Season 1 - Matlock (1986)
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Matlock (1986)

Country: USA

Genres: Crime, Drama, Mystery

Director: Christopher Hibler, Harvey S. Laidman, Leo Penn, Frank Thackery, ...

Writers: Dean Hargrove, Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger, Anne Collins, ...

Stars: Andy Griffith, Nancy Stafford, Julie Sommars, Clarence Gilyard Jr., ...

"Matlock" features criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock seeking to prove the innocence of his client as he takes on his/her case, of which most involve murders. He does this with the help of a team of people, which changed from season to season but included over the years Conrad McMasters, daughter Charlene Matlock, and Cliff Lewis.

Seasons:   Unknown - 9 - 8 - 7 - 6 - 5 - 4 - 3 - 2 - 1

Season 1 Series:

03 Mar 1986
S1, Ep1 - Diary of a Perfect Murder


Ben Matlock and his daughter Charlene defend a TV journalist accused of killing his ex-wife.
23 Sep 1986
S1, Ep2 - The Judge


Judge Carter Addison murders his cheating mistress and frames her lover. Then the judge presides over the man's trial with Ben Matlock as the defense counsel.
30 Sep 1986
S1, Ep3 - The Stripper


A stripper is excused of killing her ex-husband.
07 Oct 1986
S1, Ep4 - The Affair


The mother of Charlene's former boyfriend hires Ben to defend the woman who's accused of killing of her husband. Ben wonders why. She says that her husband was a philanderer and the woman was another one of his dalliances and she wants it known. Ben wonders who could have killed him and he naturally focuses on the family which includes the woman who hired him and the man's son.
14 Oct 1986
S1, Ep5 - The Seduction


A football star is accused of killing the owner.
28 Oct 1986
S1, Ep6 - The Don: Part 1


Ben and Charlene take the controversial case of a Mafia don accused of murdering a business rival; Charlene is attracted to the man's son.
04 Nov 1986
S1, Ep7 - The Don: Part 2


Ben defends a organized-crime boss.
11 Nov 1986
S1, Ep8 - The Sisters


Sisters Julia and Emily execute a clever and cold-hearted plan to murder their wealthy aunt and frame her husband Harold Scully. Ben reluctantly agrees to defend the annoying Scully and is faced with the challenge of breaking the seemingly airtight alibi of the sisters, and the strong bond between them.
15 Nov 1986
S1, Ep9 - The Cop


A detective is framed for murder by the mob.
25 Nov 1986
S1, Ep10 - The Angel


Ben defends flashy rock star for murder.
02 Dec 1986
S1, Ep11 - The Professor


Ben's law professor is arrested on charges of committing vehicular homicide. The man claims to have no recollection of what happened. Ben defends him. Ben suspects the man's assistant and two of his students of being behind the whole thing. He has to figure out why.
09 Dec 1986
S1, Ep12 - Santa Claus


At Christmas time, a heartless businessman wants to evict the residents of an apartment building he owns, he tangles with a resident who just happens to be working as a street Santa. Later a man wearing a Santa suit enters the businessman's office building and kills him. Later someone enters the Santa's apartment and tangles with him. Later three of the businessman's people find him dead. Ben offers to defend the Santa. He suspects that one of the associates is the killer cause a piece of evidence against the Santa was found near the body and he believes who ever ...
06 Jan 1987
S1, Ep13 - The Chef


During the taping of her TV cooking show, a chef's ex-husband samples her cooking, then keels over dead.
13 Jan 1987
S1, Ep14 - The Author


When a woman in a small town writes a book whose characters are actual people in the town and it becomes a best seller, the press converge on the town to interview them. And some of them threaten the woman. When the local reverend goes to visit her, someone takes a shot at her killing the reverend. The police investigate and it leads them to one of the town's doctors who was depicted in the book as being a druggie who denies it and threatened the woman. Ben comes to defend him and he starts by checking some of the other people depicted in the book but learns none of ...
20 Jan 1987
S1, Ep15 - The Rat Pack


A starlet is murdered.
03 Feb 1987
S1, Ep16 - The Nurse


Kathy Dawson is a private nurse working for the St. Johns. One night while she was out, the man she was taking care of, Peter St. John, died. When it was determined to be murder, she is the prime suspect. Ben and a woman get into an elevator, at the courthouse, that malfunctions. Ben seems taken by this woman. Ben goes to his arraignment hearing with Kathy Warren and finds out the woman he was tuck with in the elevator is the new A.D.A., Julie March. Kathy Warren hires Ben to defend her, offering her $250,000 engagement ring as a fee. After Lacey St. John tells A.D.A....
10 Feb 1987
S1, Ep17 - The Convict


A former client of Ben has spent seven years in prison for murder, then he gets a parole but, still in prison, kills a fellow inmate in self-defense. Ben again defends the same client, and he figures out what happened in the previous case.
17 Feb 1987
S1, Ep18 - The Court-Martial: Part 1


An Army lieutenant pushes his men too hard. Someone stabs him in the back, and he dies. The Army charges one of the soldiers in his company, Ben defends him, and Charlene and Tyler help. During a preliminary hearing the accused disappears.
24 Feb 1987
S1, Ep19 - The Court-Martial: Part 2


Ben returns the defendant, but a crucial witness (the only witness) disappears. Tyler discovers a drug scheme, Charlene finds out about the background, and Ben figures out the pieces of the puzzle. Ben even learns about the Army.
03 Mar 1987
S1, Ep20 - The Therapist


A movie star is accused of murdering a movie star.
24 Mar 1987
S1, Ep21 - The People vs. Matlock


Matlock is accused of bribing a witness.
31 Mar 1987
S1, Ep22 - The Photographer


A crooked photographer is murdered.
05 May 1987
S1, Ep23 - The Reporter


When a house blows up and a body is found which appears to be that of the owner. The police investigate and think that the man's wife is a suspect. When she is arrested, a reporter tells Ben about her and when he offers to defend her, the reporter hopes to get a story. When they look into the man's background, they discover a lot of irregularities. And even the neighbor saw some peculiar things on the night of the explosion.
12 May 1987
S1, Ep24 - The Doctors


A team of doctors become suspects for murder.