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      Season 1 – Matlock

      1986 Drama Mystery & Thriller List
      Reviews 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. Read More Read Less

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      Episodes

      Previous Episode 1 Aired Mar 3, 1986 Diary of a Perfect Murder An Atlanta attorney and his daughter Charlene (Lori Lethin) defend a TV journalist charged with murder. Details Episode 2 Aired Mar 3, 1986 Diary of a Perfect Murder An Atlanta attorney and his daughter Charlene (Lori Lethin) defend a TV journalist charged with murder. Details Episode 3 Aired Sep 23, 1986 The Judge Judge Carter Addison (Dick Van Dyke) kills his mistress then presides over the murder trial as Matlock tries to defend a framed man. Details Episode 4 Aired Sep 30, 1986 The Stripper Ben defends an exotic dancer accused of murdering her ex-husband, a man determined to have her declared an unfit mother. Details Episode 5 Aired Oct 7, 1986 The Affair A socialite retains Matlock to defend her husband's accused killer, a maid (Theresa Saldana) who won't help her own defense. Details Episode 6 Aired Oct 14, 1986 The Seduction Ben defends an over-the-hill quarterback (John Beck) with a reputation as a womanizer who is accused of killing his team-owner girlfriend. Details Episode 7 Aired Oct 28, 1986 The Don J.L. Brackett (William Conrad) prosecutes Matlock's client, crime-boss Nicholas Baron (Jose Ferrer), for murder. Details Episode 8 Aired Nov 4, 1986 The Don Ben fends off the children of crime boss Baron (Jose Ferrer), who appear to want their father convicted. Details Episode 9 Aired Nov 11, 1986 The Sisters Two sisters with a penchant for murder do away with their rich aunt and frame their uncle, whom Matlock agrees to defend. Details Episode 10 Aired Nov 18, 1986 The Cop A no-nonsense police officer (Hector Elizondo) turns to Matlock when he becomes a prime suspect in the murder of a local hood. Details Episode 11 Aired Nov 25, 1986 The Angel Matlock defends a rock star whose rowdy stage life appears to be affecting her courtroom performance. Details Episode 12 Aired Dec 2, 1986 The Professor Matlock's former professor and mentor (Don Porter), framed by students in a hit-and-run, seeks Ben's defense. Details Episode 13 Aired Dec 9, 1986 Santa Claus Accused of murdering his stingy landlord, a sidewalk Santa Claus (Pat Hingle) seeks Matlock's defense. Details Episode 14 Aired Jan 6, 1987 The Chef A TV chef's (Cathryn Damon) ex-husband (Craig Claiborne), a noted culinary author, dies from sampling food on her show. Details Episode 15 Aired Jan 13, 1987 The Author A man (Parker Stevenson) is wrongfully accused of trying to kill the author (Audra Lindley) of an expose on a Georgia town. Details Episode 16 Aired Jan 20, 1987 The Rat Pack Matlock defends a young executive (Tim Busfield) framed in the murder of a starlet (Shawn Weatherly). Details Episode 17 Aired Feb 3, 1987 The Nurse Matlock is hired to defend a live-in nurse (Lise Cutter) charged with the killing of her multimillionaire patient (Ed Quinlan). Details Episode 18 Aired Feb 10, 1987 The Convict Matlock gets a second chance at justice when a former client, convicted of murder, kills an inmate in self-defense. Details Episode 19 Aired Feb 17, 1987 The Court Martial Ben defends a rebellious young soldier framed in the murder of his sadistic lieutenant. Details Episode 20 Aired Feb 24, 1987 The Court Martial While defending Private Hughes (Tony Becker), Matlock uncovers a scandal that could ruin four officers. Details Episode 21 Aired Mar 3, 1987 The Therapist A movie idol (Steve Bond) is accused of murdering the sex therapist who went public with his problems. Details Episode 22 Aired Mar 24, 1987 The People vs. Matlock Matlock is tried for jury tampering when a mild-mannered juror claims the attorney offered him a bribe. Details Episode 23 Aired Mar 31, 1987 The Photographer A woman (Julie Ronnie) is accused of murdering her boss, a photographer who was involved in blackmail. Details Episode 24 Aired May 5, 1987 The Reporter Matlock is asked to help when a newlywed is accused of murdering her husband -- whose body is not the one in the morgue. Details Episode 25 Aired May 12, 1987 The Doctors A young resident seeks Ben's defense when he is framed for the murder of his formidable chief surgeon. Details Next
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      Previous Ron Weiskind Pittsburgh Post-Gazette The snake-oil Southern charm of Andy Griffith nearly makes the show watchable. But even a tepid mystery needs to make some kind of sense. Matlock is as phony as instant grits. Apr 18, 2022 Full Review Next
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      Season Info

      Director
      James Burrows, Charles S. Dubin, Daniel Haller, Bob Sweeney, Leo Penn, Nicholas Sgarro, Christopher Hibler, John Llewellyn Moxey, Tony Mordente
      Screenwriter
      Anne Collins, Robert Hamilton, Robin Bernheim, Robert Schlitt, Dean Hargrove, Marvin Kupfer, Gerald Sanoff, Bob Ellison, Joel Steiger, Peter Noah
      Network
      NBC
      Rating
      TV-PG (V)
      Genre
      Drama, Mystery & Thriller
      Original Language
      English
      Release Date
      Mar 3, 1986
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