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Matlock 

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

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1.33 : 1
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Ben Matlock is based on an attorney in High Point, North Carolina. See more »

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Ben Matlock: [Ben is escaping from his insurance agent into another room, and is praying to God] Oh God, please cut out his tongue!
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Verdict for the show - outstanding!
25 February 2017 | by OllieSuave-007See all my reviews

This is one of the all-time popular mystery dramas, starring Andy Griffith as defense attorney Ben Matlock, whom, and his associates, defend his clients by finding the real perpetrator of the crime.

As Ben Matlock, Griffith displays much wit and intellect while defending his clients, while at the same time trying to track down the real criminal. This plot device gave the series a unique twist and kept the show surprising from start to finish. The show also got intense at times with all the back and forth proceedings and finger-pointing during the courtroom scenes.

The episodes were written with much intrigue and suspense, with a well-acted cast of characters and guest stars to boot. The opening theme music is very catchy and well-suited for the show's atmosphere, and I especially enjoyed seeing the many co-stars that have starred along side Griffith during the show's run, including Linda Purl, Brynn Thayer, Clarence Gilyard Jr. and Daniel Roebuck.

Definitely one of the best shows of the 80s and 90s!

Grade A


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