Friday, June 17, 2022

Power Rankings: Perry Mason episodes ranked by title

With 270+ episodes, it's tough to know where to begin with a classic show like Perry Mason. You could seek out episodes that offer something different than the usual formula, as I mentioned on the podcast, or you could look for notable guest stars. How about looking at the titles?

The series has great, usually alliteriative names for its stories--marvelous monikers, if you will. Maybe you can't judge a book by its cover, but I looked at all the episode titles and ranked them in order without having necessarily seen them!

In chronological order:

The Case of the Perjured Parrot S2: I want Perry to call the parrot's testimony incompetent, irrelevant, and immaterial!

The Case of the Garrulous Gambler S3: I hope the character in question has a 10-gallon hat and annoys Mason by slapping him on the back all the time.

The Case of the Treacherous Toupee S4: I have to include this one since the title lured us into covering it on the podcast!

The Case of the Loquacious Liar S4: It does roll off the tongue, doesn't it?

The Case of the Shapely Shadow S5: Imagine Mason in court referring to the "rather shapely shadow," with a grin.

The Case of the Dodging Domino S6:  I want to know what the deuce this IS.

The Case of the Illicit Illusion S7: Could this be Perry against the one force that could topple him in the courtroom...MAGIC?


I mean, nah, magic couldn't even topple Mason in the courtroom. I still hold out hope that magic is involved in the episode.

The Case of the Frustrated Folk Singer S8: My hope is that somehow it leads to Paul Drake clubbing some hippie over the head with his own guitar.

The Case of the Wrathful Wraith S9: Just a great phrase there, but I wonder if they came up with that first and then built a story around it.

The Case of the Positive Negative S9: This has high letdown potential, but I still love the title.

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