At the time that the series was made, Bobby Cannavale (ADA Jeremiah "J.J." Jellinek) was the son-in-law of the series' creator and executive producer Sidney Lumet as he was married to his daughter Jenny Lumet from 1994 to 2003. See more »
This was a series that ran something less than two full seasons. I'm not sure all the episodes listed actually ran.
It had an unusually large and diversified cast, headed by Academy Award winning actor Alan Arkin and the magnificent LaTanya Richardson as diametrically opposed, both judicially and politically, but sill close, New York City judges.
It seems to me producer Lumet sought to bring back some of the quality that occasionally surfaced in the early days of live TV drama. I think he succeeded brilliantly. While the series slightly lost focus in its' second season, due mainly to cast defections and resulting plot line changes, it was, IMHO, head and shoulders above most of what passes for dramatic TV these days.
It is always a joy to see artists the likes of Arkin, Richardson, et al, applying their craft in an obviously friendly environment.
So far as I know, this two season series is not available on DVD. It should be.
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