Retired judge Joseph Wapner decides actual small-claims court cases in a California studio. After each case is decided, the parties are often interviewed to obtain their reactions.
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Joseph Wapner ...
 Himself - Judge (3 episodes, 1981-1993)
Rusty Burrell ...
 Himself - Bailiff (3 episodes, 1981-1993)
Jack Harrell ...
 Himself - Announcer (2 episodes, 1981-1993)
Doug Llewelyn ...
 Himself - Announcer and Reporter / ... (2 episodes, 1981-1989)
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Retired judge Joseph Wapner decides actual small-claims court cases in a California studio. After each case is decided, the parties are often interviewed to obtain their reactions. Written by Eric Sorensen

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Seen show you seen them all.
18 July 2004 | by (Winnipeg) – See all my reviews

This show started all the other court shows. They have judge Judy, the black guy, and the bald white guy court show. The origional is better, because of Judge Wopner. The other judges play up for the camra, and I found Wopner less dramatic. I did learn how the US small claims court system works. I remember the episode with the the boy friend who took his fridge back, the dog bite women, and the guy who faked wiplash. After a while the show became redundant. The shows seems to have more problem people. I bet the court system is full of problem people or they probably wound not be there. I hope they don't make anymore court shows.


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