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Back in the late 1980s through the '90s, there was a slew of murder mystery procedural TV shows starring middle-aged detectives. Murder She Wrote had Angela Lansbury as a widowed writer turned detective, Diagnosis Murder had Dick Van Dyke as a doctor/police consultant, and Matlock had America's favorite sheriff Andy Griffith as a lawyer who also investigates all of his cases. They were produced to be safe, predictable entertainment suitable for all ages. The deaths were never too gruesome, and crime did not go unpunished. The eighth season of Matlock is evidence of what happens when these intentionally bland procedural shows overstay their welcome. Even Andy Griffith's Southern charm can't save this season from its lazy writing and bizarre character developments.

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