Series Summary
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.

Air Dates: 1986 - Present

Genres: Drama, Mystery

Network: NBC

  • Season 9, Ep. 11 : The VerdictJan 12, 1995

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    The town's new assistant district attorney must prosecute her former lover, who has secured Matlock for his defense.

  • Season 9, Ep. 10 : The GetawayJan 5, 1995

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    Matlock's client needs the testimony of a 12-year-old witness who insists on making a deal with the lawyer.

  • Season 9, Ep. 9 : Dead AirDec 8, 1994

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    When a popular radio DJ is suspected in the murder of his partner whom he despised, Ben searches for the real killer.

  • Season 9, Ep. 8 : The ConfessionDec 1, 1994

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    Ben's visiting friend Julie discovers she may have sent an innocent man to prison.

  • Season 9, Ep. 7 : The Dating GameNov 17, 1994

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    Ben and Jerri pose as video-dating customers to find a murderer who may have used the service.

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  • Mr. Griffith effortlessly makes the most of the country sophisticate, and Dick Van Dyke is splendidly devious as the judge. Matlock makes easy viewing, so easy that you are liable to forget it's there. Show More

  • There is a plot twist along the way, but what finally ensnares the judge in a courtroom confrontation is another development of Matlock's devising that seems completely implausible. [23 Sept 1986, p.C10] Show More

  • The problem with Matlock is that Griffith isn't nearly as cute as either he, or NBC, think he is. Or maybe it's that he's playing it too cute. When Peter Falk played cat and mouse with his prey in that eccentric, unassuming manner, it was charming. When Griffith does it, he just seems phony, manipulative and obnoxious. He's more creepy than he is endearing. [23 Sept 1986, p.C6] Show More

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