YMMV: Perry Mason

  • Awesome Music
  • The CSI Effect: Real-life defense attorneys started to notice a "Perry Mason Syndrome" with juries becoming hesitant to acquit a defendant without a confession from someone else on the stand (the standard is, of course, reasonable doubt). Some prosecutors similarly noticed a hesitance to convict without a confession on the stand.
    • Viewers may not catch on for some time that most of Perry's "trials" are actually pre-trial hearings. They're held to determine whether or not there should even be a trial. Part of the reason it was done this way was to avoid having to cast twelve more people to play a jury.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight:
    • In one episode, Mason defends a man played by Robert Stack. Decades later, Raymond Burr hosted the first Unsolved Mysteries special before Robert Stack took over the job.
    • Some of Raymond Burr's previous roles as The Heavy (or, in the case of Rear Window, the murderer) could count as this thanks to Perry Mason eventually becoming Burr's best-known role. In fact, Burr had played the District Attorney in one film.
  • Ho Yay: *The Case of the Jaded Joker": Comedian Danny Ross lives in a house with a man named Freddie Green, and they seem to spend a lot of time together. Danny is also adamant that Perry represent Freddie.
    Paul Drake: One day, [Freddie]'s picking up pennies, doing two-bit errands for any guy that's got two bits in his pocket. The next day, he's living in luxury at Ross's expense.
  • Les Yay:
    • In "The Case of the Gilded Lily", Mrs. Brent and the secretary, Enid Griffin seem to take more of a liking to one another than one would expect for mere acquaintances.
    • In "The Case of the Foot-Loose Doll", the false Fern Driscoll seems to have a kind of thing for the just-dumped fiancée, Mildred.
  • Only the Creator Does It Right: Some fans apply this to any revival done after Erle Stanley Gardner died in 1970.
  • The Scrappy: David Gideon, an eager young law student brought in to assist Perry. He doesn't last.