Andy Griffith stars in the classic courtroom drama Matlock, playing a Harvard-educated lawyer with a Georgian accent. The 60-minute show centers around his ability to solve murder mysteries to prove his clients’ innocence and put the real killers behind bars.
Matlock aired on NBC for the first six seasons and then on ABC for three more seasons. Many of the cases were on the sensational side and included Perry Mason-like last-minute revelations on the witness stand. The stories and characters had Griffith’s trademark folksy appeal and proved to be his second monster hit, like his classic 1960s sitcom. Several of Andy Griffith’s co-stars on the Andy Griffith Show also appeared on Matlock as guest stars. They were Don Knotts (Barney Fife), Aneta Corsaut (Helen Crump), Jack Dodson (Howard Sprague), Arlene Golonka (Millie Hutchins), and Betty Lynn (Thelma Lou).