7.5
481 votes
Perry Mason

Perry Mason

HBO 2020

Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series focuses on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason. Living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage. L.A. is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression — but a kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime.

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The 10 Best Episodes of Perry Mason

Perry Mason - S1E8

#1 - Chapter 8

7.88

Season 1 - Episode 8

After the team receives some unvarnished critique from Hamilton Burger, Della presents an increasingly stubborn Mason with her case for putting Emily on the stand. As the sensational trial winds to a close, Mason, Strickland, Della, and Drake attempt to tie up loose ends - and set the stage for their futures.

The episode was rated #1 Best episode of Perry Mason from 543 votes.

Perry Mason - S1E7

#2 - Chapter 7

7.83

Season 1 - Episode 7

Hoping to expose the hidden link between the Radiant Assembly's staggering debt and Charlie's ransom, Mason puts Herman Baggerly on the stand. Sister Alice faces mounting pressure from the church elders about her promises for a "resurrection." Strickland loses track of a key witness, while Drake's detective work opens a new avenue in the case.

The episode was rated #2 Best episode of Perry Mason from 551 votes.

Perry Mason - S1E6

#3 - Chapter 6

7.81

Season 1 - Episode 6

As Emily's trial begins and a damning witness testimony takes center stage, Mason attempts to recover from a shaky start. Meanwhile, in their search for clues that might lead to an exoneration, Della and Strickland investigate a potential connection between Detective Ennis and Charlie's kidnappers. Later, Mason considers betraying Drake's trust to give his client an edge.

The episode was rated #3 Best episode of Perry Mason from 556 votes.

Perry Mason - S1E5

#4 - Chapter 5

7.65

Season 1 - Episode 5

While Mason and Della run a solemn errand up north, Strickland tracks down the sergeant originally assigned to the Dodson case. Before returning to L.A., Mason drops in on his ex-wife Linda and son Teddy, hoping to make amends for his recent shortcomings. Della sets out to find Mrs. Dodson more capable legal representation.

The episode was rated #4 Best episode of Perry Mason from 567 votes.

Perry Mason - S1E4

#5 - Chapter 4

7.50

Season 1 - Episode 4

Mason and Strickland lean on Virgil, again, for extra-legal assistance. Following Sister Alice's recovery from a frightening episode, Birdy urges her daughter to renounce her claims about baby Charlie. E.B. faces the reality of his financial situation and takes his frustrations out on Della.

The episode was rated #5 Best episode of Perry Mason from 573 votes.

Perry Mason - S1E3

#6 - Chapter 3

7.45

Season 1 - Episode 3

In order to gain an advantage over E.B. and team, wily district attorney Maynard Barnes goes public with a shocking new development. Mason and Strickland get unauthorized access to physical evidence with help from Virgil, Mason's connect at the city morgue. Later, Mason attempts to extract information from a withholding Drake, who's weary of Holcomb and Ennis' watchful eyes.

The episode was rated #6 Best episode of Perry Mason from 635 votes.

Perry Mason - S1E2

#7 - Chapter 2

7.42

Season 1 - Episode 2

Following one of her trademark barn-burning sermons, Evangelical preacher Sister Alice offers the Dodsons the church's full moral and financial support – much to her mother Birdy's dismay. During a routine domestic intervention, beat cop Paul Drake is rerouted to a gruesome crime scene, where he follows a confounding trail of evidence.

The episode was rated #7 Best episode of Perry Mason from 692 votes.

Perry Mason - S1E1

#8 - Chapter 1

7.23

Season 1 - Episode 1

Los Angeles, 1931. On the heels of an unsavory investigation involving a famous comedian, Perry Mason--a PI struggling to make ends meet--and his right-hand man Pete Strickland are hired by attorney E.B. Jonathan, Perry's mentor, to solve a perplexing case: the brutal kidnapping of one-year-old Charlie Dodson, whose parents were targeted for a $100,000 ransom.

The episode was rated #8 Best episode of Perry Mason from 934 votes.

Last updated: mar 02, 2021

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If you are hoping this series will be like Raymond Burr's 1957 PERRY MASON, then release that expectation. This is an HBO production, so you can expect nudity, crude language, politically corrected characters and violence. What you will also find is some very talented actors giving convincing performances. Matthew Rhys portrays an evolving character, slowly breaking free from PTSD. I cringed when I heard that :flag_ca:Tatiana Maslany's character was going to be an Aimee Semple McPherson copy, but I have to give credit to Tatiana, she didn't settle for disparaging stereotype but, unsurprisingly, gave a nuanced performance of a young woman caught in extraordinary circumstances. BRAVO. In essence this first season is an origin story for the character of PERRY MASON. It begins in one place and ends with Perry Mason, lawyer. I enjoyed it and will look forward to the second season. I give it an 8 (great) out of 10. [Crime Drama]

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This show is really something. It started off a little weak, but every episode just seemed to get better and reinforce the episode that came before it. I really became invested in the outcome of the trial and it was great to see Perry's journey. It looks beautiful, the acting is superb all round and the music is so moody and atmospheric. Shows like this rarely exist anymore and that's a shame, but it makes this all the more special. I absolutely love it! I'm so glad HBO has announced a season 2 already, I can only hope it gets a blu-ray treatment soon.

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I'm not sure that the youngins these days will enjoy this show much, but pretty sure us boomers will find it very enjoyable. When I first saw the trailer I couldn't understand why they would make this a period piece. But quickly found out why. [spoiler]This series is essentially a pre-series. It shows us just how and why our beloved Perry Mason became a lawyer. [/spoiler] This is not the Perry Mason that boomers grew up with, this is a much grittier, adult version. Can't wait for season 2 to arrive.

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Tuned in apprehensively & was nicely surprised by the format & premise. It’s one of those series where you can’t really figure out why you’re so compelled to binge. I mean, really, what is going on? Why do I care? But you just do.

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Okay so let's start by saying I absolutely love this program there's action horror suspense and adventure the show is very fast moving and is perfect during the pandemic however I personally don't recommend it for kids I mean sex nudity sexual nudity it's all fair game but for anyone who can handle it it's fantastic

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It's a pretty good show in my opinion, it feel well-made and well written. It has a few twists from the usual mystery/investigation/trial shows or movies. However I found it a bit boring at times but maybe it was because I watched all episodes in a row. Anyway, I think there is a good chance most viewers will enjoy this series.

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Lost interest after 4 episodes

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Tuned in apprehensively & was nicely surprised by the format & premise. It’s one of those series where you can’t really figure out why you’re so compelled to binge. I mean, really, what is going on? Why do I care? But you just do.

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This was a mixed bag for me. Overall deserves a good experience, but I didn't feel fully satisfied by the time it ended. The mystery took some time to get compelling, and the ending felt like it didn't bring some of the characters to a satisfying conclusion. Some, however, did, and the acting overall was excellent. Too much sex and nudity, but that seems to be the norm these days, especially on HBO. What really rubbed me the wrong way was the jazz soundtrack. I love jazz, and I know it was era-appropriate, but it just clashed with the mood of the show. There were some serious theatrical tracks that fit really well, and then in a somber and dark show a weirdly upbeat and slightly flamboyant jazz would kick in. It always felt a bit jolting, with the exception of the "resurrection getaway" scene. Overall good show, but just weird weak points and I don't feel ready to recommend it to anyone.

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okay so let's say I hadn't had much of a idea of what this was going to be like but I'll say I am hugely Impressed with what this show offers a new identify to the man we know and love so much fun to watch good plot good action and perfect humor and acting is fanominal however I personally don't recommend it to fans of the older program cause mister Mason has completely changed as has the program itself lots of nudity explicit sexual content and very bloody violence sweating is bad too but most people who are fans would probably least appreciate the chance of perry himself he really doesn't care about the customer he's working with and you can sure tell it but however it's a perfect show for those willing to accept the new way of doing things

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