The BEST Episodes of Matlock

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Mar 26, 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.

The Fortune (2)

#1 - The Fortune (2)

Season 7 - Episode 11 - Aired Feb 18, 1993

star 9.00
3 votes
The Haunted (2)

#2 - The Haunted (2)

Season 8 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 18, 1993

star 9.00
1 votes
The Getaway

#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.

star 9.00
1 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff, Joel Steiger
The Heist (2)

#4 - The Heist (2)

Season 9 - Episode 16 - Aired Apr 27, 1995

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

#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.

star 8.67
6 votes
The Competition

#6 - The Competition

Season 7 - Episode 18 - Aired May 6, 1993

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
Matlock's Bad, Bad, Bad Dream

#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.

star 8.50
4 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Robin Madden
The Outcast (1)

#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.

star 8.36
11 votes
Directors: Fred Thackeray
Writers: Robert Schlitt
The Vacation (2)

#9 - The Vacation (2)

Season 7 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 5, 1992

star 8.33
3 votes
The Fatal Seduction (1)

#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.

star 8.33
9 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Diner

#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.

star 8.33
9 votes
Directors: Frank Thackery
Writers: Lonon Smith, Max Eisenberg
The Suspect (1)

#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.

star 8.29
17 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Witness Killings (2)

#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.

star 8.25
4 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Fatal Seduction (2)

#14 - The Fatal Seduction (2)

Season 8 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 7, 1993

star 8.22
9 votes
The Capital Offense

#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.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Robert Scheerer
Writers: Brian Lane
Brennen

#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.

star 8.10
10 votes
Writers: Michael McGuire
The Secret (2)

#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.

star 8.08
13 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff
The Foursome

#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 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 8.05
20 votes
Directors: Harvey Laidman
Writers: Diana Kopald Marcus
The Secret (1)

#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.

star 8.00
17 votes
Directors: Leo Penn
Writers: Gerald Sanoff
The Trial (2)

#20 - 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 8.00
11 votes
Writers: Anne Collins
The Assassination (2)

#21 - The Assassination (2)

Season 6 - Episode 22 - Aired May 8, 1992

star 8.00
4 votes
The Final Affair (2)

#22 - The Final Affair (2)

Season 7 - Episode 17 - Aired Apr 29, 1993

star 8.00
2 votes
The Last Laugh

#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.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Russ Mayberry
Writers: Milton Berle, Stephen Lord
The Confession

#24 - 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 8.00
4 votes
Writers: Robert Schlitt
The Picture (1)

#25 - The Picture (1)

Season 6 - Episode 12 - Aired Jan 17, 1992

After much persuasion, Matlock agrees to help his disagreeable cousin locate her erstwhile husband, using a doctored photograph to help find him.

star 7.93
14 votes
Writers: Anne Collins