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Night shift Judge Matthew Sirota runs his urban courtroom with humor and common sense. He has a casual romance with his clerk Maureen plus referees between idealistic defender Gail Goodman and zealous prosecutor Bud Nugent.
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 (Series Cast Summary - 6 of 9)

Michael Constantine ... Judge Matthew Sirota (13 episodes, 1976-1977)

Cynthia Harris ... Maureen O'Conner / ... (13 episodes, 1976-1977)

Kathleen Miller ... Gail Goodman / ... (13 episodes, 1976-1977)

Ted Ross ... Sawyer Dabney (13 episodes, 1976-1977)

Fred Willard ... H.R. 'Bud' Nugent / ... (13 episodes, 1976-1977)
Owen Bush ... John Belson / ... (13 episodes, 1976-1977)

Series Directed by
Mel Ferber (11 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Writing credits
Jack Winter (4 episodes, 1976-1977)
Jim Parker (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Judy Pioli (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Marc Sotkin (2 episodes, 1976-1977)
Chris Thompson (2 episodes, 1976-1977)

Series Produced by
Peter Engel .... producer (13 episodes, 1976-1977)
Harvey Miller .... producer (13 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Original Music by
David Shire (13 episodes, 1976-1977)
Series Art Direction by
Seymour Klate (1 episode, 1977)
Series Set Decoration by
Mary Ann Biddle (1 episode, 1977)
Series Other crew
Dana Winseman .... intern (13 episodes, 1976-1977)

C.J. Rapp Pittman .... script supervisor (unknown episodes, 1976)

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USA:30 min
Color (Technicolor)
Aspect Ratio:
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This was the first attempt at what would eventually become (with a different cast and character name changes) the hit series "Night Court" (1984).See more »


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4 out of 6 people found the following review useful.
Sadly Underrated Series, 30 May 2009
Author: dutchs-1 from United States

*** This review may contain spoilers ***

This was one of our favorites during its all too short run. It was witty, compassionate, intelligent, and superior to Night Court by light years. Michael Christopher projected the weary demeanor of someone who had seen every brand of human stupidity but was still fighting the good fight. Upon hearing that a reporter would be sitting in on his court doing research on "the ten worst judges in America," he mused "I wonder who the other nine are." Probably the best episode was the one where a defendant was in for car theft (first offense) and the public defender assured him Sirota would treat him fairly. Unfortunately, Sirota's own car had just been stolen and he threw the book at the guy. Finally the mousy defender musters her courage and upbraids the judge for bias, then concludes that she knows she's going to be cited for contempt, but she had to say it anyway. Sirota tries vainly to get a word in edgewise and finally says "You're right," and reduces the sentence. Is it too late to nominate him for the Supreme Court?

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