History Series / Matlock

15th Apr '18 4:04:40 PM nombretomado
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* MoodWhiplash: The disturbing Murder trials were often offset by rather [[TwoLinesNoWaiting cutesy B story lines]]. One {{Egregious}} example had Matlock wrap up a case early in the show's running time so that the last five minutes of the show could feature an upbeat bluegrass band.

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* MoodWhiplash: The disturbing Murder trials were often offset by rather [[TwoLinesNoWaiting cutesy B story lines]]. One {{Egregious}} JustForFun/{{Egregious}} example had Matlock wrap up a case early in the show's running time so that the last five minutes of the show could feature an upbeat bluegrass band.
4th Apr '18 12:22:43 PM Alvin
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* IWantYouToMeetAnOldFriendOfMine: Don Knotts, Barney Fife on ''Series/TheAndyGriffithShow'', had a recurring role as Ben's NosyNeighbor Les Calhoun. Other "Griffith" alumni that appeared on the show included Aneta Corsaut (Helen Crump), Jack Dodson (Howard Sprague), Arlene Golonka (Millie Swanson), and Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou).
28th Dec '17 12:39:54 PM snichols1973
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A [[LongRunner long-running]] CourtroomDrama about elderly Southern defense attorney Ben Matlock, played by [TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith.]] Both a series that ran for many years and a short series of {{Made for TV Movie}}s.

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A [[LongRunner long-running]] CourtroomDrama about elderly Southern defense attorney Ben Matlock, played by [TheAndyGriffithShow [[TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith.]] Both a series that ran for many years and a short series of {{Made for TV Movie}}s.
28th Dec '17 12:11:10 PM snichols1973
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A [[LongRunner long-running]] CourtroomDrama about old Southern defense attorney Ben Matlock, played by Creator/AndyGriffith. Both a series that ran for many years and a short series of {{Made for TV Movie}}s.

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A [[LongRunner long-running]] CourtroomDrama about old elderly Southern defense attorney Ben Matlock, played by Creator/AndyGriffith. [TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Griffith.]] Both a series that ran for many years and a short series of {{Made for TV Movie}}s.



* BerserkButton: Arguably, crooked lawyers are this to Matlock. While fairly cantankerous on occasion, Matlock seldom displays anything resembling true rage. A rare exception was in the episode "The Foursome", in which the prosecuting attorney (a protege of Julie's) alters the evidence to get a conviction, and Matlock reveals her duplicity during his appeal. When the attorney, facing disbarment and imprisonment, begs Matlock for a second chance, you can see the TranquilFury on his face as he calmly says, "No, I don't think so." Julie for her part was also quietly furious with her protege for disgracing the legal profession.

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* BerserkButton: Arguably, crooked lawyers are this to Matlock. While fairly cantankerous on occasion, Matlock seldom displays anything resembling true rage. A rare exception was in the episode "The Foursome", in which the prosecuting attorney (a protege protégé of Julie's) alters the evidence to get a conviction, and Matlock reveals her duplicity during his appeal. When the attorney, facing disbarment and imprisonment, begs Matlock for a second chance, you can see the TranquilFury on his face as he calmly says, "No, I don't think so." Julie for her part was also quietly furious with her protege for disgracing the legal profession.
29th Oct '17 8:48:00 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It was [widely reported during the show's run https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19930227&id=LjEdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XqUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3354,6293909&hl=en] that Matlock was based on well-known Georgia defense attorney Bobby Lee Cook, though the show-runners denied it. Andy Griffith said he modeled his performance on Senator Sam Ervin of Watergate fame, who like Griffith hailed from North Carolina. Texas defense attorney Percy Foreman was also cited as an inspiration.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It was [widely widely reported during the show's run https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19930227&id=LjEdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XqUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3354,6293909&hl=en] that Matlock was based on well-known Georgia defense attorney Bobby Lee Cook, though the show-runners denied it. Andy Griffith said he modeled his performance on Senator Sam Ervin of Watergate fame, who like Griffith hailed from North Carolina. Texas defense attorney Percy Foreman was also cited as an inspiration.
29th Oct '17 8:47:10 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It was [[widely reported during the show's run https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19930227&id=LjEdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XqUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3354,6293909&hl=en]] that Matlock was based on well-known Georgia defense attorney Bobby Lee Cook, though the show-runners denied it. Andy Griffith said he modeled his performance on Senator Sam Ervin of Watergate fame, who like Griffith hailed from North Carolina. Texas defense attorney Percy Foreman was also cited as an inspiration.

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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It was [[widely [widely reported during the show's run https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19930227&id=LjEdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XqUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3354,6293909&hl=en]] com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19930227&id=LjEdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XqUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3354,6293909&hl=en] that Matlock was based on well-known Georgia defense attorney Bobby Lee Cook, though the show-runners denied it. Andy Griffith said he modeled his performance on Senator Sam Ervin of Watergate fame, who like Griffith hailed from North Carolina. Texas defense attorney Percy Foreman was also cited as an inspiration.
29th Oct '17 8:46:42 PM AllenbysEyes88
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* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: It was [[widely reported during the show's run https://news.google.com/newspapers?nid=1817&dat=19930227&id=LjEdAAAAIBAJ&sjid=XqUEAAAAIBAJ&pg=3354,6293909&hl=en]] that Matlock was based on well-known Georgia defense attorney Bobby Lee Cook, though the show-runners denied it. Andy Griffith said he modeled his performance on Senator Sam Ervin of Watergate fame, who like Griffith hailed from North Carolina. Texas defense attorney Percy Foreman was also cited as an inspiration.
20th Sep '17 12:55:28 AM Maddoxsort
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* {{Crossover}}: Matlock once defended Dr. Jesse Travis from a murder charge in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''.


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* {{Crossover}}: Matlock once defended Dr. Jesse Travis from a murder charge in ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''. Given that the latter also crossed over with ''Series/{{Mannix}}'', [[SharedUniverse one could say that the worlds of Ben Matlock and Joe Mannix are transitively connected to one another.]]
20th Sep '17 12:53:45 AM Maddoxsort
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* CringeComedy: The ENTIRETY of "The Divorce", which features two ''incredibly'' stuck-up yuppies who are [[StepfordSmiler overly upbeat]] finally coming unraveled as all their hidden grievances towards their partners come out into the open and they spend the whole episode making their insurance adjusters soil themselves as they engage in ''loads'' of destructive TantrumThrowing. Not only that, but the crime of the week isn't even a murder- it's just an ExcusePlot to get Ben in the courtroom as a the B-plot of the episode because somebody is suing him over slipping on his porch steps ([[DramaticIrony who happened to be out seeking donations and is actually a]] ConArtist).
20th Sep '17 12:36:45 AM Maddoxsort
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* JustOneLittleMistake: Ben ''loves'' pulling this trick on suspects he knows he's got beat by making it appear like he's not got a thing on them to convict them of their crime (almost always murder) until he ultimately reveals that he has all the evidence necessary to incriminate them, so that they'll be lured into a false sense of security and spend the next few minutes lying and carrying on so bad that when he finally does stop with the antics, he's kept them up for as long as he could (until the prosecutor's patience wears out, usually) and managed to take all of the interactions that the person on the stand had up until now and make them look ''wholly'' unsympathetic (unless they show genuine remorse over what they did). One time, Ben actually goes out of his way to explain that one must be incredibly careful in planning out a murder because the tiniest mistake is dooming to the culprit.



* OneLittleMistake: Ben ''loves'' pulling this trick on suspects he knows he's got beat by making it appear like he's not got a thing on them to convict them of their crime (almost always murder) until he ultimately reveals that he has all the evidence necessary to incriminate them, so that they'll be lured into a false sense of security and spend the next few minutes lying and carrying on so bad that when he finally does stop with the antics, he's kept them up for as long as he could (until the prosecutor's patience wears out, usually) and managed to take all of the interactions that the person on the stand had up until now and make them look ''wholly'' unsympathetic (unless they show genuine remorse over what they did). One time, Ben actually goes out of his way to explain that one must be incredibly careful in planning out a murder because the tiniest mistake is dooming to the culprit.
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