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Collection of Matlock Television Scripts


Matlock was a made for television legal drama set in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring Andy Griffith in the title role of Ben Matlock. The show aired on NBC-TV from September 1986-May 1992, then on ABC-TV, from November 1992-May 1995. The show revolves around a renowned defense attorney, who solves cases and wins almost every case he takes to trial. The show is similar in format to Perry Mason.The collection features two scripts from the episode "The Hunting Party," the show's fourth season premiere episode. It aired in 1989 and was set in, and filmed on, Roanoke Island. The collection also features the story outlines for three more fourth season episodes.

Title

Collection of Matlock Television Scripts

Collection Number

PC.5037

Date(s)

1989

Box 1
Language

English

Physical Description
Items
3.00
Abstract

 Matlock was a made for television legal drama set in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring Andy Griffith in the title role of Ben Matlock. The show aired on NBC-TV from September 1986-May 1992, then on ABC-TV, from November 1992-May 1995. The show revolves around a renowned defense attorney, who solves cases and wins almost every case he takes to trial. The show is similar in format to  Perry Mason.

The collection features two scripts from the episode "The Hunting Party," the show's fourth season premiere episode. It aired in 1989 and was set in, and filmed on, Roanoke Island. The collection also features the story outlines for three more fourth season episodes.

Physical Location

3A1

Creator

Hargrove, Dean

Repository

Outer Banks History Center


This collection is divided into two series: scripts and story outlines.


Available for research.


Copyright is retained by the authors of these materials, or their descendants, as stipulated by United States copyright law (Title 17 US Code). Individual researchers are responsible for using these materials in conformance with copyright law as well as any donor restrictions accompanying the materials.


Processed by Outer Banks History Center Staff prior to 2001

Encoded by Kelly Grimm, August, 2009


 Matlock was a made for television legal drama set in Atlanta, Georgia, featuring Andy Griffith in the title role of Ben Matlock. Griffith, a long time resident of Manteo, North Carolina, was born and raised in Mount Airy, North Carolina. From an early age Griffith had an interest in music and the arts. After high school he attended the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, where he became part of the school's "Carolina Play Makers." One of Griffith's earliest roles was in  The Lost Colony, an outdoor symphonic drama still performed every summer on Roanoke Island. Griffith went on to star in a variety of movies, but he is best known for his television roles, first as Sheriff Andy Taylor in the  Andy Griffith Show and then as Ben Matlock. The show aired on NBC-TV from September 1986-May 1992, then on ABC-TV from November 1992-May 1995. The show revolves around Ben Matlock, a defense attorney, who solves cases and wins almost every case he took to trial. The show is similar in format to  Perry Mason.

Throughout its nine season run, the show played host to a large number of both established and pre-fame stars. Some of the more notable guest appearances were from: Randy Travis, Dick Van Dyke, Jonathan Frakes, David Carradine, Jason Bateman, Hector Elizondo, Shaun Cassidy, Patricia Heaton, and Vivica A. Fox. The show also featured Don Knotts, Griffith's long time friend and former co-star, in a recurring role as Les Calhoun, a former client and Matlock's neighbor.


Formerly classified as 33MSS-37


[Identification of item], PC.5037, Collection of Matlock Television Scripts, Outer Banks History Center, Manteo, N.C., U.S.A.


Acquired ca. 1996


This collection features two scripts from the fourth season premiere episode "The Hunting Party." The episode two-part episode aired in September, 1989 and was the first appearance of the character Conrad McMasters. McMasters, played by Conrad Gilyard, was a deputy sheriff on Roanoke Island, who leaves his job to work for Matlock as a private detective. Gilyard remained a series regular from 1989-1993. The show was set in, and filmed on, Roanoke Island, North Carolina and features many local residents in cameo apperances. The collection also features the story outlines of three more fourth season episodes: "The Clown," "The Reporter" (later re-named "The Ex"), and "The Con Man."


  • Griffith, Andy, 1926-
  • Matlock (Television program)
  • Television scripts

Item: 1:2.1  
"The Hunting Party"
1989

Item: 1:2.2  
"The Hunting Party" - Revised Draft
1989

Item: 1:3.1  
"The Clown," "The Reporter," and "The Con Man"
1989