Night Court is an American television sitcom that aired on NBC from January 4, 1984, to May 31, 1992. The setting was the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court, Criminal Court Part 2, presided over by a young, unorthodox judge, Harold T. "Harry" Stone (played by Harry Anderson). The series was created by comedy writer Reinhold Weege, who had previously worked on Barney Miller in the 1970s and early 1980s.
|Created by||Reinhold Weege|
|Opening theme||Jack Elliott|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||193 (list of episodes)|
|Running time||23–24 minutes|
|Production company(s)||Starry Night Productions|
Warner Bros. Television
|Distributor||Warner Bros. Television Distribution|
|Original release||January 4, 1984 –|
May 31, 1992
The following cast members appeared in the opening credits:
The only actors to appear consistently throughout the show's run were Anderson, Larroquette, and Moll.
Every episode of Night Court opens and closes with a jazz-influenced, bass-heavy theme tune composed by Jack Elliott, featuring Ernie Watts on saxophone while featuring video footage of prominent New York City landmarks such as the Brooklyn Bridge and the New York County Courthouse.
Night Court's theme was used in the season 5 Family Guy episode "Bill & Peter's Bogus Journey", featuring animations of former US President Bill Clinton playing saxophone along with Secret Service musicians playing backup.
Night Court's theme was sampled for the remix to Cam'Ron's 1998 single "Horse & Carriage". It was produced by Darrell "Digga" Branch and featured Big Pun, Charli Baltimore, Wyclef Jean and Silkk the Shocker.
|Season||Episodes||Originally aired||Nielsen ratings|
|First aired||Last aired||Rank||Rating||Tied with|
|1||13||January 4, 1984||May 31, 1984||41||12.7||N/A|
|2||22||September 27, 1984||May 9, 1985||20||17.6||N/A|
|3||22||September 26, 1985||May 8, 1986||11||20.9||N/A|
|4||22||October 2, 1986||May 6, 1987||7||23.2||N/A|
|5||22||September 17, 1987||May 12, 1988||7||20.8||N/A|
|6||22||October 26, 1988||May 3, 1989||21||16.9||N/A|
|7||24||September 27, 1989||May 2, 1990||28||14.5||The Simpsons|
Doogie Howser, M.D.
|8||24||September 28, 1990||May 8, 1991||22||16.2||N/A|
|9||22||September 18, 1991||May 31, 1992||60||10.7||N/A|
Night Court received a number of awards and nominations. Both Selma Diamond (in 1985) and John Larroquette (in 1988) earned Golden Globe nominations, but lost to Faye Dunaway and Rutger Hauer respectively. Paula Kelly was nominated for an Emmy after the first season. Larroquette won four consecutive Emmys for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series from 1985 to 1988, before he withdrew his name from the ballot in 1989. Selma Diamond was nominated in 1985, and Anderson received three nominations in 1985, 1986 and 1987. The series received three nominations for Outstanding Comedy Series in 1985, 1987, and 1988. The series also received many awards and nominations in the areas of lighting, editing, sound mixing, and technical direction. The show was nominated for thirty-one Emmys, winning seven.
|American Comedy Awards|
|Year||Category / Episode||Recipient / Nominee||Results||Ref|
|1990||Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series||John Larroquette||Nominated|||
|Creative Arts Emmy Awards|
|1984||Outstanding Costumes in a Series for ("Welcome Back, Mam")||Barbara Murphy||Nominated|
|1984||Outstanding Lighting for a Series for ("Bull's Baby")||John Appleroth||Nominated|
|1985||Outstanding Light for a Series for ("Billie's Valentine")||John Appleroth||Nominated|
|1985||Outstanding Light for a Series for ("Bull Gets a Kid")||Mark Buxbaum||Nominated|
|1985||Outstanding Videotape Editing for a Series for ("The Blizzard")||Jerry Davis||Nominated|
|1986||Outstanding Costumes in a Series for ("Halloween, Too")||Dan Frank
Molly Harris Campbell
|1986||Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series for ("Hurricane")||Jerry Davis||Nominated|
|1986||Outstanding Lighting for a Series for ("Leon We Hardly Knew Ye")||George Spiro Dibie||Nominated|
|1987||Outstanding Multi-Camera Picture Editing for a Series for ("Her Honor – Part 1")||Jerry Davis||Won|
|1987||Outstanding Costumes in a Series for ("A Day in the Life")||Dan Frank
Molly Harris Campbell
|1988||Outstanding Lighting in a Comedy Series for ("Constitution – Part 2")||George Spiro Dibie||Nominated|
|1989||Outstanding Sound Mixing for a Comedy Series or a Special for ("The Last Temptation of Mac")||Klaus Landsberg||Won|
|1989||Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series for ("Yet Another Day in the Life")||Robert G. Holmes||Won|
|1989||Outstanding Lighting for a Comedy Series for ("Danny Got His Gun – Part 3")||Robert Berry||Nominated|
|1990||Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series for ("Come Back To the Five and Dime, Stephen King")||Robert G. Holmes||Nominated|
|1991||Outstanding Lighting for a Comedy Series for ("Hey Harry", "F' Cryin' Out Loud", "It's A Wonderful Like..Sorta")||Charles L. Barbee||Nominated|
|1992||Outstanding Lighting for a Comedy Series for (A Guy Named Phantom – Part 1)"||Charles L. Barbee||Nominated|
|1992||Outstanding Technical Direction/Camera/Video for a Series for ("A Guy Named Phantom – Part 2")||Robert G. Holmes||Nominated|
|Golden Globe Awards|
|1985||Best Supporting Actress — Series, Miniseries or Motion Picture Made for Television||Selma Diamond||Nominated|
|1988||Best Supporting Actor — Series, Miniseries or a Motion Picture Made for Television||John Larroquette||Nominated|
|Online Film & Television Association|
|2013||Television Programs — Hall of Fame||Night Court||Won|||
|Primetime Emmy Awards|
|1984||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Paula Kelly||Nominated|
|1985||Outstanding Comedy Series||Night Court||Nominated|
|1985||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Harry Anderson||Nominated|
|1985||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series||John Larroquette||Won|
|1985||Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Comedy Series||Selma Diamond||Nominated|
|1986||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for ("Best Friends")||John Larroquette||Won|
|1987||Outstanding Comedy Series||Night Court||Nominated|
|1987||Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series||Harry Anderson||Nominated|
|1988||Outstanding Comedy Series||Night Court||Nominated|
|1988||Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series for ("No Hard Feelings")||John Larroquette||Won|
|Television Critics Association|
|1985||Outstanding Achievement in Comedy||Night Court||Nominated|
|Writers Guild of America|
|1985||Episodic Comedy for ("Once in Love with Harry")||Reinhold Weege||Nominated|||
|1987||Episodic Comedy for ("Best of Friends")||Howard Ostroff||Nominated|||
|1988||Episodic Comedy for ("Contempt of Courting")||Tom Straw||Nominated|||
|1989||Episodic Comedy for ("No Hart Feelings")||Tom Straw||Nominated|||
After its primary run in broadcast syndication, the series aired on cable's A&E Network for many years. It was briefly seen later on TV Land from 2005 to 2008, then began airing on Encore Classic on December 2, 2013. Beginning at the end of 2015, the show airs nationally on the Laff digital subchannel.
Aired weekdays on both Comedy Gold and JoyTV.
|DVD Name||Ep. #||Release Date|
|The Complete First Season||13||February 8, 2005|
|The Complete Second Season||22||February 3, 2009|
|The Complete Third Season||22||February 23, 2010|
|The Complete Fourth Season||22||March 1, 2011 (Amazon.com) |
September 1, 2011 (WBShop.com)
|The Complete Fifth Season||22||October 25, 2011|
|The Complete Sixth Season||22||June 26, 2012|
|The Complete Seventh Season||22||November 6, 2012|
|The Complete Eighth Season||24||January 29, 2013|
|The Complete Ninth Season||22||June 11, 2013|
|DVD Name||Release Date||Ep. #|
|Television Favorites||February 28, 2006||6|
The Television Favorites compilation DVD included the pilot episode, "All You Need Is Love"; both parts of the fourth-season finale, "Her Honor"; the fifth-season episodes "Death of a Bailiff" and "Who Was That Mashed Man?"; and the sixth-season episode "Fire", which marked the beginning of Harry's relationship with Christine.
Harry Anderson, Markie Post, and Charles Robinson appeared in the 30 Rock episode, "The One with the Cast of Night Court". John Larroquette is also mentioned: Harry says he had just spoken to John, which annoys Markie (who hasn't had recent contact with her absent former co-star) and begins an argument between them that lasts for most of the story.
The 37th Primetime Emmy Awards were held on September 22, 1985. The ceremony was broadcast on ABC, from the Pasadena Civic Auditorium, Pasadena, California.
The Cosby Show defeated two-time reigning champion Cheers to win Outstanding Comedy Series, one of three major awards it won. Although it only took home one major award, Cheers did tie the then-record for most major nominations by a comedy series (11), set by The Mary Tyler Moore Show in 1977. In the drama field Cagney & Lacey, en route to winning four major awards on the night, defeated presumed favorite Miami Vice to win Outstanding Drama Series, four time defending champion Hill Street Blues still received nine major nominations, but only won one award. This was Hill Street Blues 18th and final major award, setting an Emmy record for a drama series that still stands.
The ceremony also had a memorable unscripted moment involving the arrest of impersonator Barry Bremen for grand theft while attempting to accept the Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Drama Series award on behalf of Betty Thomas, who would show up on the auditorium stage a few minutes lateCharlie Robinson (actor)
Charles Robinson (born November 9, 1945) is an American theater, television and film actor. He is best known for his role on the NBC sitcom Night Court as Macintosh "Mac" Robinson (Seasons 2–9), the clerk of the court and a Vietnam War veteran. Although his most frequent on-screen billing has been Charlie Robinson, Night Court had credited him as "Charles Robinson" throughout his 1984–1992 stint as Mac.
In two of his earliest film appearances, 1974's Sugar Hill and 1975's The Black Gestapo, he was credited as Charles P. Robinson. Some of his credits have been occasionally commingled with those of Charles Knox Robinson who, between 1958 and 1971, made numerous television and film appearances under the name Charles Robinson.Ellen Foley
Ellen Foley (born June 5, 1951) is an American singer and actress who has appeared on Broadway and television, where she co-starred in the sitcom Night Court. In music, she has released four solo albums but is best known for her collaborations with rock singer Meat Loaf.Glitter (TV series)
Glitter is an American television drama series broadcast by the ABC network during the 1984-1985 season.
The series was produced by Aaron Spelling and was set behind the scenes of a top entertainment magazine titled "Glitter" and attempted to combine the urgency of journalism and business politics with the glamorous lifestyles of the rich and famous featured in the pages of the magazine. The leading cast members were David Birney, Morgan Brittany and Arthur Hill.
The format of the series was similar to two other popular ABC shows which were also produced by Aaron Spelling; The Love Boat and Hotel, in that each week it featured high-profile guest appearances from famous celebrities, including Ginger Rogers and Cyd Charisse. Unlike the other shows, Glitter was not a ratings success. It was scheduled on Thursday nights against Simon & Simon, Cheers and Night Court which were all among the Top 20 most-watched programs at that time. The first three episodes aired in September 1984, and then the show was taken off the air (though was still in production) until December 1984 when three more episodes were shown. Ratings did not improve and the series was cancelled. The remaining eight episodes were shown during December 1985 as part of ABC's late-night line-up.
Despite its lack of success in the US, Glitter was sold internationally. It was shown in the UK on BBC1 in the summer of 1985 (though not all episodes were shown).Harry Anderson
Harry Laverne Anderson (October 14, 1952 – April 16, 2018) was an American actor, comedian, and magician. He is best known for the lead role of Judge Harry Stone on the 1984–1992 television series Night Court, and later starred in the sitcom Dave's World from 1993 to 1997.
In addition to eight appearances on Saturday Night Live between 1981 and 1985, Anderson had a recurring guest role as con man Harry "The Hat" Gittes on Cheers, toured extensively as a magician, and did several magic/comedy shows for broadcast, including Harry Anderson's Sideshow (1987). He played Richie Tozier in the 1990 miniseries It, based on the Stephen King novel of the same name.Jeff Melman
Jeffrey "Jeff" L. Melman (born May 18, 1947) is an American television director and producer. Melman has directed for several present-day network television series. More recently Melman has directed episodes of ABC's Grey's Anatomy, Private Practice and Desperate Housewives. Melman previously directed on many hit sitcoms which include The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Malcolm in the Middle, Everybody Loves Raymond, That's My Bush!, The King of Queens, Two and a Half Men and Frasier. Melman was also a producer on Oliver Beene, Laverne & Shirley, and Night Court.John Larroquette
John Bernard Larroquette (born November 25, 1947) is an American actor. His roles include attorney Dan Fielding on the 1984-1992 sitcom Night Court (winning an unprecedented four consecutive Emmy Awards for outstanding supporting actor in a comedy series), Mike McBride in the Hallmark Channel series McBride, John Hemingway on The John Larroquette Show, and Carl Sack in Boston Legal. He recently played Jenkins/Galahad in TNT's The Librarians.List of Night Court episodes
The following is a list of episodes for the NBC sitcom Night Court. The series aired from January 4, 1984 to May 31, 1992 during 9 seasons with 193 episodes produced.List of programs broadcast by Comedy Gold
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This a list of programs currently being broadcast as of Fall 2018.Markie Post
Marjorie Armstrong "Markie" Post (born November 4, 1950) is an American actress, known for her roles as bail bondswoman Terri Michaels in The Fall Guy on ABC from 1982 to 1985, as public defender Christine Sullivan on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1985 to 1992, and as Georgie Anne Lahti Hartman on the CBS sitcom Hearts Afire from 1992 to 1995.Marsha Warfield
Marsha Francine Warfield (born March 5, 1954) is an American actress and comedian. She grew up on Chicago's South Side, graduating from Calumet High School. She is best known for her 1986–92 role of Roz Russell on the Top 10 rated NBC sitcom Night Court. Roz was the tough, no-nonsense bailiff in Judge Stone's court. Warfield also starred in the sitcom Empty Nest as Dr. Maxine Douglas (1993–95). Before Night Court, she was a writer and performer on the short-lived Richard Pryor Show.Warfield appeared in feature films such as D.C. Cab (1983) and Mask (1985), hosted The Marsha Warfield Show for ten months (March 1990–January 1991) and has made guest appearances on many television shows, including Riptide, Family Ties, Clueless, Cheers, Living Single, In Living Color, Moesha and Touched by an Angel. She has also done stand-up comedy including appearances on the Norm Crosby hosted The Comedy Shop television series.My Two Dads
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The Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lighting Design / Lighting Direction for a Variety Series is awarded to one television series each year. Prior to 2011, the award was bestowed as Outstanding Lighting Direction (Electronic, Multi-Camera) for Variety, Music or Comedy Programming. Separate awards now recognize series and variety specials.
In the following list, the first titles listed in gold are the winners; those not in gold are nominees, which are listed in alphabetical order. The years given are those in which the ceremonies took place.Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series
This is a list of winners and nominees of the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy Series. In early Primetime Emmy Award ceremonies, the supporting categories were not always genre, or even gender, specific. Beginning with the 22nd Primetime Emmy Awards, supporting actors in comedy have competed alone. However, these comedic performances often included actors from miniseries, telefilms, and guest performers competing against main cast competitors. Such instances are marked below:
# – Indicates a performance in a Miniseries or Television film, prior to the category's creation.
§ – Indicates a performance as a guest performer, prior to the category's creation.R.J. Colleary
R.J. "Bob" Colleary (born August 26, 1957 in Montclair, New Jersey) is an American television producer and writer. He won the 1980 Primetime Emmy Award for his television writing for his work on Barney Miller. Colleary retired from television writing at age 46.Television series for which he wrote included Touched by an Angel, Promised Land, The Hogan Family, Saved by the Bell, The Facts of Life, Night Court, It's a Living, The Golden Girls, Benson, Gimme a Break!, Love, Sidney, M*A*S*H, Barney Miller, and A.E.S. Hudson Street.Richard Moll
Charles Richard Moll (born January 13, 1943) is an American actor and voice artist, best known for playing Aristotle Nostradamus "Bull" Shannon, the bailiff on the NBC sitcom Night Court from 1984 to 1992. Moll has also done extensive work as a voice actor, typically using his deep voice to portray villainous characters in animation and video games.Selma Diamond
Selma Diamond (August 6, 1920 – May 13, 1985) was a Canadian-American comedic actress and radio and television writer, known for her high-range, raspy voice, and her portrayal of Selma Hacker on the first two seasons of the NBC television comedy series Night Court.The One with the Cast of Night Court
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The episode received mixed reception from television critics. According to the Nielsen ratings system, it was watched by 7.5 million households during its original broadcast, and received a 4.6 rating/7 share among viewers in the 18–49 demographic. For her performance in this episode, Jennifer Aniston received a Primetime Emmy Award nomination in the category for Outstanding Guest Actress in a Comedy Series.