“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.