Matt Houston

Matt Houston

1982 - 1983, Crime
A wealthy Texan moves to California to run the family business and dabble in crime-solving.

Episode Guide

  • Matt Houston - Final Vows (Season 3 Episode 22)
    Season 3 Episode 22:

    Final Vows

    Matt's love, Elizabeth (Kerrie Keane), returns, while a murderer (Chuck McCann) uses Houston to publicize his deeds.

  • Matt Houston - Death Watch (Season 3 Episode 21)
    Season 3 Episode 21:

    Death Watch

    A mob assassin holds Matt, Roy, Hoyt and C.J. in a restaurant while he waits to ambush a police captain.

  • Matt Houston - Killing Time (Season 3 Episode 20)
    Season 3 Episode 20:

    Killing Time

    Matt falls for an heiress (Kerrie Keane) whose brother intends to use the family fortune to support Irish terrorists.

  • Matt Houston - Company Secrets (Season 3 Episode 19)
    Season 3 Episode 19:

    Company Secrets

    To flush the killer after his old CIA squad, Roy pretends an attempt to kill him was successful; guest Celeste Holm.

  • Matt Houston - New Orleans Nightmare (Season 3 Episode 18)
    Season 3 Episode 18:

    New Orleans Nightmare

    A frightened stewardess (Shari Belafonte-Harper) comes to Matt after her friend (Ellen Bry) photographs a secret-society execution.

  • Matt Houston - Beach Club Murders (Season 3 Episode 17)
    Season 3 Episode 17:

    Beach Club Murders

    Matt receives unexpected help in a murder/extortion case from a fellow detective, the sister of one of the victims.

  • Matt Houston - The Honeymoon Murders (Season 3 Episode 16)
    Season 3 Episode 16:

    The Honeymoon Murders

    Matt investigates the murders of his college roommate's fiancee and another imminent bride.

  • Matt Houston - Death Trap (Season 3 Episode 15)
    Season 3 Episode 15:

    Death Trap

    C.J., Roy and Matt investigate an embezzlement scheme in a once-bustling oil town.

  • Matt Houston - Breakpoint (Season 3 Episode 14)
    Season 3 Episode 14:


    Matt rushes to find the girlfriend of his distraught cousin who threatens to leap from a rooftop.

  • Matt Houston - The Nightmare Man (Season 3 Episode 13)
    Season 3 Episode 13:

    The Nightmare Man

    Matt is convinced that his one-time kidnapper/tormentor is the one now holding another.

  • Matt Houston - Stolen (Season 3 Episode 12)
    Season 3 Episode 12:


    An actress (Kay Lenz) is certain she saw her baby son, kidnapped a year earlier, with another woman in a park.

  • Matt Houston - Deadly Games (Season 3 Episode 11)
    Season 3 Episode 11:

    Deadly Games

    Matt must convince Hoyt a sporting-goods tycoon (Stuart Whitman) hunted two athletes like game animals.

  • Matt Houston - Blood Money (Season 3 Episode 10)
    Season 3 Episode 10:

    Blood Money

    Matt's old high-school classmate (Jenny Sherman) involves him in a plot concerning an ex-Army officer and smuggled Vietnamese gems.

  • Matt Houston - Death Stalk (Season 3 Episode 9)
    Season 3 Episode 9:

    Death Stalk

    An international assassin (Judson Scott) ignores orders to kill a Middle Eastern leader and seeks revenge on Matt instead.

  • Matt Houston - The High-Fashion Murders (Season 3 Episode 8)
    Season 3 Episode 8:

    The High-Fashion Murders

    Matt can't accept the perfect alibi of his chief suspect (James Read) in the deaths of two models, until he learns a family secret.

  • Matt Houston - Escape From Nam (Season 3 Episode 7)
    Season 3 Episode 7:

    Escape From Nam

    Andy (Max Baer Jr.) appears to have betrayed Matt and the rest to the Cambodian warlord holding Matt's cousin captive.

  • Matt Houston - Return to Nam (Season 3 Episode 6)
    Season 3 Episode 6:

    Return to Nam

    Matt, Roy and Too Mean Malone team with an arrogant mercenary (Max Baer Jr.) to find Matt's cousin, a POW in Cambodia.

  • Matt Houston - Caged (Season 3 Episode 5)
    Season 3 Episode 5:


    With amnesia after an auto accident, C.J. finds herself in jail with inmates working for a prostitution ring; guest Jamie Rose.

  • Matt Houston - Apostle of Death (Season 3 Episode 4)
    Season 3 Episode 4:

    Apostle of Death

    Matt must free a girl from a religious commune run by an evangelist who plans to take her inheritance and then kill her.

  • Matt Houston - Eyewitness (Season 3 Episode 3)
    Season 3 Episode 3:


    Matt believes C.J.'s new love (Simon MacCorkindale), a rising TV newsman, is involved in a kidnapping captured on film.

  • Matt Houston - Vanished (Season 3 Episode 2)
    Season 3 Episode 2:


    Matt risks everything -- even his own life -- to find Hoyt's young daughter, the prisoner of a child molester (James Olson).

  • Matt Houston - Wanted Man (Season 3 Episode 1)
    Season 3 Episode 1:

    Wanted Man

    Matt's uncle (Buddy Ebsen), an ex-spy, helps Matt prove he is a victim of mind control and establish his innocence of murder.

  • Matt Houston - On the Run (Season 2 Episode 23)
    Season 2 Episode 23:

    On the Run

    Matt awakens in his apartment after a month-long absence, remembering nothing and finding himself accused of murder.

  • Matt Houston - Cash and Carry (Season 2 Episode 22)
    Season 2 Episode 22:

    Cash and Carry

    A petty thief (Stuart Pankin) asks Matt's help to return $3 million he unwittingly stole from the mob; guest Jo Ann Pflug.

  • Matt Houston - The Secret Admirer (Season 2 Episode 21)
    Season 2 Episode 21:

    The Secret Admirer

    When C.J. rejects a disturbed admirer's (Marjoe Gortner) advances, he kills her boyfriend and tries to murder her.

  • Matt Houston - Blood Ties (Season 2 Episode 20)
    Season 2 Episode 20:

    Blood Ties

    A psychotic hospital orderly (Lou Ferrigno) who killed five men decides to make Matt's ailing father his next victim.

  • Matt Houston - Death Match (Season 2 Episode 19)
    Season 2 Episode 19:

    Death Match

    A man who murdered eight women, including Matt's fiancee, sends a clipping of his latest victim to Houston.

  • Matt Houston - The Bikini Murders (Season 2 Episode 18)
    Season 2 Episode 18:

    The Bikini Murders

    A psychiatrist's secretary who discovers her boss's blackmail dies while leaving a message on Matt's answering machine.

  • Matt Houston - Criss-Cross (Season 2 Episode 17)
    Season 2 Episode 17:


    Retiree Novelli returns from Hawaii, charged with robbing a police vault of $2 million in cocaine.

  • Matt Houston - Houston Is Dead (Season 2 Episode 16)
    Season 2 Episode 16:

    Houston Is Dead

    After Matt learns the heads of a convalescent hospital murdered a nurse, he is shot.

  • Matt Houston - Waltz of Death (Season 2 Episode 15)
    Season 2 Episode 15:

    Waltz of Death

    A former detective pursues a concert pianist (George Chakiris) who may be a serial strangler.

  • Matt Houston - The Monster (Season 2 Episode 14)
    Season 2 Episode 14:

    The Monster

    Attorney F. Lee Bailey decides to defend a man who has confessed to killing four teenagers, then leaves C.J. to handle the details.

  • Matt Houston - Target: Miss World (Season 2 Episode 13)
    Season 2 Episode 13:

    Target: Miss World

    An international assassin (Judson Scott) kills a Navajo girl in order to use her apartment to have a clear shot at a victim.

  • Matt Houston - The Outsider (Season 2 Episode 12)
    Season 2 Episode 12:

    The Outsider

    Skeptical Matt becomes the target of a self-proclaimed psychic (Robert Walker) working with a kidnapping ring; guest Peter Hurkos.

  • Matt Houston - The Crying Clown (Season 2 Episode 11)
    Season 2 Episode 11:

    The Crying Clown

    Matt must find one of a dead forger's original paintings, which is attracting an undue amount of interest from art dealers.

  • Matt Houston - Butterfly (Season 2 Episode 10)
    Season 2 Episode 10:


    A teenage prostitute dies when she tries to stop a child-prostitution ring from snaring her younger sister; guest Ken Olandt.

  • Matt Houston - China Doll (Season 2 Episode 9)
    Season 2 Episode 9:

    China Doll

    An antiques expert (Marion Yue) is killed when she has a run-in with a Chinese crime lord (John Fujioka).

  • Matt Houston - The Ghost of Carter Gault (Season 2 Episode 8)
    Season 2 Episode 8:

    The Ghost of Carter Gault

    An ex-newsman investigating a crooked union leader calls Matt for help just before becoming the victim of a bomb planted in his car.

  • Matt Houston - Marilyn (Season 2 Episode 7)
    Season 2 Episode 7:


    Matt looks for a Marilyn Monroe look-alike in his search for clues to the murder of one of his employees.

  • Matt Houston - Needle in a Haystack (Season 2 Episode 6)
    Season 2 Episode 6:

    Needle in a Haystack

    A mother begs Matt to find her diabetic son, taken to Mexico because he witnessed a rapist's crime.

  • Matt Houston - The Centerfold Murders (Season 2 Episode 5)
    Season 2 Episode 5:

    The Centerfold Murders

    Matt searches for a killer who has already slain three of twelve top centerfold models.

  • Matt Houston - Love You to Death (Season 2 Episode 4)
    Season 2 Episode 4:

    Love You to Death

    After Matt's one-night affair with an obsessed woman, she ransacks his home and murders.

  • Matt Houston - The Woman in White (Season 2 Episode 3)
    Season 2 Episode 3:

    The Woman in White

    C.J. convinces Matt to help clear a former police officer imprisoned for a murder he claims he did not commit; guest Don Johnson.

  • Matt Houston - Heritage (Season 2 Episode 1/2)
    Season 2 Episode 1/2:


    Matt encounters a land scam and learns the truth about his past when he goes home to Texas; guests Rebecca Holden, Lloyd Bridges.

  • Matt Houston - The Hunted (Season 1 Episode 24)
    Season 1 Episode 24:

    The Hunted

    A famous criminal (Martin Landau) holds C.J. hostage to free his terrorist son, held on eyewitness Matt's testimony.

  • Matt Houston - A Novel Way to Die (Season 1 Episode 23)
    Season 1 Episode 23:

    A Novel Way to Die

    Matt finds a real crime at a mystery-writers' convention when one (Terry Moore) of the novelists is murdered; guest Markie Post.

  • Matt Houston - A Deadly Parlay (Season 1 Episode 22)
    Season 1 Episode 22:

    A Deadly Parlay

    Matt is charged in the stabbing death of a jockey (Lynn-Holly Johnson), then becomes a murder target himself.

  • Matt Houston - Fear for Tomorrow (Season 1 Episode 21)
    Season 1 Episode 21:

    Fear for Tomorrow

    A code book and a cryptic message provide Matt his only clues to preventing the predicted deaths of thousands; guest Tim O'Connor.

  • Matt Houston - The Showgirl Murders (Season 1 Episode 20)
    Season 1 Episode 20:

    The Showgirl Murders

    Matt works to clear a nightclub-singer friend (Robert Goulet), who believes he killed during alcohol-induced blackouts.

  • Matt Houston - The Beverly Woods Social Club (Season 1 Episode 19)
    Season 1 Episode 19:

    The Beverly Woods Social Club

    A noted gossip columnist is murdered after threatening to expose an exclusive bordello's patrons.

  • Matt Houston - Here's Another Fine Mess (Season 1 Episode 18)
    Season 1 Episode 18:

    Here's Another Fine Mess

    After costumed killers force her off the road, C.J. learns all her college sorority sisters are also in danger.

  • Matt Houston - The Visitors (Season 1 Episode 17)
    Season 1 Episode 17:

    The Visitors

    Matt must verify or disprove an alleged UFO encounter during which a scientist suffered a fatal heart attack.

  • Matt Houston - Get Houston (Season 1 Episode 16)
    Season 1 Episode 16:

    Get Houston

    From his padded cell, an institutionalized madman (Chuck Connors) sends thugs to attack Matt's friends and finally Houston himself.

  • Matt Houston - Whose Party Is This Anyway? (Season 1 Episode 15)
    Season 1 Episode 15:

    Whose Party Is This Anyway?

    Fake telegrams summon five famous people to Matt's penthouse for a Sunday meeting with murder on the agenda; guest Stella Stevens.

  • Matt Houston - The Yacht Club Murders (Season 1 Episode 14)
    Season 1 Episode 14:

    The Yacht Club Murders

    Matt's secret childhood love fears someone may die at a yacht-club party, then snakebite fells the commodore.

  • Matt Houston - The Purrfect Crime (Season 1 Episode 13)
    Season 1 Episode 13:

    The Purrfect Crime

    The four ex-wives of a wealthy cat-food manufacturer mauled to death by a pet tiger hire Matt to solve the crime; guest Sonny Bono.

  • Matt Houston - The Rock and the Hard Place (Season 1 Episode 12)
    Season 1 Episode 12:

    The Rock and the Hard Place

    An upcoming fight appears rigged when murder uncovers the champion's (Dorian Harewood) physical problems and his wife's alcoholism.

  • Matt Houston - The Good Doctor (Season 1 Episode 11)
    Season 1 Episode 11:

    The Good Doctor

    Matt tries to discover who hired a killer to fell a research scientist during a party; guest Cameron Mitchell.

  • Matt Houston - Joey's Here (Season 1 Episode 10)
    Season 1 Episode 10:

    Joey's Here

    A robot designed by an electronics genius (David Cassidy) murders the brother (Troy Donahue) of its creator; guest Monte Markham.

  • Matt Houston - The Kidnapping (Season 1 Episode 9)
    Season 1 Episode 9:

    The Kidnapping

    An old friend (Hugh O'Brian) calls in Matt when kidnappers snatch a seriously ill Arab prince during a jet flight to Los Angeles.

  • Matt Houston - Shark Bait (Season 1 Episode 8)
    Season 1 Episode 8:

    Shark Bait

    Matt steps in when the mother of a Malibu lifeguard fears her daughter will be the next victim of a series of fatal shark attacks.

  • Matt Houston - Recipe for Murder (Season 1 Episode 7)
    Season 1 Episode 7:

    Recipe for Murder

    A restaurant critic's (James Coco) dinner is disrupted when a gelatin mold brought to his table contains his partner's severed head.

  • Matt Houston - Who Would Kill Ramona? (Season 1 Episode 6)
    Season 1 Episode 6:

    Who Would Kill Ramona?

    Matt enters the film world to investigate after a drink from a faded star's (Janet Leigh) glass instantly kills her new leading man.

  • Matt Houston - Killing Isn't Everything (Season 1 Episode 5)
    Season 1 Episode 5:

    Killing Isn't Everything

    A pro quarterback (John Beck), Matt's college teammate, is blackmailed by a man who says he has proof the player killed his coach.

  • Matt Houston - Deadly Fashion (Season 1 Episode 4)
    Season 1 Episode 4:

    Deadly Fashion

    Houston's old flame (Cristina Ferrare), a model, hires him when she is accused of killing her employer, a famous fashion designer.

  • Matt Houston - Stop the Presses (Season 1 Episode 3)
    Season 1 Episode 3:

    Stop the Presses

    A disreputable tabloid's publisher is nearly killed after telling his four worst enemies he plans to run a front-page story on them.

  • Matt Houston - X-22 (Episode 71)
    Episode 71:


    Matt Houston, rich Texan and part-time detective, probes the case of a slain shipping tycoon; guest Barbara Carerra.

  • Matt Houston - Pilot (Episode 69)
    Episode 69:


    A bottle of 1956 champagne provides the key clue in the murder of a billionaire shipper; guest Jill St. John.

  • Matt Houston - Pilot (Episode 68)
    Episode 68:


    Matt Houston, rich Texan and part-time detective, probes the case of a slain shipping tycoon; guest Barbara Carerra.

  • Matt Houston - Pilot (Episode 67)
    Episode 67:


    Matt Houston, rich Texan and part-time detective, investigates the murder of a billionaire shipping magnate killed when he christened a new ship with nitroglycerine.