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Night Court 

TV-14 | | Comedy | TV Series (1984–1992)
An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.


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Nominated for 2 Golden Globes. Another 12 wins & 32 nominations. See more awards »


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Judge Harold T. Stone presides over "Night Court", a court which deals with petty crimes which can be dealt with in a dime-a-dozen manner. Invariably, the cases appearing before the court are bizarre, but that's ok because Judge Stone is not your regular judge. He's assisted by a motley crew of clerks and District Attorneys who often create as much chaos as the criminals they bring in for trial. Written by Murray Chapman <muzzle@cs.uq.oz.au>

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Release Date:

4 January 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

The Harry Anderson Show  »

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(193 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


The series was notorious for "recycling" actors and actresses in different roles. For example, Jack Riley appeared as Emil Dutton, Warren Wilson, Dr. Flick, Beepo the Clown, Mr. FrouFrou, and Jim Wimberly, Judy Landers appeared as an unnamed girl (Dan's date), Maj. Roberta Savage, and Vickie Guyer. See more »


The series often describes "unattractive" people (Bull most-often, but not exclusively) as looking "Cro-Magnon". This is incorrect. We -- modern folks -- are Cro-Magnon (homo sapiens sapiens). "Neanderthall" (homo sapiens neanderthalensis) would be the better term of offense. (See Wikipedia for a discussion.) See more »


[Mac walks in on Bull who is leaning over the rear end of a horse]
Bull Shannon: Hi, Mac; it's not what you think!
Mac Robinson: God, I hope not!
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Referenced in Mystery Science Theater 3000: 12 to the Moon (1994) See more »

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Sleaze done correctly. Great show.
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Night Court was one of a series of great sitcoms that aired during NBC's dominance in the late 80's. The ongoing careers and lives of a judge, his lawyers, and other officials was probably the best sitcom in the line-up along with The Golden Girls.

Unlike today's sitcoms where everyone portrays Woody Allen and has "sex on the brain", only one man, ONE MAN, in the cast was thinking non-stop about sexing. John Laroquette, as Dan Fielding; Assistant DA of New York, was brilliant in portraying the sleazy, sexually-addicted hunk. He won 4 Emmys for his portrayal (more then anyone else currently in T.V. comedy will ever hope to win). There were episodes where he alone made the show a gas. But you also have Harry Anderson's Judge Harold T. Stone; who's flair for magic and Mel Torme made him a much-loved star and 6'9 bailiff Nostradamus "Bull" Shannon helped make a name for Richard Moll as he played the simple-minded Forrest Gump-type lug that people would want to know. The other cast members were superb as well, especially as soon as they brought in Markie Post as the permanent Public Defender and deadpan comic Marsha Warfield as Bailiff Roz Russell in 1986. The cast stayed together until 1992 and it gelled beautifully.

With great stories and lots of hilarity, the show ruled, and although it was adult in nature because of Larroquette's character, it did it in a classy way. You couldn't hate Dan, he just had charm and flair, and wasn't something from "Friends". I believe this show is still running on A&E so if you've never seen this classic sit-com, give it a try and see what a sit-com is supposed to be like.

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