Perry Mason

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Perry Mason
Perry Mason-Cast.jpg
Premiere September 21, 1957
Finale May 22, 1966
Airs Weekdays at 10:00 a.m. & 11:30 p.m. on MeTV
Creator Erle Stanley Gardner (characters)
Network CBS
Style 60-minute legal drama
Company Paisano Productions,
CBS
Seasons 9
Episodes 271
Origin USA

Perry Mason is a legal drama that aired on CBS.

Perry Mason is a distinguished criminal defense lawyer practicing in Los Angeles, California. Perry Mason records his cases, most of which include a murder trial. Each episode typically follows a formula. The first half of the show introduces a prospective murder victim and a situation that presents a legal danger to someone Mason accepts as a client. The body is found, often through circumstance by Mason and private investigator Paul Drake, or with his secretary Della Street. Clues point to Mason's client, who is charged with murder. In the second-half courtroom setting, Mason spars most often with his legal adversary Hamilton Burger, Los Angeles district attorney, and police homicide detective Lt. Arthur Tragg. Mason establishes his client's innocence by dramatically demonstrating the guilt of another character.[a] The murderer often breaks down and confesses to the crime in the courtroom. In the closing scene, the characters gather together to discuss how the case was solved.

In many episodes, the identity of the guilty party is uncovered without an actual trial being held. Instead, this occurs at the preliminary hearing stage, in which the district attorney is required to produce just enough evidence to convince the judge that the defendant should be bound over for trial. During this stage, other malefactors — such as blackmailers, frauds and forgers — are frequently forced into confessions by Mason's relentless and clever questioning, and the killer is exposed.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast
Raymond Burr Perry Mason 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Barbara Hale Della Street 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
William Hopper Paul Drake 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
William Talman D.A. Hamilton Burger 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Ray Collins Lt. Arthur Tragg 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8
Supporting/Recurring Cast
Connie Cezon Gertrude "Gertie" Lade 1 2 4 7
Lee Miller Sergeant Brice 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9
Wesley Lau Lt. Andy Anderson 5 6 7 8
Richard Anderson Lt. Steve Drumm 9
Dan Tobin Terrence Clay 9

Seasons

Season Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One September 21, 1957 June 28, 1958 39
Season Two September 20, 1958 June 27, 1959 30
Season Three October 3, 1959 June 11, 1960 26
Season Four September 17, 1960 June 10, 1961 28
Season Five September 2, 1961 May 26, 1962 30
Season Six September 27, 1962 May 16, 1963 28
Season Seven September 26, 1963 May 21, 1964 30
Season Eight September 24, 1964 May 13, 1965 30
Season Nine September 12, 1965 May 22, 1966 30

Telefilms

Title Network Airdate
Perry Mason Returns NBC December 1, 1985
The Case of the Notorious Nun NBC May 25, 1986

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
Season 1, Volume 1 July 11, 2006 5

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Season 1, Volume 2 November 21, 2006 5

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Season 2, Volume 1 June 19, 2007 5

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Season 2, Volume 2 November 13, 2007 5

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Season 3, Volume 1 August 19, 2008 3

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Season 3, Volume 2 December 2, 2008 3

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Season 4, Volume 1 June 9, 2009 3

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Season 4, Volume 2 December 8, 2009 3

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Season 5, Volume 1 April 20, 2010 3

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Season 5, Volume 2 November 16, 2010 4

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Season 6, Volume 1 October 4, 2011 4

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Season 6, Volume 2 November 22, 2011 4

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Episode Collections
50th Anniversary Edition April 8, 2008 4

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External Sites