TV Legal Drama. Ben Matlock is a very expensive criminal defense attorney who charges $100,000 to take a case. Fortunately, he's worth every penny as he and his associates defend his clients by finding the real killer. Creator: Dean Hargrove. Stars: Andy Griffith, Linda Purl, Kene Holiday. Filmed Locally from 1993-1995. Brown Street, Brunswick Cove Nursing Home, 1478 River Road, Winnabow Cape Fear River, Caswell Avenue, Dosher Flea Market, 129 East Moore Street, Southport Pythagoras Masonic Lodge, 201 Nash Street, Southport Old Smithville Burying Ground, corner at Rhett & Moore Streets, Southport Sea Captain Restaurant (townhouses now on West West Street) Southport Marina, Waterfront off Bay Street, Orton Plantation (closed to the public), "Matlock House" on Lord Street.