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 6, Ep. 20 : The Evening NewsMay 1, 1992

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    Conrad makes a surprising discovery relating to a real estate scam after he infiltrates a street gang.

  • Season 6, Ep. 19 : The Evening NewsApr 24, 1992

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    A TV reporter is framed for his producer's murder, a smoke screen for a real estate scam and fictitious news story.

  • Season 6, Ep. 13 : The PictureJan 24, 1992

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    Ben uses evidence in an altered photo to uncover a murder plot designed to conceal a counterfeiting operation.

  • Season 6, Ep. 12 : The PictureJan 17, 1992

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    Ben finds a photo that may solve a murder while looking for his cousin's (Christina Pickles) philandering husband.

  • Season 6, Ep. 11 : The FoursomeDec 20, 1991

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    Matlock risks being disbarred when he accuses the deputy district attorney of misconduct in her case against his client.

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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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