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 8
Episode
Date & time
 
5: The View
 
5: The View
Fri 30 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Sat 31 August·3:35am
4: The Diner
 
4: The Diner
Thu 29 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Fri 30 August·3:55am
3: The Fatal Seduction - Part 2
 
3: The Fatal Seduction - Part 2
Wed 28 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Thu 29 August·3:35am
2: The Fatal Seduction - Part 1
 
2: The Fatal Seduction - Part 1
Tue 27 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Wed 28 August·3:25am
1: The Play
 
1: The Play
Mon 26 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Tue 27 August·3:55am
18: The Competition
 
18: The Competition
Fri 23 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Sat 24 August·3:55am
17: The Final Affair - Part 2
 
17: The Final Affair - Part 2
Thu 22 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Fri 23 August·3:55am
16: The Final Affair - Part 1
 
16: The Final Affair - Part 1
Wed 21 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Thu 22 August·3:55am
15: The Divorce
 
15: The Divorce
Tue 20 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Wed 21 August·3:55am
14: The Obsession
 
14: The Obsession
Mon 19 August·8:55am
Rec
 
 
Tue 20 August·4:00am
22: The Celebrity
 
22: The Celebrity
Sat 31 August·6:50am
21: The Accident
 
21: The Accident
Sun 25 August·6:50am
Rec
 
 
Mon 26 August·4:00am
20: The Trial Part 2
 
20: The Trial Part 2
Sat 24 August·6:50am
19: The Trial Part 1
 
19: The Trial Part 1
Sun 18 August·6:50am
Rec
 
 
Mon 19 August·4:00am
18: The Formula
 
18: The Formula
Sun 18 August·4:00am