Matlock


The Academy of Television Arts & Sciences Foundation Presents

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About

Andy Griffith played a prosecuting attorney in the miniseries Fatal Vision (1984), a performance which so impressed NBC's Brandon Tartikoff that a series was proposed utilizing an attorney as the main character. A pilot film for the show, Diary of a Perfect Murder, aired on NBC on 3 March 1986, and Matlock began airing in September 1986. Griffith played Ben Matlock in the hour crime drama, a criminal defense lawyer whose folksy demeanor belies his considerable investigative and courtroom abilities. Many of the regulars from The Andy Griffith Show made appearances on Matlock, continuing a Mayberry legacy spanning over thirty years.

-Jerry Haggins

Highlights
Andy Griffith on the character of "Ben Matlock" on Matlock, and on the show moving to ABC
03:39
Don Knotts on his appearance as a recurring character on Matlock, without the comedy he could play off of, as he did with Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show
00:33
Fred Silverman on Matlock
01:24
Aaron Ruben on writing for Matlock
00:59
Andy Griffith on improving upon MatIock scripts
02:19
Andy Griffith on the end of Matlock
00:27
Who talked about this show

Charles Dubin

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Charles S. Dubin on directing Matlock, Starman, Square One, and Father Dowling Mysteries
03:22

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on being cast in MatIock, and how television had changed since his first series
03:42
Andy Griffith on improving upon MatIock scripts
02:19
Andy Griffith on the character of "Ben Matlock" on Matlock, and on the show moving to ABC
03:39
Andy Griffith on the end of Matlock
00:27

Don Knotts

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Don Knotts on his appearance as a recurring character on Matlock, without the comedy he could play off of, as he did with Andy Griffith on The Andy Griffith Show
00:33

Piper Laurie

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Piper Laurie on guest-starring on Murder, She Wrote  and Matlock
01:11

Aaron Ruben

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Aaron Ruben on writing for Matlock
00:59

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on Matlock
01:24

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