Review: ‘Perry Mason’ Episode 1

Perry Mason has been synonymous with courtroom drama and high-pressure moments. HBO is taking a different approach with this iconic character and looking at his early years. The show focuses on Mason’s early years as a private detective in the 1930’s which is a great way to relaunch the series. Matthew Rhys steps into the role and is off to a fantastic start. The launching point of this series centers around the death of a baby, and Mason is brought in to investigate the matter. Here are our 5 takeaways from the first episode.

5. The opener –

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The opening sequence with Perry Mason trying to get away after being busted during a stakeout is hysterical and entirely unexpected.

4. Hmmm –

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I realize that the good Reverend ends up hiring Mason, but something tells me he might end up being the villain in all of this.

3. Too Quiet –

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The father’s story doesn’t add up! I’m thinking he knows more than he’s leading on but wasn’t who killed his son.

2. FWB –


It seems Perry Mason’s friend with benefits also gives him life advice. It’s an odd dynamic, but I dig it.

1. Love interest –

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As the mystery unfolds, these two seem destined to get together.

What were your thoughts about the first episode of Perry Mason?

'Perry Mason' Episode 1
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About the author

My name is Dewey Singleton, and I've been a film/Television critic for going on seven years. My reviews have been found on,,,, and I am a member of the Critics Choice Association. I'm married and have two beautiful children.


  1. Series Perry Mason there were no nude scenes it was just not right showing what they did on the first episode of Perry Mason

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