“Perry Mason” is a different type of series as it is not a Western at all, and has a solo protagonist. But it shares the same critical period as “1923,” and deals with the same cultural issues and challenges faced in the 1930s as the nation reeled from the Great Depression. It’s also a prequel, and few saw it coming, telling the story of famous TV lawyer Perry Mason (Matthew Rhys) – who has been appearing for decades on numerous TV series and radio dramas since the 1940s.
Here, Mason is not a lawyer, but a private detective, working out of Los Angeles. His organization is not successful, however, and he is still haunted by what happened during the First World War when he faced a new and terrible crime that was dropped at his feet. Introduced by his mentor, lawyer Elias Birchard Jonathan (John Lithgow), Mason investigates a violent child stealing and murdering at the behest of industrialist Herman Baggerly (Robert Patrick), the boy’s grandfather. But dealing with his own personal struggles, Mason must get to the truth, and confront a rival cop named Ennis (Andrew Howard) whose motives are unclear.
Boasting a star-studded cast that includes Tatiana Maslany, Matt Vashoma, Gretchen Mol, Andrew Divoff, and Andrew Stanford in addition to Rhys and Lithgow, “Mason” received critical acclaim and was renewed for a second season, to be released in 2023.