Perry Mason is a show of creative story lines that keep you guessing. What's more, it's a fascinating glimpse into second-generation TV programs, when the competition was based on plot and intrigue and less on copycat styling. Perry Mason was one of the originals, setting that style for years to come. It's an hour-long show with 53 minutes of actual program, rather than today's 44 minutes per hour. Plus, there are 39 episodes in the first season alone. Sure, it's black and white, but after ten minutes, you won't even notice. And that theme song, itself, is a classic, written specifically for the show, a jazz-noir piece with few equals in the TV theme genre.