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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 Gigolo

S02, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 19, 1988)
Ben defends a dance instructor charged in the murder of a wealthy, jealous matron who cut off his money.
  • Mon 2/27
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Mon 2/27
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 2/27
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 86
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The Lovelorn

S02, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 23, 1988)
Matlock encounters a family full of suspects when an advice-to-the-lovelorn columnist is murdered.
  • Mon 2/27
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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The Heist

S09, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 27, 1995)
When Ben's old friend tracks bank robbers, the former FBI agent's rusty skills get him arrested for murder.
  • Mon 2/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Heist

S09, E16  (First Aired: Apr. 27, 1995)
When Ben's old friend tracks bank robbers, the former FBI agent's rusty skills get him arrested for murder.
  • Mon 2/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 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 2/28
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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.
  • Tue 2/28
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Tue 2/28
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 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.
  • Tue 2/28
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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The Target

S09, E13  (First Aired: Feb. 9, 1995)
After bailing out of a fishing trip because of seasickness, Ben thinks the ensuing explosion that killed a judge friend was intended for him.
  • Tue 2/28
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Assault

S09, E14  (First Aired: Feb. 16, 1995)
After Matlock is mugged, he repays the man who helped him by offering legal representation in a lawsuit.
  • Tue 2/28
  • 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.
  • Wed 3/1
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Wed 3/1
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 3/1
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 86
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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 3/1
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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Diary of a Perfect Murder

S01, E01  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 1986)
An Atlanta attorney and his daughter Charlene (Lori Lethin) defend a TV journalist charged with murder.
  • Wed 3/1
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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Diary of a Perfect Murder

S01, E02  (First Aired: Mar. 3, 1986)
An Atlanta attorney and his daughter Charlene (Lori Lethin) defend a TV journalist charged with murder.
  • Wed 3/1
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Thu 3/2
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 3/2
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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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 3/2
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 86
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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 3/2
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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The Don

S01, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 28, 1986)
J.L. Brackett (William Conrad) prosecutes Matlock's client, crime-boss Nicholas Baron (Jose Ferrer), for murder.
  • Thu 3/2
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Don

S01, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 4, 1986)
Ben fends off the children of crime boss Baron (Jose Ferrer), who appear to want their father convicted.
  • Thu 3/2
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/3
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/3
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/3
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/3
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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The Sisters

S01, E09  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 1986)
Two sisters with a penchant for murder do away with their rich aunt and frame their uncle, whom Matlock agrees to defend.
  • Fri 3/3
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Cop

S01, E10  (First Aired: Nov. 18, 1986)
A no-nonsense police officer (Hector Elizondo) turns to Matlock when he becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a local hood.
  • Fri 3/3
  • 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.
  • Mon 3/6
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 3/6
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 3/6
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 3/6
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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The Angel

S01, E11  (First Aired: Nov. 25, 1986)
Matlock defends a rock star whose rowdy stage life appears to be affecting her courtroom performance.
  • Mon 3/6
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Professor

S01, E12  (First Aired: Dec. 2, 1986)
Matlock's former professor and mentor (Don Porter), framed by students in a hit-and-run, seeks Ben's defense.
  • Mon 3/6
  • 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.
  • Tue 3/7
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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.
  • Tue 3/7
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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.
  • Tue 3/7
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 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).
  • Tue 3/7
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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Santa Claus

S01, E13  (First Aired: Dec. 9, 1986)
Accused of murdering his stingy landlord, a sidewalk Santa Claus (Pat Hingle) seeks Matlock's defense.
  • Tue 3/7
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Chef

S01, E14  (First Aired: Jan. 6, 1987)
A TV chef's (Cathryn Damon) ex-husband (Craig Claiborne), a noted culinary author, dies from sampling food on her show.
  • Tue 3/7
  • 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.
  • Wed 3/8
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 3/8
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 3/8
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 3/8
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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The Author

S01, E15  (First Aired: Jan. 13, 1987)
A man (Parker Stevenson) is wrongfully accused of trying to kill the author (Audra Lindley) of an expose on a Georgia town.
  • Wed 3/8
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Rat Pack

S01, E16  (First Aired: Jan. 20, 1987)
Matlock defends a young executive (Tim Busfield) framed in the murder of a starlet (Shawn Weatherly).
  • Wed 3/8
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • INSPHD

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.
  • Thu 3/9
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 3/9
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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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.
  • Thu 3/9
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 3/9
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • HMMHD

The Nurse

S01, E17  (First Aired: Feb. 3, 1987)
Matlock is hired to defend a live-in nurse (Lise Cutter) charged with the killing of her multimillionaire patient (Ed Quinlan).
  • Thu 3/9
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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The Convict

S01, E18  (First Aired: Feb. 10, 1987)
Matlock gets a second chance at justice when a former client, convicted of murder, kills an inmate in self-defense.
  • Thu 3/9
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

The Pro

S04, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1990)
A hotheaded professional tennis player (Vincent Van Patten) is accused of murdering his primary rival.
  • Fri 3/10
  • 7:00AM-8:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/10
  • 8:00AM-9:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/10
  • 9:00AM-10:00AM
  • 86
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  • HMMHD

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.
  • Fri 3/10
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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  • HMMHD

The Court Martial

S01, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 17, 1987)
Ben defends a rebellious young soldier framed in the murder of his sadistic lieutenant.
  • Fri 3/10
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

The Court Martial

S01, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 24, 1987)
While defending Private Hughes (Tony Becker), Matlock uncovers a scandal that could ruin four officers.
  • Fri 3/10
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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  • 157
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  • 751
  • INSPHD