* DamselScrappy: Charlene. She's a constant victim of capture. Averted, however, when Michelle joins the series, as she's tougher and feistier when it comes to kidnappers and is more able to get out of such problems far more easily.
* GrowingTheBeard: Arguably, Season 7, when the show made a ChannelHop to ABC. The supporting cast was reset (Julie Sommars and Nancy Stafford wanted to spend more time with their families and Clarence Gilyard was now heavily involved with ''Series/WalkerTexasRanger''.) and the series started to detach itself from [[StrictlyFormula formulaic]] stories. It also stopped being hammy for the most part and started to add some real depth to the cast. The addition of [[SitcomArchnemesis Billy Lewis]] also helped to liven things up by featuring a lot of amusing friction between him and Ben. There was also the character arc Cliff went through as Ben's understudy.
* EarWorm: [[https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xJdP2H07To4 The theme]]
* NarmCharm: If Andy Griffith doesn't reel you in, the HamAndCheese acting and [[FashionDissonance 1980's fashion]] will.
* NightmareFuel: "The Dare"'s ending, specifically the final line: "[[spoiler:What are you gonna do, Ben? Get me the death sentence? [[LethalDiagnosis I've already got it]]]]". Yikes.
* 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''.
** Scott Bakula appeared in "The Power Brokers", notably still brown-headed and with his natural American accent. He later took on [[SilverFox silvery hair with age]] and a Creole accent for ''Series/NCISNewOrleans''.
* SoBadItsGood: The show is full of over-the-top pastiche characters and a lot of outrageous courtroom antics, but who doesn't love a good murder mystery? It's a surprisingly enjoyable romp that is one of the few shows with Fred Silverman's name attached to it which isn't defamed as a spectacular dud.