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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 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.
  • Sun 7/24
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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 7/25
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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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.
  • Mon 7/25
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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.
  • Mon 7/25
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 7/25
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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 7/26
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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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 7/26
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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.
  • Tue 7/26
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Tue 7/26
  • 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.
  • Wed 7/27
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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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 7/27
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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Diary of a Perfect Murder

(First Aired: Mar. 3, 1986)
An Atlanta attorney and his daughter Charlene (Lori Lethin) defend a TV journalist charged with murder.
  • Wed 7/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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 7/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Thu 7/28
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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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.
  • Thu 7/28
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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 7/28
  • 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 7/28
  • 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.
  • Fri 7/29
  • 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).
  • Fri 7/29
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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 7/29
  • 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 7/29
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Sat 7/30
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sat 7/30
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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.
  • Sun 7/31
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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.
  • Sun 7/31
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 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 8/1
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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.
  • Mon 8/1
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 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 8/1
  • 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 8/1
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Tue 8/2
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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.
  • Tue 8/2
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 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 8/2
  • 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 8/2
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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).
  • Wed 8/3
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Wed 8/3
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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 8/3
  • 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 8/3
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Thu 8/4
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Thu 8/4
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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 8/4
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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 8/4
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Fri 8/5
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Fri 8/5
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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 8/5
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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 8/5
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 9:00AM-11:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 11:00AM-1:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 1:00PM-3:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 3:00PM-5:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 5:00PM-6:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 6:00PM-7:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 7:00PM-8:00PM
  • 86
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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 8/6
  • 8:00PM-9:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 9:00PM-10:00PM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 10:00PM-11:00PM
  • 86
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The Capital Offense

S08, E07  (First Aired: Nov. 11, 1993)
A con artist facing execution for murder exasperates Ben while having his case appealed.
  • Sat 8/6
  • 11:00PM-12:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sun 8/7
  • 12:00AM-1:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sun 8/7
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Sun 8/7
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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