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Matlock (1986)

TV-PG CrimeDrama
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Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal defense attorney Ben Matlock. The show, produced by The Fred Silverman Company, Dean Hargrove Productions, Viacom Productions and Paramount Television originally aired from September 23, 1986 to May 8, 1992 on NBC; and from November 5, 1992 until May 7, 1995 on ABC.

The show's format is similar to that of CBS's Perry Mason, with Matlock identifying the perpetrators and then confronting them in dramatic courtroom scenes. One difference, however, was that whereas Mason usually exculpated his clients at a pretrial hearing, Matlock usually secured an acquittal at trial, from the jury.

  1. Dean Hargrove


Series Cast

  1. Andy Griffith as Ben Matlock

    Andy Griffith

    Ben Matlock

    194 Episodes

  2. Nancy Stafford as Michelle Thomas, Caryn Nelson / Caroline Nathan, and Michelle Thomas (archive footage) (uncredited)

    Nancy Stafford

    Michelle Thomas, Caryn Nelson / Caroline Nathan, Michelle Thomas (archive footage) (uncredited)

    114 Episodes

  3. Julie Sommars as Julie March and Julie March (archive footage) (uncredited)

    Julie Sommars

    Julie March, Julie March (archive footage) (uncredited)

    91 Episodes

  4. Clarence Gilyard Jr. as Conrad McMasters

    Clarence Gilyard Jr.

    Conrad McMasters

    86 Episodes

  5. Kene Holliday as Tyler Hudson

    Kene Holliday

    Tyler Hudson

    68 Episodes

  6. Daniel Roebuck as Cliff Lewis, Dr. Bobby Shaw, and Alex Winthrop

    Daniel Roebuck

    Cliff Lewis, Dr. Bobby Shaw, Alex Winthrop

    60 Episodes

  7. Brynn Thayer as Leanne McIntyre

    Brynn Thayer

    Leanne McIntyre

    40 Episodes

  8. Kari Lizer as Cassie Phillips and Margaret Danello

    Kari Lizer

    Cassie Phillips, Margaret Danello

    26 Episodes

  9. Linda Purl as Charlene Matlock

    Linda Purl

    Charlene Matlock

    24 Episodes

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Last Season

Season 9

1994 • 18 Episodes

Season 9 of Matlock premiered on October 13, 1994.

The Scam (2)

(9x18, May 7, 1995) Season Finale

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Status Ended


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Type Scripted

Original Language English


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