Matt Lincoln

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Matt Lincoln
Genre medical drama
Starring Vince Edwards
Country of origin USA
Original language(s) English
Running time 60 minutes
Original channel ABC
Original run September 24, 1970 – January 14, 1971

Matt Lincoln is a television medical drama which was aired by ABC as part of its 1970-71 lineup.

Matt Lincoln starred Vince Edwards (best known as the lead in Ben Casey a few years earlier) as Dr. Matt Lincoln, a psychiatrist who had founded a telephone hotline for troubled teenagers. He also operated a free walk-in clinic to help the needy with their mental health concerns, in addition to a private practice which apparently paid the bills for the other two endeavors. The focus of the program centered around the helpline, where he was assisted by Tag (Chelsea Brown) and Jimmy (Felton Perry), two "hip" young blacks; Ann (June Harding), an attractive young white woman, and Kevin, a somewhat cynical police officer.

The show's theme tune, "Hey, Who Really Cares" was written by Oliver Nelson and Linda Perhacs, and a full version of the song appears on Perhacs' legendary album Parallelograms.

Unlike Edwards' previous medical drama, Matt Lincoln never developed much of an audience and was cancelled at midseason.


Episode # Episode title Original airdate Plot
1-1 "Sheila" September 24, 1970 An unwed mother (Patty Duke) seeks help in placing her baby up for adoption.
1-2 "Charles" October 1, 1970 Matt aids police in capturing a sniper (Martin Sheen) who snaps after a police action.
1-3 "Nina" October 8, 1970 A supposedly perfect daughter (Belinda Montgomery) is in reality a heroin addict, and is helped by Dr. Lincoln through encounter sessions.
1-4 "Steve" October 15, 1970 Dr. Lincoln becomes involved in a conflict between a major chemical manufacturer and his son over pollution.
1-5 "Jilly" October 22, 1970 Dr. Lincoln's former love (Barbara Feldon), the Governor's daughter cannot adjust to permanent blindness that was caused in a plane accident.
1-6 "Nick" October 29, 1970 A young priest (Pete Duel) is forced to make a decision between marriage and the church.
1-7 "Lori" November 5, 1970 Dr. Lincoln's life is threatened as he tries to save an accidentally-overdosed, mentally retarded girl in a commune where the "family" leader has taken her.
1-8 "Doc" November 12, 1970 Returning to Lakeview, Dr. Lincoln tries to help a colleague (David Wayne), the town's only doctor, a widower with a drinking problem.
1-9 "Angie" November 19, 1970 Dt. Lincoln teams with his father (Dean Jagger), a retired medical specialist, to try and save an unidentified diabetic expectant mother.
1-10 "Yumiko" December 3, 1970 Dr. Lincoln helps a young frightened Japanese girl stowaway, suffering from malnutrition, who has come to America seeking her GI boyfriend.
1-11 "Billy" December 10, 1970 When a 13-year-old black youngster, son of a white father, threatens to jump from a building, Dr. Lincoln is summoned.
1-12 "Lia" December 17, 1970 Lia McKenna, the widowed mother of a five-year-old boy, accepts Dr. Lincoln's marriage proposal, but tragic news soon arrives that makes the event a bittersweet occasion.
1-13 "Adam" December 24, 1970 As a custody hearing approaches to adopt Adam, mother of the deceased Lia, Dr. Lincoln finds that the child will not communicate with him.
1-14 "Jimmy" December 31, 1970 Dr. Lincoln investigates a supposed model high school with a ruthless principal.
1-15 "Karen" January 7, 1971 A disturbed young mother attempts to overcome emotional problems with the aid of Dr. Lincoln so that she can stop abusing her child.
1-16 "Christopher" January 14, 1971 Dr. Lincoln attempts to help a brilliant concert pianist (John Rubinstein) cope with his loss of hearing.


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