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A made-for-television movie which served as the pilot episode for this legal drama about Ben Matlock, an expert yet unconventional lawyer and his experiences both in and out of the courtroom. In the pilot, an investigative reporter from New York City named Steve Emerson is accused of murdering his ex-wife, Linda, an Atlanta news reporter. In actuality, Emerson was meeting with a confidential news source in an empty train car when Linda was murdered. Since Emerson does not wish to reveal his source, Matlock, whom Emerson hired as his defense attorney, must figure out who really murdered Linda in order to clear his client of all charges. Meanwhile, Matlock agrees to allow his eager daughter, Charlene, who is also an attorney, to assist on the case. Things become complicated when Emerson's source is murdered, Matlock is kidnapped by members of the mob, and Tyler learns that Linda was not only romantically involved with her fiancŽe, but also had affairs with her co-anchor and her boss. Commercials deleted.

(Network affiliation varies; this series also aired on ABC from 1992 to 1995.)


  • DATE: March 3, 1986 Monday 9:00 PM
  • RUNNING TIME: 1:32:17
  • COLOR/B&W: Color
  • CATALOG ID: T:22579
  • GENRE: Drama, mystery/suspense
  • SUBJECT HEADING: Drama, mystery/suspense
  • SERIES RUN: NBC - TV series, 1986-1992


  • Fred Silverman … Executive Producer
  • Dean Hargrove … Executive Producer
  • Joel Steiger … Producer
  • Robin S. Clark … Producer
  • Jeff Peters … Associate Producer
  • Robert Day … Director
  • Dean Hargrove … Writer
  • Dick Debenedictis … Music by
  • Andy Griffith … Cast, Matlock
  • Lori Lethin … Cast, Charlene Matlock
  • Alice Hirson … Cast, Hazel
  • Kene Holiday … Cast, Tyler Hudson
  • Steven Inwood … Cast, Steve Emerson
  • Jack Bannon … Cast, Paul Lockwood
  • James McEachin … Cast, Lieutenant Daniels
  • Lawrence Pressman … Cast, Nelson White
  • Dennis Lipscomb … Cast, Les McCall
  • Katherine Cannon … Cast, Linda Coolidge
  • Robin Thomas … Cast, Burton Hawkins
  • Darrell Zwerling … Cast, Farnsworth
  • Billy Green Bush … Cast, Billy Ray Webber
  • Al Ruscio … Cast, Ernie 'The Tailor' Marzell
  • Nadya Starr … Cast, Mrs. Harris
  • Peter White … Cast, Atty. Harvey Ravanelle
  • Richard Lineback … Cast, Banning, the Hotel Desk Clerk
  • Erica Yohn … Cast, Betty Pearson
  • Richard Newton … Cast, Judge Reynolds
  • Robert Schlitt … Cast, Mark Pearson
  • Fred Morsell … Cast
  • James V. Christy … Cast, Mark Pearson
  • James Hardie … Cast, Reporter
  • Caroline Schlitt … Cast, Mary Beth
  • James Ingersoll … Cast, National Informer Reporter
  • Ted Sorel … Cast
  • Alan Haufrect … Cast
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