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 9
Episode
Date & time
 
16: The Scam - Part 2
 
16: The Scam - Part 2
Tue 2 July·4:20am
15: The Scam - Part 1
 
15: The Scam - Part 1
Mon 1 July·3:55am
14: The Assault
 
14: The Assault
Sun 30 June·4:00am
13: The Target
 
13: The Target
Sat 29 June·3:55am
12: The Deadly Dose
 
12: The Deadly Dose
Fri 28 June·3:55am
11: The Verdict
 
11: The Verdict
Thu 27 June·3:55am
10: The Getaway
 
10: The Getaway
Wed 26 June·3:55am
9: Dead Air
 
9: Dead Air
Tue 25 June·3:55am
8: The Confession
 
8: The Confession
Mon 24 June·3:55am
7: The Dating Game
 
7: The Dating Game
Sun 23 June·3:55am
6: The Coach
 
6: The Coach
Sat 22 June·3:55am
5: The Tabloid
 
5: The Tabloid
Fri 21 June·3:55am
4: The Dare
 
4: The Dare
Thu 20 June·3:55am
3: The Scandal
 
3: The Scandal
Wed 19 June·3:55am
2: The Witness Killings Part 2
 
2: The Witness Killings Part 2
Tue 2 July·8:55am
1: The Witness Killings Part 1
 
1: The Witness Killings Part 1
Mon 1 July·8:55am
22: The Celebrity
 
22: The Celebrity
Fri 28 June·8:55am
21: The Accident
 
21: The Accident
Thu 27 June·8:55am
20: The Trial Part 2
 
20: The Trial Part 2
Wed 26 June·8:55am
19: The Trial Part 1
 
19: The Trial Part 1
Tue 25 June·8:55am
18: The Formula
 
18: The Formula
Mon 24 June·8:55am
17: The Arsonist
 
17: The Arsonist
Fri 21 June·8:55am
16: The Man Of The Year
 
16: The Man Of The Year
Thu 20 June·8:55am
15: The Parents
 
15: The Parents
Wed 19 June·8:55am
5: The Personal Trainer
 
5: The Personal Trainer
Sun 30 June·6:50am
4: The Madam
 
4: The Madam
Sat 29 June·6:50am
3: Nowhere To Turn Part 2
 
3: Nowhere To Turn Part 2
Sun 23 June·6:50am
2: Nowhere To Turn Part 1
 
2: Nowhere To Turn Part 1
Sat 22 June·6:50am