Matlock (1986–1995)

The Ghost 

Ben takes on a most unusual client, the ghost of a man who wants Ben to save his wife from being falsely convicted for his murder. While the ghost knows his wife is innocent, he doesn't know who really murdered him.


Harvey S. Laidman (as Harvey Laidman)


Dean Hargrove (created by), Gerry Conway


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Episode complete credited cast:
Andy Griffith ... Ben Matlock
Brynn Thayer ... Leanne McIntyre
Daniel Roebuck ... Cliff Lewis (credit only)
Clarence Gilyard Jr. ... Conrad McMasters
Robin Christopher ... Janis Wilson
Barry Cullison Barry Cullison ... Stuart Cokely
Franc Luz ... Mike Wilson
Michael H. Moss ... Keith Garrick
Jan Notzon Jan Notzon ... Atty. Scott Ainsley
George Hasenstaab George Hasenstaab ... Ross Petrie (as George Hasenstab)
Lee Lively Lee Lively ... Judge Caldwell
Diana Taylor Diana Taylor ... Assistant D.A.


In the stable on their property, Mike Wilson and his wife have a minor argument over an anonymous letter. She pushes past him in leaving the barn, and he falls and hits his head. When he tries to get up he's struck by someone holding a shovel, and dies. His wife is accused of his death, and he appears as a friendly ghost to Ben Matlock to beg him to help his wife, who won't defend herself since she thinks it truly is her fault. Unfortunately for both Ben and Mike, Ben is the only one who can see and talk to Mike, and comic mayhem soon ensues as the two try to solve the case together. Written by Eebuchanan

Plot Summary | Plot Synopsis


Crime | Drama | Mystery





Release Date:

14 January 1993 (USA) See more »

Filming Locations:

Wilmington, North Carolina, USA

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Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Mike wears the same outfit he had on when he died through the entire story, to set him apart as a ghost. Everyone else changes clothes periodically. See more »


Early on, outside the courthouse, a confused Mike states to Ben that he doesn't know what he is, or if he's dead or alive. However, for the rest of the show he refers to himself confidently as a ghost and as dead, as if there was never any question. See more »


[last lines]
Ben Matlock: Well, you could be right. But you're not.
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