Well, it's taken me a year, but we're finally ready to adjudicate the best defendant from Season 1 of Perry Mason.
Because we have an ungainly number of defendants, we've got a staggered bracket. I simply seeded defendants by their episode number. Evelyn Bagby (TCOT Restless Redhead) was #1, Peter Cole (TCOT Sleeperwalker's Niece) was #2, etc, with defendants 25-40 in a play-in tournament.
What a first round!
A battle of the aged actresses as Lenore Shanewise (TCOT Fiery Fingers) goes against Lurene Tuttle (TCOT Substitute Face)
A battle of the Reeds as Helen Reed (TCOT Deadly Double) faces off against Daniel Reed (TCOT Rolling Bones)
The battle of the step-parents as Lisa Bannister (TCOT Desperate Daughter) goes against Joseph Harrison (TCOT Prodigal Parent)
Those are just three of the first-round matchups.
You can expect one matchup per day as we march towards crowning a Season 1 Defendants champion. I hope you're excited as I am! Let the tournament begin!