Finding Aid of the Matlock Television Script Collection, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1989">1989</date>, PC.5037

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Finding Aid of the Matlock Television Script Collection, <date calendar="gregorian" era="ce" normal="1989">1989</date>, PC.5037

Abstract

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 .
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.

Descriptive Summary

Title
Collection of Matlock Television Scripts
Call Number
PC.5037
Creator
Hargrove, Dean
Date
1989
Extent
3.00 items
Language
English
Repository
Outer Banks History Center

Restrictions on Access & Use

Access Restrictions

Available for research.

Use Restrictions

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.

Preferred Citation

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

Collection Overview

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."

Arrangement Note

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

Biographical and Historical No

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 , 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 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 .

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.

Contents of the Collection

1. Finding Aid

2. Matlock Scripts, 1989

"The Hunting Party", 1989
Box 1
"The Hunting Party" - Revised Draft, 1989
Box 1

3. Matlock Story Outlines, 1989

"The Clown," "The Reporter," and "The Con Man", 1989
Box 1

Subject Headings

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

    Acquired ca. 1996

    Processing Information

  • Processed by Outer Banks History Center Staff prior to 2001
  • Encoded by Kelly Grimm, August, 2009