Perry Mason: Season 1

Perry Mason: Season 1

Perry Mason: Season 1

Two-time Golden Globe nominee Matthew Rhys (The Americans) is legendary criminal defense lawyer Perry Mason in this origin-exploring crime series set in 1932 Los Angeles.

While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, L.A. is booming. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason's relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city. Co-stars Tatiana Maslany and John Lithgow.

2020USA
CrimeDramaMystery

Streaming (1 Provider)

EPISODE 1.1
22 June 2020

Chapter One

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... MORE E.B. Jonathan, Perry's mentor, to solve a perplexing case...
EPISODE 1.2
29 June 2020

Chapter 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.

EPISODE 1.3
6 July 2020

Chapter 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 unauthorised access to physical evidence with help from Virgil,... MORE Mason's connect at the city morgue.

EPISODE 1.4
13 July 2020

Chapter 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... MORE financial situation and takes his frustrations out on Della.

EPISODE 1.5
20 July 2020

Chapter 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,... MORE hoping to make amends for his recent shortcomings.

EPISODE 1.6
27 July 2020

Chapter 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... MORE investigate a potential connection between Detective Ennis and Charlie's kidnappers.

EPISODE 1.7
3 August 2020

Chapter 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.

EPISODE 1.8
10 August 2020

Chapter 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.

Perry Mason: Season 1 / Reviews

Financial Times

Financial Times

Although the hard-boiled sleuth shtick is aged... Rhys makes the part his own, the storytelling is slick, and the prosthetics team earns the worthy tribute of our vomit with some seriously nasty corpses.

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Sydney Morning Herald

Sydney Morning Herald

This time round the bedrock is corruption -- in the police force, politics, business -- making the stakes higher, and the gig so much tougher. It's an intriguing mix that's as intelligent as it is stylish.

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Vanity Fair

Vanity Fair

It’s an eight-episode season that feels like a long pilot for the real Perry Mason—a series that seems poised on the verge of existence, now that all of the characters (especially Perry himself) have figured out what they’re doing here.

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Time Magazine

Time Magazine

Few would’ve predicted that the new Perry Mason, debuting June 21, would turn out to be so timely.

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Hollywood Reporter

Hollywood Reporter

Perry Mason generally avoids feeling like an assembly line Cable Anti-Hero: Great Depression Edition. Much of the credit goes to Rhys.

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TV Guide

TV Guide

Over the course of eight episodes, the show delves into Mason's past while redefining him for a new age of television driven by complex characters, richly detailed worlds, and season-long storylines. It manages those first two elements so well that it's a shame it keeps tripping over the third.

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Rolling Stone

Rolling Stone

This new Perry Mason is filled with great performances (albeit not all of them belonging on the same show). It looks incredible (though also occasionally much more gory than it needs to be). But the story’s a mess — at once convoluted and a bit too dull to fill eight hours — and the idea of giving Mason the origin story he never had ultimately proves more trouble than it’s worth.

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A.V. Club

A.V. Club

Rhys deftly unfurls the enigmatic character layer by layer, crafting this degenerate into a more recognizable version of the legal icon revered for decades. The mystery of how he’s able to pull that off is far more compelling than the unsavory plot that strings Perry Mason along.

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