The BEST Episodes of Matlock
Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!
Last Updated: May 28, 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.
#1 - The Fortune (2)
Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 18, 1993
#2 - The Haunted (2)
Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 1993
#3 - 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.
#5 - Nowhere to Turn (2)
Season 5 - Episode 3 - Aired Sep 25, 1990
Matlock has to defend himself against a charge of murder when a judge who issued a contempt citation against him is found dead.
#7 - 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.
#8 - 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.
#9 - The Vacation (2)
Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 5, 1992
#10 - 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.
#11 - The Diner
Season 8 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 14, 1993
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.
#12 - 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.
#13 - The Witness Killings (2)
Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 18, 1991
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.
#14 - The Fatal Seduction (2)
Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1993
#15 - 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.
#16 - 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.
#17 - The Secret (2)
Season 5 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 6, 1990
Matlock sends Conrad to Chicago to collect the evidence that will prove his client is innocent.
#18 - The Foursome
Season 6 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 20, 1991
Matlock reluctantly agrees to defend millionaire Ellis Blake when he's accused of murdering his daughter's fiancÃ©, 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.
#19 - The Secret (1)
Season 5 - Episode 7 - Aired Oct 30, 1990
When a gambler is accused of killing his bookie, Matlock agrees to take the case, believing that someone from the bookie's past is the guilty party.
#21 - The Assassination (2)
Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 1992
#22 - The Final Affair (2)
Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 29, 1993
#23 - 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.
#25 - 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.