This May is "Perry May-Son" on MeTV

All month we celebrate this timeless TV show with its greatest and most fascinating episodes.

Beginning next Monday, May 1, we will pay tribute to the greatest legal mind in television history — Perry Mason. That's right, it's "Perry MAYson" on MeTV.

Born out of the cracking crime fiction of Erle Stanley Gardner, this ace defense lawyer became a pop culture phenomenon with the premiere of Perry Mason in 1957. Star Raymond Burr portrayed the character for nearly 40 years, in multiple series and TV movies until his death in 1993.

This month-long programming event also coincides with the centennial celebration of Raymond Burr, who was born on May 21, 1917.

So, what exactly does "Perry MAYson" entail? Each weeknight in May, we are highlighting notable episodes of Perry Mason in the show's regular 11:30PM | 10:30C time slot. There will be four weekly themes: "Celebrity Guest Stars Week," "You Win Some, You Lose Some Week," "Classic Cases Week" and "Now You See Him (Twice), Now You Don't Week."

These gems offer visiting TV celebrities, movie stars, rare losses… and even a splash of color! Here's a breakdown of what you will see in "Perry MAYson."

Celebrity Guest Star Week: May 1–5

Monday, May 1, at 11:30PM | 10:30C
Robert Redford in “The Case of the Treacherous Toupee”

Tuesday, May 2, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
Leonard Nimoy in “The Case of the Shoplifter’s Shoe”

Wednesday, May 3, at 11:30PM | 10:30C  
Marion Ross in “The Case of the Romantic Rogue”

Thursday, May 4, at 11:30PM | 10:30C  
Barbara Eden in “The Case of the Angry Mourner”

Friday, May 5, at 11:30PM | 10:30C   
Burt Reynolds in “The Case of the Counterfeit Crank”

You Win Some, You Lose Some Week: May 8–12

Monday, May 8, at 11:30PM | 10:30C    
“The Case of the Terrified Typist”
The jury returns a guilty verdict that is eventually overturned. This is the one of the three cases Mason lost.

Tuesday, May 9, at 11:30PM | 10:30C   
“The Case of the Deadly Verdict”
Mason’s client is sentenced to death in gas chamber, though he eventually proves her innocence. This is the second of three cases he lost.

Wednesday, May 10, at 11:30PM | 10:30C
“The Case of the Witless Witness”
The jury hands down a guilty verdict to Mason’s client. This is the third of the three cases he lost — and the only loss that was not reversed! 

Thursday, May 11, at 11:30PM | 10:30C
“The Case of the Cautious Coquette”
This episode was selected as a fan favorite based upon results from various internet voting sites.

Friday, May 12, at 11:30PM | 10:30C
“The Case of the Lonely Heiress”
Another episode that was selected as a fan favorite based upon results from various internet voting sites.

Classic Cases Week: May 15–19

Monday, May 15, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of the Twice-Told Twist”
The only episode out of 271 that was filmed in color! It was a test for a proposed tenth season, which was supposed to be filmed in color, but the show was canceled before that could ever happen. It looks — and sounds — much different than the rest of the series.

Tuesday, May 16, at 11:30PM | 10:30C
“The Case of the Moth-Eaten Mink”
It was the first episode ever filmed, based on one of the best Erle Stanley Gardner novels.

Wednesday, May 17, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of the Velvet Claws”
The story is taken from the very first Perry Mason novel in 1933. It is also noteworthy because it is one of a few that takes place outside the common courtroom.

Thursday, May 18, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of Paul Drake’s Dilemma”
Perry Mason finds himself defending his private investigator Paul Drake against murder!

Friday, May 19, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of the Final Fade-Out”
Erle Stanley Gardner, the show’s creator and author of the Perry Mason novels, plays the judge in the final courtroom scene. Various members of the crew play minor roles throughout the episode. Dick Clark also guest stars.

Now You See Him (Twice), Now You Don’t Week: May 22–26

Monday, May 22, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of the Dead Ringer”
Double the Burr! In this fan favorite, Burr plays two roles, which sees the star go grizzled as “Grimes,” a man with a few scars on his face, messy white hair and a gritty accent.

Tuesday, May 23, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of Constant Doyle”
Screen legend Bette Davis replaced Mason while he was recuperating from surgery. Burr appears in a few scenes in a hospital bed.

Wednesday, May 24, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of the Two-Faced Turn-a-bout”
Hugh O’Brian, known for his portrayal of Wyatt Earp on TV series The Life and Legend of Wyatt Earp, replaced Mason in this one.

Thursday, May 25, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of the Bullied Bowler"
 Mike Connors, best known as Mannix, replaces Burr in this one as he recuperates from jaw surgery.

Friday, May 25, at 11:30PM | 10:30C 
“The Case of the Thermal Thief”
Veteran actor Barry Sullivan took the lead in this one ,while Burr continued his recuperation from jaw surgery.

Of course, we air Perry Mason twice every weekday on MeTV. The 9AM | 8C edition will continue its regular sequential run through the original series.

Tune in for some of the greatest legal drama of all time!

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