This new HBO drama lead by Matthew Rhys (The Americans) is based on author’s Erle Stanley Gardner 1930s detective novels. Except here Perry Mason is not a criminal defense lawyer but more a private eye. It works wonders with the film noir vibe of this show, the era (1932) and the Los Angeles location.
The pilot really sets up the show by diving into the era it’s happening in, as well as Mason’s state of mind and the situation he’s in. He’s down on his luck, strapped, well he has a lot on his plate. So he takes on a gruesome child abduction case – it gets a bit creepy and shocking there – and mystery surrounding it is captivating.
I am intrigued, captivated and excited by the Perry Mason show.