Who said it: Perry Mason or Matlock?

Try to distinguish between TV's best criminal defense attorneys.

Perry Mason was the original TV attorney that ruled the courtroom. His show premiered in 1957, then later in 1985, the producer Dean Hargrove brought Perry Mason back for TV movies.

It was the same Dean Hargrove who created the character of Ben Matlock from the very Perry Mason-esque 1986 TV series Matlock. Starring Andy Griffith, Matlock boasted just as much cred as a criminal defense attorney as Perry Mason, but with just a little more humor than Raymond Burr brought to his role.

That's why we think viewers who watched one or both shows will be able to separate the two attorneys by the distinct attitudes of the quotes we've pulled from each series below. Good luck!

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  1. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "I tried to point out that it was irrelevant, incompetent and immaterial."
  2. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "I'd sooner eat a live chicken than be your lawyer!"
  3. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "He couldn't kill anyone. He might bore them to death..."
  4. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "I wasn't aware there was a law forbidding an attorney from seeing his client."
  5. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "I know the prosecutor in this case, and she is a very tough cookie."
  6. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "Do you know what happens to little girls who lie to their lawyers?"
  7. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "It's your duty to answer questions. You don't have to run around giving out information."
  8. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "I always make sense. I'm a rational, reasonable man."
  9. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "Isn't it a shame. You killed the wrong person."
  10. Who said it, Perry Mason or Matlock? "What kind of happiness can you build on someone else's misfortune?"

Who said it: Perry Mason or Matlock?

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Lacey 10 months ago
Ouch, 7/10.
I hoped I would do better.
EllisClevenger 12 months ago
You got 10 out of 10
No more questions, your honor. You’re good at this game!
jerischopp 12 months ago
10/10. Never saw Matlock, but Loved Perry Mason
DIGGER1 12 months ago
You got 9 out of 10
No more questions, your honor. You’re good at this game!
Terrence 12 months ago
You have to really look at the question and decide who would actually say those words. I'm good at deduction.........................9/10
legion1a 12 months ago
7 of 10.
I have never even seen even one single episode of Matlock, but I never miss Perry Mason, when possible!
Did Hamilton Burger's close friends call him Ham Burger?
Was that a writter's joke that we wern't supposed to get?
EllisClevenger legion1a 12 months ago
No, the character name "Hamilton Burger' was not an inside joke for the writers.
The character was first introduced by Erle Stanley Gardner in the book 'The Case of the Velvet Claws' (1933).
MrBill 12 months ago
8/10; not bad only missed a couple that I should have gotten. I usually do not do well on these types of quizzes but did good on this one.
Jeffrey 13 months ago
You got 6 out of 10 -----------We're afraid your score is indefensible.
Barry22 13 months ago
10/10, and pretty much guessed. Had to think about the personality of the character.
KatHat 13 months ago
7/10
5 added bonus points if you read these in the voices of Matlock and Mason!
EllisClevenger KatHat 12 months ago
I guess I aced this quiz, then. 15/10. That's how I found the right answer. If it didn't fit one voice, the answer was the other person.
anthony 13 months ago
7/10.In honor of this quiz I wrote a lttle poem.
I thought MeTV would say my score was comendable👍,but they said it was indefendable.👎

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MrsPhilHarris 13 months ago
9/10 Missed Moth-Eaten Mink.
DIGGER1 MrsPhilHarris 12 months ago
I also missed Question #7.
nemalki 13 months ago
10/10. I know my TV lawyers. Or at least how they speak.
cperrynaples 13 months ago
8/10! Most of these were obvious: the LA sophistication of Mason vs. the Southern charm of Matlock. In fact, I would argue that 8 and 9 sound more Mason than Matlock, but that would proably make me Hamilton Burger...LOL!!!
8/10. Objection! Both Mr Mason and Mr Matlock are Southern Gentleman lawyers. One practices in the Deep South, and the other practices in Southern California!
Yeah, And they're both DEAD!! Well, at least the actors who played them are.
EllisClevenger Jeffrey 12 months ago
Damn, you escalated that real quick.
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