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Matlock is a legal drama series starring Andy Griffith as defense attorney Ben Matlock - a Harvard-educated, fiery southerner who charges $100,000 a case to brilliantly defend his clients by finding the real killer.

High-profile Atlanta defense attorney Ben Matlock loves hot dogs, strums mountain tunes in his office, and isn’t clear on whether it is "do lunch and take a meeting" or vice versa. But he is, as one of his employees observes, "a real class act." Matlock is more urban than Mayberry Sheriff Andy Taylor from The Andy Griffith Show, but while both characters have a folksy Southern charm, no one underestimates Matlock; not at his fee ($100,000!). No matter how carefully a killer plans and no matter how guilty Matlock’s client appears, Matlock always seems to know "something," which he reveals in a dramatic "moment of truth" in the courtroom worthy of Perry Mason. In some episodes, as in "Blind Justice," audiences are clued in as to the killer’s identity, but in most, we are in the dark. Matlock was one of television’s top 15 shows in this second season. It’s no mystery. Credit Griffith’s down home appeal. He’s as comfortable to viewers as Matlock’s favorite well-worn pair of shoes, which he replaces in one episode with a new pair exactly like it). Credit, too, clever writing, and some sly touches that manage to take Matlock just a little outside its comfort zone. The episode, "The Network," takes the format of a celebrity gossip show that reports on Matlock’s latest case, his defense of a Hollywood TV producer accused of killing a studio programming chief. Then-current NBC stars, including Betty White, Corbin Bernsen, Rhea Perlman, and even Alf, cameo as themselves talking about the less than admired victim. A stunt episode, "The Hucksters," in which viewers were invited to call a toll-free number to vote on the killer, is presented here with all three alternate endings. Season two saw cast shake-ups; Linda Purl, who portrayed Matlock’s daughter and partner, departed the series, opening the door for Nancy Stafford as Michelle Thomas, who is introduced in the season-opening two-parter, "The Billionaire," in which Matlock travels to England to defend a man accused of murdering his tycoon father. Kari Lizer also joined the cast as Matlock’s cute new law clerk, Cassie. Kene Holliday returns as Tyler Hudson, Matlock’s questionable investigator. A more worthy foil for Griffith and Matlock is Julie Sommars in her Golden Globe-winning role as feisty prosecutor Julie Marsh. They’re not exactly David and Maddie from Moonlighting, but their playfully combative relationship gives the show some sparks. This season features some great guest stars, including David McCallum (The Man From U.N.C.L.E., David Ogden Stiers (M*A*S*H), Max Gail (Barney Miller), Marg Helgenberger (C.S.I.), Mason Adams (Lou Grant), and David Carradine (Kung Fu). But this is Griffith’s show all the way. There were certainly edgier, contemporary series, but Matlock endures as the last name in comfort television, whose old fashioned pleasures of watching justice be served never get old. --Donald Liebenson

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  • Actors: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holliday, Nancy Stafford, Kari Lizer
  • Directors: Charles S. Dubin, Christian I. Nyby II, Christopher Hibler, Frank Thackery, Harvey S. Laidman
  • Writers: Anne Collins
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Full Screen, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English (Stereo)
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 6
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Paramount
  • DVD Release Date: January 13, 2009
  • Run Time: 1147 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (73 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001GMH8WO
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #31,555 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
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24 of 24 people found the following review helpful By Bobby Underwood VINE VOICE on December 1, 2008
Format: DVD Verified Purchase
No more lovable lawyer ever entered a courtroom than Andy Griffith's Ben Matlock. Over the course of 9 seasons viewers came to know and love every facet of Ben's personality. He was smart, but at heart an old country lawyer. Much like Columbo, he sort of lulled people to sleep by his demeanor, but the wheels were always turning and the viewer knew, in the end, Matlock would spring his client by revealing the real culprit on the witness stand.

Much less serious in tone than the great Perry Mason series, it was a blend of character humor and murder mystery hard to beat. Ben's crumpled suit and fetish for hot dogs were as of much interest as the case itself. Though Linda Purl was nice as Charlene, Ben's daughter, in season one, something was missing. When Ben traveled to England on a case in the second season, he found the spark the show needed in tall and pretty Nancy Stafford. She would portray Michelle Thomas for several years and the chemistry between the two made the show splendid entertainment.

Kene Holliday was fabulous the first three seasons as likable Tyler Hudson, Ben's detective who was often more into making a buck than anything else, and had an aversion to being roughed up. The final piece of the puzzle was Julie Sommars as Asst. D.A. Julie March. She would go up against Ben time and again and lose, yet there was a spark there which kept developing until romance bloomed. Kari Lizer's character, Cassie Phillips, only appeared this single season, but added to the show.

Season two was when the series began to really gel, and the cast did as well. Still a bit more serious at times than it would be in later seasons, there was humor also.
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17 of 17 people found the following review helpful By Robert Cruz on February 5, 2009
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If you still haven't bought Matlock - The Second Season, well, maybe this review will help.

Introduction (Taken from the DVD set):

Featuring television's most famous Southern attorney, Matlock: The Second Season arrives on DVD for the first time ever! Fans love TV legend Andy Griffith as Benjamin Matlock, who may charge $100,000 but whose homespun ways outsmart the big city attorneys every time. Whenever someone needs protection, Atlanta's most brilliant legal mind will do whatever is necessary - once he sets down his guitar!

Season Two co-stars Nancy Stafford as Ben's new junior partner Michelle Thomas, Kari Lizer as assistant Cassie Phillips, and Kene Holliday as private investigator Tyler Hudson. This 6-disc set contains all 23 episodes, including The Billionaire 2-hour premiere set in London, where Ben first meets Michelle. Like the attorney himself, the long-running legal drama Matlock oozes pure Southern charm!

Memorable Episodes:

"The Billionaire" - The two-hour season premiere. Matlock travels to London, England to defend a man accused of murdering his father, a wealthy man. He then finds out just how different the legal system in England is, compared to his familiar territory in Atlanta!

"The Network" - This episode features a few guest stars from various NBC shows: Betty White, Malcolm-Jamal Warner, even ALF...just to name a few. If you're familiar with NBC's exciting line-up of great shows from the mid-late 80's, you'll enjoy this episode too!

"The Country Boy" - With guest star David Carradine (Kung Fu). In this one, he plays a country singer accused of murdering his wife's sister. After his bail hearing, one of the conditions made is that he has to live with his lawyer, Ben Matlock!
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18 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Josef E. Silvia on October 20, 2008
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Matlock, the show about a well educated country lawyer Ben Matlock who hardly ever loses a case, returns to DVD in this second season installment. Nancy Stafford joins the crew as Michelle Thomas, replacing Linda Purl's character of of Charlene Matlock (who I believe was a weak character anyway). The second season begins with a two part episode entitled "The Billionaire," and ends with Allison Tate, an heiress charged with murder in the episode, "The Heiress." The following is a list of this season's 24 episodes:

1. The Billionaire (1)
2. The Billionaire (2)
3.Blind Justice
4. The Annihilator
5. The Husband
6. The Power Brokers (1)
7. The Power Brokers (2)
8. The Network
9. The Best Friend
10. The Country Boy
11. The Gift
12. The Gambler
13. The Body
14. The Reunion
15. The Gigolo
16. The Umpire
17. The Investigation (1)
18. The Investigation (2)
19. The Hucksters
20. The Lovelorn
21. The Genius
22. The Magician
23. The Fisherman
24. The Heiress

While the acting, directing, and producing of this show is great (making Matlock worthy to be deemed a modern "classic"), the fact that CBS/Paramount is releasing this set is the reason I can only give it four stars. Likely, we will have edited episodes, and cheap packaging. One should consider this before buying.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Rosa on January 21, 2009
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I recommended the second season. The sound and picture quality is better. But I really liked the episodes especially The Billionaire and Blind Justice and The Gift. If like Matlock this is the season to get.
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