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Matlock (TV Series 1986–1995) Poster

(1986–1995)

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In 1997, two years after the end of the series, Andy Griffith reprised the role of Matlock on a two part episode of Diagnosis Murder (1993). This would mark his final appearance in the role, and the only time the Matlock character was seen on CBS. In the episode, it is explained that Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) advised Ben in 1969 to invest his life savings, five thousand dollars, in the 8-track tape industry. When Ben lost all of his money, he began buying cheap suits off the rack, and eating hot dogs, because they were all he could afford. By the time he had money again, it was a habit.
Daniel Roebuck played three different roles on this show, before finally getting cast as Cliff Lewis in season seven.
Although Charlene (Linda Purl) and Leanne (Brynn Thayer) were supposed to be sisters, no mention is ever made of their connection during the series.
Nancy Stafford chose to leave the series after season six. She had just gotten married, filming was moving to North Carolina, and she did not wish to relocate.
Kene Holiday was fired after the third season, due to his ongoing battle with drugs and alcohol.
Clarence Gilyard, Jr. appeared in almost every episode of the NBC edition of the show, after he joined the cast, before production moved to North Carolina for the series seventh year. He was about to co-star in Walker, Texas Ranger (1993), which made Gilyard's scheduling more difficult.
During the third season, Kene Holiday missed a total of seven episodes, because he was in rehab for drug and alcohol abuse. By the time he was three months sober, he had been fired from the show.
Linda Purl left the show near the end of the first season, after disputes about her character and castmates.
Ben Matlock is based on an attorney in High Point, North Carolina.
Nancy Stafford, Kari Lizer, Daniel Roebuck, and Brynn Thayer all had guest appearances on the show before taking the roles of Michelle, Cassie, Cliff, and Leanne, respectively.
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Clarence Gilyard, Jr. and Daniel Roebuck were series regulars together for all of season seven, and a few episodes of season eight (when Gilyard left), but due to one or both not making an appearance in a given episode, they were only in two together.
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Long before Nancy Stafford, Clarence Gilyard Jr. and Daniel Roebuck joined the cast, respectively, the 3 were all lifelong fans of Andy Griffith's. Stafford replaced Linda Purl in season two, Gilyard replaced Kene Holiday in season four and Roebuck was replaced Gilyard, himself, in season seven.
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Besides Don Knotts, other former cast members of the The Andy Griffith Show (1960) to appear were Aneta Corsaut, Jack Dodson, Betty Lynn, and Arlene Golonka.
Beginning with Nancy Stafford's second season in 1988, she missed several episodes, due to her busy scheduling. She left the show in 1992.
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Andy Griffith was only fifty-nine years old when he first played Ben Matlock, despite numerous stereotypes that this show was targeted toward the elderly demographic.
In a couple of flashback episodes that looked at Ben's early career, Andy Griffith played Ben's father.
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Bill Mumy, who played in two episodes of Night Gallery (1969), and on Lost in Space (1965), played Ben Matlock's nephew in one episode.
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His fee is one hundred thousand dollars, but told a client once, that a pro bono case once in a while, is good for the soul. He also told the relative of a client, who noted how expensive he was, that when he wins, he's usually considered a bargain.
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Clarence Gilyard, Jr. and Daniel Roebuck, who played Matlock's private investigators, also appeared in movies featuring Paul Gleason as an officer of the L.A.P.D. Gilyard appeared in Die Hard (1988), and Roebuck appeared in Money Talks (1997).
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Billy Zane and Frances Fisher appeared on this show years before their respective roles as the fiancé and mother of Rose (Kate Winslet and Gloria Stuart), the main character of Titanic (1997).
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At the end of every case, the person who was on the stand being question by Matlock was the actual killer, and Matlock had exposed him, despite making clear that his one goal was to prove reasonable doubt in the case of his client's guilt or to prove his client's innocence.
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After an 18 year absence from starring in The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Andy Griffith took the role, because he liked the script.
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Of the 100 guys who auditioned for Conrad McMasters, it was [Andy Griffith]'s call to handpick [Clarence Gilyard Jr.], who won the role.
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Whenever Ben became irritated with someone, he called them a "jackass". This was one of his favorite expressions with Billy (Warren Frost), who was Cliff's dad. He got on Ben's nerves quite often.
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In one of Linda Purl's absences, in an episode, Kari Lizer's character had yearned to replace Ben's daughter, Charlene; after moving to Philadelphia; when Andy Griffith's character was opposed to this; hence, Nancy Stafford replaced Purl.
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Andy Griffith was the only actor to appear in every episode of the series.
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Compared to his other character on The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Matlock also drove a Ford automobile.
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Along with Miami Vice (1984), this is another NBC show to feature music or singers play their music.
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Matlock was like a surrogate father to Michelle and Conrad, as does Andy Griffith to Nancy Stafford and Clarence Gilyard Jr., in real-life. In separate interviews, Stafford said in an interview, Griffith helped her career boost, whilst Gilyard said in an interview that when he was auditioning for Conrad; he'd forget the script and be Opie for a day.
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Compared to The Andy Griffith Show (1960), Andy's character was also a widower.
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In a number of episodes whenever Matlock has to introduce a piece of additional evidence it's usually "Defence Exhibit G".
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Before [Kene Holiday] was casted in the series, as a little boy, he occasionally watched [The Andy Griffith Show (1960)].
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This show is similar to Perry Mason (1957).
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After starring in The Andy Griffith Show (1960)'s reunion movie, Return to Mayberry (1986), Andy Griffith got the role.
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