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
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
Fred Silverman on Matlock
Aaron Ruben on writing for Matlock
Andy Griffith on improving upon MatIock scripts
Andy Griffith on the end of Matlock
Who talked about this show

Charles Dubin

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

Andy Griffith

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Andy Griffith on being cast in MatIock, and how television had changed since his first series
Andy Griffith on improving upon MatIock scripts
Andy Griffith on the character of "Ben Matlock" on Matlock, and on the show moving to ABC
Andy Griffith on the end of Matlock

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

Piper Laurie

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

Aaron Ruben

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Aaron Ruben on writing for Matlock

Fred Silverman

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Fred Silverman on Matlock

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