The People's Court (1981–1993)

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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.

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Unknown   1993   1989   1981  
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Joseph A. 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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Great show, great music
8 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

When I watched "The People's Court" from 1993 through 1994, and again from 1995 through 1996, I tuned in not especially for Judge Joe Wapner, reporter Doug Llewelyn, or bailiff Rusty Burrell. I tuned in because I really liked its theme song. Okay, you don't have to like the theme song to like this show. Wapner was a tough judge, Llewelyn was not too rowdy when interviewing the litigants, and Burrell was not much of a distraction. I really like the show's theme music, composed by Allan Tew, especially when the piccolo played when the camera zoomed in on the show's logo at the beginning to finish off the "What you are witnessing is real..." spiel. If only this show would be rerun again, and if it was, it would most likely be on Court TV; but for now, I'll have to settle for "Judge Judy". Give kudos to Ralph Edwards and Stu Billett for this show, the talent, and, of course, great theme music.


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