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 7
Episode
Date & time
 
2: The Vacation - Part 2
 
2: The Vacation - Part 2
Tue 7 May·3:35am
1: The Vacation - Part 1
 
1: The Vacation - Part 1
Mon 6 May·3:35am
22: The Assasination Part 2
 
22: The Assasination Part 2
Sun 5 May·3:45am
21: The Assasination Part 1
 
21: The Assasination Part 1
Fri 3 May·3:30am
20: The Evening News Part 2
 
20: The Evening News Part 2
Thu 2 May·3:30am
19: The Evening News Part 1
 
19: The Evening News Part 1
Wed 1 May·3:35am
18: Mr. Awesome
 
18: Mr. Awesome
Tue 30 April·3:35am
17: The Abduction
 
17: The Abduction
Mon 29 April·3:35am
16: The Big Payoff
 
16: The Big Payoff
Sun 28 April·3:35am
15: The Outcast Part 2
 
15: The Outcast Part 2
Sat 27 April·3:35am
14: The Outcast Part 1
 
14: The Outcast Part 1
Fri 26 April·3:35am
13: The Picture Part 2
 
13: The Picture Part 2
Thu 25 April·3:35am
12: The Picture Part 1
 
12: The Picture Part 1
Wed 24 April·3:35am
13: The Scrooge
 
13: The Scrooge
Sun 5 May·6:50am
12: The Buddies
 
12: The Buddies
Sat 4 May·6:50am
11: The Fugitive
 
11: The Fugitive
Sun 28 April·6:50am
10: The Prisoner Part 2
 
10: The Prisoner Part 2
Sat 27 April·6:50am
8: The Con Man
 
8: The Con Man
Tue 7 May·8:45am
7: The Star
 
7: The Star
Mon 6 May·8:45am
6: The Clown
 
6: The Clown
Fri 3 May·8:50am
5: The Ex
 
5: The Ex
Thu 2 May·8:50am
4: The Best Seller
 
4: The Best Seller
Wed 1 May·8:50am
3: The Good Boy
 
3: The Good Boy
Tue 30 April·8:50am
2: The Hunting Party Part 2
 
2: The Hunting Party Part 2
Mon 29 April·8:50am
1: The Hunting Party Part 1
 
1: The Hunting Party Part 1
Fri 26 April·8:50am
20: The Priest
 
20: The Priest
Thu 25 April·8:50am
19: The Blues Singer
 
19: The Blues Singer
Wed 24 April·8:50am