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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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Storyline

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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USA

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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

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. See more »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Family Dog: Party Animal (1993) See more »

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Ben or Perry
7 April 2003 | by SargebriSee all my reviews

Much like Perry Mason, Ben Matlock was a lawyer that never lost and that's where the similarities end. The thing I love about the character of Ben Matlock is that unlike the cool and suave Perry Mason, Ben was hot-headed and cursed like a sailor, but beneath that gruff exterior was a heart of gold. Ben pretty much was just like an average guy, while Perry Mason was the cool, suave and sophisticated barrister. Also, this show pretty much had a sense of humor about it that "Perry Mason" didn't have and this gives "Matlock" an edge.


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