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He is known to visit crime scenes to discover clues otherwise overlooked and come up with viable, alternative theories of the crime in question (usually murder).
Matlock also has conspicuously finicky fashion sense; he generally appears in court wearing a trademark light gray suit and, over the series' entire run, owned three generations of the Ford Crown Victoria—always an all-gray model (Griffith's character had always driven Ford products in his 1960s series, The Andy Griffith Show).
Matlock and Mc Masters became good friends as they were alike in many ways.
Also during this period, Don Knotts, Andy Griffith's old co-star as Deputy Barney Fife on The Andy Griffith Show, began making frequent appearances as "Ace" Calhoun, Matlock's annoying next-door neighbor.
Originally, the series premiered with Ben Matlock having a law practice with his daughter Charlene (played originally by Lori Lethin in the pilot movie; Linda Purl took over the role when the series went to air in the first season).
Matlock also employed Tyler Hudson (played by Kene Holliday), a stock market whiz, as a private investigator.
One difference, however, was that whereas Mason usually exculpated his clients at a pretrial hearing, Matlock usually secured an acquittal at trial, from the jury.
Also in that season, in "The Angel," Kari Lizer had her first appearance as Matlock's client, Margaret Danello, a pop star called "Angel." Also, actor Daniel Roebuck played a young physician, Dr.However, the two characters were different in their personalities and approach to the job.Tyler was a stocktrader and carried himself with something of an aristocratic air, whereas Conrad had more of a blue collar, working man attitude.In contrast, after the series ended, his penchant for hot dogs was explained in the 1997 episode "Murder Two" of Joyce Burditt's Diagnosis: Murder. Mark Sloan (played by Dick Van Dyke) for recommending a disastrous investment in 8-track cartridges, in which he lost his savings of ,000 in 1969, forcing him into wearing cheap suits and living on hot dogs.Despite his thrift, Matlock's standard fee is 0,000, usually paid up front, but if he or his staff believe strongly enough in the innocence of a client, or if the client is unable to pay immediately (if at all), he has them pay over time, or reduces the fee significantly or waives it entirely, albeit reluctantly in some cases.