* 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:
** 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.
** ''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''.
** 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''.
* 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)
* 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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