* 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.
* ChannelHop: The show ran on NBC from 1986 until 1992. It then moved to ABC where it ran from 1992 until 1995.
* TheDanza: Julie Sommars as Julie March.
* 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/XMen'') and one name Jay Cutler ([[UsefulNotes/NationalFootballLeague the current Quarterback of the Chicago Bears]]).
* 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''
* 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).
* 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.
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