Night Court - TV Series
The sitcom Night Court had a solid nine season run on NBC from 1984 - 1992. The shows three main stars were Harry Anderson, John Larroquette and Markie Post, but also included some notable guest stars including Michael J. Fox, Fran Drescher, and Michael Richards. Night Court was nominated for an impressive 31 Emmys, winning seven times.
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Night Court was created without comedian/magician Harry Anderson in mind, but Anderson auditioned with the claim that he was Harry Stone. Anderson had developed a following with his performances on Saturday Night Live and made several successful appearances as "Harry the Hat" on another NBC sitcom, Cheers. (For the first several years of its run, Night Court aired on NBC Thursday nights after Cheers.) In later seasons, while Anderson remained the key figure, John Larroquette became the breakout personality, winning a number of awards and many fans for his performance as the lecherous Dan Fielding.
The comedy style on Night Court changed as the series progressed. During its initial seasons, the show was often compared to Barney Miller. In addition to being created by a writer of that show, Night Court (like Barney Miller) was set in New York City, featured quirky, often dry humor, and dealt with a staff who tried to cope with a parade of eccentric, often neurotic criminals and complainants. Furthering this comparison, these criminals and complainants were routinely played by character actors who had made frequent guest appearances on Barney Miller: Stanley Brock, Philip Sterling, Alex Hentlehoff, and many others. But while the characters appearing in the courtroom (and the nature of their transgressions) were often whimsical, bizarre or humorously inept, in the early years of Night Court, the show still took place in the 'real world'. In fact, in an early review of the show, Time magazine called Night Court, with its emphasis on non-glamorous, non-violent petty crime, the most realistic law show on the air.
Gradually, however, Night Court abandoned its initial 'real world' setting, and morphed into what could best be described as broad, almost slapstick type of comedy. Logic and realism were frequently....(read more)
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Harry Anderson's role as Judge Harry Stone was initially offered to Robert Klein, but Klein wanted more money than NBC was willing to pay.
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Created by Reinhold Weege. With Harry Anderson, John Larroquette, Richard Moll. An eccentric fun-loving judge presides over an urban night court and all the silliness going on there.
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- Night Court (a Titles & Air Dates Guide)
A guide listing the titles and air dates for episodes of the TV series Night Court.
- Night Court | TV Show
The honorable Judge Harry T. Stone is a young hip, jeans wearing, liberal eccentric; and he presides over New York Manhattan Night Court.
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