How well do you know the very first episode of Perry Mason?

Can you solve the mysteries of the famous attorney’s first TV case?


Right away in its debut in 1957, Perry Mason set a high bar for legal dramas on television. The many shows that followed were clearly inspired by the series but only few have reached the same heights in terms of popularity and sheer watchability.

Do you remember the episode that started it all? Test your knowledge of Perry’s very first case on television!

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  1. The author of the original Perry Mason novels is credited above the episode’s title. Who is it?
  2. Whitney Blake played the titular redhead, Evelyn. Two decades later, she and Norman Lear created which sitcom?
  3. What suspicious item does Evelyn find in her cigarette box?
  4. As Evelyn drives away from her apartment, she is followed by another driver wearing what over his face?
  5. What is Paul Drake doing when Perry calls with a request?
  6. She played a Hollywood star in the Perry Mason pilot but is best known as the mom in which show?
  7. Mervyn Aldritch tells Perry Mason he normally keeps his gun where?
  8. Grandon Rhodes played a judge, one of how many episodes where he wore the robes and held the gavel in Perry Mason?
  9. What does Perry Mason ask the judge to look closely at in the crime scene photos?
  10. Who is this prolific character actor with almost 200 credits to his name?

How well do you know the very first episode of Perry Mason?

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davideridhill 5 months ago
Can't see shows. Just video (?)
seaeagle 15 months ago
You got 7 out of 10. Did you maneuver easily through this quiz or was it a bumpy ride?
#2, #6, & #8 did me in. A very bumpy ride indeed. :-|
Wiseguy 20 months ago
The current TV promo (Oct 2022) mentions that this is the pilot episode. That is wrong. This is the premiere episode. The pilot was broadcast later, "The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink." The premiere is not always the pilot. Star Trek and The Bob Newhart Show are two other programs (among many) where the premiere was not the pilot. Do some research, MeTV!
bagandwallyfan52 23 months ago
Please consider having Yogi Bear Cartoons Freakazoid and
Bullwinkle and Betty Boop
Cartoons on METV.
bagandwallyfan52 23 months ago
On The Edge of Night there was
a character Adam Drake played by
Donald May band on Perry Mason
Paul Drake was played by William
Hopper . Did the producers and
writers of The Edge of Night get
the idea to give Donald Mays last
name of Drake from Paul Drake on
Perry Mason?
I would like to see RERUNS of
Dark Shadows with Alexandre
Moltke as Victoria Winters on
METV and I would like to see
The Edge of Night with Lawrence Hugo as lawyer
Mike Karr on METV.
I would also like to see the 1973 episodes of Perry Mason
With Monte Markham as Perry
Mason on METV.
I would also like to see The
Avengers with Diana RIGG as
Emma Peel ahs Patrick MacNee
As John Steed on METV .I would also like to see Comedy
Playhouse on METV with comedy movies every other
week and classic sitcoms every
Other week. Comedy Playhouse
Could show old sitcoms like
The Adventures of Ozzie and Harriet Alice Live American Style and other great sitcoms
Once a week on either Saturday or Sunday afternoon
One week and the Following
Week METV could show comedy movies of Eddie Cantor Pee Wee Herman
Joe Penner Ernest P Worrell (
Ernest Scared Stupid Ernest
Goes to Camp) Laurel And Hardy The comedy movie
Airplane Etc.
Comedy Playhouse with classic
Comedy Movies and classic
Sitcoms is a good idea.
Edge of Night got it's start as an Adaptation of Perry Mason... I'm not sure of the details, but basically they share the same 'DNA'... I would not be shocked if upon further inspection of Edge of Night you might find other names/archetypes in common with Perry Mason
Wiseguy bagandwallyfan52 20 months ago
Dark Shadows is currently airing on Decades @ 4-5am CT.
bagandwallyfan52 Wiseguy 20 months ago
Thanks for the information about
Dark Shadows being on Decades.
I wish that Cox Communications in
Roanoke VA carried Decades.
Cox made an announcement on the
Cox Cable bills in 2020 that Cozi
And Decades would be added to
Cox in 2020 BUT IT NEVER Happened. Some TV viewers in
Roanoke ,Virginia can receive Cozi and Decades with an outdoor or an
Indoor TV Antenna so I will buy a
TV Antenna and hope that I can receive COZI and DECADES.
bagandwallyfan52 Wiseguy 20 months ago
I like your USERNAME.
DethBiz 24 months ago
7 out of 10. Missed #2. That question has nothing to do with the Perry Mason episode.
genie12 24 months ago
A bumpy ride I hardly ever watch Perry Mason
RichLorn 24 months ago
Objection! The question was incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial.
Craftyjo57 24 months ago
Check out the Spectrum/ Brighthouse FETV cable channel #192, on Thursdays and Fridays they run a marathon of shows.
Craftyjo57 24 months ago
I missed the one about how many times the guy playing the judge been on the show. Your risk about #2.
graceful1970 24 months ago
You got 7 out of 10
Did you maneuver easily through this quiz or was it a bumpy ride?
joenic27 24 months ago
8 out of 10. #2 had absolutely nothing to do with Perry Mason or the episode.
mpatrick 24 months ago
8 out of 10, and totally ashamed of myself!
AgingDisgracefully 24 months ago
Don't miss the end of Episode 5.
Perry says, "I'm holding out for a sulky boy."
That one should be explained! The episode was called The Case Of The Sulky Girl and it referenced a character who wanted to recieve a trust held by a disapproving uncle! As it turned out, she was secretly married and was expecting a baby. Perry was hoping for a male child as most men of that era did! However, it takes a different twist when you know about Raymond Burr's lifestyle...LOL! But here's another twist: Perry defends the husband when he is accused of murdering the uncle! Believe it or not, the characters' names reference another MeTV show! Here's a hint: It would be "a riot" if the husband thought the uncle wrote "Swannie River" [and no, the uncle's name wasn't Steven Foster...LOL!] !
Fuentino 24 months ago
Looking to binge watch the series first chance I get.
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