When "Matlock" arrived on the scene back in 1987 I was a demographic anomaly. I was in my mid 30's at the time and I counted "Murder, She Wrote" and "Matlock" as among my favorite shows. I had a friend in the advertising business in New York City at the time and he would just shake his head and chuckle when I told him what I liked to watch. In any event several months ago I purchased "Matlock: The First Season". I have just now completed viewing all 24 episodes. Simply marvelous!
Without a doubt Andy Griffith had the Ben Matlock character down pat from the get-go. He is certainly the guy I would want defending me should the need ever arise. I love the Tyler Hudson character played by Kene Holliday as well. He sure gets himself into a lot of interesting scrapes during the inaugural season. I guess if you are a private investigator it just goes with the territory. Linda Purl proves to be nothing special as Ben's daughter Charlene and it easy to see why the character was dropped after season one. She is seen less and less as the season wears on. But having said that I enjoyed each and every one of these 24 episodes. My favorite? You guessed it......"The Judge" with special guest star Dick Van Dyke. Am I still stuck in the Sixties or what??? Among my other favorite episodes from Matlock: The First Season" are "The Sisters", "The Professor" and most especially "The People vs. Matlock".
What is so great about "Matlock" is that you can enjoy the program with your wife, your children, friends or with your elderly parents. There is minimal violence and lots of humor and language is never an issue. For me the bottom line is that "Matlock: The First Season" is great family entertainment. I have since purchased "Matlock: The Second Season" and "Matlock: The Fourth Season" and plan to buy several more seasons. The price is right and I will enjoy these discs for many years to come. Very highly recommended.
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Paul Tognetti (drifter51)
I guess I would qualify as a frustrated writer. My work requires very little writing and so since 1999 I have been writing reviews on non-fiction books and anthology CD's on amazon.com. I never could … more
Matlock is a legal drama series starring Andy Griffith as defense attorney Ben Matlock - a Harvard-educated, fiery southerner who charges $100,000 a case to brilliantly defend his clients by finding the real killer.