The BEST Episodes of Matlock

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 3, 2019

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 Fortune (2)

#1 - The Fortune (2)

Season 7 - Episode 11

star 10.00
2 votes
Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream

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

Season 8 - Episode 11

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

star 9.33
3 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Robin Madden
The Witness Killings (2)

#3 - The Witness Killings (2)

Season 6 - Episode 2

After a second young man dies under mysterious circumstances, Matlock continues to do his best to defend Russ Gifford, and tries to keep his animosity with the town at a minimum while Julie makes friends with the local women, and Conrad investigates the tattoo that ties the whole case together.

star 9.00
3 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Outcast (2)

#4 - The Outcast (2)

Season 6 - Episode 15

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 9.00
1 votes
The Haunted (2)

#5 - The Haunted (2)

Season 8 - Episode 9

star 9.00
1 votes
The Getaway

#6 - The Getaway

Season 9 - Episode 10

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
1 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger
The Heist (2)

#7 - The Heist (2)

Season 9 - Episode 16

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Diner

#8 - The Diner

Season 8 - Episode 4

Matlock takes Leanne to meet Martha Jordan, the wife of his very first client back in 1962. Stan Shaw was the cook at the local diner when he was accused of killing the local sheriff after a disagreement in the diner. Charlie Matlock pushed Ben, who had recently quit his job as a district attorney to take the case, but not everyone in town was happy with the Matlocks siding with the black cook accused of killing the white sheriff. Despite Cyrus Jordan's attempts to get the Matlocks to drop his case for their own safety, father and son were determined to prove that Cyrus never killed anyone.

star 8.86
7 votes
Directors: Frank Thackery
Writers: Max Eisenberg, Lonon Smith
Nowhere to Turn (2)

#9 - Nowhere to Turn (2)

Season 5 - Episode 3

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

star 8.80
5 votes
The Fatal Seduction (1)

#10 - The Fatal Seduction (1)

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.

star 8.71
7 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Assassination (2)

#11 - The Assassination (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22

star 8.67
3 votes
The Outcast (1)

#12 - The Outcast (1)

Season 6 - Episode 14

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 8.60
10 votes
Directors: Fred Thackeray
Writers: Robert Schlitt
The Competition

#13 - The Competition

Season 7 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.60
5 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Suspect (2)

#14 - The Suspect (2)

Season 6 - Episode 8

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 8.50
2 votes
The Divorce

#15 - The Divorce

Season 7 - Episode 15

Duncan and Clara Farmington seemed to have the perfect marriage. Now they want to have the perfect divorce. What starts out as a simple division of property turns nasty as Leanne represents the wife and Ben the husband. At the same time, a scam artist tries to sue Matlock for millions after injuring himself on Matlock's property.

star 8.50
2 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: William Conway
The Fatal Seduction (2)

#16 - The Fatal Seduction (2)

Season 8 - Episode 3

star 8.50
8 votes
The Suspect (1)

#17 - The Suspect (1)

Season 6 - Episode 7

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 8.44
16 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Last Laugh

#18 - The Last Laugh

Season 8 - Episode 6

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

star 8.40
5 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Stephen Lord, Milton Berle
The Hunting Party (2)

#19 - The Hunting Party (2)

Season 4 - Episode 2

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.

star 8.33
3 votes
The Vacation (2)

#20 - The Vacation (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2

star 8.33
3 votes
The Kidnapping (2)

#21 - The Kidnapping (2)

Season 8 - Episode 14

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

star 8.33
3 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
Brennen

#22 - Brennen

Season 8 - Episode 18

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 8.33
9 votes
Writers: Michael McGuire
The Capital Offense

#23 - The Capital Offense

Season 8 - Episode 7

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

star 8.29
7 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Brian Lane
The Secret (2)

#24 - The Secret (2)

Season 5 - Episode 8

Matlock sends Conrad to Chicago to collect the evidence that will prove his client is innocent.

star 8.25
12 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff
The Revenge

#25 - The Revenge

Season 7 - Episode 13

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.

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Anne Collins