Title: Matlock
Series: 9
Episodes: 181
First Transmission: 1986

Ben Matlock is a fiery Harvard educated defence attorney who charges $100,000 a case to defend his clients by finding the real killer.

Best Episode

The Dare (1994) – Malcolm Engle, A wealthy philanthropist, reveals that he plans to murder someone close to Ben Matlock. He challenges Matlock to try to prove that he did it.

2nd Best Episode

The Assault (1995) – Matlock befriends a tenant of run down apartment complex after his car breaks down. His new friend is accused of assaulting the slum lord owner of the building and Matlock serves as his lawyer.

3rd Best Episode

The Heist (1995) – Billy takes Matlock on holiday and encounter agent Ed Wingate from the FBI on an undercover mission.

4th Best Episode

The Getaway (1995) – Matlock defends an ex-con in a bank robbery trial, but the whole trial depends on the testimony of a child who claims he can identify the real criminals.

5th Best Episode

The Kidnapping: Part 2 (1994) – When FBI agent Ed Wingate is charged with murder, Matlock defends him.

Worst Episode

The Kidnapper (1990) – Matlock is kidnapped for his coin collection as ransom. Michelle and Conrad to try to figure out who would have a motive for revenge.

 

Notes & Comments

Info Updated: 2022-02-16

The data on this page is updated when any major changes occur to episode rankings (which is less common with older series), or when new episodes are added as is the case with current television series.

The overall spread in the rating distribution is equal to 1.9 rating points.

The top-rated episode, The Dare (1994), differs from the second-rated episode, The Assault (1995), by 10 percent of the overall spread.

The bottom-rated episode, The Kidnapper (1990), differs from the second bottom-rated episode, The Vendetta (1989), by 5 percent of the overall spread.

The middle-rated episode is The Formula (1991).

 

Episode Rating Graph for Matlock (1986)

Full Episode List

Key:-Blue episodes rated above par. Brown episodes rated below par.

#1 Diary of a Perfect Murder (1986)
#2 The Judge (1986)
#3 The Stripper (1986)
#4 The Affair (1986)
#5 The Seduction (1986)
#6 The Don: Part 1 (1986)
#7 The Don: Part 2 (1986)
#8 The Sisters (1986)
#9 The Cop (1986)
#10 The Angel (1986)
#11 The Professor (1986)
#12 Santa Claus (1986)
#13 The Chef (1987)
#14 The Author (1987)
#15 The Rat Pack (1987)
#16 The Nurse (1987)
#17 The Convict (1987)
#18 The Court-Martial: Part 1 (1987)
#19 The Court-Martial: Part 2 (1987)
#20 The Therapist (1987)
#21 The People vs. Matlock (1987)
#22 The Photographer (1987)
#23 The Reporter (1987)
#24 The Doctors (1987)
#25 The Billionaire (1987)
#26 Blind Justice (1987)
#27 The Annihilator (1987)
#28 The Husband (1987)
#29 The Power Brokers: Part 1 (1987)
#30 The Power Brokers: Part 2 (1987)
#31 The Gambler (1987)
#32 The Network (1987)
#33 The Best Friend (1987)
#34 The Country Boy (1987)
#35 The Gift (1987)
#36 The Body (1988)
#37 The Reunion (1988)
#38 The Gigolo (1988)
#39 The Umpire (1988)
#40 The Investigation: Part 1 (1988)
#41 The Investigation: Part 2 (1988)
#42 The Hucksters (1988)
#43 The Lovelorn (1988)
#44 The Genius (1988)
#45 The Magician (1988)
#46 The Fisherman (1988)
#47 The Heiress (1988)
#48 The Lemon (1988)
#49 The Ambassador: Part 1 (1988)
#50 The Ambassador: Part 2 (1988)
#51 The Mistress (1988)
#52 The D.J. (1989)
#53 The Captain (1989)
#54 The Vendetta (1989)
#55 The Mayor: Part 1 (1989)
#56 The Mayor: Part 2 (1989)
#57 The Black Widow (1989)
#58 The Other Woman (1989)
#59 The Starlet (1989)
#60 The Psychic (1989)
#61 The Thief: Part 1 (1989)
#62 The Thief: Part 2 (1989)
#63 The Thoroughbred (1989)
#64 The Model (1989)
#65 The Cult (1989)
#66 The Blues Singer (1989)
#67 The Priest (1989)
#68 The Hunting Party: Part 1 (1989)
#69 The Hunting Party: Part 2 (1989)
#70 The Good Boy (1989)
#71 The Best Seller (1989)
#72 The Ex (1989)
#73 The Clown (1989)
#74 The Star (1989)
#75 The Con Man (1989)
#76 The Prisoner: Part 1 (1989)
#77 The Prisoner: Part 2 (1989)
#78 The Fugitive (1989)
#79 The Buddies (1989)
#80 The Scrooge (1989)
#81 The Witness (1990)
#82 The Student (1990)
#83 The Talk Show (1990)
#84 The Victim (1990)
#85 The Kidnapper (1990)
#86 The Pro (1990)
#87 The Informer: Part 1 (1990)
#88 The Informer: Part 2 (1990)
#89 The D.A. (1990)
#90 The Blackmailer (1990)
#91 The Cookie Monster (1990)
#92 The Mother (1990)
#93 Nowhere to Turn (1990)
#94 The Madam (1990)
#95 The Personal Trainer (1990)
#96 The Narc (1990)
#97 The Secret: Part 1 (1990)
#98 The Secret: Part 2 (1990)
#99 The Brothers (1990)
#100 The Cover Girl (1990)
#101 The Biker (1990)
#102 The Broker (1990)
#103 The Fighter (1990)
#104 The Critic (1991)
#105 The Parents (1991)
#106 The Man of the Year (1991)
#107 The Arsonist (1991)
#108 The Formula (1991)
#109 The Trial: Part 1 (1991)
#110 The Trial: Part 2 (1991)
#111 The Accident (1991)
#112 The Celebrity (1991)
#113 The Witness Killings (1991)
#114 The Witness Killings: Part 2 (1991)
#115 The Strangler (1991)
#116 The Nightmare (1991)
#117 The Marriage Counselor (1991)
#118 The Dame (1991)
#119 The Suspect (1991)
#120 The Defense (1991)
#121 The Game Show (1991)
#122 The Foursome (1991)
#123 The Picture: Part 1 (1992)
#124 The Picture: Part 2 (1992)
#125 The Outcast (1992)
#126 The Big Payoff (1992)
#127 The Abduction (1992)
#128 Mr. Awesome (1992)
#129 The Evening News: Part 1 (1992)
#130 The Evening News: Part 2 (1992)
#131 The Assassination: Part 1 (1992)
#132 The Assassination: Part 2 (1992)
#133 The Vacation (1992)
#134 The Legacy (1992)
#135 The Ghost (1993)
#136 The Class (1993)
#137 The Singer (1993)
#138 The Mark (1993)
#139 The Juror (1993)
#140 The Fortune (1993)
#141 The Debt (1993)
#142 The Revenge (1993)
#143 The Obsession (1993)
#144 The Divorce (1993)
#145 The Final Affair (1993)
#146 The Competition (1993)
#147 The Play (1993)
#148 The Fatal Seduction: Part 1 (1993)
#149 The Fatal Seduction: Part 2 (1993)
#150 The Diner (1993)
#151 The View (1993)
#152 The Last Laugh (1993)
#153 The Capital Offense (1993)
#154 The Haunted (1993)
#155 The Conspiracy (1993)
#156 Matlock’s Bad, Bad, Bad Dream (1993)
#157 The Defendant (1993)
#158 The Kidnapping: Part 1 (1994)
#159 The Kidnapping: Part 2 (1994)
#160 The Temptation (1994)
#161 The Crook (1994)
#162 The Murder Game (1994)
#163 Brennen (1994)
#164 The P.I. (1994)
#165 The Godfather (1994)
#166 The Idol (1994)
#167 The Accused (1994)
#168 The Scandal (1994)
#169 The Dare (1994)
#170 The Tabloid (1994)
#171 The Coach (1994)
#172 The Dating Game (1994)
#173 The Confession (1994)
#174 Dead Air (1994)
#175 The Getaway (1995)
#176 The Verdict (1995)
#177 The Deadly Dose (1995)
#178 The Target (1995)
#179 The Assault (1995)
#180 The Heist (1995)
#181 The Scam (1995)