knotts) is framed for the murder of a car dealer who sold him a defective automobile.
  • Thu 3/1
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
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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.
  • Fri 3/2
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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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 3/2
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
  • WFQXDT2

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.
  • Fri 3/2
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 814
  • HMMHD

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.
  • Fri 3/2
  • 11:00AM-12:00PM
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/2
  • 12:00PM-1:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Fri 3/2
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
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The Ambassador

S03, E03  (First Aired: Dec. 13, 1988)
An attempt on his life convinces Ben that finding Shelby (Lisa Hartman) is the key to the real murderer.
  • Fri 3/2
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
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