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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

In a couple of flashback episodes that looked at Ben's early career, Andy Griffith played Ben's father.
Nancy Stafford chose to leave the series after season six. She had just gotten married, and with the filming being moved to North Carolina, she did not wish to relocate.
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.
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.
Daniel Roebuck played three different roles on Matlock before finally getting cast as Cliff Lewis in season seven.
Although Charlene and Leanne were supposed to be sisters, no mention is ever made of their connection during the series.
Kene Holliday was fired after the third season, due to his ongoing battle with drugs and alcohol.
Clarence Gilyard Jr. and Daniel Roebuck were series regulars together for all of season 7 and a few episodes of season 8 (when Gilyard left), but due to one or both not making an appearance in a given episode, they were only in two together.
Ben Matlock is based on a High Point North Carolina attorney.
Beginning with Nancy Stafford's second season in 1988, she missed several episodes, due to her busy scheduling. She left the show in 1992.
Linda Purl left the show, near the end of the first season, after disputes about her character and castmates.
Andy Griffith was only 59 years old when he first played Ben Matlock, despite numerous stereotypes that this show was targeted toward the elderly demographic.
Billy Zane and Frances Fisher both appeared on "Matlock" years before their respective roles as the fiancé and mother of Rose (Kate Winslet/Gloria Stuart), the main character of the 1997 blockbuster "Titanic."
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
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 Gilya
Long before Nancy Stafford and Clarence Gilyard Jr. joined the cast together, they were both lifelong fans of Andy Griffith's, as little children. Stafford joined the cast in Season 2 (replacing Linda Purl) and Gilyard joined the cast in Season 4 (replaci
During the third season of Matlock (1986), Kene Holliday had missed a total of 7 episodes, because he was sent to a rehabilitation clinic for his drug and alcohol abuse, where he stayed on an outpatient basis. By the time he became 3 months sober, he was