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The Best Episodes of Perry Mason

Every episode of Perry Mason ranked from best to worst. Let's dive into the Best Episodes of Perry Mason!

Set in 1932 Los Angeles, the series focuses on the origin story of famed defense lawyer Perry Mason. Living check-to-check as a low-rent private investigator, Mason is haunted by his wartime experiences in France and suffering the effects of a broken marriage. L.A. is booming while the rest of the country recovers from the Great Depression — but a kidnapping gone very wrong leads to Mason exposing a fractured city as he uncovers the truth of the crime.

Genres:DramaMysteryCrime
Network:HBO

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The best episode of "Perry Mason" is "Chapter 7", rated 8.4/10 from 1189 user votes. It was directed by Tim Van Patten and written by Howard Korder. "Chapter 7" aired on 8/2/2020 and is rated 0.1 point(s) higher than the second highest rated, "Chapter Fifteen".

  • Chapter 7
    8.4/10 1,189 votes

    #1 - Chapter 7

    Season 1 Episode 7 - Aired 2020-08-02

    Hoping to expose the hidden link between the Radiant Assembly's staggering debt and Charlie's ransom, Mason puts Herman Baggerly on the stand. Sister Alice faces mounting pressure from the church elders about her promises for a "resurrection." Strickland loses track of a key witness, while Drake's detective work opens a new avenue in the case.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: Howard Korder

  • Chapter Fifteen
    8.3/10 541 votes

    #2 - Chapter Fifteen

    Season 2 Episode 7 - Aired 2023-04-17

    Facing career-ending accusations and potential jailtime, Perry must turn to Strickland to stay ahead of the prosecution—and Lydell. With the Gallardos' fate in the balance, Della presses Hamilton for answers, while Paul enlists Clara to infiltrate a wealthy white suburb in pursuit of the truth.

    Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado

    Writer: Mauricio Katz, Pedro Peirano

  • Chapter 6
    8.2/10 1,205 votes

    #3 - Chapter 6

    Season 1 Episode 6 - Aired 2020-07-26

    As Emily's trial begins and a damning witness testimony takes center stage, Mason attempts to recover from a shaky start. Meanwhile, in their search for clues that might lead to an exoneration, Della and Strickland investigate a potential connection between Detective Ennis and Charlie's kidnappers. Later, Mason considers betraying Drake's trust to give his client an edge.

    Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

    Writer: Kevin J. Hynes

  • Chapter 8
    8.2/10 1,202 votes

    #4 - Chapter 8

    Season 1 Episode 8 - Aired 2020-08-09

    After the team receives some unvarnished critique from Hamilton Burger, Della presents an increasingly stubborn Mason with her case for putting Emily on the stand. As the sensational trial winds to a close, Mason, Strickland, Della, and Drake attempt to tie up loose ends - and set the stage for their futures.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: Kevin J. Hynes, Rolin Jones, Ron Fitzgerald

  • Chapter Fourteen
    8.1/10 553 votes

    #5 - Chapter Fourteen

    Season 2 Episode 6 - Aired 2023-04-10

    After he’s subpoenaed, Holcomb offers Perry an olive branch. Meanwhile, Della continues to foster her relationships with Camilla and Anita, giving her the confidence to question her first witness – and push the verdict in the Gallardos’ favor.

    Director: Nina Lopez-Corrado

    Writer: Elizabeth Baxa

  • Chapter Thirteen
    8.0/10 571 votes

    #6 - Chapter Thirteen

    Season 2 Episode 5 - Aired 2023-04-03

    As the Gallardos’ trial nears, Perry attempts to negotiate with the DA. Rafael and Mateo recount the real-life consequences of the McCutcheons’ Los Angeles expansion. Later, the pursuit of a lead lands Paul in danger, and Perry makes a convincing demonstration in court.

    Director: Marialy Rivas

    Writer: Niko Gutierrez-Kovner

  • Chapter Sixteen
    8.0/10 544 votes

    #7 - Chapter Sixteen

    Season 2 Episode 8 - Aired 2023-04-24

    As their final day in court nears, Mateo and Rafael prepare for the worst, while Perry, Della, and Paul work with an unlikely ally to sway the prosecution’s hand. Then, after making his closing arguments, Perry faces the consequences of his relentless pursuit of justice.

    Director: Marialy Rivas

    Writer: Michael Begler

  • Chapter 5
    7.9/10 1,255 votes

    #8 - Chapter 5

    Season 1 Episode 5 - Aired 2020-07-19

    While Mason and Della run a solemn errand up north, Strickland tracks down the sergeant originally assigned to the Dodson case. Before returning to L.A., Mason drops in on his ex-wife Linda and son Teddy, hoping to make amends for his recent shortcomings. Della sets out to find Mrs. Dodson more capable legal representation.

    Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

    Writer: Eleanor Burgess

  • Chapter Ten
    7.9/10 701 votes

    #9 - Chapter Ten

    Season 2 Episode 2 - Aired 2023-03-13

    After a manhunt pegs brothers Rafael and Mateo Gallardo for the McCutcheon murder, Perry initially resists taking the case… until a hunch reels him in. Later, Della goes on a date with a new flame while Paul wrestles with a shocking truth.

    Director: Fernando Coimbra

    Writer: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler

  • Chapter 2
    7.8/10 1,581 votes

    #10 - Chapter 2

    Season 1 Episode 2 - Aired 2020-06-28

    Following one of her trademark barn-burning sermons, Evangelical preacher Sister Alice offers the Dodsons the church's full moral and financial support – much to her mother Birdy's dismay. During a routine domestic intervention, beat cop Paul Drake is rerouted to a gruesome crime scene, where he follows a confounding trail of evidence.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: Rolin Jones, Ron Fitzgerald

  • Chapter 4
    7.8/10 1,291 votes

    #11 - Chapter 4

    Season 1 Episode 4 - Aired 2020-07-12

    Mason and Strickland lean on Virgil, again, for extra-legal assistance. Following Sister Alice's recovery from a frightening episode, Birdy urges her daughter to renounce her claims about baby Charlie. E.B. faces the reality of his financial situation and takes his frustrations out on Della.

    Director: Deniz Gamze Ergüven

    Writer: Sarah Kelly Kaplan, Steven Hanna

  • Chapter Nine
    7.8/10 835 votes

    #12 - Chapter Nine

    Season 2 Episode 1 - Aired 2023-03-06

    1933. In the months following the Dodson trial, an aimless Perry leans on Della to keep the law firm afloat. While Paul accepts a job from an unlikely source, corrupt oil scion Brooks McCutcheon recruits Detective Holcomb in his quest to reshape the future of Los Angeles.

    Director: Fernando Coimbra

    Writer: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler

  • Chapter Eleven
    7.8/10 626 votes

    #13 - Chapter Eleven

    Season 2 Episode 3 - Aired 2023-03-20

    As Rafael and Mateo face discrimination from their fellow inmates and the court, Perry continues his push for justice, while Della engages the help of wealthy socialite Camilla Nygaard. Later, Paul chases leads in the Hooverville, and Perry goes head-to-head with tycoon Lydell McCutcheon.

    Director: Jessica Lowrey

    Writer: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler

  • Chapter 3
    7.7/10 1,347 votes

    #14 - Chapter 3

    Season 1 Episode 3 - Aired 2020-07-05

    In order to gain an advantage over E.B. and team, wily district attorney Maynard Barnes goes public with a shocking new development. Mason and Strickland get unauthorized access to physical evidence with help from Virgil, Mason's connect at the city morgue. Later, Mason attempts to extract information from a withholding Drake, who's weary of Holcomb and Ennis' watchful eyes.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: Rolin Jones, Ron Fitzgerald

  • Chapter Twelve
    7.5/10 594 votes

    #15 - Chapter Twelve

    Season 2 Episode 4 - Aired 2023-03-27

    When Paul’s explosive discovery blows a massive hole in Rafael and Mateo’s story, Perry begins to question his clients’ innocence, while Della doubles-down on the case.

    Director: Jessica Lowrey

    Writer: Jack Amiel, Michael Begler

  • Chapter 1
    7.4/10 2,103 votes

    #16 - Chapter 1

    Season 1 Episode 1 - Aired 2020-06-21

    Los Angeles, 1931. On the heels of an unsavory investigation involving a famous comedian, Perry Mason--a PI struggling to make ends meet--and his right-hand man Pete Strickland are hired by attorney E.B. Jonathan, Perry's mentor, to solve a perplexing case: the brutal kidnapping of one-year-old Charlie Dodson, whose parents were targeted for a $100,000 ransom.

    Director: Tim Van Patten

    Writer: N/A