Advertisements I hope it gets better. I was a significant way into the premiere before I realized that Matthew Rhys was Perry Mason. The original Perry Mason show was something old people watched when I was a kid. I knew it was a courtroom drama and that he was a brilliant lawyer but that was about it since I had never watched an episode or if I had, can't remember doing so. Based on that knowledge, I was shocked that this Perry Mason is a down and out, shady private detective with little scruples. I know the series is based on books so maybe that's how he started out. Either way, Matthew Rhys doesn't strike me as suited for the character. But that's after one episode. Maybe he'll grow on me.