The BEST Episodes of Matlock

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Apr 30, 2021

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 Confession

#1 - 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 9.31
13 votes
Writers: Robert Schlitt
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 9.28
18 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Kidnapping (1)

#3 - The Kidnapping (1)

Season 8 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 13, 1994

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

star 9.19
21 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Outcast (2)

#4 - 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 9.15
13 votes
The Temptation

#5 - 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 9.09
23 votes
Directors: Harvey Laidman
Writers: Gerald Sanoff
The Outcast (1)

#6 - 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 9.04
23 votes
Directors: Fred Thackeray
Writers: Robert Schlitt
The Getaway

#7 - 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 9.00
11 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger
The Heist (2)

#8 - The Heist (2)

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 27, 1995

star 8.88
17 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Trial (2)

#9 - 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 8.86
22 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Suspect (2)

#10 - 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 8.86
7 votes
Brennen

#11 - 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 8.82
22 votes
Writers: Michael McGuire
The Heist (1)

#12 - 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 8.73
15 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream

#13 - 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 8.55
11 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Robin Madden
The Nightmare

#14 - The Nightmare

Season 6 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 1, 1991

After a bump on the head, Matlock has a nightmare where he is trapped in the Old West, and needs to save Conrad from an angry lynch mob when he is accused of murder. His is frequently distracted by Michelle, a beautiful saloon girl, and Julie, the vengeance-seeking sister of the dead man.

star 8.52
25 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Anne Collins
The Idol (2)

#15 - The Idol (2)

Season 8 - Episode 22 - Aired May 19, 1994

star 8.50
6 votes
The Suspect (1)

#16 - 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 8.45
22 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Dare

#17 - 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 8.44
9 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger
The P.I.

#18 - 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 8.42
12 votes
Writers: J.I. Henderson
The Assassination (2)

#19 - The Assassination (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 1992

star 8.40
5 votes
The Capital Offense

#20 - 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 8.40
10 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Brian Lane
The Dating Game

#21 - 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 8.38
8 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Barry M. Schkolnick
The Fatal Seduction (1)

#22 - 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 8.36
14 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Trial (1)

#23 - The Trial (1)

Season 5 - Episode 19 - Aired Feb 19, 1991

When assistant D.A. Howard Wright is murdered in his workshop, the attorney general approaches Matlock and asks him to take on the assignment of special prosecutor. With Michelle and Conrad's help, Matlock begins to investigate Wright's past, and realises the man was spending money that he could not have earned legitimately. In investigating names that Wright had left behind, Matlock finds himself embroiled in a lawsuit involving Maxwell Toys.

star 8.32
25 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The View

#24 - The View

Season 8 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 28, 1993

Matlock realizes he has become a witness in a murder case involving two theater actors and an unhappy husband.

star 8.23
13 votes
The Fatal Seduction (2)

#25 - The Fatal Seduction (2)

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1993

star 8.21
14 votes