DVD 313 mins IMDB 7.7
NR (Not Rated)
Night Court: The Complete 1st Season
Warner Bros. (1984)
In Collection
#319

Seen It:
Yes
Comedy
USA  /  English

Harry Anderson Judge Harold T. Stone 
Karen Austin
Selma Diamond Bailiff Selma Hacker
Ellen Foley
Paula Kelly
John Larroquette Asst. D.A. Dan Fielding 
Richard Moll Baliff Nostradamus Shannon 
Markie Post Public Defender Christine Sullivan 
Charles Robinson Court Clerk MacIntosh Robinson
Marsha Warfield

Director Kevin Sullivan; Jay Sandrich; John Larroquette; Charles Robinson
Producer Jeff Melman

One of the zaniest and bawdiest shows to hit network primetime in the 1980s, Night Court starred Harry Anderson as the Mel Tormé-loving, magic-playing, too-young judge Harry Stone presiding over the night beat of New York. Joining him were lecherous assistant district attorney Dan (John Larroquette), bald Bunyanesque bailiff Bull (Richard Moll), uptight court clerk Lana (Karen Austin), earnest public defender Elizabeth (Paula Kelly), and grizzled bailiff Selma (Selma Hacker).

In between cases involving ladies of the evening, a derelict who thinks he's Santa, and sparring spouses, the court staff spends most of their spare time trying to figure out the judge's age and background, making jokes about Bull's imposing appearance, or, in Dan's case, propositioning any woman who comes along. Among the first-season guest stars, Michael J. Fox takes a break from Family Ties to play a young tough, while Soviet comedian Yakov Smirnoff (there's a flashback for you!) plays a Russian who threatens to blow up the court. Created by Rheinhold Weege (who co-produced and wrote for Barney Miller), Night Court took off in later years, as the cast solidified with court clerk Mac (Charles Robinson), sexy public defender Christine (Markie Post), and glib bailiff Roz (Marsha Warfield). With better people to bounce off of, Laroquette took home four consecutive Supporting Actor Emmys beginning with the second season. Those were the only major statuettes the series won during its nine-season run, but it did hold down the 9:30 slot of NBC's "must see" Thursday lineup between Cheers and L.A. Law. --David Horiuchi

Edition Details
Series Night Court
Distributor Warner Home Video
Barcode 012569599161
Region Region 1
Release Date 2/8/2005
Packaging Keep Case
Screen Ratio Fullscreen (4:3)
Subtitles English; French; Spanish; English (Closed Captioned)
Audio Tracks Dolby Digital Stereo [English]
Dolby Digital Mono [English]
Layers Single Side, Dual Layer
Nr of Disks/Tapes 2

Features
Disc 1: Night Court: Comedy's Swing Shift Retrospective Documentary Commentary on the Pilot Episode by Creator/Executive Producer Reinhold Weege