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Matlock 

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Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney, who charges one hundred thousand dollars to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny, as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

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Series cast summary:
Andy Griffith ...  Ben Matlock / ... 181 episodes, 1986-1995
Nancy Stafford ...  Michelle Thomas / ... 110 episodes, 1986-1993
Julie Sommars ...  Julie March 96 episodes, 1987-1994
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ...  Conrad McMasters 85 episodes, 1989-1993
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In this legal drama, Andy Griffith plays Ben Matlock, a criminal-defense lawyer based in Atlanta. Matlock typically identifies and confronts the perpetrator in a dramatic courtroom scene. His goal, most often, is to prove reasonable doubt of his client's guilt. Rumor suggests that the character is based on lawyer Bobby Lee Cook, Georgia's colorful "dean of criminal-defense attorneys." Written by writermaia

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Crime | Drama | Mystery

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

3 March 1986 (USA) See more »

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California, USA See more »

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Runtime:

(195 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

On one of the episodes, the series revisited The Andy Griffith Show (1960) by recreating the knife scene with Don Knotts, from the 5th season episode entitled "Barney's Uniform." See more »

Quotes

[repeated line]
Ben Matlock: Jackass!
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Don't Know Why It's So Compelling, But Damned If It Ain't
24 February 2002 | by sparkymcgrewSee all my reviews

There really isn't anything obviously good about "Matlock." It's kind of corny. It's awfully predictable (Matlock ALWAYS represents innocent clients and ALWAYS unmasks the real culprits in getting said innocents off). Some of the characters are pretty lame (Billy and Cliff Lewis are not personal favorites). And yet, somehow, I really enjoy this program. It really says something for Andy Griffith that I, a Yankee boy born probably 15 years after he left Mayberry, find him so charming as an ol' coot of a southern lawyer in a funny-looking suit. Can't really say why or how it comes through, but he must be one hell of an actor. (It also doesn't hurt to have Don Knotts, if only for Mr. Ferley-related nostalgia value).

Incidentally, if for no other reason than the episode in which Tyler infiltrates a circus, Keene Holiday has it all over Clarence Gilyard (who I hold in large part responsible for the reprehensible "Walker Texas Ranger"). And I won't even begin to discuss that female investigator they brought in towards the end. Blech.

Overall, then, despite the not inconsiderable problems with "Matlock," I love it. Andy Griffith playing a ukelele will always be a fond memory for me (It also helps to counteract the memory of those vaguely creepy commercials for Andy's gospel album that they run on TBS at off hours).


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