This was Andy Griffith's first appearance as defense attorney, Ben Matlock. He has to defend a television reporter, who was approached by his ex-wife about an important story. After she is murdered, Ben is hired to defend him. Aiding Ben is his daughter, Charlene, another lawyer, and his legman, Tyler Hudson. Written by
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Originally produced as a television movie, this pilot aired in March 1986 as an NBC movie of the week. It was later broken into two episodes (parts 1 & 2) for the regular series. See more
[Ben, Steve and Charlene enter men's room to avoid reporters. A man enters and looks at Charlene
It's O.K. She's a lawyer.