History Trivia / Matlock

1st Jul '17 9:57:11 AM glickmam
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* CareerResurrection: In addition to bringing Andy Griffith back into the spotlight, the show also restored executive producer Fred Silverman's professional reputation following a disastrous 3 year spell as president and CEO of NBC, which saw him green light one too many programming failures on NBC's prime time lineup as well as almost bankrupt the network after spending a ton of money to produce a whopping 150 hours of coverage for the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, only to end up cancelling said programming after UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter pulled the U.S. team out of the event in protest of the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.

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* CareerResurrection: In addition to bringing Andy Griffith back into the spotlight, the show also restored executive producer Fred Silverman's professional reputation following a disastrous 3 year spell as president and CEO of NBC, NBC from 1978-1981, which saw him green light one too many programming failures on NBC's prime time lineup as well as almost bankrupt the network after spending a ton of money to produce a whopping 150 hours of coverage for the 1980 Moscow Summer Olympics, only to end up cancelling said programming after UsefulNotes/JimmyCarter pulled the U.S. team out of the event in protest of the UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.
9th Jun '17 6:56:01 PM Maddoxsort
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** [[Series/BreakingBad Heisenberg]] and [[Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle Hal Wilkerson]] exist independently from one another as two separate characters. Hal finally grew fed up with Lois and took on another wife who turned out to be even worse of a shrew and got killed for it, while Heisenberg miraculously survived his gunshot wounds and got away, deciding to pursue a career in marriage counseling, only to ironically screw around with the wives and get killed anyway by three vindictive women. Or maybe it's Hal who got killed and Heisenberg who survived. But given that one is obviously good-natured and the other good turned bad, it's an easy distinction to assume the first combination is right.
9th Jun '17 6:50:22 PM Maddoxsort
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** [[Creator/DavidOgdenStiers Winchester]] [[Series/{{Mash}} lost his British accent]], and has gone blind- he also murdered somebody because of it.
** [[Creator/MikeFarrell B.J.]] [[Series/{{Mash}} Hunnicut]] is involved in an affair with [[Creator/GatesMcFadden Beverly]] [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Crusher]].

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** [[Creator/DavidOgdenStiers Winchester]] [[Series/TheAndyGriffithShow Andy Taylor in an alternate universe]] never remarried, instead going on to be a lawyer, with some old familiar faces from his hometown stopping in from time to time, such as Barney Fife.
** [[Series/TheWaltons Drew]] is a beleaguered private in the Army.
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[[Series/{{Mash}} Winchester]] lost his British accent]], accent, and has gone blind- he also murdered somebody because of it.
** [[Creator/MikeFarrell [[Series/{{Mash}} B.J.]] [[Series/{{Mash}} Hunnicut]] is involved in an affair with [[Creator/GatesMcFadden Beverly]] [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Crusher]].Crusher]].
** [[Series/WalkerTexasRanger Trivette]] used to work for Matlock.
** [[Series/TheWaltons J.D. Pickett]] is now a police chief chewing out his juniors for a drug bust scandal.


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** Andy Griffith portrayed Matlock's father in a WholeEpisodeFlashback, who also lost his wife (so it seems; [[RetCon the pilot dropped the ball on that one by saying she was still alive]], so it could actually be a divorce and Ben is choosing to remember things differently or his mind is going spotty with age) when Ben was a boy and was the start of Ben's love for hot dogs.
9th Jun '17 6:40:20 PM Maddoxsort
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* RoleAssociation: John Lancie, best known as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]], is a plastic surgeon a and the VictimOfTheWeek.

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* RoleAssociation: John Lancie, best known as RoleAssociation:
** [[Creator/DavidOgdenStiers Winchester]] [[Series/{{Mash}} lost his British accent]], and has gone blind- he also murdered somebody because of it.
** [[Creator/MikeFarrell B.J.]] [[Series/{{Mash}} Hunnicut]] is involved in an affair with [[Creator/GatesMcFadden Beverly]]
[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]], Crusher]].
** [[Creator/JohnDeLancie That scamp]] [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]]
is a plastic surgeon a and the VictimOfTheWeek.
9th Jun '17 6:32:42 PM Maddoxsort
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* ReferencedBy: For younger audiences, the first contact with Matlock probably came from the ''Series/TheSimpsons'', where Matlock is particularly loved by senior residents. In a recursive reference, this elderly appeal also carries over to ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. It also got a sly mention in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', where Eddy mentioned that his dad turns surly if he doesn't get home in time to watch Matlock.

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* ReferencedBy: For younger audiences, the first contact with Matlock probably came from the ''Series/TheSimpsons'', where Matlock is particularly loved by senior residents. In a recursive reference, this elderly appeal also carries over to ''Series/BetterCallSaul''. It also got a sly mention in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', where Eddy mentioned that his dad turns surly if he doesn't get home in time to watch Matlock.
9th Jun '17 6:31:35 PM Maddoxsort
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* HeyItsThatGuy: John Lancie, best known as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]], is a plastic surgeon a and the VictimOfTheWeek.



* ReferencedBy: For younger audiences, the first conctact with Matlock probably came from the ''Series/TheSimpsons'', where Matlock is particularly loved by senior residents. In a recursive reference, this elderly appeal also carries over to ''Series/BetterCallSaul''

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* ReferencedBy: For younger audiences, the first conctact contact with Matlock probably came from the ''Series/TheSimpsons'', where Matlock is particularly loved by senior residents. In a recursive reference, this elderly appeal also carries over to ''Series/BetterCallSaul''''Series/BetterCallSaul''. It also got a sly mention in ''WesternAnimation/EdEddNEddy'', where Eddy mentioned that his dad turns surly if he doesn't get home in time to watch Matlock.
* RoleAssociation: John Lancie, best known as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]], is a plastic surgeon a and the VictimOfTheWeek.



* YouLookFamiliar: Daniel Roebuck plays a one-off character in an early season before coming back as a regular cast member, Cliff Lewis. However, he lost a ''ton'' of weight between appearances and it effectively allowed him to become a brand new character.

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* YouLookFamiliar: Daniel Roebuck plays a one-off character in an early season before coming back as a regular cast member, Cliff Lewis. However, he lost a ''ton'' of weight between appearances over the several years that went by and it effectively allowed him to become a brand new character.character. {{Lampshaded}} when Ben seems to briefly notice his resemblance to the chubby man from earlier on.
9th Jun '17 6:23:04 PM Maddoxsort
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/JohnDLancie, best known as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]], is a plastic surgeon a and the VictimOfTheWeek.

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* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/JohnDLancie, John Lancie, best known as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]], is a plastic surgeon a and the VictimOfTheWeek.



** Leo Penn, who also directed on the show, played two separate characters, a priest who was seemingly a VictimOfTheWeek in an interesting subversion where his character was DrivenToSuicide but the truth was too scandalous to publicize (Catholics see suicide as an unforgivable sin), and a nosy neighbor.

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** Leo Penn, who also directed on the show, played two multiple separate characters, a priest who was seemingly a VictimOfTheWeek in an interesting subversion where his character was DrivenToSuicide but the truth was too scandalous to publicize (Catholics see suicide as an unforgivable sin), and a nosy neighbor.neighbor. He was also Russ Lewis, "Russ the Rhino", an irritating freeloader with a bunch of petty issues who Ben struggled to get licked from his residence.
9th Jun '17 6:20:51 PM Maddoxsort
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* HeyItsThatGuy: Creator/JohnDLancie, best known as [[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration Q]], is a plastic surgeon a and the VictimOfTheWeek.
21st May '17 11:50:01 AM creader
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* HilariousInHindsight: Bryan Cranston appeared as the murder victim in an episode called, "The Marriage Counselor." The accused says to his face, "I hope you get [[Series/BreakingBad cancer!]]"
20th May '17 11:28:17 PM glickmam
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* RetroactiveRecognition:
** Creator/BryanCranston, who appeared in two different episodes as two different characters (a client and a victim).
** Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (Conrad [=McMasters=]) would later go on to greater fame as James Trivette on ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''.
** Kari Lizer (Cassie Phillips) would also go on to greater fame as creator and executive producer of ''Series/TheNewAdventuresOfOldChristine''.
** In addition to his work on ''Matlock'', Dean Hargrove is also best known as co-developer and executive producer of ''Series/FatherDowlingMysteries'', and is largely responsible for the series of ''Franchise/PerryMason'' {{Made For TV Movie}}s throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
** Tony Mordente directed ten episodes. Mordente is best known for playing A-rab in ''Theatre/WestSideStory''.
** Joel Steiger wrote 55 episodes, and also served as producer, supervising producer, co-executive producer, and executive producer. Steiger is also best known for co-developing ''Father Dowling Mysteries''.
** Joyce Burditt wrote three episodes. Burditt is best known as creator and producer, consulting producer, and supervising producer of ''Series/DiagnosisMurder''.
** Sam Rolfe wrote two episodes. Rolfe is best known as co-creator, associate producer, and producer of ''Series/HaveGunWillTravel'', as developer and producer of ''Series/TheManFromUNCLE'', and for developing ''Series/TheGirlFromUNCLE''.
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