N is for “Night Court”

“Night Court” was an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a municipal court presided over by a young, unorthodox judge, the Honorable Harold “Harry” T. Stone (Harry Anderson). The series was created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, who had previously worked on “Barney Miller” in the 1970s and early 1980s.Stone was a young, hip, jeans-wearing, liberal, wannabe magician, and somewhat eccentric judge presiding over the night shift of a Manhattan courtroom. His views on various cases weren’t always normal, nor were his judgments. The court handled mostly petty crimes that could be dealt with in relatively short order.

Invariably, the cases appearing before Judge Stone were bizarre, but that was okay because Stone was a rather bizarre judge. He was assisted by a motley crew of bailiffs, clerks and District Attorneys who often created as much chaos as the criminals they bring in for trial.

Helping Stone manage the chaos was the not-so-bright yet softhearted courtroom guard Bull (Richard Moll) and egotistical prosecutor Dan Fielding (John Larroquette). Also part of Stone’s crew were passionate public defender Christine Sullivan (Markie Post) and calm court clerk Mac (Charles Robertson). Other members of the ensemble cast included Selma Diamond, Florence Halop, and Marsha Warfield as bailiffs in different seasons, and Mike Finneran as a bumbling “fix-it man” attached to the courthouse. His attempts to fix the courthouse often disrupted Harry’s proceedings in the courtroom.

I thought “Night Court” was a very funny and highly entertaining sitcom.


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32 thoughts on “N is for “Night Court”

  1. Paula Light April 16, 2021 / 6:23 am

    I didn’t watch regularly, but what I saw was definitely good!

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    • Marleen April 16, 2021 / 10:10 pm

      It was fun being reminded of the details. Thanks; brought a joyful smile to my face. Odd, since it had to do with ending up in court. But, as you said, it was over petty crime.

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      • Marleen April 16, 2021 / 10:13 pm

        Oops. Not sure how my comment landed in this location.

        Oh, well 😁

        Thank you, Fandango.

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        • Marleen April 17, 2021 / 12:10 pm

          Wow. I just now noticed how long it aired. I maybe watched the first couple years.

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  2. rugby843 April 16, 2021 / 6:44 am

    One of my non miss oldies 

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    • Fandango April 16, 2021 / 5:26 pm

      I think it was Selma Diamond. When she died after season two, she was replaced by Flo Halop for one season.

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  3. Melanie B Cee April 16, 2021 / 8:27 am

    I never missed watching the weekly episode of “Night Court” as it aired each week. An ensemble cast that just worked so well together too (IMHO).

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    • Fandango April 16, 2021 / 11:09 pm

      I agree. Great show, great cast.

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  4. Lisa Elliott April 16, 2021 / 8:39 am

    I had totally forgotten about Night Court! That was a funny show!! I’m visiting from #aprilatozchallenge

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  5. leigha66 April 20, 2021 / 5:33 pm

    I can’t help but think of this time every time I get an Eskimo Pie migraine/brain freeze. In one episode Bull accidently glued his hands to his head and they asked him if it was another Eskimo Pie migraine… Bull was a great character!

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