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ABC 1986

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 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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The 10 Best Episodes of Matlock

Matlock - S6E14

#1 - The Outcast (1) (Season 6 - Episode 14)

Matlock retires from law after bungling up a case and forgetting his client's name. He heads out of town to do some fishing, but after a hitchhiker he gave a lift to dies mysteriously, he sticks around to investigate the case.

The episode was rated 8.36 from 11 votes.

Matlock - S6E7

#2 - The Suspect (1) (Season 6 - Episode 7)

Matlock defends a wealthy widow charged with the murder of her husband, while Michelle helps to defend a father accused of murdering the drug dealer who got his child hooked...a dealer who just happened to be a cop.

The episode was rated 8.29 from 17 votes.

Matlock - S3E2

#3 - The Ambassador (1) (Season 3 - Episode 2)

Anthony Stewart is charged with murdering Michael Russell, the husband of the woman he was sleeping with. Although Stewart, a visiting British ambassador, has diplomatic immunity, he refuses to use it, and wants to clean his name. Matlcok agrees to defend the young ambassador, but his case is almost over when Stewart is nearly killed in a hit and run.

The episode was rated 8.22 from 23 votes.

Matlock - S3E19

#4 - The Blues Singer (Season 3 - Episode 19)

When legendary blues singer Eddie Haynes is charged with murder, Matlock agrees to defend a man he once idolized. Haynes swears that the young rock star he's accused of killing was going to write him a hit song, and Matlock soon realises that there is no shortage of people who wanted the charismatic young musician dead.

The episode was rated 8.17 from 18 votes.

Matlock - S4E1

#5 - The Hunting Party (1) (Season 4 - Episode 1)

Spencer Hamilton came to Manteo, North Carolina, as soon as he could to locate the man who killed his brother, Frank, in a supposed duck-hunting accident. When Ryan Bartell (the shooter) is found dead, Matlock heads to North Carolina to defend Hamilton, and finds an unlikely ally in local deputy Conrad McMasters.

The episode was rated 8.15 from 13 votes.

Matlock - S8E18

#6 - Brennen (Season 8 - Episode 18)

Ben vies with a formidable D.A. while defending a client accused of killing a city councilwoman, and discovers a secret hiding in the D.A.'s past that is affecting his judgment in this case.

The episode was rated 8.10 from 10 votes.

Matlock - S5E8

#7 - The Secret (2) (Season 5 - Episode 8)

Matlock sends Conrad to Chicago to collect the evidence that will prove his client is innocent.

The episode was rated 8.08 from 13 votes.

Matlock - S1E7

#8 - The Don (2) (Season 1 - Episode 7)

Even though they've lost a key witness, Matlock keeps defending Nicholas Baron. Daniel tries to convince Matlock that his father just can't handle any stress due to his heart condition, but Nicholas continues to beg Matlock to clear his name. While Matlock investigates a suspect closer to home than Baron would want, Charlene blows her chance at a relationship with Paul when she can't separate the man from the legend.

The episode was rated 8.07 from 41 votes.

Matlock - S2E18

#9 - The Investigation (2) (Season 2 - Episode 18)

Craig continues to turn away from his father as Matlock keeps trying to investigate the case. When the Gentry family is almost caught in the middle of a mob war with the Hernandez family, Matlock realises that someone on the inside is pulling the strings.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 19 votes.

Matlock - S6E11

#10 - The Foursome (Season 6 - Episode 11)

Matlock reluctantly agrees to defend millionaire Ellis Blake when he's accused of murdering his daughter's fiancé, Jeffrey Holden, an enterprising golf caddy who supplemented his living by blackmailing the men he caddied for. At the same time, Matlock is dealing with a brand new deputy district attorney, Lauren Richmond, who just seems too sweet to be real.

The episode was rated 8.05 from 20 votes.

Matlock - S3E3
#11 - The Ambassador (2)
Season 3 - Episode 3

After Anthony Stewart is nearly killed in a hit and run, Matlock realises that the only way to clear him is to find Shelby Russell, the supposed witness whose claim put Stewart in the hot seat in the first place. He tracks her down via her mother, and tells her that if she doesn't take the stand, her lover will go down for Michael Russell's murder.

The episode was rated from 22 votes.
Matlock - S4E14
#12 - The Witness
Season 4 - Episode 14

Sandra Townsend is senior counsel with Drexel, Harris and Townsend. But when she's off work she likes to let her hair down and go to the bars. When her lover threatens to expose her nightlife to her bosses, she murders him. Michelle takes the case when Matlock's former paperboy Jimmy Newton is arrested for murder (Matlock's off to California), but soon realises that Sandra, who is supposed to be the star witness, is really the killer. The problem is that Sandra Townsend is a former classmate and good friend, and Michelle just doesn't want to believe that she's lying.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
Matlock - S5E7
#13 - The Secret (1)
Season 5 - Episode 7

When a gambler is accused of killing his bookie, Matlock agrees to take the case, believing that someone from the bookie's past is the guilty party.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.
Matlock - S5E20
#14 - The Trial (2)
Season 5 - Episode 20

Matlock manages to figure out what's going on, but his competition ices him out of the final round...or so it seems.

The episode was rated from 11 votes.
Matlock - S1E13
#15 - The Chef
Season 1 - Episode 13

Michael and Victoria Edwards may be divorced, but unfortunately, she couldn't keep him from being a guest on her show. When Michael dies after testing out the dish they were cooking, Victoria is immediately charged with his murder. Matlock agrees to defend her, and gets some good home cooking in the bargain.

The episode was rated from 28 votes.
Matlock - S1E20
#16 - The Therapist
Season 1 - Episode 20

Matlock is hired to defend a popular actor when he's accused of killing the man who ran the sex-therapy clinic where he was staying, ostensibly for releasing his name to the press. He's got a temporary thorn in his side, though, in the form of Cassie Phillips, a law student he once made an off-hand comment to about looking him up for a job...she took him a lot more seriously than he had intended.

The episode was rated from 21 votes.
Matlock - S3E7
#17 - The Vendetta
Season 3 - Episode 7

Michelle is taken hostage by Ned Billings, who blames Matlock for his brother (James Billings, The Professor) committing suicide after being convicted of murder, thanks to Ben. Tyler and Julie also show up and end up as Ned's hostages, and they try to use the tactics they've seen Matlock use in courtrooms and interrogations to stay alive and convince Ned not to kill Ben.

The episode was rated from 19 votes.
Matlock - S2E24
#18 - The Heiress
Season 2 - Episode 24

As a young child, Allison Tate had discovered the bodies of her parents, apparently killed by an intruder. Shortly after her twenty-first birthday, she found the body of Marsha Gold, killed in a similar matter. When this thrust her back into the Linder Sanitarium in which she'd spent most of her life since her parents murdered, Bob Ranier (her father's former business partner, like an uncle to her) hires Matlock to prove that Allison is innocent of her murder. Matlock has an unlikely ally in Warren Kreitzer, an insurance attorney who is supposed to be on vacation, but will do whatever he can to protect Allison.

The episode was rated from 16 votes.
Matlock - S8E5
#19 - The View
Season 8 - Episode 5

Matlock realizes he has become a witness in a murder case involving two theater actors and an unhappy husband.

The episode was rated from 10 votes.
Matlock - S5E2
#20 - Nowhere to Turn (1)
Season 5 - Episode 2

Matlock has to defend himself against a charge of murder when a judge who issued a contempt citation against him is found dead.

The episode was rated from 17 votes.

Last updated: nov 26, 2022



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