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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Cast

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 »

Also Known As:

El abogado Matlock See more »

Filming Locations:

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

Although Charlene (Linda Purl) and Leanne (Brynn Thayer) were supposed to be sisters, no mention is ever made of their connection during the series. See more »

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[repeated line]
Ben Matlock: Jackass!
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Referenced in The Simpsons: Lady Bouvier's Lover (1994) See more »

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Awesome show, great plots!
16 September 1999 | by Craven80See all my reviews

Yeah, this is one of the best shows ever to be made.

It had good characters, great stories, twists, and some unexpected humor.

It's a really good show, and I'm not even over 60...or 30 for that matter.

-Guess who got me into the show though:...Grandparents. =)


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