Night Court

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Disorder in the court! That's the order of the day when a parade of zany--and often bizarre--characters passes before a rather unconventional and unpredictable judge in the hilarious, Emmy Award-winning Night Court.
Starring
Harry AndersonKaren AustinGail Strickland
Genres
ComedyAnimationKids
Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. All You Need Is Love
    January 4, 1984
    24min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    A young and unusual judge arrives in Manhattan's night court and begins deciding cases in a most unusual manner, much to the horror of his court clerk and all else in the courtroom.
  2. 2. Santa Goes Downtown
    January 11, 1984
    24min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Harry, the wacky night court judge, meets more than his match in a Santa Claus who swears he's just winding down from Christmas and a teenaged shoplifter who hopes to grow up as a 20th century Attila the Hun.
  3. 3. The Former Harry Stone
    January 18, 1984
    23min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    A man is brought before Harry for disorderly conduct after learning his bride-to-be was once a nude centerfold in a men's magazine. Simultaneously, a reporter threatens to expose Harry's criminal past, thereby ruining his career.
  4. 4. Welcome Back, Mama
    February 1, 1984
    24min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    An elderly lonely woman (JANIS PAIGE) surprises Judge Harry Stone (HARRY ANDERSON) when she claims to be his long-lost mother; and a bevy of international beauties are duped by a sleazy beauty pageant promoter (PAUL KREPPEL).
  5. 5. Eye of The Beholder
    February 8, 1984
    24min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The night court staff tries to boost the spirits of burly bailiff Bull Shannon (RICHARD MOLL), who signs up as a volunteer father, then learns he's been rejected because the organization believes his size and appearance would frighten children.
  6. 6. Death Threat
    February 14, 1984
    24min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    The life of Judge Harry Stone (HARRY ANDERSON) seems doomed when a cryptic death threat, wrapped around a rock, comes flying through the window, causing, pandemonium in the courtroom.
  7. 7. Once In Love With Harry
    February 22, 1984
    24min
    13+
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    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    While attorney Dan Fielding seems to be losing the city council election to a dead man, a seemingly naive Judge Harry Stone is surprised to learn a hooker, Carla B., has been frequenting his courtroom because she's fallen in love with him.
  8. 8. Quadrangle of Love
    February 29, 1984
    24min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Prosecutor Dan Fielding (JOHN LARROQUETTE) explodes in a jealous rage after learning his attractive new assistant (CAROLINE McWILLIAMS) is dating other men on the night court staff--among them Judge Harry Stone (HARRY ANDERSON).
  9. 9. Wonder Drug
    March 6, 1984
    24min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Court clerk Lana Wagner upsets the courtroom with bizarre and unpredictable behavior brought on by a reaction to prescribed medication to fight a virus, but it's Judge Harry Stone who must cope with her suddenly overactive libido.
  10. 10. Some Like It Hot
    March 14, 1984
    24min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Judge Harry Stone (HARRY ANDERSON) charges a Russian immigrant (YAKOV SMIRNOFF) with selling stolen merchandise, but the man threatens to set himself on fire if he's sent to jail.
  11. 11. Harry And The Rock Star
    March 20, 1984
    24min
    13+
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    English [CC]
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    English
    Judge Harry Stone (HARRY ANDERSON) falls for a popular rock star (KRISTINE DeBELL), but the romance begins to interfere with order in the courtroom when a group of punk rockers converges on the court looking for their idol.
  12. 12. Bull's Baby
    March 28, 1984
    24min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bailiff Bull Shannon (RICHARD MOLL) worries the staff when he starts coming to work late and looking like he hasn't slept for months. Perhaps the new baby he has acquired is causing his exhaustion!
  13. 13. Hi Honey, I'm Home
    May 31, 1984
    24min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Judge Harry Stone confronts a legal ambiguity as he decides the case of a veteran declared legally dead while missing-in-action who escapes and returns home to his wife only to find she has a new husband.

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Supporting actors
John LarroquetteRichard MollSelma Diamond
Producers
Jeff Melman
Season year
1984
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Aaron JohnsonReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2017
5.0 out of 5 stars
night court should come to prime
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i think this show should be available to prime
its fun to listen to
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RikReviewed in the United States on May 20, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Screwball comedy that works
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I'm a huge fan of Night Court. I realize not everyone will be a fan but for those who like screwball comedy, this fits the bill. I would discuss the actors and their roles through the years but others have posted reviews that adequately address this aspect of the show. What I will add is to note that this is not a "classic" in the truest sense of the word but it is fun, wacky, sometimes a little sappy and almost always very funny. The characters definitely grow on viewers and when Selma Diamond (the first female bailiff) and Florence Halop (second femail bailiff on the show) died, it hit many of us fans hard. The commentary accompanying the series disc shows it affected cast and crew as well.

Finally, among my favorite episodes: Any of the ones with Brent Spiner (one of the Wheelers), the slo-mo guy who almost brings the court to a halt when it needed to rush to be able to help an orphanage. I also loved watching Selma Diamond playing a very stoned Selma after foot surgery. She hadn't missed a day of work since she started and didn't want to miss a day so, after surgery, came to work full of pain meds. That woman never failed to make me laugh.

For those considering buying a season of this show, I suggest starting with an early season. Almost all are terrific but earlier seasons are, IMO, the best. Video quality is not what most might expect in 2018t but it does reflect what was on TV at the time. For some of us who watched when it first came out, it is, in a weird way, "normal." I don't think it actually detracts from the show and, in fact, might even add to the screwball and somewhat "colorful" characters to be found in night courts of NYC.

Enjoy!
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Lee McIntyre, Southern CaliforniaReviewed in the United States on April 25, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
Genius in 30-minute doses
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Reinhold Weege has created a winner - a classic weekly TV comedy series based on the courtroom of an off-beat judge, his uniquely odball staff, and a never-ending series of goofy defendants.

There are numerous personnel changes in the first few seasons of this series that will ultimately have a successful nine-year run. In fact only three of the star's cast members will last the entire series: Harry Anderson as the magic wand-wielding Judge Harry Stone ("Hi, I'm Harry, but then, aren't we all?"), John Larroquette as the ever-selfish and always-lecherous District Attorney Dan Fielding ("I've even had ... den mothers!") and Richard Moll as gargantuan sometimes wise, usually clueless bailiff Bull Shannon ("I don't know what the hell's going on here").

The cast doesn't really settle in until the third season, but by then we've had to say goodby to Karen Austin, Selma Diamond, and Ellen Foley, among others.

If you want to watch a TV series develop, mature, and eventually morph into new directions, you'll want to be sure to start with Season One of Night Court.
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BRADLEY R HUTSONReviewed in the United States on December 7, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
A GREAT set! Now I'm Keeping My Fingers Crossed for Season Two...
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This is a great set of this classic television show's premiere season. All 13 episodes are presented in their original NBC uncut broadcast entirety, clocking in at just over 24 minutes each. I'd seen all of these episodes in syndication as early as 1988, and even then they were already missing some footage for more commercial time. Not here! If you've only seen the edited versions before, you're in for a treat. It was kind of funny seeing the extended scene in the episode "Santa Goes Downtown" where Dan Fielding told Eddie Simms (played by Michael J. Fox) to "go and tease Bull about his hair." Seeing it again on the DVD reminded me that I had actually seen this episode back in 1984 and had forgotten this part due to it's being deemed less important than the almighty advertiser's dollar. It really is great to have the complete versions available to see again!

At the time of this writing, it's been 10 months since the release of this Season One box set. It's unlike Warner Bros. to take so much time between releases of it's TV shows, but for some reason they aren't on the ball with this particular show. However, I still think that they will get around to releasing more seasons. After all, several of the shows they were working on ("Friends", "Gilligan's Island" and "Wonder Woman") have wrapped. It makes sense that this would free up some resources to get to work on some of their thus-far neglected properties (a la "Night Court"). In the meantime, this set will provide you with some great classic entertainment.
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ChrisV82Reviewed in the United States on January 11, 2007
4.0 out of 5 stars
Finally a court where we can laugh at the misery
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The first season of Night Court gets thumbs up for being able to deliver a solid number of chuckles each episode. The characters are interesting to the point where they're almost three-dimensional, and the concept is original enough. All of the actors are competent.

Where the show falters is that, like every other sitcom of its day, problems arise and are resolved in a single episode. Sometimes the problems are intriguing, such as when a prostitute falls in love with Harry because he's actually nice to her, and sometimes they're not, such as when Bull takes care of an abandoned baby. The same is true for the resolutions to those problems - some good, some curious.

There are many notable guest stars for this first season, including appearances by Michael J. Fox, Yakov Smirnoff and the late Barney Martin (the father on "Seinfeld").

The extras on the disc are minimal. There is a commentary on the pilot episode by the series creator, Reinhold Weege, and a short documentary with interviews with Weege and Harry Anderson. Both pieces skirt around the issue of Karen Austin and Paula Kelly, going so far as to ignore them entirely in the documentary, save for a throw away line by Anderson about "the girls" in relation to the cast getting along so well in that first season. I'm not sure why Karen Austin left the cast before the initial season was over, and it would have been nice to actually explain the full goings on behind the scenes.

Overall, though, the show is enjoyable, and holds up well after 20+ years.
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J. M.Reviewed in the United States on March 20, 2006
5.0 out of 5 stars
Very funny first season, we're all waiting for MORE!
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Night Court, the 80's sitcom classic finally arrives on DVD! Season one is a refreshing and very funny introduction to a cast of wacky characters that would soon become TV mainstays for a total of NINE seasons!!!

The first few episodes do exhibit a bit of overacting as the actors try to find their footing, but that isn't unusual for a sitcom or any TV series for that matter. Fortunately the cast and the writers "clicked" after only a few episodes which translates into a very funny first season! You'll find yourself laughing out loud during many of the episodes!

The first season consists of 13 episodes on two discs contained in a standard DVD case. The bonus features are; a short retrospective documentary and also commentary by the series creator.

The only complaint that I have is that Warner Bros. is taking WAY TOO LONG to release the other seasons. I'm also hoping for a few surprises and cool bonus features on future releases!

Season ONE is a fantastic bargain!

Where are the other seasons??????

- JM

P.S.

I actually thought that Karen Austin did a fine job on this series and it's a shame that she was replaced in season TWO. I have never heard anyone discuss the reasons behind her departure and I wonder if it was her choice? It's very strange that her character is removed BEFORE the ending of the first season after a very substantial plot development between Lana and harry!
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AmandaKayReviewed in the United States on November 28, 2020
1.0 out of 5 stars
WORST SD! Jagged & stuttering
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Every episode of this show on my 2 LG tv apps & playstation app stutter. The quality on my phone is fine but I want to watch on my tv. Beware of LGtv app was especially. We have 2 LG tv's both have the same problem.
Mz. MReviewed in the United States on February 21, 2005
4.0 out of 5 stars
$50 and time served!
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Night Court was my absolute favorite prime time TV show when I was a kid. I can't remember exactly how I discovered it, but I remember relying on both syndicated reruns and the current NBC season for my fixes. I had such crushes on Harry Anderson and John Larroquette that I wrote fan letters to them, and even got an 8x10 glossy from Mr. Larroquette (never did get one from Harry...hmph...)

But anyway, the first season of Night Court: it's surprisingly still good after all these years, and I haven't seen much of it since it went off the air, and I've very rarely found it in syndication since then. Perhaps some of the references are dated (oh how we loves the Pia Zadora zingers), not to mention the clothing -- except for the "Harry and the Rock Star" episode: the punks look exactly the same today! :)

However, most importantly the humor is still...well, funny! It also has a lot to do with the characters and how well they're played. On a written page, Selma Diamond's dialogue may not seem like much, but when she says them, it's ALWAYS hilarious. I can't think of an instance where I DIDN'T laugh at her delivery.

You can really see the core characters take shape in this first season. You get to love Harry T. Stone's offbeat sensibility and anticipate the running jokes involving Mel Torme or a lame card trick. You see Dan Fielding's lecherous side come through more and more with each babe who happens to cross his path. You see Bull Shannon transform from a rather scary, lumbering giant into a sweet-hearted, lumbering giant.

Let me also note that the comedy was skillfully offset by an element of drama. And it works because you actually care what happens to the characters.

The abrupt disappearance of court clerk Lana Wagner threw me off and made me wonder why they didn't just write her out, but I guess first seasons don't do that sort of thing, since audiences are still just getting used to the show. The "new girl" Charlie didn't last very long... I did like Liz the defense attorney, and Billie who came after her, but I guess chemistry is the magic word.

There aren't many extras on this DVD set aside from the pilot commentary and a brief retrospective on the show. But maybe the popularity will entice the actors to do something special for upcoming sets. I'm already looking forward to Season Two! Hopefully it'll come within the year.
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