* 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.
* ChannelHop: The show ran on NBC from 1986 until 1992. It then moved to ABC where it ran from 1992 until 1995.
* HeyItsThatGuy:
** 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.
** ''QuantumLeap'''s Scott Bakula made an appearance in "The Power Brokers" episode.
* 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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