The BEST episodes directed by Joel Steiger

The Kidnapping (1)
star
9.05
8 votes

#1 - The Kidnapping (1)

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 12

Abductors try to kidnap Leanne but take Billy instead and hold him for ransom.

I'll Be Seeing You
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9.00
4 votes

#2 - I'll Be Seeing You

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 18

A small time crook comes to McCabe offering to testify against the crime boss O'Rourke, after laying low for ten years. McCabe is suspicious, but is more than willing to go along with anything that can get O'Rourke behind bars.

The Confession
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9.00
5 votes

#3 - The Confession

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 7

Prosecutor Julie March (Julie Sommars) returns, looking for Matlock's help to vindicate a thief she wrongly convicted.

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The Kidnapping (2)
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9.00
8 votes

#4 - The Kidnapping (2)

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 13

The FBI agent who was in charge of Billy's kidnapping case is now accused of killing another agent.

The Heist (1)
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8.93
5 votes

#5 - The Heist (1)

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 14

While at the beach to cheer on Cliff in a triathlon, Ben runs into an old friend and retired FBI agent who's handling unfinished business. VVhen the Fed is accused of murder, Matlock defends him.

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Brennen
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8.55
11 votes

#6 - Brennen

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 17

Ben vies with a formidable D.A. while defending a client accused of killing a city councilwoman, and discovers a secret hiding in the D.A.'s past that is affecting his judgment in this case.

Stormy Weather (2)
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8.50
2 votes

#7 - Stormy Weather (2)

Jake and the Fatman - Season 5 - Episode 14

Jake continues investigating the murders of Strobach and Blore, and evidence starts to point at Warren's old corner man Doug McKeown. But whom is he working for?

I Can't Believe I'm Losing You
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8.50
2 votes

#8 - I Can't Believe I'm Losing You

Jake and the Fatman - Season 5 - Episode 18

Jake's girlfriend Sherry is badly hurt by a car bomb, after Jake received a letter threatening to kill her for revenge against him. Devastated, he looks trough previous cases to see who the bomber could be.

Stormy Weather (1)
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8.50
2 votes

#9 - Stormy Weather (1)

Jake and the Fatman - Season 5 - Episode 13

A porn producer is killed in a way quite similar to a murder 5 years ago for witch McCabe got a young boxer convicted. Jake investigates, and gets involved with a reporter who seems to know things before the police do.

The Verdict
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8.50
2 votes

#10 - The Verdict

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 10

An assistant district attorney, who's new in town, is assigned a tricky first case: prosecuting a contractor and alleged killer who is also her ex-flame ... and who is now Matlock's client

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Laura
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8.43
7 votes

#11 - Laura

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 4

Jake's former partner is killed by his fiancée in an alley. She blames the murder on a Latin kid she saw stealing a VCR just before she pulled the trigger.

The Idol (1)
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8.31
10 votes

#12 - The Idol (1)

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 20

A lawyer who is a fan of Matlock's is accused of murdering a blackmailing P.I.

Domestic Intrigue
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8.29
66 votes

#13 - Domestic Intrigue

Dynasty - Season 5 - Episode 9

Amanda insists Alexis acknowledge their relationship and begs her to reveal her father's identity. Alexis tells her it was simply an anonymous ski instructor in Gstaad. Steven and Alexis reconcile and he rejoins Colbyco, where Luke Fuller, an attractive young man, has just been hired as public relations director. Claudia enters Steven's office to find Luke straightening her husband's tie. Amanda goes public with a front page story announcing she is Alexis' illegitimate daughter. Jeff meets an attractive young widow, Nicole, whose late husband was Peter DeVilbis.

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The Trial
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8.28
61 votes

#14 - The Trial

Dynasty - Season 5 - Episode 5

Blake visits Dominique at La Mirage to discuss her recent revelation. She tells Blake that her mother was a long-time mistress of his father and has evidence to prove it. At Alexis' trial, a neighbor offers powerful evidence that incriminates Alexis. Along with Mark, she saw a woman on the terrace wearing a cape that has been positively identified as Alexis. Blake is called to testify and states that Alexis would indeed commit a violent act if sufficiently provoked. In a dramatic courtroom scene, Steven is called to the witness stand and he must tell what he knows or protect his mother.

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The Fatal Seduction (1)
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8.27
11 votes

#15 - The Fatal Seduction (1)

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 2

Matlock, Leanne and Cliff go to North Carolina to attend Billy's sister's funeral. While there, they end up getting involved in a pair of murders connected to two young women. As a way to catch them, Leanne sets up a trap using Cliff as bait.

The Suspect (1)
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8.25
18 votes

#16 - The Suspect (1)

Matlock - Season 6 - Episode 6

Matlock defends a wealthy widow charged with the murder of her husband, while Michelle helps to defend a father accused of murdering the drug dealer who got his child hooked...a dealer who just happened to be a cop.

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The Verdict
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8.20
65 votes

#17 - The Verdict

Dynasty - Season 5 - Episode 6

On the witness stand Steven testifies he saw Alexis push Mark to his death. Furious, hurt, and still claiming her innocence, Alexis disowns Steven. Dominique offers Blake $25 million for control of his company. Stunned, Blake offers her 40% of Denver-Carrington for $30 million. Jeff sees other women in an attempt to forget Fallon, but remains obsessed with his ex-wife. Dismissing her attorneys and deciding to represent herself, Alexis takes the stand and testifies she was not wearing the cape that incriminated her. The prosecution, however, proves it had been delivered to her and was found stuffed in a trash bin behind her building. The verdict is at last delivered: Alexis is found guilty.

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The Murder Game
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8.11
8 votes

#18 - The Murder Game

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 16

Matlock reluctantly agrees to spend the weekend as part of a murder mystery with Cliff, Leanne, and three people who each paid $10,000 for the privilege of matching wits with Ben Matlock. When the pretend victim turns up really dead, they know that one of the three paying visitors killed him. Leanne has her father keep the three suspects occupied with stories of previous cases while she and Cliff investigate.

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The Big Payoff
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8.11
14 votes

#19 - The Big Payoff

Matlock - Season 6 - Episode 13

Michelle helps an insurance investigator prove that a man killed his wealthy wife to collect on the insurance money.

The Tabloid
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8.00
6 votes

#20 - The Tabloid

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 4

When a senatorial candidate is accused of killing a tabloid editor who disgraced her in print, Matlock comes to her defense.

The Class
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7.86
6 votes

#21 - The Class

Matlock - Season 7 - Episode 4

Matlock talks to a law class about his career, and the subject of 'the perfect murder' comes up. When student Eddie Price disappears after getting into it with Mark Randall, the university believes that Matlock's speech may have incited one of the students to murder. To clear his name, Matlock and Leanne decide to engage the students into an investigation into Eddie's disappearance, and soon learn that Eddie had more than they thought in common with not only Mark, but also Bobby Simpson as well -- they had all shared the same girlfriend.

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Happy Days Are Here Again
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7.70
20 votes

#22 - Happy Days Are Here Again

Jake and the Fatman - Season 1 - Episode 1

Senator candidate Kyle Williams' lover is killed after she threatens to reveal their affair. His speechwriter admits to him that he was the murderer, but threatens to frame him unless he cooperates.

Night and Day
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7.67
3 votes

#23 - Night and Day

Jake and the Fatman - Season 4 - Episode 8

Jake and private investigator Casey Quinn go after her husband's murderer - suspected smuggler Peter LaMotta.

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The Deadly Dose
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7.67
3 votes

#24 - The Deadly Dose

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 11

When a malpractice suit results in a doctor's murder, Matlock defends the nurse who is the alleged killer — Jerri Stone's sister

The Don (1)
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7.60
75 votes

#25 - The Don (1)

Matlock - Season 1 - Episode 5

When Nicholas Baron, a well known mobster, is accused of murdering one of his rivals, he asks Ben Matlock to represent him. Ben initially refuses, but agrees to represent Baron despite threats on his own life. He soon meets the entire family, and realises that despite what Baron has always done for a living, at heart he's a worried father who wants to clear his name.

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The Accused (1)
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7.60
9 votes

#26 - The Accused (1)

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 1

After a journalist claims to have killed a mobster in self-defense, Ben Matlock takes her case and tries to clear her name.

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The Ambassador (1)
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7.58
51 votes

#27 - The Ambassador (1)

Matlock - Season 3 - Episode 2

Anthony Stewart is charged with murdering Michael Russell, the husband of the woman he was sleeping with. Although Stewart, a visiting British ambassador, has diplomatic immunity, he refuses to use it, and wants to clean his name. Matlcok agrees to defend the young ambassador, but his case is almost over when Stewart is nearly killed in a hit and run.

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The Haunted (1)
star
7.56
7 votes

#28 - The Haunted (1)

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 8

While Cliff investigates a suit of medical malpractice and ends up getting more involved than he should with his client, Matlock investigates the case of the mysterious Rod Greenwood, who happens to bear an eerie resemblance to a dead businessman. Soon Cliff and Matlock realise that their cases are tied together.

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The Investigation (1)
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7.51
49 votes

#29 - The Investigation (1)

Matlock - Season 2 - Episode 16

Sam Gerard is a well-known mobster who is about to be exposed. His estranged son, Craig Gentry, is arrested for murder, but refuses to go to Sam for help, and instead, goes to Ben Matlock.

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The Investigation (2)
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7.47
46 votes

#30 - The Investigation (2)

Matlock - Season 2 - Episode 17

Craig continues to turn away from his father as Matlock keeps trying to investigate the case. When the Gentry family is almost caught in the middle of a mob war with the Hernandez family, Matlock realises that someone on the inside is pulling the strings.

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The Hunting Party (1)
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7.46
41 votes

#31 - The Hunting Party (1)

Matlock - Season 4 - Episode 1

Spencer Hamilton came to Manteo, North Carolina, as soon as he could to locate the man who killed his brother, Frank, in a supposed duck-hunting accident. When Ryan Bartell (the shooter) is found dead, Matlock heads to North Carolina to defend Hamilton, and finds an unlikely ally in local deputy Conrad McMasters.

The Competition
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7.45
10 votes

#32 - The Competition

Matlock - Season 7 - Episode 14

Matlock refuses to believe that a young piano player committed suicide, nor does the father of the girl who hires Matlock to find out what really happened.

The Hucksters
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7.45
47 votes

#33 - The Hucksters

Matlock - Season 2 - Episode 18

Matlock needs to prove that one of three people murdered a scheming huckster.

The Revenge
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7.44
9 votes

#34 - The Revenge

Matlock - Season 7 - Episode 10

Matlock witnesses a robbery at a convenience store, but when things start happening that make him look like he's losing it, including messing with his papers, sending him to the wrong parties, and submitting phony pictures of his hind end to the papers, Matlock begins to realise that someone is trying to set him up. He, Cliff and Conrad begin to go through some of his old cases, trying to figure out which recently released killer is out to get him, but everyone they think of seems to have an alibi.

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The Ambassador (2)
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7.44
48 votes

#35 - The Ambassador (2)

Matlock - Season 3 - Episode 3

After Anthony Stewart is nearly killed in a hit and run, Matlock realises that the only way to clear him is to find Shelby Russell, the supposed witness whose claim put Stewart in the hot seat in the first place. He tracks her down via her mother, and tells her that if she doesn't take the stand, her lover will go down for Michael Russell's murder.

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The Rat Pack
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7.42
55 votes

#36 - The Rat Pack

Matlock - Season 1 - Episode 14

When Beverly Hills cookie entrepreneur Adam Gardner's girlfriend is found dead in his hot tub, the case against him looks bleak, especially when an eye witness points the finger at him. After his corporate lawyers advise him to plead guilty, Gardner hires Ben Matlock to defend him. While Matlock believes in his client's innocence, the more he learns about the victim, the greater the motive his client has, especially once love letters turn up that were exchanged between the victim and Josh Sinclair, Adam's supposed best friend.

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Nowhere to Turn (1)
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7.41
20 votes

#37 - Nowhere to Turn (1)

Matlock - Season 5 - Episode 2

Matlock has to defend himself against a charge of murder when a judge who issued a contempt citation against him is found dead.

The Court-Martial (2)
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7.39
54 votes

#38 - The Court-Martial (2)

Matlock - Season 1 - Episode 18

As the case progresses, Ben discovers that the lieutenant and four other officers may have been involved in some kind of illegal activities. Charlene who has been working undercover and gets close to one of those officers, examines him on the stand and he reveals that they have been smuggling drugs. Ben then examines one of the officers and has him reveal to the court the scar that the lieutenant left on him after he killed him. He then reveals that he and the other two officers drew straws on who would kill him cause, an investigation might reveal their activities.

The Billionaire (1)
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7.33
59 votes

#39 - The Billionaire (1)

Matlock - Season 2 - Episode 1

Matlock flies all the way the England to represent Eric Gordon, a man accused of murdering his wealthy businessman father. His sister Laura is convinced of his innocence, but brother Mitch isn't so sure.

The Assault
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7.33
5 votes

#40 - The Assault

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 13

On his birthday, Ben is mugged in the city. A young man comes to his rescue, and to return the favor, Ben represents the hero...who is accused of trying to kill his negligent landlord.

The Mayor (2)
star
7.31
51 votes

#41 - The Mayor (2)

Matlock - Season 3 - Episode 9

Paul O'Neill heads to Texas to get his hands on Eddie Lomax, whom he believes to be the real killer. Matlock realises that a land scam is behind everything, and enlists an unlikely ally...the dead man's wife.

The Don (2)
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7.31
98 votes

#42 - The Don (2)

Matlock - Season 1 - Episode 6

Even though they've lost a key witness, Matlock keeps defending Nicholas Baron. Daniel tries to convince Matlock that his father just can't handle any stress due to his heart condition, but Nicholas continues to beg Matlock to clear his name. While Matlock investigates a suspect closer to home than Baron would want, Charlene blows her chance at a relationship with Paul when she can't separate the man from the legend.

The Network
star
7.30
47 votes

#43 - The Network

Matlock - Season 2 - Episode 7

Network programming chief Greg Titleman is murdered, leaving Hollywood baffled as to the identity of the killer. Matlock comes to town to represent the television producer accused of killing him, and finds more than his fair share of suspects. It seems everyone had a motive to kill Greg Titleman!

The Scrooge
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7.28
43 votes

#44 - The Scrooge

Matlock - Season 4 - Episode 12

When a scrooge of a store owner is accused of murdering his partner for being 'good' at Christmas, Matlock agrees to take the case, but Steven Abbott is furious when part of Matlock's fee involves Abbott having to be a 'good' guy.

The Mayor (1)
star
7.23
51 votes

#45 - The Mayor (1)

Matlock - Season 3 - Episode 8

When Chris Reardon, a man determined to bring the sixties back into the late eighties, is charged with murdering mayor Brian Barelli, reporter Paul O'Neill brings Matlock to Chicago to defend him, convinced of his innocence. Matlock reluctantly agrees to follow through with the case after realising O'Neill tricked him, because he knows that dropping the case will seriously hurt Reardon's chances.

Santa Claus
star
7.20
75 votes

#46 - Santa Claus

Matlock - Season 1 - Episode 11

When a down-on-his luck Santa Claus (Tom McCabe) is accused of killing the landlord who was about to evict not only him but everyone else in the apartment complex, the people in his building take up a collection and come to Matlock to ask him to defend him. They may not like Tom, but none of them believe him guilty of murder. Matlock ignores his own misgivings about a man he can't help but dislike and agrees to defend Tom.

Saved by the Bells
star
7.17
35 votes

#47 - Saved by the Bells

Scarecrow and Mrs. King - Season 1 - Episode 8

The agency refuses a deal when enemy agents kidnap Amanda in hopes for trading her for another agent. Lee takes matters into his own hands and rescues Amanda, however there is hell to pay with IFF, when he rescues her illegally.

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Amanda
star
7.11
37 votes

#48 - Amanda

Dynasty - Season 5 - Episode 7

Adam and Dex vow to prove Alexis' innocence and begin a determined campaign. The woman who testified she had seen Alexis on the terrace with Mark had hosted a party that evening and snapped photographs. The negatives reveal it was Neal McVane who had framed Alexis for Mark's murder. Alexis is freed. Denver-Carrington is back in business. Alexis vows revenge on Dominique when she learns of her new partnership with Blake. Brady is stunned to learn of Dominique's true relationship with Blake. Upon returning home, Alexis receives a visit from a beautiful young woman named Amanda. She is Alexis' daughter.

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The Fortune (1)
star
7.08
12 votes

#49 - The Fortune (1)

Matlock - Season 7 - Episode 8

The nephew of an eccentric millionaire is accused of murdering his uncle after they were seen arguing and Cliff is sent to work in the uncles' zoo in order to gather information to exonerate him. Meanwhile, Billy persuades Ben to defend him in court after he becomes involved in an investment scheme gone awry.

The Star
star
6.91
46 votes

#50 - The Star

Matlock - Season 4 - Episode 6

Catherine McKay is an aging prima donna who only had one hit movie in her career. When she's found dead, stabbed in the chest with the knife that made her famous, suspicion lands on Noel Bishop, the horror film director that wanted her off his picture.