History Trivia / Matlock

13th Apr '17 1:49:01 AM bwburke94
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* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey! It's That Guy]]
** Creator/JohnDeLancie plays a plastic surgeon in season 8 who winds up being the VictimOfTheWeek. At this point in time, he had become widely recognized as Q in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise. This was after ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' just ended, but before he returned on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
11th Apr '17 3:11:06 AM Maddoxsort
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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 cancer!"

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* [[HeyItsThatGuy Hey! It's That Guy]]
** Creator/JohnDeLancie plays a plastic surgeon in season 8 who winds up being the VictimOfTheWeek. At this point in time, he had become widely recognized as Q in the ''Franchise/StarTrek'' franchise. This was after ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'' just ended, but before he returned on ''Series/StarTrekVoyager''.
* 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 cancer!"[[Series/BreakingBad cancer!]]"


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** Creator/BryanCranston, who appeared in two different episodes as two different characters (a client and a victim).


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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 and it effectively allowed him to become a brand new character.
** 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.
7th Apr '17 10:12:09 AM quadsux
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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 cancer!"
28th Dec '16 5:09:47 PM LarryMullen
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* ShootTheMoney: Many episodes, especially after the ChannelHop to Creator/{{ABC}} would be shot in part in North Carolina; particularly in Manteo (where Andy Griffith lived for much of his later years).
23rd Dec '16 2:28:03 AM TrollBrutal
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* 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''
3rd Dec '16 12:18:36 AM glickmam
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* RetroactiveRecognition:
** 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''.
16th May '16 8:21:06 PM 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 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.

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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 Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.UsefulNotes/SovietInvasionOfAfghanistan.
28th Apr '16 8:02:12 AM TheOneWhoTropes
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* HeyItsThatGuy:
** 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''.
** Nana Visitor who played Kira Nerys on ''Series/StarTrekDeepSpaceNine'' [[YouLookFamiliar appeared twice]]. Once as a witness [[spoiler: with a SplitPersonality]] and once as a client. [[spoiler: Both, or, rather, all three times, her character was the murderer. Fans of MirrorUniverse Kira will recognize how well Visitor plays EvilIsSexy]].
** Nana Visitor wasn't the only Trek veteran to appear on Matlock. A couple of episodes had Jonathan Frakes of ''[[Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration The Next Generation]]'' playing the prosecuting attorney.
** ''Series/QuantumLeap'''s Scott Bakula made an appearance in "The Power Brokers" episode.
** 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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11th Feb '16 11:58:27 AM creader
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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)
13th Dec '15 5:59:14 PM nombretomado
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* NamesTheSame: The episode "The Abduction" gives us two mobsters with famous names. One named Robert Drake (who is also the real name of Iceman, one of the founding members of the superhero team, the ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'') and one name Jay Cutler ([[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague the current Quarterback of the Chicago Bears]]).

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* NamesTheSame: The episode "The Abduction" gives us two mobsters with famous names. One named Robert Drake (who is also the real name of Iceman, one of the founding members of the superhero team, the ''Franchise/{{X-Men}}'') ''Franchise/XMen'') and one name Jay Cutler ([[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague the current Quarterback of the Chicago Bears]]).
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