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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.
  • Fri 3/24
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
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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 3/24
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/24
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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.
  • Fri 3/24
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Fri 3/24
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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).
  • Sat 3/25
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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 3/27
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Thief

S03, E14  (First Aired: Mar. 28, 1989)
Ben defends a rare-coin dealer accused of killing an employee who was stealing inventory.
  • Mon 3/27
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 3/27
  • 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.
  • Mon 3/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Tue 3/28
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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 3/28
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Thief

S03, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 4, 1989)
Ben suspects that the people who killed his client's employee are blackmailing his private investigator.
  • Tue 3/28
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 3/28
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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 3/28
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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 3/29
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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.
  • Wed 3/29
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 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 3/29
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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.
  • Wed 3/29
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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 3/29
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Thu 3/30
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 3/30
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
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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.
  • Thu 3/30
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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.
  • Thu 3/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Thu 3/30
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Fri 3/31
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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).
  • Fri 3/31
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 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 3/31
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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.
  • Fri 3/31
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Fri 3/31
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Sat 4/1
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Mon 4/3
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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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 4/3
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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The Mayor

S03, E08  (First Aired: Jan. 31, 1989)
Ben's defense of a '60s activist accused of assassination uncovers a mayor's unsavory past.
  • Mon 4/3
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Mayor

S03, E09  (First Aired: Feb. 7, 1989)
While defending an activist accused of murder, Ben suspects the judge is involved in a fraudulent scheme.
  • Mon 4/3
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Tue 4/4
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Tue 4/4
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 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.
  • Tue 4/4
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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.
  • Tue 4/4
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 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.
  • Tue 4/4
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Wed 4/5
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 86
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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.
  • Wed 4/5
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Hunting Party

S04, E01  (First Aired: Sep. 19, 1989)
A retired soldier (Jeff Wincott) attempts to prove his late brother's death was not a hunting accident, but murder.
  • Wed 4/5
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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The Thief

S03, E14  (First Aired: Mar. 28, 1989)
Ben defends a rare-coin dealer accused of killing an employee who was stealing inventory.
  • Wed 4/5
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
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The Thief

S03, E15  (First Aired: Apr. 4, 1989)
Ben suspects that the people who killed his client's employee are blackmailing his private investigator.
  • Wed 4/5
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Thu 4/6
  • 5:00AM-6:00AM
  • 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.
  • Thu 4/6
  • 6:00AM-7:00AM
  • 86
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The Hunting Party

S04, E02  (First Aired: Sep. 19, 1989)
Ben is asked to defend Spencer Hamilton who is accused of the murder of a member of his late brother's hunting party.
  • Thu 4/6
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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.
  • Thu 4/6
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
  • 87
  • INSP
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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.
  • Thu 4/6
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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  • 157
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