The BEST Episodes of Matlock

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Oct 20, 2019

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 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 Haunted (2)

#3 - The Haunted (2)

Season 8 - Episode 9

star 9.00
1 votes
The Getaway

#4 - 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)

#5 - The Heist (2)

Season 9 - Episode 16

star 9.00
1 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
Nowhere to Turn (2)

#6 - 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 8.67
6 votes
The Competition

#7 - 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 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 8.50
8 votes
Directors: Frank Thackery
Writers: Max Eisenberg, Lonon Smith
The Outcast (1)

#9 - 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 8.36
11 votes
Directors: Fred Thackeray
Writers: Robert Schlitt
The Vacation (2)

#10 - The Vacation (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2

star 8.33
3 votes
The Fatal Seduction (1)

#11 - 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 8.33
9 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Kidnapping (2)

#12 - 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

#13 - 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 Suspect (1)

#14 - 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 8.29
17 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Capital Offense

#15 - 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 Witness Killings (2)

#16 - 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 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Fatal Seduction (2)

#17 - The Fatal Seduction (2)

Season 8 - Episode 3

star 8.22
9 votes
The P.I.

#18 - The P.I.

Season 8 - Episode 19

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

star 8.14
7 votes
Writers: J.I. Henderson
The Blues Singer

#19 - The Blues Singer

Season 3 - Episode 19

When legendary blues singer Eddie Haynes is charged with murder, Matlock agrees to defend a man he once idolized. Haynes swears that the young rock star he's accused of killing was going to write him a hit song, and Matlock soon realises that there is no shortage of people who wanted the charismatic young musician dead.

star 8.11
19 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Joel Steiger
The Foursome

#20 - The Foursome

Season 6 - Episode 11

Matlock reluctantly agrees to defend millionaire Ellis Blake when he's accused of murdering his daughter's fiancé, Jeffrey Holden, an enterprising golf caddy who supplemented his living by blackmailing the men he caddied for. At the same time, Matlock is dealing with a brand new deputy district attorney, Lauren Richmond, who just seems too sweet to be real.

star 8.11
19 votes
Directors: Harvey Laidman
Writers: Diana Kopald Marcus
The Ambassador (1)

#21 - The Ambassador (1)

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.

star 8.09
23 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Secret (2)

#22 - The Secret (2)

Season 5 - Episode 8

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

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff
The Hunting Party (1)

#23 - The Hunting Party (1)

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.

star 8.07
14 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Don (1)

#24 - The Don (1)

Season 1 - Episode 7

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.

star 8.05
42 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Investigation (2)

#25 - The Investigation (2)

Season 2 - Episode 18

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.

star 8.00
19 votes
Writers: Anne Collins