Matlock 1 Season 1987

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Starring:
Andy Griffith, Linda Purl
Runtime:
48 minutes
Original air date:
May 12, 1987

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Season 1

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Genres Drama, Mystery
Director Tony Mordente
Starring Andy Griffith, Linda Purl
Supporting actors Kene Holliday, Jay Acovone, Robert Alan Browne, Michael Durrell, Norman Fell, David Froman, Tony Goldwyn, Rosalyn Landor, Darrell Larson, Ralph Manza, Ben Piazza, Daniel Roebuck, Dierk Torsek, Richard Newton, Kelly Ryan, Jean Speegle Howard, James Edson, Ray Templin
Season year 1987
Network NBC
Executive Producer Richard Collins
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65 of 66 people found the following review helpful By Hollywood on January 31, 2008
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Finally, the first Season of 'Matlock' is arriving on DVD! Here is a list of the episodes that will be included on the set:

1. (Pilot Movie) Diary of a Perfect Murder (Originally aired - March 3, 1986)

NOTE: In this episode, Charlene Matlock is played by Lori Lethin. Between this movie, and the next episode, the role of Charlene was re-cast.

2. The Judge (Originally aired - September 23, 1986)

Special Guest Stars: Dick Van Dyke as Judge Carter Addison and Piper Laurie as Claire Leigh

NOTE: This is the first episode to feature actress, Linda Purl, as the role of Charlene Matlock. She continued to play the role for the rest of Charlene's appearances.

3. The Stripper (Originally aired - September 30, 1986)

NOTE: Richard Newton usually played the role of Judge Richard Cooksey in his many appearances on `Matlock', but, in this episode, he plays the role of another Judge named Alvin Roundtree.

4. The Affair (Originally aired - October 7, 1986)

Special Guest Star: Kevin Conroy as Clark Harrison

5. The Seduction (Originally aired - October 14, 1986)

NOTE: Nancy Stafford, who would become a series regular next season as the role of Michelle Thomas, makes her first appearance on `Matlock' in this episode as the role of Caryn Nelson.

6. The Don (1) (Originally aired - October 28, 1986)

Special Guest Star: Jose Ferrer as Nicholas Baron

7. The Don (2) (Originally aired - November 4, 1986)

8. The Sisters (Originally aired - November 11, 1986)

9. The Cop (Originally aired - November 18, 1986)

Special Guest Star: Hector Elizondo as Detective Joe Peters

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31 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Only-A-Child VINE VOICE on March 15, 2008
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Here it is, almost 1200 minutes of the mystery series "Matlock", 24 episodes (including the pilot) that were broadcast during NBC's 1986-1987 season. So let's forget all we know about the long run of this series and just talk about its premiere season.

Years after his run as Sheriff Andy Taylor, Andy Griffith finally got another regular job. This time he is playing Ben Matlock, an Atlanta lawyer who talks like Sheriff Andy. It's a comfortable role in a tried and true format; a mix of "Perry Mason" and "Columbo". "Columbo" veteran Dean Hargrove dreamed up the series and shared executive producer duties with Fred Silverman.

The focus is on the title character and Griffith is great fun to watch. He charms and sweet talks his way through each case, getting everyone to let down their guard because they underestimate this good old boy as much as they did the seemingly scatterbrained "Columbo". Both series revolved around the main character's ability discern something incriminating in seemingly innocent little things and to pick up on a guilty party's casual slip of the tongue.

In the "Perry Mason" tradition Matlock is not bound by the conventional rules of evidence or procedural requirements once he gets into a courtroom. He can say anything and introduce any sort of evidence simply by reassuring the judge that his line or questioning will eventually become relevant. Be prepared for the obligatory breakdowns and confessions on the witness stand. The prosecutors can only shake their heads and bluster helplessly in the face of Matlock's cunning strategy.

Matlock is assisted by the show's version of Perry Mason's Paul and Della.
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29 of 32 people found the following review helpful By Mishael M. Pine on January 22, 2008
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Finally, after so many years of waiting and wondering whether Matlock would ever come to DVD, here it is. In my opinion, this is the second best criminal defense show (Perry Mason is #1) that I have ever seen. Matlock could not have survived without the help of his private investigator Tyler Hudson and associate daughter Charlene Matlock. Matlock hardly ever lost a case - although in later seasons that would change. What was great about this show was that there was enough suspense in each episode to keep you watching until the very end. Thanks for making this series available.
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8 of 8 people found the following review helpful By DJ Joe Sixpack HALL OF FAMETOP 500 REVIEWER on March 31, 2008
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In pop culture, decades tend to bleed over into one another. The fashions of the 1970s, for example, particularly the mid- to late-'70s, lingered in the air for a big chunk of the '80s, notably in films and on TV. The first season of the tongue-in-cheek crime drama "Matlock" is a great example: even though it aired in 1986-87, the show oozed a 'Seventies sensibility, from the onscreen fashion and acting, to the very feel of the show itself. Partly this is because the show was clearly an homage to many of the offbeat police dramas that came before it -- "Columbo", "McCloud," etc. -- along with a whiff of the mildly risque hanky-panky of '70s romance shows such as "Love Boat," etc.

"Matlock" is a delightfully formulaic series, with Andy Griffith playing a doddering but undefeatable Southern "country" lawyer who commands big fees and wins big cases. His sidekicks include his spunky but sometimes naive daughter and a semi-retired, self-deprecating private eye who provides some "Magnum"-style muscle. The bad guys include various staple figures of '80s TV -- slightly sleazy swingers, smug yuppie types, corrupt establishment figures, etc. The acting is stiff, the pacing of the show is almost lethargic by today's standards, the plot twists come 'round the bend like an old, slow freight train. And that's part of the charm. The show feels like a pair of old, comfortable shoes -- Also fun is watching the show find its legs, as all first-season shows must, and the writers, actors and producers figure out what works and how the show will define itself.

Fans of the series will be delighted to see this finally out on DVD; newcomers will also enjoy it as a trip down memory lane... even if they weren't there the first time around! (Slipcue film reviews)
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