Matlock (1986–1995)
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The Power Brokers: Part 1 

Ben defends a popular columnist framed for the murder of a source.


Charles S. Dubin


Dean Hargrove (created by), Robert Hamilton

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Episode cast overview, first billed only:
Andy Griffith ... Ben Matlock
Nancy Stafford ... Michelle Thomas
Kari Lizer ... Cassie Phillips
Kene Holiday ... Tyler Hudson (as Kene Holliday)
Ralph Bellamy ... Sen. Lambert Crawford
Robert Culp ... Robert Irwin
Nancy Dussault ... Clarissa Irwin
George Gaynes ... Judge Hollis D. Dunaway
Alan Fudge ... Paul Davies
Gerry Gibson Gerry Gibson ... Tom Shuford
Dana Gladstone ... Prosecutor Hobbs
Isabella Hofmann ... Melinda Stuart
Gregory Itzin ... Michael Fitzmorris
Bert Kramer ... Police Lieutenant Norris
Jeanna Michaels Jeanna Michaels ... Karen Wyler


A reporter in Wahsington is working on a story involving some powerful men. She has a source who wants money before she gives her more information. But when her source turns up dead she's charged with murder. Ben is hired to defend her. He goes to Washington and finds navigating the beltway most difficult. Written by

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Crime | Drama | Mystery







Release Date:

27 October 1987 (USA) See more »

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Peach Pickin' Time Down In Georgia
Written by Jimmie Rodgers and Pappy Clayton McMichen
Portion sung by Andy Griffith
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Nancy Stafford - Class Act
19 March 2017 | by jamzzzzzzzbondSee all my reviews

It is an interesting study to watch Andy Griffith mature as a person and actor during his career. Early, in movies like "No Time For Sergeants," Griffith effortlessly acted a backward country bumpkin, as if this was his real personality. This continued with the Andy Griffith Show, but you may detect a change in his character as the years went by as Sheriff Andy Taylor became more dignified, complete with changes in his voice as Griffith seemed to shift the buffoonery from his character to other regulars in Mayberry, most notably Don Knots and Goober and the town drunk. Finally, in "Matlock," Griffith is an accomplished actor and his character appears to match the real man, skillful in his craft and respected by everyone. There is no buffoonery in Matlock! Andy Griffith seemed to like the good looking women. Look at the picture in Wikipedia! And Nancy Stafford in this episode is showcased as a beauty!

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