Are these judges from Perry Mason or Matlock?

We made them all black and white – can you tell them apart?

Perry Mason set the stage for the countless courtroom dramas that have come after it. Though it was often imitated, starting while it was still on the air in the Sixties, few shows have the same winning blend of drama and wit.

One legal series clearly inspired by Raymond Burr’s classic but still able to take it in a new direction was Andy Griffith’s popular Eighties and Nineties show Matlock.

Both featured charismatic defense attorney’s and recurring character actors who returned many times to play judges presiding over the drama.

If each judge was in black and white, could you tell which ones are from Perry Mason and which ones from Matlock? Try your luck below!

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  1. What is this recognizable judge from?
  2. This judge is known for his work with iconic comedians. What is he from?
  3. What show is Judge Clagett from?
  4. She presided over the court in multiple episodes of which show?
  5. The creator of the title character made a cameo as a judge in which show's final episode?
  6. Do you know which show this judge is from?
  7. What show is this judge from?
  8. What about this judge?
  9. Which defense attorney did this judge face?
  10. Can you place this judge in the right show?
  11. Which show is this judge from?
  12. This judge is from...

Are these judges from Perry Mason or Matlock?

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Mark 1 month ago
11 out of 12...I would have been perfect except that the damned page MOVED on me, and I hit Perry Mason for the female judge played by Lucille Meredith. I knew she was a Matlock judge, but I accidentally hit the wrong button...GRRRR!

Judge #6...the actor is Richard Newton, who, while he started out as an actor, eventually became better-known for his work behind the camera. As a childhood friend of Aaron Spelling, he'd already had an 'in' in the business when he decided to go behind the scenes. He worked as an Associate Producer on Burke's Law under Spelling, and later as a producer on Honey West. When Spelling quit Four Star to set up his own company, Newton left as well and wound up as the line producer on the first season of Felony Squad. Eventually, he reunited with Spelling and became an Associate Producer and occasional director on Mod Squad. When Mod Squad ended, he freelanced as a director for a couple of years on shows like Emergency!, The Rookies and Movin' On, and later served as the line producer on Hawaii Five-0 for the 1975-76 season.

Judge #9 is Jason Wingreen, who has seemingly appeared on every television show ever made, but to Star Wars fans, he's famous for being one of the voices of an Ewok or something to that effect. When some Star Wars fans found Wingreen's number, they called the poor man and pestered him for some time.
TinaMarieHaddadRhodes 6 months ago
12/12 it was fun trying to picture which show they were on….
Nala92129 9 months ago
Love my Perry Mason, but just can't make friends with Matlock.
Pt5p 13 months ago
I watch Matlock and Perry Mason everyday.
shannonb 13 months ago
8/12 Not too bad since I did not watch Matlock. On those other hand, it was piss-poor since I'm a Perry Mason junkie.
VanHalen 14 months ago
10 / 12 - Cannot stand "Padlock" or Andy himself. I met him and he was as "phoney" as they make 'em.
Nala92129 VanHalen 9 months ago
Tell us more!
Mark VanHalen 1 month ago
I've heard that Andy in real-life was not as nice as he seemed on TV.
Dajj 14 months ago
8/12, lucky I got that many!
FLETCH 14 months ago
12 out of 12 ...easy pezee. Sorry, you can't fake black and white film, it's too obvious
Jamesatkinson 14 months ago
11 of 12 : here come the judge, here come the judge. 😁
RichLorn 14 months ago
Right, right, right, right, right, right, right, right, right, right, wrong, right.
Filmnoirfan RichLorn 14 months ago
Missed #11 would have sufficed
TSeym22 14 months ago
10/12 It was easy when you could spot the microphone.
MikefromJersey TSeym22 14 months ago
Sharp insight, Tseym22. I went by the character actors playing the judges, I knew all
but the two I missed. Not by name, rather their faces from such as the Three Stooges.
MichaelNivens 14 months ago
I never knew Matlock was ever In black and white - kinda threw me
TSeym22 MichaelNivens 14 months ago
It wasn't. They just made the pictures b&w for this quiz.
alspencer 14 months ago
a personal fave show of mine. diverse in every way and didn't shy away from highlighting societies overt and covert flaws and biases. he saw potential for betterment in the ne'r-do-well teen, the alcoholic dad and the cynical well-to-do. he respected his employees, clients and other "justice league" associates even when they opposed each other. wish life would imitate this art. PM is what led me to subscribe to paramount+which has all 9 seasons to view when the thought tickles my fancy 😁
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