In booming 1932 Los Angeles, a down-and-out defense attorney takes on the case of a lifetime.
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Series cast summary:
Matthew Rhys ...  Perry Mason 9 episodes, 2020
Juliet Rylance ...  Della Street 9 episodes, 2020
Chris Chalk ...  Paul Drake 9 episodes, 2020
Shea Whigham ...  Pete Strickland 8 episodes, 2020
Tatiana Maslany ...  Sister Alice McKeegan 8 episodes, 2020
John Lithgow ...  Elias Birchard 'E.B.' Jonathan 8 episodes, 2020
Gayle Rankin ...  Emily Dodson 8 episodes, 2020
Andrew Howard ...  Detective Ennis 8 episodes, 2020
Lili Taylor ...  Birdy McKeegan 7 episodes, 2020
Stephen Root ...  Maynard Barnes 7 episodes, 2020
Eric Lange ...  Detective Holcomb 7 episodes, 2020
Robert Patrick ...  Herman Baggerly 7 episodes, 2020
David Wilson Barnes ...  Elder Brown 7 episodes, 2020
Taylor Nichols ...  Elder Seidel 7 episodes, 2020
Veronica Falcón ...  Lupe Gibbs 6 episodes, 2020
Nate Corddry ...  Matthew Dodson 6 episodes, 2020
Jefferson Mays ...  Virgil Sheets 5 episodes, 2020
Molly Ephraim ...  Hazel Prystock 5 episodes, 2020
Matt Frewer ...  Judge Fred Wright 5 episodes, 2020
Diarra Kilpatrick ...  Clara Drake 5 episodes, 2020
Carlos Barbouth ...  Church Elder 5 episodes, 2020
Charles Baker ...  Stanislaw Nowak 4 episodes, 2020
Aaron Stanford ...  George Gannon aka Pinky Ring 4 episodes, 2020
Matt Lasky ...  Marcin Sarecki aka Black Hat 4 episodes, 2020
Karl Makinen ...  Commander Joe Morton 4 episodes, 2020
Michael O'Connell Michael O'Connell ...  Troy Chisom 4 episodes, 2020
Forte Rodriguez ...  Bailiff / ... 4 episodes, 2020
Cindy Choi ...  Reformed Radiant / ... 1 episode, 2020
Luke Persiani ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 2020
Justin Kirk ...  Hamilton Burger 3 episodes, 2020
Matt Malloy ...  Frank Dillon 3 episodes, 2020
Jenny O'Hara ...  June Pitlick 3 episodes, 2020
Gretchen Mol ...  Linda 3 episodes, 2020
Kevin Garbee ...  Juror Foreman 3 episodes, 2020
Bobby Reed ...  Juror 3 episodes, 2020
David St. James ...  Dr. Bundy / ... 3 episodes, 2020
Eileen Fogarty ...  Madam Jin 2 episodes, 2020
Paul Riley Fox ...  Court Clerk 1 episode, 2020
John Luder ...  Cemetery Attendee / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Robert Christopher Smith ...  Juror #4 3 episodes, 2020
Hemky Madera ...  Rigoberto 2 episodes, 2020
Mark Harelik ...  Lyle 2 episodes, 2020
Todd Weeks ...  Jim Hicks 2 episodes, 2020
Stacie Greenwell ...  Nina Preer 2 episodes, 2020
Andrew Divoff ...  Al Howard 2 episodes, 2020
Brandon Fobbs ...  James 2 episodes, 2020
Michael McMillian ...  Oliver Fogg 2 episodes, 2020
Jason Boegh ...  Reporter / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Pamela Chau ...  Tang Yin 2 episodes, 2020
Jeff Bowser ...  Withered Man / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Bobby Gutierrez ...  Chubby Carmichael 2 episodes, 2020
Lisa Pescherine ...  Acolyte 2 episodes, 2020
Alison White ...  Barbara Fry / ... 2 episodes, 2020
Michael Draper ...  Desk Sergeant 1 episode, 2020
Henry LeBlanc ...  Reformed Radiant 1 episode, 2020
Noel Schwab ...  Reporter 2 episodes, 2020
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Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series focuses on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason, based on characters from Erle Stanley Gardner's novels. 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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Everyone is guilty of something.

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Crime | Drama

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Trivia

Angel's Flight funicular railway began service in 1901 and after numerous shutdowns and being moved from the original location, it resumed service in downtown Los Angeles until the advent of the Covid-19. The iconic orange/red arch seen in the series continues to grace the lower end of the tracks.

The cars travel at a 33 percent grade for 315 feet and is allegedly the shortest rail road line in the world.

As of 2020, the fare is $1.00 for a one way trip. See more »

Goofs

Drake repeatedly refers to himself as "black." In the 1930s, that word was considered a pejorative. "Colored" or "Negro" were the preferred, acceptable terms. See more »

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Even a Gentleman Has a Past
10 July 2020 | by bunnyriot2020See all my reviews

I have to come to this show's defense. This new Perry Mason is an excellent and worthy tribute to the original. Allow me to tell you why I feel this way.

I understand and sympathize with those that don't like the show. This is a very different Mason. But is it really? They say this version is crude and unsophisticated and definitely not a gentleman. Raymond Burr's performance as Mason was flawless, and we all loved him. That's why we're here, watching and critiquing. Burr gave the character so much depth without us knowing much about his life outside and before the courtroom. Burr's Mason was a serious man who seemed to be in pain. Haunted.

Don't you want to know why he's haunted? Why is justice and the truth everything to him? Was he just born in a suit? Of course not. So how did he become that man? Rhys' Mason swears, he has sex, he lives in the dark sides of life. But no matter how dark these sides may be, they are still, like the original, on the side of justice. He's asked, "Why are you digging so hard?" Mason answers, "Because she's innocent...it's the way I play the game." Isn't this the essence of the original Mason? Matthew Rhys' performance is outstanding. For me, he is the younger Mason that we all met in the original. And he's really interesting.

I'm glad HBO and this show's creators asked that question, who was Mason as a younger man? What made him who he is in the original? I want to see how he gets from point A to point B. Don't you?

Just remember: Never meet your heroes unless you're ready to see the truth. They are regular people, with faults, and, sometimes, they disappoint. This show however, like the original, does not disappoint and I can find very little fault with it.

Well done, HBO. Please renew. I am a fan.


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21 June 2020 (USA) See more »

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Santa Clarita, California, USA

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