Matlock

Matlock is an American television legal drama, starring Andy Griffith in the title role of criminal-defense attorney Ben Matlock. The main character widower Ben Matlock, a renowned, folksy and popular though cantankerous attorney. In most cases the person on stand being questioned by Matlock is the actual perpetrator, and Matlock will expose him, despite saying that his goal is to prove reasonable doubt in the case of his client’s guilt or to prove his client’s innocence.

Matlock having studied law at Harvard, after a few years as a public defender, establishes himself in a law practice in Atlanta, living in a simply farmhouse in a neighboring suburb. Matlock often finds him visiting crime scenes to discover clues, which may have been overlooked and attempts to come up with viable, alternative theories for the crime being investigated. Matlock also has conspicuously finicky fashion sense; he tends to appear in court wearing a trademark light gray suit and, over the series’ entire run, owned three generations of the Ford Crown Victoria—always an all-gray model.

Matlock was known for his fondness for hot dogs. During episode 158 (“The diner”) we find out that hot dogs have been his most favourite dish since he was a young man. Matlock blames Dr. Mark Sloan (Dick Van Dyke) for suggesting he make a disastrous investment in 8-track cartridges, in which he lost his savings of $5,000 in 1969, resulting in him having to wear cheap suits and live on hot dogs. Despite his thrift, Matlock’s standard fee is $100,000, and this is usually paid up front, although if he or his staff believe strongly in the innocence of a client, or if the client is unable to pay immediately, he will create a payment plan, or siginifically reduce the fee or waive it entirely, sometimes reluctantly.  These traits, and the demands he placed upon his investigators, offering comic relief during the series.

Season 4
Episode
Date & time
 
8: The Con Man
 
8: The Con Man
Tue 5 March·3:35am
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7: The Star
 
7: The Star
Mon 4 March·3:35am
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6: The Clown
 
6: The Clown
Sun 3 March·3:35am
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5: The Ex
 
5: The Ex
Sat 2 March·3:35am
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4: The Best Seller
 
4: The Best Seller
Fri 1 March·3:35am
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3: The Good Boy
 
3: The Good Boy
Thu 28 February·3:35am
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2: The Hunting Party Part 2
 
2: The Hunting Party Part 2
Wed 27 February·3:35am
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1: The Hunting Party Part 1
 
1: The Hunting Party Part 1
Tue 26 February·3:35am
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20: The Priest
 
20: The Priest
Mon 25 February·3:35am
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19: The Blues Singer
 
19: The Blues Singer
Sun 24 February·3:20am
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18: The Cult
 
18: The Cult
Sat 23 February·3:35am
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17: The Model
 
17: The Model
Fri 22 February·3:35am
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16: The Thoroghbred
 
16: The Thoroghbred
Thu 21 February·3:35am
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15: The Thief Part 2
 
15: The Thief Part 2
Wed 20 February·3:35am
 
 
Sun 3 March·6:50am
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14: The Thief Part 1
 
14: The Thief Part 1
Sat 2 March·7:00am
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13: The Psychic
 
13: The Psychic
Sun 24 February·7:00am
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12: The Starlet
 
12: The Starlet
Sat 23 February·7:00am
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7: Power Brokers Part 2
 
7: Power Brokers Part 2
Tue 5 March·9:00am
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6: Power Brokers Part 1
 
6: Power Brokers Part 1
Mon 4 March·9:05am
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5: The Husband
 
5: The Husband
Fri 1 March·9:00am
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4: The Annihilator
 
4: The Annihilator
Thu 28 February·9:00am
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3: Blind Justice
 
3: Blind Justice
Wed 27 February·9:00am
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2: The Billionaire Part 2
 
2: The Billionaire Part 2
Tue 26 February·9:00am
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1: The Billionaire Part 1
 
1: The Billionaire Part 1
Mon 25 February·9:00am
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25: The Doctors
 
25: The Doctors
Fri 22 February·9:00am
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24: The Widow
 
24: The Widow
Thu 21 February·9:00am
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23: The Photographer
 
23: The Photographer
Wed 20 February·9:00am
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