Show Type: Legal Drama
First Telecast: September 20, 1986
Last Telecast: September 7, 1995
Benjamin L. Matlock..... Andy Griffith
Charlene Matlock (1986-1987)..... Linda Purl
Tyler Hudson (1986-1989)..... Kene Holliday
Michelle Thomas (1987-1992)..... Nancy Stafford
Cassie Phillips (1987-1988)..... Kari Lizer
Assistant D.A. Julie March (1987-1992)..... Julie Sommars
D.A. Lloyd Burgess (1986-1990)..... Michael Durrell
Lieutenant Bob Brooks (1986-1990)..... David Froman
Judge Irene Sawyer (1986-1989)..... Lucille Meredith
Judge Richard Cooksey (1986-1990)..... Richard Newton
Les Calhoun (1988-1990)..... Don Knotts
Conrad McMaster (1989-1993)..... Clarence Gilyard, Jr.
Leanne McIntyre (1993-1995)..... Brynn Thayer
Cliff Lewis (1993-1995)..... Daniel Roebuck
Billy Lewis (1993-1995)..... Warren Frost
Jerri Stone (1994-1995)..... Carol Huston
Andy Griffith brought his patented Southern portrayal back to TV in this murder-mystery series about an unassuming, but very crafty, Harvard-educated lawyer.
Ben Matlock was one of the top defense attorneys in Atlanta, and for good reason; like Perry Mason, he always seemed to prove his client innocent, often with some last-minute, Earth-shattering, courtroom revelation. Helping out were his daughter Charlene, a lawyer, and Tyler, a stock market whiz whom Matlock kept luring away to do his legwork. When a case bogged down, Ben would retreat to his beautiful, 100-year-old stone house in Willow Springs, Georgia, where he would strum his banjo and ponder clues.
Matlock proved to have long-term popularity with older viewers, running for six seasons on NBC and then moving to ABC. Ben's supporting characters were not so lucky, however. Charlene was replaced by Michelle, who gave way to Leanne, who was also Ben's daughter. Ben's legmen were Tyler, then Conrad, then Cliff. Other characters that came and went were: eager law clerk Cassie; pesky neighbor Les; Cliff's eccentric Dad Billy and Investigator Jerri, not to mention a host of Judges and officials.
Some of the episodes were made into two-hour movies and are still aired today on some cable networks.
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