In another "day in the life" episode, the court staff has to finish 207 cases by midnight. If they do, the 207th defendant, a Texas millionaire with a gambling compulsion, will pay the money to save ...
Judge Harold T. Stone presides over "Night Court", a court which deals with petty crimes which can be dealt with in a dime-a-dozen manner. Invariably, the cases appearing before the court are bizarre, but that's ok because Judge Stone is not your regular judge. He's assisted by a motley crew of clerks and District Attorneys who often create as much chaos as the criminals they bring in for trial.Written by
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Over the shows 9 seasons four different actresses played the public defender role. Gail Strickland played Sheila Gardiner in the pilot only in 1984. For the rest of the first season Paula Kelly played Liz Williams. Kelly earned an Emmy nomination for best supporting actress for the 1983-84 season for her work but it was never made publicly clear as to why she was let go from the series after season one. Starting with season two producers wanted Markie Post in the role and even had her on as a guest star as Christine Sullivan in the the second episode of season two. Post was unable to get out of contract with the series The Fall Guy and thus producers hired Ellen Foley to play Billie Young during the 1984-85 season. As season three began in 1985, Post become available and thus she replaced Foley playing Christine Sullivan from 1985 to 1992, the duration of the series. See more »
In the cafeteria, the exit doors are labeled with "These Doors Must Remain Unlocked During Business Hours". This is a California State requirement (where the series is shot), and is not seen in New York (where the series is set). See more »
[approaches the cafeteria table where everyone is sitting. He is wearing boxers and a t-shirt]
Oh, don't worry, Your Honor. I'm just having one of those dreams where you show up to work in your underwear.
Bull, this isn't a dream.
[everyone shakes their heads]
[Bull runs out]
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I loved this show while it was on. In the beginning it followed the same premise of Barney Miller depicting the fact that city officials are just people themselves doing a job, but with the incredibly gorgeous Markie Post on the show for every one to drool over, the show became wildly cartoony, illogical and wild while it kept all the straight and contemplative issues that had made it a hit. Post really saved this show with her too perfect to be real figure while she followed the rigid restraints of a nun. John Larroquette was her perfect nemesis as the lecherous but snobbish Dan Fielding and Harry Anderson as the judge with a Peter Pan complex. The supporting staff of Charlie Robinson, Marsha Warfield and the ever likeable Richard Moll also became stars in this incredible show, but it had really lost its steam when Christine lost her virginity to have a baby and Dan found his morals. From there, the show just wasn't as good, and the roller coaster ride, as great as it was, was over.
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