The period crime drama Perry Mason is HBO’s biggest debut in nearly two years and available to binge on Showmax. Emmy winner and Golden Globe nominee Matthew Rhys is Perry Mason, a down-and-out detective working the biggest kidnapping case of the 1930s.
The show is a remake of the original Perry Mason, a legal drama series starring evergreen favourite Raymond Burr, was one of the most successful and long-running shows of its time, winning a Golden Globe and three Emmys before reinventing itself in the ’80s as a series of 30 TV movies. It’s probably the template for every successful crime and courtroom procedural that followed, from L.A. Law to Law & Order to Suits.
• Executive produced by Robert Downey Jr. and Team Downey
• “One of the most beautiful series ever made… One of the best I’ve ever seen. Really.” Indiewire
This reboot also stars Emmy winner Tatiana Maslany (Orphan Black), Oscar nominee John Lithgow, Emmy nominees Stephen Root and Lili Taylor (American Crime, The Conjuring), Juliet Ryland, and Chris Chalk (When They See Us), among others.
“There is so much going on with this Mason,” says Matthew. “He’s a very damaged individual who’s come through World War One. He’s a veteran who’s going through an inordinate number of life problems when we meet him but there is this one element to him which I think is garnered from the injustice of the war: he can’t abide injustice.”
Considering that I’m watching a show that is set in the ’50s, it should be interesting to go on a journey with both masterpieces.