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Matlock Season 1 Episodes

25 Episodes 1986 - 1987

Episode 1

Diary of a Perfect Murder, Part 1

Mon, Mar 3, 1986 60 mins

In the series pilot, lawyer Ben Matlock (Andy Griffith) teams up with his daughter (Lori Lethin) to defend a TV journalist (Steve Inwood) charged with killing his ex-wife (Part 1 of two). Tyler Hudson: Kene Holliday. Nelson White: Lawrence Pressman. Burton Hawkins: Robin Thomas. Paul Lockwood: Jack Bannon.

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Episode 2

Diary of a Perfect Murder, Part 2

Mon, Mar 3, 1986 60 mins

In the conclusion of the series pilot, Matlock and his daughter (Lori Lethin) defend a TV journalist (Steve Inwood) charged with killing his ex-wife. Tyler Hudson: Kene Holliday. Nelson White: Lawrence Pressman. Burton Hawkins: Robin Thomas.

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Episode 3

The Judge

Tue, Sep 23, 1986 60 mins

During a murder trial, Matlock thinks that the killer is in the courtroom, but isn't the man sitting at the defense table. Judge Addison: Dick Van Dyke. Kevin Meredith: Brian Greene. Claire Leigh: Piper Laurie. Joanne Leigh: Bobbi Eakes.

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Episode 4

The Stripper

Tue, Sep 30, 1986 60 mins

A stripper fighting for custody of her son is charged with murder after her ex is killed. Alison Hardiman: Judith-Marie Bergan. Gracie Fielder: Jennifer Rhodes. Doug Templitt: Gary Frank. Jason Hardiman: John Carter. Matlock: Andy Griffith.

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Episode 5

The Affair

Tue, Oct 7, 1986 60 mins

After her husband is murdered, a high-society widow hires Matlock to defend the maid, who admits her guilt and was found with the murder weapon. Clark Harrison: Kevin Conroy. Daniel Ward: Jeff Conaway. Christina: Carolyn Seymour.

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Episode 6

The Seduction

Tue, Oct 14, 1986 60 mins

Matlock defends a quarterback accused of murdering his lover---the franchise owner, who was about to cut him from the team. Karen Nelson: Nancy Stafford. Dave Edwards: Joshua Bryant. Marsha Barnes: Shannon Wilcox.

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Episode 7

The Don, Part 1

Wed, Oct 29, 1986 60 mins

Despite his initial reluctance, and subsequent anonymous threats, Matlock agrees to defend a dying mobster accused of killing his rival. Part 1 of two. James L. McShane: William Conrad. Paul Baron: Joe Penny. Matlock: Andy Griffith. Charlene: Linda Purl.

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Episode 8

The Don, Part 2

Tue, Nov 4, 1986 60 mins

Conclusion. Matlock proceeds with the trial despite the loss of a witness, Nicholas Baron's heart attack and son Daniel's warnings that the strain could prove fatal. Nicholas: Jose Ferrer. Paul Baron: Joe Penny. Daniel Baron: Mark Lamura. J.L. Brackett: William Conrad.

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Episode 9

The Sisters

Tue, Nov 11, 1986 60 mins

Two scheming sisters (Gail O'Grady, Diane Behrens) establish an alibi while framing their uncle for the murder of his wealthy wife. Harold: Gene Ross. Tyler: Kene Holliday. D.A. Burgess: Michael Durrell.

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Episode 10

The Cop

Tue, Nov 18, 1986 60 mins

Matlock defends a cop (Hector Elizondo) being framed for the murder of a mobster who had eluded arrest for years. Braddock: John Lehne. Lt. Daniels: James McEachin. Judge: Lucille Meredith. Donella: Andrew Block. Charlene: Linda Purl.

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Episode 11

The Angel

Tue, Nov 25, 1986 60 mins

Matlock is frustrated by the lack of concern his rock-star client shows after she's accused of murdering her manager. Angel: Kari Lizer. Hazel: Betty Lynn. Jason Parks: Jonathan Frakes. Charlene: Linda Purl.

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Episode 12

The Professor

Tue, Dec 2, 1986 60 mins

Matlock defends a former law professor charged with vehicular homicide. James Billings: Daniel Davis. Wesley Wallace: Nicholas Cascone. Eric Lane: Christopher McDonald. Sara: Betty Lynn. Charlene: Linda Purl.

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Episode 13

Santa Claus

Tue, Dec 9, 1986 60 mins

A man who plays Santa Claus is accused of murdering the developer who was evicting him and his fellow tenants from their building. Mark Harris: Barry Jenner. Lang: Grainger Hines. Annie Harris: Terri Treas. Matlock: Andy Griffith. Charlene: Linda Purl.

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Episode 14

The Chef

Tue, Jan 6, 1987 60 mins

A cooking-show hostess is charged with the on-camera murder of her ex-husband, a chef whose success came from stealing her recipes. Christopher Hoyt: Roddy McDowall. Peter Leone: Allan Arbus. Lichtman: Ray Reinhardt.

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Episode 15

The Author

Tue, Jan 13, 1987 60 mins

When a novelist's characters closely resemble the residents in her town, she becomes a target for murder. Mary Ann: Audra Lindley. Dr. Eagen: Parker Stevenson. Johnson: Guy Stockwell. Matlock: Andy Griffith. Tyler: Kene Holliday. Charlene: Linda Purl.

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Episode 16

The Rat Pack

Tue, Jan 20, 1987 60 mins

A successful entrepreneur is framed for the murder of a young actress and Matlock travels to California in search of the truth. Sinclair: Greg Evigan. Michael: Desi Arnaz Jr. Williams: Jimmy Baio. Matlock: Andy Griffith. Tyler: Kene Holliday.

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Episode 17

The Nurse

Tue, Feb 3, 1987 60 mins

A millionaire's live-in nurse---and heir to his fortune---is charged with his murder. Matlock: Andy Griffith. Kathy: Lise Cutter. Julie: Julie Sommars. Lacey St. John: Christine Rose. Ruth Delaney: Jo de Winter. Tyler: Kene Holliday. Barbara Warren: Laurie O'Brien.

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Episode 18

The Convict

Tue, Feb 10, 1987 60 mins

Matlock defends a man whose murder case he lost seven years before and who is now accused of stabbing a fellow inmate. Lester Matthews: Larry Wilcox. Roger Bundy: Robert Walden. Sam Dolan: Robert Pine. Andrea Colter: Lee Purcell.

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Episode 19

The Court-Martial, Part 1

Tue, Feb 17, 1987 60 mins

Part 1 of two. An Army private, the son of a wealthy businessman, is charged with murdering an officer. Pvt. Thomas: Philip Bailey. Pvt. Hughes: Tony Becker. Lt. Lynch: Cliff De Young. Maj. Hamilton: Georg Stanford Brown.

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Episode 20

The Court-Martial, Part 2

Tue, Feb 24, 1987 60 mins

Conclusion. Matlock finds a key witness, but loses his client when Chris goes AWOL; Tyler observes a transaction that could explain the murder and coverup. Maj. Orlando: Glynn Turman. Maj. Hamilton: Georg Stanford Brown. Capt. Campbell: Gregg Henry.

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Episode 21

The Therapist

Tue, Mar 3, 1987 60 mins

Matlock tries to keep a tight rein on a would-be assistant while trying to prove a heartthrob actor didn't kill the head of a sex-therapy clinic. Felicia Lindstrom: Donna Mitchell. Tyler: Kene Holliday. Barbara Sutcliffe: Sarah Douglas.

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Episode 22

The People vs. Matlock

Tue, Mar 24, 1987 60 mins

While representing a union boss accused of murdering a rival, Matlock finds himself charged with bribing a juror. Harry Craven: Alan Blumenfeld. Tyler: Kene Holliday. Julie March: Julie Sommars. Charlene: Linda Purl. John Linford: Arthur Rosenberg.

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Episode 23

The Photographer

Tue, Mar 31, 1987 60 mins

With evidence in the murder of a photographer focusing on his assistant, Matlock develops a defense by exposing a blackmail scheme. Amy Adler: Julie Ronnie. Whitney Seever: Sherilyn Wolter. Mark Jacobs: Scott Burkholder. Tyler: Kene Holliday.

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Episode 24

The Reporter

Tue, May 5, 1987 60 mins

Matlock joins forces with an investigative reporter to help a woman charged with the arson murder of her husband. Danny Abrams: David Carpenter. Michael: Robert Harper. Laurie: Caryn Richman. Glenn: Chris Cote. Lewis Tuttle: Bob Delegall.

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Episode 25

The Doctors

Tue, May 12, 1987 60 mins

Matlock tries to prove that any of four hospital residents---not just his client---had a motive for killing the supervising doctor. Dr. Jacobs: Jay Acovone. Elena: Rosalyn Landor. Dr. Campion: Tony Goldwyn. Dr. Westlake: Ben Piazza. Dr. Shaw: Daniel Roebuck.

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