This is one of the best shows ever on TV. It was the
first good and successful legal show, and with good reason.
Although it did repeat the same formula over and over (that
was common back then), the characters were very likable,
smart and someone the viewers could really look up to as
well as relate to.
Perry Mason is a defense attorney
who not only gets his innocent clients off, but he finds the
real killer and usually makes them confess while they're on
the stand. It sounds silly now, but that was great
television back in the day.
I was not yet born when
the show started in 1957, but I saw most of the Perry Mason
episodes later on, in re-runs. Also, there were many Perry
Mason movies that I watched, well into the 90's. I always
There were 271 episodes, 9 seasons (not
counting the movies). Raymond Burr always did a fabulous
job, as did the other actors in the show, mainly Barbara
Hale (his faithful secretary and sidekick, Della), William
Hopper (his investigator, Paul Drake), and William Talman
(D.A. Hamilton Burger, who somehow kept his job, even though
he always lost to Perry). There was also a policeman, Lt.
Tragg (Ray Collins).
It's great to have all of these
episodes in one set. I love watching them again. It's been
many years since I saw them. They still hold up, even,
despite being so old. Sure, they're a little slow and
sometimes dated (times have changed in 50 years!), but the
basic stories are good. It's also nice to see lots of
familiar faces pop up in the guest stars.
If you love
classic TV shows, you should love this set. There aren't a
lot extras, sadly. I guess they saved those for the
anniversary set. Still, it's good to have all of the
episodes. If you want the movies, you'll have to buy that in
a separate set.
Perry Mason: The Complete Series
Street Date: October 4
All nine seasons of the longest-running legal drama in
television history are now available in this unique
complete collection! Series
based on the bestselling novels by Earle Stanley Stanley
Gardner. Raymond Burr stars in his Emmy Award winning
role of the brilliant criminal defense attorney
Also starring Barbara Hale in her Emmy winning role as
Perry's loyal secretary Della
Street, William Hopper in Emmy nominated role as private
investigator Paul Drake, Ray Collins as Police
Lieutenant Arthur Tragg, and William Talman as District
Attorney Hamilton Burger. The star-studded series
includes 271 unforgettable episodes!
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