Who doesn't laugh when DA Hamilton Burger says: "I hope Mr. Mason doesn't intend to waste the court's time by going on one of his fishing expeditions!"
I love pretty much every season of Perry Mason, but this one is a bit weird! As the show's stars aged gracefully, the producers
decided to focus on youth culture. So the episodes have teenagers, British pop-stars, Dick Clark, shyster talent managers, coffee houses replete with '60's dancing, motorcycles, fast cars, & surfing references. Raymond Burr is still the greatest, however he has gained considerable weight & his hair has been plastered down on his head. If anything, he looks like he's preparing for the infinitely-inferior "Ironsides" series.
While it's interesting to see the one episode shot in color, I feel it's perhaps the worst show of all 9 seasons.
Of course, pandering to a younger audience, it deals with juvenile delinquents & car theft. The whole thing feels strained & Perry & Della seem out of place in a pedestrian teen drama. The other episode people either love or despise is the one where Raymond Burr plays Perry Mason, & also a drunken, loud seaman, as a kind of doppleganger. I find this episode incredibly tiresome w/ hammy overacting, but it is amusing. Luckily, there are several episodes that involve the adult world (& better-quality, experienced actors). The golf club episode is a thing of malicious beauty. I guess if the show had gone another season, they would have had The Monkees & riots on the Sunset Strip. Though I love the late '60's, that world does not work in the more film noir B&W world of Perry Mason. Though unrealistic & with a repetitive formula involving last-minute courtroom confessions, PM is/was one of the best shows ever on television, due to the lead actors chemistry, guest character actors, the lighting, sets & locations. So glad to have 270 episodes to watch throughout my life.
If you get a sense of deja-vu watching this season, it's because about one third of the episodes are re-makes of episodes from the first two seasons.