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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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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.
  • Fri 11/24
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 11/27
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 11/27
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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 11/28
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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The Secret

S05, E07  (First Aired: Oct. 30, 1990)
Ben defends a gambling blues singer (Ron Taylor) accused of killing his bookmaker.
  • Tue 11/28
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The Secret

S05, E08  (First Aired: Nov. 6, 1990)
Ben uncovers information about a 15-year-old unsolved killing during his defense of a gambler accused of murder.
  • Tue 11/28
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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 11/29
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 11/29
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Wed 11/29
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 11/30
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 11/30
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 11/30
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
  • 87
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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.
  • Fri 12/1
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 12/1
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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 12/1
  • 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.
  • Mon 12/4
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 12/4
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Mon 12/4
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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.
  • Tue 12/5
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 12/5
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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 12/5
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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.
  • Wed 12/6
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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The Trial

S05, E19  (First Aired: Feb. 19, 1991)
Newly appointed Special Prosecutor Matlock investigates the murder of an assistant district attorney and finds evidence pointing to members of the legal profession.
  • Wed 12/6
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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The Trial

S05, E20  (First Aired: Feb. 26, 1991)
Special Prosecutor Matlock faces a top defense attorney in his prosecution of two judges and a lawyer.
  • Wed 12/6
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 12/7
  • 10:00AM-11:00AM
  • 192
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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 12/7
  • 1:00PM-2:00PM
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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.
  • Thu 12/7
  • 2:00PM-3:00PM
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