The BEST Episodes of Matlock

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 9, 2020

Network: ABC (US)

Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer.

The Scandal

#1 - The Scandal

Season 9 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 20, 1994

Matlock's defense of an attorney who killed her boss gets complicated when he uncovers the law firm's history of sexual harassment.

star 9.31
13 votes
Directors: Frank Thackery
Writers: Brian Lane
The Kidnapping (2)

#2 - The Kidnapping (2)

Season 8 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 20, 1994

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

star 9.15
13 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Kidnapping (1)

#3 - The Kidnapping (1)

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 13, 1994

Abductors tries to kidnap Leanne but takes Billy instead and hold him for ransom.

star 9.00
14 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Heist (2)

#4 - The Heist (2)

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 27, 1995

star 9.00
9 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Outcast (1)

#5 - The Outcast (1)

Season 6 - Episode 14 - Aired Feb 7, 1992

Matlock retires from law after bungling up a case and forgetting his client's name. He heads out of town to do some fishing, but after a hitchhiker he gave a lift to dies mysteriously, he sticks around to investigate the case.

star 8.95
19 votes
Directors: Fred Thackeray
Writers: Robert Schlitt
The Outcast (2)

#6 - The Outcast (2)

Season 6 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 7, 1992

Matlock retires from law after bungling up a case and forgetting his client's name. He heads out of town to do some fishing, but after a hitchhiker he gave a lift to dies mysteriously, he sticks around to investigate the case.

star 8.90
10 votes
The Temptation

#7 - The Temptation

Season 8 - Episode 15 - Aired Jan 27, 1994

A thug tries to make Leanne fall in love with him by using her journal that he stole from her house.

star 8.88
16 votes
Directors: Harvey Laidman
Writers: Gerald Sanoff
The Confession

#8 - The Confession

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 1, 1994

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

star 8.86
7 votes
Writers: Robert Schlitt
Brennen

#9 - Brennen

Season 8 - Episode 18 - Aired Feb 17, 1994

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.

star 8.83
18 votes
Writers: Michael McGuire
The Heist (1)

#10 - The Heist (1)

Season 9 - Episode 15 - Aired Apr 27, 1995

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.

star 8.67
6 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Suspect (2)

#11 - The Suspect (2)

Season 6 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 29, 1991

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.

star 8.60
5 votes
The Getaway

#12 - The Getaway

Season 9 - Episode 10 - Aired Jan 5, 1995

Matlock defends an ex-con accused of robbing the same bank he knocked off years earlier. But the young witness who can clear the ex-con's name demands a favor from Ben before he will tell the truth.

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger
The Trial (2)

#13 - The Trial (2)

Season 5 - Episode 20 - Aired Feb 26, 1991

Matlock manages to figure out what's going on, but his competition ices him out of the final round...or so it seems.

star 8.40
15 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Suspect (1)

#14 - The Suspect (1)

Season 6 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 29, 1991

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.

star 8.39
18 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Dating Game

#15 - The Dating Game

Season 9 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 17, 1994

When Cliff s friend is accused of murdering a woman he met through a dating service, Ben and Jerri enter the video dating arena in order to corner the real killer.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Barry M. Schkolnick
The Vacation (2)

#16 - The Vacation (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 5, 1992

star 8.33
3 votes
The Fatal Seduction (1)

#17 - The Fatal Seduction (1)

Season 8 - Episode 2 - Aired Sep 30, 1993

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.

star 8.25
12 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Idol (2)

#18 - The Idol (2)

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 1994

star 8.20
5 votes
The Capital Offense

#19 - The Capital Offense

Season 8 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 11, 1993

Matlock continues his five-year struggle to save a con artist from the electric chair.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Brian Lane
The P.I.

#20 - The P.I.

Season 8 - Episode 19 - Aired Mar 3, 1994

A P.I.'s daughter shoots some photos that get the wrong man accused of murder.

star 8.11
9 votes
Writers: J.I. Henderson
The Assassination (2)

#21 - The Assassination (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 1992

star 8.00
4 votes
The Last Laugh

#22 - The Last Laugh

Season 8 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 4, 1993

A comedian becomes accused of murdering another comic who had insulted him on stage.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Milton Berle, Stephen Lord
Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream

#23 - Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream

Season 8 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 2, 1993

Matlock dreams that he, Leanne, Billy and Cliff are in 1932 and are involved with the murder of a sax player.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Robin Madden
The Idol (1)

#24 - The Idol (1)

Season 8 - Episode 21 - Aired May 19, 1994

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

star 8.00
12 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Dare

#25 - The Dare

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 27, 1994

To prove that Matlock could not solve the perfect murder, a demented millionaire (Terry O'Quinn) kills Ben's friend and challenges Ben to solve the crime.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger