The BEST episodes written by Gerald Sanoff

The Temptation
10 votes

#1 - The Temptation

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 14

A thug tries to make Leanne fall in love with him by using her journal that he stole from her house.

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Premium Steele
41 votes

#2 - Premium Steele

Remington Steele - Season 4 - Episode 7

Laura and Steele try to discover why phony obituaries are being printed about people like poor garlic farmer Lester Shane.

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The Getaway
4 votes

#3 - The Getaway

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 9

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.

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The Madam
9 votes

#4 - The Madam

Matlock - Season 5 - Episode 3

A call girl blackmails her employer to stay on the payroll, and when one of them winds up dead, it's Matlock to the rescue.

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The Dare
5 votes

#5 - The Dare

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 3

To prove that Matlock could not solve the perfect murder, a demented millionaire (Terry O'Quinn) kills Ben's friend and challenges Ben to solve the crime.

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The Defense
21 votes

#6 - The Defense

Matlock - Season 6 - Episode 7

Teenager Danny Hayes is on trial for the murder of his father. Danny honestly believed that his father was about to kill his mother as he threatened to, but the testimony of his father's best friend threatens Danny's chances at freedom.

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The Target
4 votes

#7 - The Target

Matlock - Season 9 - Episode 12

An explosion at sea results in a judge's death, but Matlock fears he was the killer's real target

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The Celebrity
21 votes

#8 - The Celebrity

Matlock - Season 5 - Episode 21

Ben defends a one time movie queen who is now a cosmetics mogul who is accused of murdering her ex-lover to prevent the publication of some revealing photos of her.

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The Juror
16 votes

#9 - The Juror

Matlock - Season 7 - Episode 7

Matlock is planning a birthday fishing trip with Leanne, but when he is called up for jury duty it puts a damper on their trip. Despite his convictions that no lawyer would want him on their jury, Matlock ends up being juror number six, and while everyone else on the jury wants to convict Travis Spaulding of the murder of his wife, Matlock alone thinks they need to take a closer look at the evidence before sentencing the man to death. Unfortunately, tempers flare in the jury room as the jurors soon become divided between guilty and not guilty.

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Murder Two (1)
16 votes

#10 - Murder Two (1)

Diagnosis Murder - Season 4 - Episode 15

Jesse is arrested and charged with murder after a doctor testifying against Jesse in a malpractice suit is poisoned. Mark convinces his old friend, Ben Matlock, to defend Jesse.

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The Black Widow
51 votes

#11 - The Black Widow

Matlock - Season 3 - Episode 10

Seven years earlier Ken Wilson was sent to prison, convicted of murdering his wife, Ann. After he's released, he runs into his wife in Los Angeles, only now she's going by the name Kelly Manning. When she turns up dead, Ken Wilson is again arrested and charged with her murder. Ben is determined to prove that someone else killed the woman. Back in Atlanta, Les is thrilled about his new relationship with Bernice, a woman he met at Ray Templin's.

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The Crook
9 votes

#12 - The Crook

Matlock - Season 8 - Episode 15

A thief is accused of murdering the man who closed the book on his thefts.

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The Thief (2)
50 votes

#13 - The Thief (2)

Matlock - Season 3 - Episode 15

Matlock and Tyler realise that part of Linda's deception is routed in the recent kidnapping of her son. While Tyler helps her locate the child, Matlock finds the rare coin he needs to put the finish on the case.

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The Secret (2)
22 votes

#14 - The Secret (2)

Matlock - Season 5 - Episode 7

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

The Prisoner (2)
48 votes

#15 - The Prisoner (2)

Matlock - Season 4 - Episode 9

While Matlock finds the weapon inside the prison, Conrad works on the outside to clear the guard and keep Matlock safe.

The Blackmailer
49 votes

#16 - The Blackmailer

Matlock - Season 4 - Episode 22

Cartoonist Ron Winfield has kept Atlanta enthralled with his recent storyline in ""The Peach Pit"" involving an affair by Senator Peter Dolan. Just before the woman in the affair can be named in print, the strips disappear.

The Author
85 votes

#17 - The Author

Matlock - Season 1 - Episode 13

Mary Ann Newton has written a book (Secret Confessions) that purports to be fiction, but upon a deeper look, it seems to be an expose on the citizens of a small town. When an attempt made on her life gets a local reverend instead, Matlock is called in to defend the suspected killer. As the case goes on, Matlock realises that Ms. Newton may not be the right target for the would-be killer.

The Thief (1)
49 votes

#18 - The Thief (1)

Matlock - Season 3 - Episode 14

When a rare coin dealer is charged with murdering a thieving employee, he hires Matlock to defend him. Tyler is less than thrilled when Matlock temporarily hires a female investigator, and has his own suspicions of her motives.

The Magician
45 votes

#19 - The Magician

Matlock - Season 2 - Episode 21

After a night at the magic show with Julie, Matlock agrees to defend magician Daniel Fontaine when he's charged with the murder of his assistant / lover Sandy Farrell, a woman who was as devious as she was beautiful.

The Body
57 votes

#20 - The Body

Matlock - Season 2 - Episode 12

Matlock agrees to defend Donna Stewart when she's accused of murdering Christie Huntley, an aerobics instructor at Pinewood Spa who slept with her husband. Matlock soon realises that Christie's death had nothing to do with who she slept with and everything to do with why she slept with them.

The Informer (1)
44 votes

#21 - The Informer (1)

Matlock - Season 4 - Episode 19

When Sam Chandler is found murdered, his lawyer David O'Malley is the prime part because John was sleeping with David's wife.

The Prisoner (1)
49 votes

#22 - The Prisoner (1)

Matlock - Season 4 - Episode 8

When a prison guard is accused of murder, Matlock actually goes into the prison itself to defend the man.

The Best Friend
52 votes

#23 - The Best Friend

Matlock - Season 2 - Episode 8

Matlock agrees to defend Vanessa Douglas when she's accused of murdering Stephen Cassidy, and author who destroyed a political families ambitions with a tell-all book. When Matlock realises his client is indeed guilty of the murder she is charged of committing, he sets up a plan to implicate her best friend, Sarah, with the crime, knowing that Vanessa will not let her friend take the blame for something she did.

The Secret (1)
19 votes

#24 - The Secret (1)

Matlock - Season 5 - Episode 6

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.

The Con Man
48 votes

#25 - The Con Man

Matlock - Season 4 - Episode 7

After he's conned by a group of con men, Brian Davis is accused of murdering one of them. Matlock agrees to take on the case, and while Michelle tries to get close to one of the remaining con artists, Matlock tries to prove that a previous scheme is responsible for the current predicament.

Murder Two (2)
15 votes

#26 - Murder Two (2)

Diagnosis Murder - Season 4 - Episode 16

Amanda and Ben investigate the murder of Eric Spindler while Jesse continues to languish in jail.