Matt Houston

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Matt Houston
Matt Houston-Cast.jpg
Premiere September 26, 1982
Finale March 29, 1985
Creator Lawrence Gordon
Network ABC
Style 60-minute crime drama
Company Aaron Spelling Productions,
Largo Productions,
Matt Houston Company
Seasons 3
Episodes 69
Origin USA

Matt Houston is a crime drama that aired on ABC.

Matt Houston stars Lee Horsley as a wealthy mustachioed Texas oilman named Matlock "Matt" Houston who worked as a private investigator in Los Angeles in his abundant free time. The show also stars Pamela Hensley as his lawyer sidekick, C.J., and George Wyner as his continuously frustrated business manager. During the show's third and final season, Buddy Ebsen joined the cast as Matt Houston's uncle, Roy Houston.

Most episodes typically involved one of Matt Houston's close friends being murdered or involved in some criminal enterprise, requiring his assistance. Fortunately, C.J. had access to an Apple III computer named "Baby" that contained a remarkable database on virtually all living and deceased persons, allowing her to provide all necessary information.



Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Lee Horsley Matlock "Matt" Houston 1 2 3
Pamela Hensley C.J. Parsons 1 2 3
John Aprea Lt. Vince Novelli 1
Paul Brinegar Lamar Pettybone 1
Dennis Fimple Bo 1
Penny Santon Mama Novelli 1
Lincoln Kilpatrick Lt. Michael Hoyt 2 3
Buddy Ebsen Roy Houston 3
Supporting/Recurring Cast
George Wyner Murray Chase 1 2 3
Cis Rundle Chris 1 2


Season Premiere Finale #
Season One September 26, 1982 April 24, 1983 24
Season Two September 9, 1983 March 30, 1984 23
Season Three September 21, 1984 March 29, 1985 22


DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The First Season March 9, 2010 6


External Links