Matlock/The Network

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The Network
Season 2, Episode 8
Airdate December 1, 1987
Teleplay by Phil Mishkin
Story by Dean Hargrove &
Joel Steiger
Directed by Christopher Hibler
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The Network is the eighth episode of the second season of Matlock, and the thirty-first episode overall.

Starring: Andy Griffith (Ben Matlock), Nancy Stafford (Michelle Thomas) (credit only), Kari Lizer (Cassie Phillips) (credit only)

and Kene Holliday (Tyler Hudson) (credit only)

Special Appearances (in alphabetical order): ALF (Himself), Jason Bateman (Himself), Corbin Bernsen (Himself), Rhea Perlman (Herself), Malcolm-Jamal Warner (Himself), Betty White (Herself),

Guest Stars (in alphabetical order): Harris Laskawy (Larry Davis), Cameron Mitchell (Lane Lockletter), Jonathan Perpich (David Martin)

and Granville Van Dusen (Paul J. Bartel)

Guest Stars: Ann Gillespie (Brenda Lewis), John Zarchen (Police Lieutenant), Larry Anderson (Doug August), Debra Sue Maffett (Terry McNeil),

Co-Starring: Kenneth Danziger (Wolfson), Mark Schneider (D.A. David Clark), Mie Hunt (Judge Judith Nagata), John McCann (Lt. Wallace)

and Aneta Corsaut (Mrs. Stillman)

Featuring: Tom Spackman (Michael), Frank Collison (Unshaven Man), Nancy Priddy (Clarisse), Guerin Barry (Waiter), H. Cannon-Lopez (Jury Foreman)


Plot Overview

After a network programmer is stabbed to death, Matlock and Michelle travel to Hollywood to defend the accused suspect.


Arc Advancement





The Show

A number of stars of other popular NBC series play themselves in reminiscences about the dead man, among them Jason Bateman (then starring in The Hogan Family), Betty White (then starring in The Golden Girls), Corbin Bernsen (then starring in L.A. Law) and ALF.

Behind the Scenes

Allusions and References

Memorable Moments