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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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All Upcoming Times for Matlock

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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 5/25
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 751
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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 5/25
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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 5/26
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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  • 814
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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.
  • Thu 5/26
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 5/26
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

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 5/26
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

The D.A.

S04, E22  (First Aired: Mar. 20, 1990)
Conrad swings into action to determine who is harassing District Attorney March.
  • Fri 5/27
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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 5/27
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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 5/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
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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.
  • Fri 5/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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  • 157
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Sat 5/28
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
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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.
  • Sat 5/28
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
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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.
  • Sun 5/29
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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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.
  • Sun 5/29
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
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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.
  • Mon 5/30
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
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  • 814
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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.
  • Mon 5/30
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
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  • 814
  • HMMHD

The Pro

S04, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 13, 1990)
A hotheaded professional tennis player (Vincent Van Patten) is accused of murdering his primary rival.
  • Mon 5/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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  •  
  • 157
  • INSP
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  •  
  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Tue 5/31
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
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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.
  • Tue 5/31
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
  • HMMHD

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.
  • Tue 5/31
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 157
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Tue 5/31
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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  •  
  • 157
  • INSP
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

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 6/1
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
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  • 814
  • HMMHD

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 6/1
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
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Nowhere to Turn

S05, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 25, 1990)
When the judge presiding over Ben's latest case is found murdered, Ben is accused of the crime.
  • Wed 6/1
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

Nowhere to Turn

S05, E03  (First Aired: Sep. 25, 1990)
When the judge presiding over Ben's latest case is found murdered, Ben is accused of the crime.
  • Wed 6/1
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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  • 157
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

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 6/2
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
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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 6/2
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
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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 6/2
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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  • 157
  • INSP
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Thu 6/2
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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  • 157
  • INSP
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

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 6/3
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
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  • 814
  • HMMHD

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.
  • Fri 6/3
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
  • HMMHD

The Secret

S05, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 30, 1990)
Ben defends a gambling blues singer (Ron Taylor) accused of killing his bookmaker.
  • Fri 6/3
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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  • 751
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  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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  • 157
  • INSP
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Sat 6/4
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
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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.
  • Sat 6/4
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 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.
  • Sun 6/5
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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  • 124
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  • 814
  • HMMHD

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.
  • Sun 6/5
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
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  • 814
  • HMMHD

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

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

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.
  • Mon 6/6
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 157
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Mon 6/6
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 157
  • INSP
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  •  
  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Tue 6/7
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
  • HMM
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  • 814
  • HMMHD

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

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.
  • Tue 6/7
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 157
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 751
  • INSPHD

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 6/7
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
  •  
  •  
  • 157
  • INSP
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  • 751
  • INSPHD

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.
  • Wed 6/8
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
  • HMM
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  • 124
  • HMM

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