How to watch Perry Mason on HBO and HBO Max

How to watch Perry Mason on HBO Max
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Perry Mason start time, channel

Perry Mason's second episode just started at 9 p.m. Eastern today (Sunday, June 28) on HBO and streams on HBO Max.

Tonight, we see more of one of the most most iconic characters (rebooted) as we watch Perry Mason online at HBO Max and on HBO. The limited series, which premiered June 21, is already a big hit for HBO — it was the network's biggest debut in two years, drawing more viewers than Watchmen and The Outsider.

The new Perry Mason show centers on the character that first appeared in written Erle Stanley Gardner's novels, published between 1933 and 1973. Perry Mason has also been adapted into movies and TV shows, most notably the CBS drama that ran from 1957 to 1966.

But HBO's version is definitely not your parents' or grandparents' Perry Mason. As played by Emmy winner Matthew Rhys (formerly of The Americans), the character is a down-and-out, hard-boiled private investigator with a troubled past. Set in 1932, the show depicts Los Angeles as its prospering thanks to an oil boom, the film industry, the summer's Olympic Games, and a massive evangelical Christian revival.

In the pilot episode, Perry and his partner Pete Strickland (Shea Whigam) are catching a Hollywood actor breaking his morality clause. Then, Perry is called on by attorney E.B. Jonathan (John Lithgow) to help investigate the case of a kidnapped and murdered boy. But he has no idea what he's gotten drawn into.

Here's everything you need to know about how to watch Perry Mason online at HBO Max and on HBO. Plus, watch the trailer below:

How to watch Perry Mason anywhere, with a VPN

Just because HBO and HBO Max aren't available everywhere doesn't mean you need to miss Perry Mason if you're away from home. Watching along with the rest of the internet can be pretty easy. With the right VPN (virtual private network), you can stream the show from wherever you go.

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How to watch Perry Mason in the US

American viewers can watch Perry Mason every Sunday at 9 p.m. Eastern if they subscribe to HBO through their cable or satellite package. 

If you've already cut the cord, you can watch Insecure season 4 on HBO Max. 


HBO Max is the new kid on the streaming block but it's already got a ton to offer. First, it's got all of HBO, which means you can stream Perry Mason, Game of Thrones, The Sopranos, The Wire, Sex and the City and all of premium network's prestige series. Additionally, HBO Max has a huge library filled by WarnerMedia's brands. So, it's the place to watch all of Friends, all of The Big Bang Theory, all of South Park and more. Plus, the service has originals like the Anna Kendrick rom-com Love Life.

How to watch Perry Mason in Canada

Canadians don't have to miss out on the case. They can watch Perry Mason on the same day and time as the U.S. airing, on Crave. 

How to watch Perry Mason in the UK

Good news, Brits. You can watch Perry Mason every Monday night at 9 p.m. on Sky Atlantic.

Perry Mason cast

The Perry Mason cast is headlined by Matthew Rhys, the Emmy Award-winning actor who previously starred in The Americans. 

Joining him are:

  • Juliet Rylance as Della Street, the loyal legal secretary of E.B. Jonathan
  • Chris Chalk as Paul Drake, a beat cop
  • Shea Whigham as Pete Strickland, Mason's work partner
  • Tatiana Maslany as Sister Alice McKeegan, a preacher at the Radiant Assembly of God
  • John Lithgow as Elias Birchard "E.B." Jonathan, an attorney and regular employer of Perry Mason
  • Nate Corddry as Matthew Dodson, a grocery store owner whose 1-year-old son, Charlie, is kidnapped
  • Gayle Rankin as Emily Dodson, Charlie Dodson's mother
  • Veronica Falcón as Lupe Gibbs, a pilot who is romantically involved with Mason
  • Jefferson Mays as Virgil Sheets, a city morgue worker
  • Madeline Zima as Velma Fuller, a young up-and-coming actress
  • Lili Taylor as Birdy McKeegan, Alice's mother and advisor
  • Andrew Howard as Detective Ennis, a LAPD detective
  • Eric Lange as Detective Holcomb, a LAPD detective
  • Robert Patrick as Herman Baggerly, a powerful man who hires E.B. and Mason to investigate the kidnapping
  • Stephen Root as Maynard Barnes, the district attorney for Los Angeles

Kelly Woo
Streaming Editor

Kelly is the streaming channel editor for Tom’s Guide, so basically, she watches TV for a living. Previously, she was a freelance entertainment writer for Yahoo, Vulture, TV Guide and other outlets. When she’s not watching TV and movies for work, she’s watching them for fun, seeing live music, writing songs, knitting and gardening.