Trivia: Matlock

  • Career Resurrection: 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 Jimmy Carter pulled the U.S. team out of the event in protest of the Soviet invasion of Afghanistan.
  • Channel Hop: The show ran on NBC from 1986 until 1992. It then moved to ABC where it ran from 1992 until 1995.
  • Hey, It's That Guy!:
    • Clarence Gilyard, Jr. (Conrad McMasters) would later go on to greater fame as James Trivette on Walker, Texas Ranger.
    • Kari Lizer (Cassie Phillips) would also go on to greater fame as creator and executive producer of The New Adventures of Old Christine.
    • Nana Visitor who played Kira Nerys on Star Trek: Deep Space Nine appeared twice. Once as a witness with a Split Personality and once as a client. Both, or, rather, all three times, her character was the murderer. Fans of Mirror Universe Kira will recognize how well Visitor plays Evil Is Sexy.
    • Nana Visitor wasn't the only Trek veteran to appear on Matlock. A couple of episodes had Jonathan Frakes of The Next Generation playing the prosecuting attorney.
    • Quantum Leap'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 Father Dowling Mysteries, and is largely responsible for the series of Perry Mason Made For TV Movies throughout the 1980s and 1990s.
    • Tony Mordente directed ten episodes. Mordente is best known for playing A-rab in West Side Story.
    • 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 Diagnosis: Murder.
    • Sam Rolfe wrote two episodes. Rolfe is best known as co-creator, associate producer, and producer of Have Gun Will Travel, as developer and producer of The Man from UNCLE, and for developing The Girl from U.N.C.L.E..
  • I Want You to Meet an Old Friend of Mine: Don Knotts, Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, had a recurring role as Ben's Nosy Neighbor 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)
  • Name's the Same: 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 X-Men) and one name Jay Cutler (the current Quarterback of the Chicago Bears).