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Monday, March 1, 2021

Perry Mason

Perry Mason: Official Trailer | HBO

This 2020 version of Perry Mason bears no resemblance to the original. If case you don't know, Perry Mason as a character has been kicking around since 1933. I know him from the popular TV (television) show that ran from 1957 to 1966. Those shows are available on YouTube.

Perry Mason Opening & Closing Theme
Danny Linden

In this current show Perry is a PI (Private Investigator), not an attorney like in the books and TV shows. Why the big change? I suspect it's because the writers had a good story and they needed a name for their lead character and picked Perry Mason because they liked the TV show. I dunno. They seem completely unrelated.

Regardless, it's a good show. It's set in 1931 in Los Angles. One of the first settings is the Angels Flight inclined railway that showed up in a Bosch episode. It's a very complicated show with all kinds of emotional entanglements. Some of those are what you expect in a crime show, but some are not. 

We have a bit of history in Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice McKeegan, a stand in for the real Aimee Semple McPherson, an evangelical preacher who pioneered the use of radio to reach a broader audience.

HBO 8 Episodes, 1 Hour each

Update March 2021 corrected the number of episodes because everybody has a different screen layout.

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