The cases of a master criminal defense attorney, handling the most difficult of cases in the aid of the innocent.
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Won 1 Golden Globe. Another 5 wins & 6 nominations. See more awards »


Complete series cast summary:
 Perry Mason / ... (271 episodes, 1957-1966)
 Della Street (271 episodes, 1957-1966)
 Paul Drake (271 episodes, 1957-1966)
 Lt. Tragg / ... (241 episodes, 1957-1965)
 Hamilton Burger / ... (225 episodes, 1957-1966)
 Courtroom Spectator / ... (128 episodes, 1957-1966)
Lee Miller ...
 Sgt. Brice / ... (119 episodes, 1957-1966)


Perry Mason is an attorney who specializes in defending seemingly indefensible cases. With the aid of his secretary Della Street and investigator Paul Drake, he often finds that by digging deeply into the facts, startling facts can be revealed. Often relying on his outstanding courtroom skills, he often tricks or traps people into unwittingly admitting their guilt. Written by Murray Chapman <>

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Crime | Drama | Mystery


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Release Date:

21 September 1957 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Perry Mason yllättää  »

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Technical Specs


| (271 episodes)

Sound Mix:


(Episode 9.21)|

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Even though for most of its run the show was filmed in black and white, there was one episode that was filmed in color, Perry Mason: The Case of the Twice Told Twist (1966). It was only shown the final season and wasn't syndicated with the rest of the package for over 20 years. See more »


In the episode "Case of the Crying Comedian", actress Sue Ane Langdon is seen sitting at the bar, then she comes down the stairs and moments later is seen sitting at the bar again. See more »


Hamilton Burger: Incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial!
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Referenced in Max & Paddy's Road to Nowhere: Episode #1.4 (2004) See more »


Park Avenue Beat
Written by Fred Steiner
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Perry Mason: Television film noire
27 May 2000 | by (seattle, washington) – See all my reviews

The original "Perry Mason," in glorious black & white, is in the tradition of the great film noir films of the '40s and '50s. The cases have a poetic reality to them, clashing and understandable motives, psychology, and murder. Because the motives of all involved are understandable, there is not lacking a painful sympathy for those caught up in the circumstances described, even for the perpetrator. But there is a grim darkness to the program as well. The program gradually ran down during its life, so that, when it went off the air, it was probably time. The original 1957-1958 season was the best, with the most intricate plots and with Perry Mason a wiseguy thorn in the side of the police. The cast is perfect, and even the score fits perfectly this brooding and ironic look at life and fate.

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