Chapter One
Perry Mason Season 1

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In 1931 Los Angeles, PI Perry Mason is hired by attorney E.B. Jonathan to solve a perplexing case involving the brutal kidnapping of 1-year-old Charlie Dodson, whose parents Matthew and Emily were targeted for a $100,000 ransom. After meeting with Herman Baggerly, a millionaire elder at the Dodsons' church, Perry, E.B., and E.B.'s legal secretary Della Street ponder why a family of unmistakably modest means would be extorted for such a steep price. Series premiere.


Matthew Rhys
as Perry Mason
John Lithgow
as Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan
Juliet Rylance
as Della Street
Tatiana Maslany
as Sister Alice McKeegan
Chris Chalk
as Paul Drake
Shea Whigham
as Pete Strickland
Andrew Howard
as Detective Ennis
Eric Lange
as Detective Holcomb
Nathan Corddry
as Matthew Dodson
Stephen Root
as Maynard Barnes
Robert Patrick
as Herman Baggerly
Lili Taylor
as Birdy McKeegan
Jefferson Mays
as Virgil Sheets
Gayle Rankin
as Emily Dodson
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Critic Reviews for Chapter One

Creators Ron Fitzgerald and Rolin Jones have managed to establish authenticity whilst affording themselves creative licence to bring in some modern day touches.

Jul 2, 2020 | Full Review…

"Chapter One" is a gorgeous hour of television that is possibly just trying the slightest bit too hard.

Jun 22, 2020 | Full Review…

Written by Rolin Jones and Ron Fitzgerald, and directed by Tim Van Patten, "Chapter One" is more pulp novel than law book.

Jun 21, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…