The BEST Episodes of Matlock

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Sep 7, 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 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
The Diner

#6 - 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)

#7 - 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)

#8 - 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 8.63
8 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Competition

#9 - 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 Divorce

#10 - 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)

#11 - The Fatal Seduction (2)

Season 8 - Episode 3

star 8.50
8 votes
The Last Laugh

#12 - 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 Outcast (1)

#13 - 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)

#14 - The Vacation (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2

star 8.33
3 votes
The Kidnapping (2)

#15 - 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

#16 - 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)

#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 8.29
17 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Capital Offense

#18 - 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)

#19 - 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 Revenge

#20 - 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
The Final Affair (1)

#21 - The Final Affair (1)

Season 7 - Episode 16

Matlock invites homeless man Lenny to live with him while trying to find out if the archbishop was meant to die in a plot including an ex-football player, his wife, her lover, and the mafia.

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Singer

#22 - The Singer

Season 7 - Episode 7

Matlock defends a producer accused of killing a singer, and treis to prove that one of the other men at the recording studio was guilty.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Harvey Laidman
Writers: Robert Brennen
The P.I.

#23 - 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 View

#24 - The View

Season 8 - Episode 5

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

star 8.11
9 votes
The Blues Singer

#25 - 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