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Encyclopedia > Matlock (television series)
Ben Matlock in court
Ben Matlock in court

Matlock was an American television legal drama starring Andy Griffith as attorney Ben Matlock. The format of the show was very similar to that of Perry Mason, with Matlock figuring out who the murderer is and then confronting them in a dramatic courtroom scene near the end; although whereas Mason usually exculpated his clients at a pretrial hearing, Matlock usually secured an acquittal at trial, from the jury. The show ran from 1986 to 1993 on NBC, then 1993 until 1995 on ABC. The show can currently be seen in syndication and is distributed by Viacom. The show is currently carried on CMT Canada, ABC (WXYZ Detroit), TNT, WGN, Hallmark, and KDOC. Image File history File links Matl2. ... Image File history File links Matl2. ... A legal drama is a work of dramatic fiction about law, crime, punishment or the legal profession. ... Griffith as Andy Taylor on The Andy Griffith Show Andrew Samuel Andy Griffith (born June 1, 1926) is an American actor, writer and producer from Mount Airy, North Carolina. ... Ben Matlock in court Benjamin Leighton Ben Matlock is a fictional character from the television series, Matlock, played by Andy Griffith. ... Perry Mason is a fictional defense attorney who originally appeared in detective fiction by Erle Stanley Gardner. ... See also: 1985 in television, other events of 1986, 1987 in television and the list of years in television. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... For other uses, see NBC (disambiguation). ... 1995 (MCMXCV in Roman) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... In the television industry (as in radio), syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast programs to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Viacom is a high-growth media conglomerate with various worldwide interests in cable / satellite television networks (MTV Networks and BET), video gaming (Sega of America), and movie production and distribution (the Paramount Pictures movie studio and DreamWorks). ... CMT can refer to: Charcot-Marie-Tooth disease Chip-level multithreading Compulsory Military Training Compulsory Military Training (New Zealand) Concept Modeling Tool Country Music Television, a US cable television channel and the Canadian version Country Music Television Canada This page concerning a three-letter acronym or abbreviation is a disambiguation... The American Broadcasting Company (ABC) is a television and radio network in the United States. ... WXYZ is the ABC affiliate in Detroit, Michigan. ... One third of the hardcore Detroit rap trio, Natas. ... WGN is the callsign of two broadcast stations in Chicago, Illinois, both owned by the Tribune company. ... A hallmark is an official marking made by a trusted party, usually an assay office, on items made of precious metals (platinum, gold and silver) that guarantees a certain purity of the metal. ... Technical Information Frequency: Channel 56 Name: KDOC Radius: 73 miles (Los Angeles, Orange, Riverside, San Bernardino and Ventura counties) Slogan: Your Independent Start of Operation: 1982 Transmitter Location: Anaheim, California/Los Angeles, California (34° 13 36. ...

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Background

The show features Ben Matlock as a renowned, folksy, yet cantankerous defense attorney who is worth every penny of his $100,000 fee. Known for visiting the scene of the crime to discover clues otherwise overlooked and his down-home style of coming up with viable, alternative theories of the crime in question (usually murder) while sitting in his office playing the banjo or polishing his shoes, Griffith's character also had conspicuously finicky fashion sense. Ben Matlock always appeared in court wearing his trademark gray suit (though the necktie he always wore would be different) and, over the nine seasons, was seen behind the wheel of two generations of the Ford Crown Victoria—always an all gray model. Matlock studied law at Harvard, based his law practice in Atlanta, Georgia and lived in a farmhouse in some neighboring suburb. Old 6-string zither banjo 4-string banjos The banjo is a stringed instrument of African-American origin, early or original examples sometimes being called the gourd banjo. Its name is commonly thought to be derived from the Kimbundu term mbanza. ... The Ford Crown Victoria is a fullsize car produced by the Ford Motor Company in the 1950s, and then again in the 1970s. ... Harvard Law School (HLS) is one of the professional graduate schools of Harvard University. ... Nickname: The Horizon City, Hotlanta, The Big Peach Motto: Official website: http://www. ...


Throughout the series, three different women played Matlock's daughters, all of whom worked on cases as his co-counsel. Lori Lethin played Charlene Matlock in the March 1986 pilot episode/TV movie "Diary of A Perfect Murder". Linda Purl starred in this role for the rest of the first season. After Matlock's hired associate counsel Michelle Thomas (Nancy Stafford) left the show at the end of season six, Brynn Thayer joined the cast as Leanne MacIntyre, another daughter. In the second last episode of season six, Matlock's daughter Leanne arrived as a barrister, successful in her own right, who returned home to work with her father for a while after breaking up with her former husband. Leanne's ex-husband Peter MacIntyre (Robert Desiderio) appeared in a season seven episode entitled The Debt when he needed her help to defend himself against a murder charge. Actress Linda Purl Charlene Matlock is a fictional character on the television show, Matlock. ... 1986 (MCMLXXXVI in Roman) is a common year starting on Wednesday of the Gregorian calendar. ... Linda Purl is an actress, who portrayed Ben Matlocks daughter Charlene Matlock in the Matlock (television series). ... Michelle Thomas (portrayed by Nancy Stafford) was a fictional character on the television show Matlock. ... Had a guest role as a hooker on Matlock then went on to play the title characters associate for several seasons. ...


Notable guest stars

Griffith's old partner in comedy Don Knotts first appeared in a 1988 episode of the series. Titled "The Lemon", Knotts played Ben's new neighbor Les "Ace" Calhoun, who is framed for the murder of the "cowboy" car salesman who talked him into buying a car that later breaks down. In the beginning of the show when he and Ben meet for the first time, he calls Ben "Benge", a reference to their old days in The Andy Griffith Show when Knotts' character Barney Fife sometimes called Andy "Ange". Knotts would continue to make appearances as Les Calhoun on the series until 1992. He even had a small role in two Matlock TV movies ("The Picture" in 1992, and "The Ambassador" in 1988) Don Knotts Don Knotts (July 21, 1924 – February 24, 2006) was an American actor best known for his portrayal of Barney Fife on the 1960s American television sitcom The Andy Griffith Show, a role which earned him five Emmy Awards. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII in Roman) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... The Andy Griffith Show was an American television series that aired from 1960 to 1968. ... 1992 (MCMXCII in Roman) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ...


Country music star Randy Travis appeared in a 1992 (season six) episode "The Big Payoff" as character Billy Wheeler. In "The Mark" (a season seven episode), Travis reprised the role of Matlock's old friend Billy Wheeler, an aspiring country singer who wins the lottery and shortly thereafter finds himself framed for the murder of his cheating business partner. Both Travis and Griffith originate from the same state, North Carolina. Randy Travis sings his chart-topping song Three Wooden Crosses, at the DoD-sponsored salute to Korean War veterans at the MCI Center in Washington, July 26, 2003. ... 1992 (MCMXCII in Roman) was a leap year starting on Wednesday. ... Official language(s) English Capital Raleigh Largest city Charlotte Area  - Total  - Width  - Length  - % water  - Latitude  - Longitude Ranked 28th 139,509 km² 805 km 240 km 9. ...


Long before he would take the memorable small role as D.A Fletcher in the 1990 movie Dick Tracy, TV legend Dick Van Dyke had an villianous guest starring role in the first regular episode of Matlock. He played a judge who murdered his lover and then presided over the murder trial where Ben was trying to clear someone's name for the crime. Van Dyke would later hire Griffith to reprise his Matlock role in 2001 on a episode of his own series Diagnosis: Murder This article is about the year. ... Dick Tracy USPS stamp Dick Tracy is a popular character in American pop culture. ... Richard Wayne Van Dyke (born December 13, 1925 in West Plains, Missouri), usually credited as Dick Van Dyke, is a noted American television and movie actor. ...


Matlock's fellow investigators

Matlock had four investigators working for him over the course of the series' nearly nine year run. First Tyler Hudson (Kene Holliday) in seasons one through three and later Conrad McMasters (Clarence Gilyard Jr.) during seasons four through six. In season seven (1993) Daniel Roebuck's Cliff Lewis character became the regular sleuth. For the ninth season, Carol Huston's Jerri Stone became the sleuth. Roebuck, of The Fugitive fame, and Warren Frost (Cliff's father Billy Lewis) became regular cast members until the conclusion of the ninth season and the series in 1995. Roebuck appeared on at least four previous occasions playing characters Dr. Bobby Shaw ("The Doctors", 1987), Alex Winthrop ("The Ambassador", 1988 and "The Priest" 1989), and Assistant District Attorney Sadowsky ("The Assassintation", 1992). Tyler Hudson is a fictional character on the television show, Matlock, portrayed by Kene Holliday. ... Clarence Gilyard - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia /**/ @import /skins-1. ... 1993 (MCMXCIII in Roman) was a common year starting on Friday of the Gregorian calendar and marked the Beginning of the International Decade to Combat Racism and Racial Discrimination (1993-2003). ... Daniel Roebuck (born March 4, 1963 in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania) is a U.S. television and movie actor, writer and producer. ... Cliff Lewis was a fictional private investigator, played by Daniel Roebuck, on the television show Matlock, who worked for Ben Matlock during the 7th and 8th seasons of the show, but was described as Ben Matlocks assistant in the late 8th season episode, The Godfather. ... Jerri Stone was a private investigator who worked for Ben Matlock in the 9th season of the show. ... The Fugitive is a 1993 feature film, based on the television series The Fugitive, starring Harrison Ford as Dr. Richard Kimble, and Tommy Lee Jones as Deputy United States Marshal Samuel Gerard. ... Warren Frost is an American actor, known for his role in Twin Peaks and the father of Mark Frost. ... 1987 (MCMLXXXVII) was a common year starting on Thursday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1988 (MCMLXXXVIII in Roman) was a leap year starting on a Friday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1989 (MCMLXXXIX in Roman) is a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ...


Jake and the Fatman was a spin-off based on a character that originated in The Don, a two part Matlock episode from season one. In The Don, Conrad played prosecutor James L. McShane. Styles played Paul Baron, the son of Matlock's client. Executive Producer Dean Hargrove was responsible for both Matlock and Jake and the Fatman and worked as a writer or producer on a host of other familiar TV mystery shows like Columbo, McCloud, Diagnosis Murder, Father Dowling Mysteries, and Perry Mason. Jake and the Fatman was a television crime drama starring William Conrad and Joe Penny. ... Dean Hargrove (b. ... DVD cover of Columbo - The Complete First Season Columbo was an American crime fiction TV series created by Richard Levinson and William Link. ... Diagnosis: Murder is a one-hour mystery series, starring Dick Van Dyke as Dr. Mark Sloan, a physician who occasionally works for the police department as a consultant. ...


Matlock in popular culture

Matlock is a running joke on The Simpsons, where the show has a huge cult following amongst the senior citizens of the town of Springfield. In one episode, the Simpsons' house is almost destroyed to make way for a "Matlock Expressway", while in another a frail Andy Griffith is mobbed and thrown to the ground by a crowd of obsessive elderly fans. The running gag is a popular hallmark of comedy television shows and movies. ... The Simpsons is an American animated sitcom created by Matt Groening. ...


See also

This is a list of characters who appear in the Matlock TV show. ... The following is a list of episodes for the television show, Matlock. ...

External links


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Ben Matlock always appeared in court wearing his trademark gray suit (though the necktie he always wore would be different) and, over the nine seasons, was seen behind the wheel of two generations of the Ford Crown Victoria—always an all gray model.
Matlock studied law at Harvard, based his law practice in Atlanta, Georgia and lived in a farmhouse in some neighboring suburb.
Matlock is a running joke on The Simpsons, where the show has a huge cult following amongst the senior citizens of the town of Springfield.
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