Early Television Memories
Issue Date: August 11, 2009
City: North Hollywood, CA
“Our family enjoyed watching the ‘Perry Mason’ show. There was Della’s crush on Perry, and week after week I couldn’t figure out why he didn’t notice and ask her out! It was a nice clean show. And his assistant Paul Drake was so handsome!” – Cynthia W.
Dramatic courtroom confessions were standard fare for the longest-running lawyer show on television. Debuting in 1957, the show was as much about detective work as it was about the law. The defense attorney was assisted by his junior partner and legal assistant to help his clients. Armed with a keen mind and cool, penetrating stare, this courtroom avenger always found out the truth. Last-minute evidence and exciting courtroom climaxes often led to the wrongly accused being spared and the guilty brought to justice. The show set the standard for other classic criminal dramas. It lasted for nine years and is still popular in syndication.