Perry Mason

1957 TV-PG 5 seasons

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Perry Mason

1957 TV-PG 5 seasons
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One of the most popular television legal dramas of all time, Perry Mason stars velvet-voiced Raymond Burr as a talented lawyer who sets out exonerate the wrongfully accused as he faces off against glowering prosecutor Hamilton Burger.
SEASON  1
  • SEASON  1:1
  • SEASON  2:1
  • SEASON  5:2
  • SEASON  6:1
  • SEASON  6:2

Summary of Season 1:1 (1957) - 5 discs

An intrepid defense lawyer specializing in ostensibly hopeless cases, Perry Mason (Raymond Burr) -- aided by steadfast secretary Della Street (Barbara Hale) and private detective Paul Drake (William Hopper) -- regularly exonerates his innocent clients in this long-running courtroom drama series. With his knack for uncovering the truth, the unflappable attorney methodically extracts sensational witness-stand confessions.
Format
DVD
Screen
Full Screen 1.33:1
CC
Yes
Audio
English: Dolby Digital Mono
Rating
TV-PG - This program contains material that parents may find unsuitable for younger children.
age 12+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 12+
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Reviews

age 12+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this classic courtroom drama deals with murder in almost every episode. While bodies generally aren't seen, there are images of bloody murder weapons (though in black and white, the blood is hard to discern) and detailed discussions of the less-gory elements of the crime. Some scenes -- such as a woman being chased by a man who's trying to sexually assault her -- can be mildly alarming. The now-classic chalk or tape body outline at the crime scene is a common sight. The show was made in the '50s and '60s, so there's some casual smoking and gentle reinforcement of some old-fashioned gender and racial stereotypes.

Sexual Content

Some embraces and mild kisses.

Violence

Every episode involves a murder and the investigation of the crime, but it's not very graphic -- particularly by today's primetime standards. Bloody murder weapons are sometimes shown, but generally not bodies. Other violence depends on the episode but can include attempted sexual assault, sexual harrassment, fistfights, and the occasional threat with a gun.

Language

Not applicable

Social Behavior

While all sorts of unsavory characters appear in each episode, Mason and his crew are honorable and ethical. Given the show's "vintage" nature, expect some fairly mild gender and racial stereotypes.

Consumerism

Not applicable

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Some main characters smoke (not unexpectedly, given the '50s setting). Occasional drinking.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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