Perry Mason

The BEST episodes of Perry Mason

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

There are few actors so closely tied to a persona than Raymond Burr as Perry Mason. This long-running series was built upon Erle Stanley Gardner´s many novels about a brilliant defense lawyer and his staff, that solved many a crime with surprise witnesses and stern cross-examinations.It was the first mystery series to feature chalk or tape outlines to mark the spots where bodies were found. Filmed almost exclusively in the Los Angeles area, Raymond Burr had Gardner's seal of approval in the role. The cases were usually won by way of pivotal confessions of witnesses, solicited by Perry Mason (Burr's) surgeon-like examination or with last-minute, key evidence brought into the courtroom by private investigator, Paul Drake (William Hopper). Della Street (Barbara Hale), Perry´s faithful secretary, was always at Perry's side in the courtroom where hapless Hamilton Burger (William Tallman) was the Los Angeles District Attorney who never seemed to win. As to the myth that Perry Mason never lost, there were 2 episodes where it did occur... but you'll have to watch to find out.The show was revived in 1973-74, with other actors in the familiar roles (Monte Markham as Mason), and then again with the some of the original cast, in a string of feature length TV films from 1985 until Raymond Burr´s death in 1993.

Last Updated: 3/19/2022Network: CBS
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The Case of the Screaming Woman
star
8.40
50 votes

#1 - The Case of the Screaming Woman

Season 1 - Episode 30 - Aired 4/26/1958

Gossip columnist Mary K. Davis is found murdered and it seems there is no shortage of suspects. There was her politician-husband to whom she refused to grant a divorce. There was her timid secretary whom she bullied. There was the secretary's boyfriend who had some secrets in his past. There was the doctor running an illegal baby-selling scheme whom Mary threatened to expose if he didn't give her a child. Leona Walsh, the doctor's nurse, ends up being charged with the crime and this time Perry has to tamper with some evidence in order to clear his client.

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The Case of the Lucky Loser
star
8.39
64 votes

#2 - The Case of the Lucky Loser

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired 9/27/1958

Perry has all kinds of troubles in this one when a murder brings him into the tangled financial and personal affairs of the wealthy Balfour family.

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The Case of the Golden Fraud
star
8.36
50 votes

#3 - The Case of the Golden Fraud

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/21/1959

Richard Vanaman is up for a promotion at his investment firm but is sabotaged and framed for murder.

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The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde
star
8.33
39 votes

#4 - The Case of the Black-Eyed Blonde

Season 1 - Episode 37 - Aired 6/14/1958

A visit from an attractive blonde sporting a black eye sequeways into a case concerning a wealthy man's long lost grandson and murder.

Directors: Roger Kay
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The Case of the Fiery Fingers
star
8.32
47 votes

#5 - The Case of the Fiery Fingers

Season 1 - Episode 31 - Aired 5/3/1958

When wealthy Louise Gordon is poisoned to death her nurse is charged with the crime. Perry does some digging and discovers that the first wife of the victim's husband also died of poisoning. Is the husband really the culprit or could it be someone else?

Directors: Arthur Marks
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The Case of the Startled Stallion
star
8.31
42 votes

#6 - The Case of the Startled Stallion

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/31/1959

Wealthy rancher John Brant forecloses on Jo Ann Blanchard's mortgage and takes possession of her prized stallion. Jo Ann goes to Perry for help in getting the horse back but soon needs Perry's aid in getting her off a murder charge she is arrested for killing Brant.

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The Case of the Blushing Pearls
star
8.28
54 votes

#7 - The Case of the Blushing Pearls

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/24/1959

Mitsuo Kamuri has been seeing a great deal of Grover Nichols, son of wealthy businessman Hudson Nichols. Nichols doesn't approve of his son's relationship and when Mitsuo is "caught" with a string of valuable pearls belonging to Mrs. Nichols he agrees to drop all charges provided she stops seeing his son. Things then get even more complicated when Mitsuo's uncle, who had originally strung the pearls. is found murdered. The death has been made to look like hara-kiri but the police are not fooled.

Directors: Richard Whorf
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The Case of the Caretaker's Cat
star
8.24
42 votes

#8 - The Case of the Caretaker's Cat

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 3/7/1959

Wealthy Peter Baxter decides to test the loyalty of his heirs. He pretends to change his will cutting them all out and leaving his entire estate to groundskeeper, James Hing. Hing is then supposed to burn down Baxter's house and Baxter would substitute a medical cadaver for his own body. If any of the heirs contested the will, they would be disinherited. Hing does as he is instructed. He burns down the house but the body discovered inside is really that of Peter Baxter. Perry tries to sort through this muddled mess and arrive at the truth.

Directors: Arthur Marks
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The Case of the Howling Dog
star
8.23
44 votes

#9 - The Case of the Howling Dog

Season 2 - Episode 23 - Aired 4/11/1959

Evelyn Forbes escapes from a mental institution only to be charged with murder. The key to the case is a dog that continues to howl no matter what.

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The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor
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8.22
40 votes

#10 - The Case of the Prudent Prosecutor

Season 3 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/30/1960

DA Hamilton Burger asks Perry to defend an old friend who once saved his life in a boating accident ten years before. The old friend of Burger's is now facing a murder charge.

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The Case of the Rolling Bones
star
8.22
45 votes

#11 - The Case of the Rolling Bones

Season 1 - Episode 39 - Aired 6/28/1958

When Daniel Reed (Edgar Stehli) finds himself being blackmailed by an old business partner from his time in Alaska, Perry must first save him from the insane asylum and then the gas chamber. Convinced that Reed has lost his mind when he begins writing $20,000.00 checks to strangers, his heartless niece and nephew have the old man forcibly placed in an insane asylum. Perry is enlisted by Reed’s girlfriend Millie Foster (Kitty Kelly) to get him out of the asylum and he is no sooner granted his freedom than his blackmailer turns up dead and Reed stands accused of his murder.

Directors: Roger Kay
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The Case of the Calendar Girl
star
8.22
46 votes

#12 - The Case of the Calendar Girl

Season 2 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/18/1959

A building contractor is charged with the murder of a wealthy political Mr.fix-it.

Directors: Arthur Marks
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The Case of the Lazy Lover
star
8.21
43 votes

#13 - The Case of the Lazy Lover

Season 1 - Episode 35 - Aired 5/31/1958

Attempting to miss hitting her stepfather's car, Patricia Faxon swerves as she enters her driveway and hits the hedges. After asking her stepfather, Bertrand Allred, to move his car, he finds Bob Fleetwood badly hurt next to the hedges. Assuming Patricia accidently hit Bob Fleetwood, Bertrand and Lucille Allred take Bob to a hotel. The next morning Bertrand Allred is found dead in his car, near the hotel, where the car left the road and went through the guard rail. Lucille Allred is accused of killing her husband when she is seen walking back to the hotel shortly after Bertrand's car left.

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The Case of the Crooked Candle
star
8.20
76 votes

#14 - The Case of the Crooked Candle

Season 1 - Episode 11 - Aired 11/30/1957

While Martha Bradford is waiting for her appointment at a beauty parlour, she meets Rita Bradford who apparently is also married to Joe Bradford and lives at the same address. Joe Bradford is preparing for a business meeting in San Diego. He makes plans to meet his wife Martha but fails to show up. Joe Bradford is found dead on his boat the next morning and Martha Bradford is accused of his murder when her fingerprints are found on a candle located on the boat.

Directors: Christian Nyby
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The Case of the Desperate Daughter
star
8.17
41 votes

#15 - The Case of the Desperate Daughter

Season 1 - Episode 27 - Aired 3/22/1958

Stefan Riker has come from Germany seeking the woman posing as Lisa Bannister and she believes he can cause her to be deported back to Germany. Attempting to help her stepmother, Doris Bannister pretends to be romantically interested in Stefan Riker. During the next few months Stefan Riker receives money and gifts from Doris and seems satisfied. However one night he is murdered and Doris Bannister is accused of murder because her fingerprints are found on a ladder outside of Riker's apartment.

Directors: Arthur Hiller
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The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom
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8.17
47 votes

#16 - The Case of the Dubious Bridegroom

Season 2 - Episode 29 - Aired 6/13/1959

Perry returns to his office late one night and finds an attractive woman climbing into his balcony window. She claims to be Virginia Colfax, the secretary of Ed Garvin who has an office next door to Perry's. Ms. Colfax says that she climbed into Perry's office in order to escape from Garvin's hot tempered wife but Perry later learns that Garvin is married to two women. Garvin and second wife Lorrie are sent to Mexico by Perry until he can clear up the matter but when Garvin's first wife, Ethel, is murdered there's an even bigger mess on the scene. And just who in the world is Virginia Colfax, the woman climbing in the window?

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The Case of the Lame Canary
star
8.17
47 votes

#17 - The Case of the Lame Canary

Season 2 - Episode 30 - Aired 6/27/1959

Ruth Prescott wants to divorce Walter Prescott so that she can be with her true love, Jimmy MacLaine. After a brush with death, Ruth becomes convinced that Walter is trying to kill her rather than give her the divorce. Walter then turns up dead and the police are convinced that Ruth shot him but Perry, as usual, doesn't think so. A lame canary and unusual bruises on the victim hold the keys to the puzzle.

Directors: Arthur Marks
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The Case of the Mythical Monkeys
star
8.16
43 votes

#18 - The Case of the Mythical Monkeys

Season 3 - Episode 17 - Aired 2/27/1960

Author Mauvis Meade sends her secretary, Gladys Doyle, out to a mountain cabin to pick up a package. Gladys gets lost and her car gets stuck in the mud. She then walks to a cabin looking for help and encounters a mysterious man who appears to know her. While Gladys freshens up, the man leaves and Gladys discovers a dead body.

Directors: Gerald Mayer
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The Case of the Frantic Flyer
star
8.15
39 votes

#19 - The Case of the Frantic Flyer

Season 3 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/9/1960

A double cross, a double murder, a plane crash, missing money, and yet another innocent widow charged with crimes she didn't commit are the elements of this case.

Directors: Arthur Marks
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The Case of the Renegade Refugee
star
8.14
35 votes

#20 - The Case of the Renegade Refugee

Season 5 - Episode 13 - Aired 12/9/1961

A journalist is murdered while tracking an ex-Nazi war criminal who may be posing as an executive at a company called Space Associates, Ltd.

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The Case of the Duplicate Daughter
star
8.14
35 votes

#21 - The Case of the Duplicate Daughter

Season 4 - Episode 26 - Aired 5/20/1961

A mixed up mess awaits Perry as he struggles to put all the pieces together. Blackmail, murder, a boyfriend who spent the night, all add up to one great case.

Directors: Arthur Marks
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The Case of the Shattered Dream
star
8.13
46 votes

#22 - The Case of the Shattered Dream

Season 2 - Episode 12 - Aired 1/3/1959

Sarah Werner asks Perry to find her husband, Hugo Werner, who ran off with her inheritance. Hugo, now using the name Hans Breel, is now working on a gem scam but his scheme backfires when he is murdered and Sarah is charged with the crime.

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The Case of the Prodigal Parent
star
8.13
47 votes

#23 - The Case of the Prodigal Parent

Season 1 - Episode 36 - Aired 6/7/1958

Lorraine Stevens is fighting off the advances of the owner of the import-export company where she works, Philip Larkin. Later that evening she is asked to pick up something at the Alcorn Jewelers store. The owner is unaware of what she is to pick up and suggests she make a phonecall to find out. She calls Philip Larkin and while the phone rings we see Philip Larkin dead in his home. Standing over him is Joseph Harrison who wipes off his fingerprints from the telephone and leaves. When his fingerprints are found on the gun case of the murder weapon he is accused of the murder.

Directors: Arthur Marks
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The Case of the Violent Vest
star
8.13
40 votes

#24 - The Case of the Violent Vest

Season 4 - Episode 24 - Aired 4/29/1961

Advertising executive Herman Albright is in the wrong place at the wrong time wearing the wrong clothes. These mistakes cost poor Herman his life in a case of mistaken identity. Perry is called on to defend the fashion model charged with the crime. It seems as though horny Herman had been hitting on her for quite a while with no success.

Directors: Lewis Allen
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The Case of the Gilded Lily
star
8.12
40 votes

#25 - The Case of the Gilded Lily

Season 1 - Episode 34 - Aired 5/24/1958

Enid Griffin, the secretary of Stewart Brent, attempts to commit suicide after learning her boss has married. Arthur Binney attempts to blackmail Stewart Brent with facts about his new wife having been in jail for fraud. When Stewart Brent goes to meet Arthur Binney at a motel for the payoff, he is knocked unconscious. He awakens to find Arthur Binney dead in the next room and admits he killed him when the motel manager walks in. Stewart Brent is accused of the murder.

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