The Judge ran for a dozen years as a local show on WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio until it was picked up and syndicated by CBS. It centered on family court situations and involved children and ... See full summary »
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1989   1988   1987   1986   Unknown  
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 Attorney Marvin Girard (18 episodes, 1988-1989)
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The Judge ran for a dozen years as a local show on WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio until it was picked up and syndicated by CBS. It centered on family court situations and involved children and adolescents in custody, paternity, delinquency and adoption hearings. Originally called Custody Court, it was based on real-life cases and in fact, was planned to show actual hearings. It was entirely scripted, even the decision, and usually had added melodramatic details. Judge Robert Franklin was played by actor Bob Shield who passed away in 1997. By pure coincidence..there is a Judge in Toledo,OH by the name of Robert Franklin. Written by RJ

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Judge Robert J Franklin: I'm Judge Robert J. Franklin. I chose the law as my way of serving my fellow citizens. As a judge in the Family Court, I pray each day God will always give me the wisdom to always temper justice with mercy.
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A great show (mostly)...
23 March 2003 | by (Long Island, NY) – See all my reviews

I used to watch this show in my early teens and really liked it. True, it was all a dramatization, but I think that the show also portrayed some good moral values (Respect, honesty, caring...etc.). Also, I kind of liked Judge Franklin. He managed to get his points across without doing anything really outrageous. He seemed like a nice, upstanding, well-respected guy. He seemed to enjoy serving his community. Also, I think he was very compassionate and gentle, especially with children. Some of the cases portrayed on the show were interesting, at least what I remember of them.

The only criticism that I would have is that there were moments when the show became so unrealistic and so...I don't know, sentimental, that it got on my nerves.:( It didn't really have anything to do with Judge Franklin or any character in particular. Just the show in general. Sometimes I would watch an episode, and as I followed the story line, I would be thinking, "Get real." (Feeling some annoyance). But other than that, it was a show that I liked even better than I like some of the court shows that are on now.

I wouldn't mind seeing a few reruns of or chatting with others about this show.:) I have fond memories of watching it, among other childhood memories.:)


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