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Perry Mason: Season 1 (2020)




Critic Consensus: Brimming with top notch performances and dripping in style, Perry Mason's compelling mystery mostly makes up for its messy storytelling.


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1931, Los Angeles. While the rest of the country struggles through the Great Depression, this city is booming! Oil! Olympic Games! Talking Pictures! Evangelical Fervor! And a child kidnapping gone very, very wrong. Based on characters created by author Erle Stanley Gardner, this drama series follows the origins of American fiction's most legendary criminal defense lawyer, Perry Mason. When the case of the decade breaks down his door, Mason's relentless pursuit of the truth reveals a fractured city and just maybe, a pathway to redemption for himself.


Matthew Rhys
as Perry Mason
John Lithgow
as Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan
Juliet Rylance
as Della Street
Tatiana Maslany
as Sister Alice McKeegan
Chris Chalk
as Paul Drake
Shea Whigham
as Pete Strickland
Andrew Howard
as Detective Ennis
Eric Lange
as Detective Holcomb
Nathan Corddry
as Matthew Dodson
Stephen Root
as Maynard Barnes
Robert Patrick
as Herman Baggerly
Lili Taylor
as Birdy McKeegan
Jefferson Mays
as Virgil Sheets
Gayle Rankin
as Emily Dodson
Justin Kirk
as Hamilton Burger
Matt Malloy
as Frank Dillon
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All Critics (77) | Top Critics (29)

I don't think you'll be bored or outraged watching "Perry Mason." The cast is filled with big, broad scene-stealers, with Lithgow's moving turn at the top of that list... Just don't get too caught up in trying to tie all those moments together.

June 18, 2020 | Full Review…

A dull slough through L.A. noir.

June 17, 2020 | Rating: 2/4 | Full Review…
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Matthew Rhys plays both extremes of his Perry Mason perfectly - the brooding, nonconformist of so many film noirs, as well as the emotional orator of those stirring summations to the jury.

June 18, 2020 | Full Review…
Top Critic

From the pilot to the final episode, "Perry Mason" knows itself: This Perry Mason is a rebel, and he's bringing everyone along for the ride.

June 18, 2020 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…

A gorgeous show in terms of production design and the cast is strong from top to bottom, but writers Rolin Jones & Ron Fitzgerald struggle to find a story worth investing in for at least the first half of the eight-episode season.

June 19, 2020 | Full Review…

Strained at times, wandering at others, "Perry Mason" finds its footing eventually and by its end you may want to watch a second season even as you hope it's better than the first.

June 19, 2020 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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