Night Court

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.

Night Court
Night Court title screen
GenreSitcom
Created byReinhold Weege
StarringHarry Anderson
John Larroquette
Richard Moll
Selma Diamond
Florence Halop
Charles Robinson
Markie Post
Marsha Warfield
Ellen Foley
Opening themeJack Elliott
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons9
No. of episodes193 (list of episodes)
Production
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time23–24 minutes
Production company(s)Starry Night Productions
(1984–1989)
(seasons 1-6)
Warner Bros. Television
DistributorWarner Bros. Television Distribution
Release
Original networkNBC
Original releaseJanuary 4, 1984 –
May 31, 1992

Cast

Main

The following cast members appeared in the opening credits:[1]

  • The judge:
    • Harry Anderson as Judge Harold "Harry" T. Stone, a young, baby-faced, good-humored jurist and amateur magician whose parents were former mental patients. He was very young for a new judge, being only 34 when he took the bench at Criminal Court Part 2. He later explained that he got his assignment because the outgoing mayor made a huge number of appointments on his last day, and Harry was the only person on the judges' list who was home and was able to receive the call and accept his nomination. He loved old movies, was vocal in his disdain for modern music (especially Barry Manilow), and idolized actress Jean Harlow and crooner Mel Tormé, both of whose photographs adorned Stone's chambers.
  • The public defenders:
    • Gail Strickland as public defender Sheila Gardner (pilot episode only).
    • Paula Kelly as Liz Williams (season 1)
    • Ellen Foley as Billie Young (season 2), a public defender and potential romantic interest for Stone during Season 2.
    • Markie Post as Christine Sullivan (seasons 3–9). Her first appearance on the show was an early second-season episode ("Daddy for the Defense", originally aired October 4, 1984); she did not become a regular until the third season. (Post was starring on The Fall Guy at the time.) The character was honest to a fault and somewhat naïve. She was the primary romantic interest for Stone and a regular target for Dan Fielding's lechery throughout the series' run. She had various Princess Diana memorabilia collections such as a set of porcelain thimbles.
  • The prosecutor:
    • John Larroquette as Reinhold Daniel Fielding Elmore, who used the name Daniel R. "Dan" Fielding, (although in the Season 2 episode "Harry on Trial", he is referred to as Daniel K. Fielding) a sex-obsessed narcissistic prosecutor who would do almost anything to get a woman to sleep with him. It was hinted that he frequented dominatrices. He was the source of many witty and sometimes cruel remarks regarding almost every other character, although he occasionally showed compassion. When his homeless lackey Phil died, the ever-greedy Dan was excited to discover that Phil was in fact wealthy and expected to be the beneficiary of his millions, only to learn that Phil's will put Dan in charge of the Phil Foundation, tasked to give away Phil's entire fortune to worthy causes. Dan revealed near the end of the third-season episode #22 "Hurricane (Part 2)" that his real first name was Reinhold (an obvious joke about the show's writer and producer of the same name), and that he began using the name Dan out of embarrassment when he started school. The other characters did not discover Dan's true name until the fifth-season episode "Dan, The Walking Time Bomb". It was earlier discovered, in the second-season episode "Dan's Parents", from Dan's parents Daddy-Bob (John McIntire) and Mucette (Jeanette Nolan), that he began using the last name Fielding when he went to college because he thought it sounded better for a lawyer and because he was embarrassed of his impoverished childhood. During the eighth season, it was revealed that he had a successful younger sister named Donna whose morals and life goals were similar to his own.
  • The bailiffs:
    • Richard Moll as Nostradamus "Bull" Shannon, a seemingly dim-witted hulk of a figure who was actually patient, gentle and childlike. He was fiercely protective of Harry. Bull was known for his catchphrase, "Ooo-kay", and clapping a hand loudly to his forehead when he realized he had made a mistake. Moll had been filming a sci-fi movie and had shaved his head for the role. The producers loved the look and Moll kept his head shaven for the entire run of the series.
    • Female bailiffs:
      • Selma Diamond as Selma Hacker (seasons 1–2), a chain-smoking (like the actress who played her) older bailiff; her surname was a tongue-in-cheek reference. In one episode she admitted to having had as many as six husbands, one of whom was a contortionist. Diamond died of cancer shortly after Season 2, and the character's death was acknowledged on a subsequent episode.
      • Florence Halop as Florence "Flo" Kleiner (season 3), Selma's replacement. She was similar in age and personality to Selma, but loved motorcycles and heavy metal music. Halop died shortly after season 3, also of cancer like Diamond. In the opening episode of season 4, Harry Stone acknowledged that Florence Kleiner had also died.
      • Marsha Warfield as Rosalind "Roz" Russell (seasons 4–9), the third bailiff, a tall, tough, no-nonsense African-American woman. She usually projected a fearsome image. Sharp-tongued, in time she became close to her coworkers. Warfield stayed on the show for the rest of its run.
  • The court clerks:
    • Karen Austin as Lana Wagner (season 1). The original romantic interest for Harry Stone; although she was engaged. Although Austin was asked to leave the show after ten episodes,[2] she was seen in the opening credits of all 13 first-season episodes.
    • Charles Robinson as Macintosh "Mac" Robinson (seasons 2–9), a Vietnam War veteran. Easy-going and pragmatic, he was probably the most "normal" character. He had a good sense of humor, frequently having the last laugh at Dan, and was a loyal friend to his coworkers. He always wore a cardigan, plaid shirt, and knit tie. By the end of the series, he left his job to pursue his dream of going to film school and becoming a director.

Supporting

  • Mike Finneran as Art Fensterman, a bumbling "fix-it man" attached to the courthouse. His attempts to fix the courthouse often disrupted Harry's proceedings in the courtroom.
  • Martin Garner as Bernie (seasons 1–3), the operator of the concession stand in the cafeteria, who had a crush on Selma and was often seen trying to persuade her to stop smoking. After Selma died, he tried to court Flo. (When Bernie was not at the stand various extras could be seen running it, including Al Rosen, best known as "Al" on Cheers.)
  • Terry Kiser as Al Craven (seasons 1–2), an obnoxious, pushy tabloid reporter who sometimes hung around the courtroom in hopes of discovering a scandalous story.
  • Jason Bernard as Judge Willard (seasons 1–2), an arrogant, humorless Judge who didn't approve of Harry's antics and tried to have him removed from the bench.
  • Rita Taggart as Carla Bouvier (seasons 1–2), more commonly known as "Carla B," a prostitute who frequently appeared as a defendant and who had a crush on Harry.
  • Ron Ross as Dirk, a wimpy bailiff.
  • Denice Kumagai as Quon Le Duc Robinson (seasons 2–9), Mac's wife, a refugee from Vietnam, where she met Mac during his service in the Vietnam War when her family let Mac stay at their home while injured. Quon Le was naïve about America and its customs, but was loving and devoted to Mac. Mac originally married her to keep her in the country, claiming he was not in love with her, but that quickly changed. She didn't understand the concept of 'buy now, pay later', very well, but became more financially responsible after opening a restaurant in Season 3. In Season 4, moments after being sworn in as an American citizen, Quon Le gave birth to her and Mac's daughter, Renee Flicka Robinson.
  • John Astin as Buddy Ryan (seasons 3–9), Harry's eccentric stepfather and a former patient in a psychiatric hospital. His catchphrase was the capper to stories involving his hospital stay or past strange behavior: "...but I'm feeling much better now," accompanied by a huge leering grin. He was later revealed to be Harry's biological father, admitting he'd kept it a secret for fear that the truth would bring Harry's judicial ability into question.
  • Mel Tormé as himself. In the first episode, Harry Stone was revealed as an almost fanatical admirer of Tormé. The two crossed paths, but Tormé grew to dislike the judge because Harry almost always ended up somehow causing misfortune or problems for his idol. Tormé once played Harry's guardian angel in an episode modeled after the film It's A Wonderful Life, where the angel shows Harry how his colleagues could have ended up had he never become a judge.
  • William Utay as Phil Sanders, Dan's homeless lackey. Later in the series, Phil was killed in an accident involving a piano; "...the rope broke. The key was sharp, and Phil was flat." (Due to his fear of musical instruments, he had a special clause in his substantial life insurance policy providing additional benefit in the event of accidental death caused by a musical instrument.) Just before his death, it was revealed that Phil was actually extremely wealthy but chose to live among the poor (a former stockbroker suffering from Howard Hughes syndrome)—in fact, the show cleverly suggested the New York Harmonic Orchestra was known as the "PHILharmonic Orchestra" because Phil was one of its greatest patrons. Utay later played Phil's evil twin brother Will, who befriended Dan in order to steal all of the Phil Foundation's money. Will later returned what he'd stolen along with a lot of additional cash from successful investing and devoted the rest of his life to doing good deeds on Dan's behalf.
  • Brent Spiner and Annie O'Donnell as Bob and June Wheeler, down-on-their-luck stereotypical Appalachian yokels, who later reveal they are Yugoslavian, although they continue to speak the same way. Bob was a frequent defendant in Harry's courtroom, usually as the result of a series of freak disasters befalling his family. At one point they ran a concession stand in the courthouse, for which they spent the entire inheritance ($250,000), which "Granny" (oft-mentioned but never seen) had left them, forcing them to charge astronomical prices.
  • Leslie Bevis as Sheila, an exotic nymphomaniac who often appeared to entice Dan into a sexual liaison during or after court to his detriment, causing him to suffer a coma in one episode. In her final appearance Sheila rejected Dan for a man who talked very, very slowly. She tells Dan she needs someone who "knows how to take his time." In total Sheila appeared in four episodes.
  • Yakov Smirnoff as Russian immigrant Yakov Korolenko, another frequent visitor to the courtroom. In the first season Harry saved a distraught Yakov from a suicide attempt, and they became good friends ever after. Yakov eventually tried to bring his brother to America, succeeded in getting his wife Sonja and kids out of the Soviet Union, and got his father to immigrate after the Cold War's end. A running joke on the series was when Judge Stone would mention jail, which had a completely different import to the Soviet immigrant, who would respond with obvious fear: "Jay-ul? Oh, noooo! No jay-ul!" Although Yakov's role was largely humorous, a couple of episodes were more serious, such as fighting the refusenik status of his wife and children, or where Yakov's father argued with Yakov about forgetting his roots. Judge Stone sided with the father, telling Yakov the American Dream is about liberty, not materialism.
  • Eugene Roche as Jack Sullivan, Christine's overbearing, blue-collar father. He referred to Harry as "that nut".
  • Daniel Frishman played Dan's boss, District Attorney Vincent Daniels, in several episodes. Though initially underestimated because he was a little person, he had an extremely tough personality and often had it in for Dan.
  • Bumper Robinson as Leon, an orphan who becomes close to Harry. He first appears in season 2 as a shoeshine boy who is always after Dan to pay for the shine. In Season 3, he becomes Harry's temporary foster son before getting adoptive parents, whom he sees as geeks. Unsatisfied with the parents, he runs away after a confrontation with Harry where he says that he wished Harry was his father from the start. He returns for one episode in season 4, in which Harry scares Leon into rejoining the foster program.
  • Ray Abruzzo as Tony Giuliano, a police detective and Christine's ex-husband.
  • Mary Cadorette as Margaret Turner, Harry's girlfriend/fiancée during season 8.
  • S. Marc Jordan as Jack Griffin (seasons 8–9), the blind operator of the concession stand in the cafeteria.
  • Joleen Lutz as Lisette Hocheiser (seasons 8–9), the ditzy court stenographer.
  • Gilbert Gottfried as Oscar Brown (season 9), an attorney who filled in for Dan when he was missing.
  • Florence Stanley as Judge Margaret Wilbur who occasionally filled in for Harry; she did not tolerate the staff's usual eccentricities. (Wilbur was a cross-over character from the NBC situation comedy, My Two Dads, where Bull Shannon had made guest appearances in two episodes.)
  • Richard Sanders as City Auditor Clark Edwards appeared in Pts. 1 & 2 of Clip Show, Season 6.

The only actors to appear consistently throughout the show's run were Anderson, Larroquette, and Moll.

Theme music

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.

Episodes

SeasonEpisodesOriginally airedNielsen ratings[3]
First airedLast airedRankRatingTied with
113January 4, 1984May 31, 19844112.7N/A
222September 27, 1984May 9, 19852017.6N/A
322September 26, 1985May 8, 19861120.9N/A
422October 2, 1986May 6, 1987723.2N/A
522September 17, 1987May 12, 1988720.8N/A
622October 26, 1988May 3, 19892116.9N/A
724September 27, 1989May 2, 19902814.5The Simpsons
Doogie Howser, M.D.
824September 28, 1990May 8, 19912216.2N/A
922September 18, 1991May 31, 19926010.7N/A

Awards and honors

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.[1]

American Comedy Awards
Year Category / Episode Recipient / Nominee Results Ref
1990 Funniest Supporting Male Performer in a Television Series John Larroquette Nominated [4]
Creative Arts Emmy Awards
Year Category Recipient Result Ref
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
Nominated
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
Nominated
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
Year Category Recipient Result Ref
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
Year Category Recipient Result Ref
2013 Television Programs — Hall of Fame Night Court Won [5]
Primetime Emmy Awards
Year Category Recipient Result Ref
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
Year Category Recipient Result Ref
1985 Outstanding Achievement in Comedy Night Court Nominated
Writers Guild of America
Year Category Recipient Result Ref
1985 Episodic Comedy for ("Once in Love with Harry") Reinhold Weege Nominated [6]
1987 Episodic Comedy for ("Best of Friends") Howard Ostroff Nominated [7]
1988 Episodic Comedy for ("Contempt of Courting") Tom Straw Nominated [8]
1989 Episodic Comedy for ("No Hart Feelings") Tom Straw Nominated [9]

Syndication

United States

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.

Canada

Aired weekdays on both Comedy Gold and JoyTV.

Australia

Network Ten first broadcast the series in the 1980s and 1990s. 7TWO began showing reruns in June 2011.

Home media

Warner Home Video released the first three seasons on DVD in Region 1. Seasons 4–9 were released as Manufacture-on-Demand (MOD) DVDs as part of the Warner Archive Collection.[10]

DVD Name Ep. # Release Date
The Complete First Season[11] 13 February 8, 2005
The Complete Second Season[12] 22 February 3, 2009
The Complete Third Season[13] 22 February 23, 2010
The Complete Fourth Season[14] 22 March 1, 2011 (Amazon.com)
September 1, 2011 (WBShop.com)
The Complete Fifth Season[15] 22 October 25, 2011
The Complete Sixth Season[16] 22 June 26, 2012
The Complete Seventh Season[17] 22 November 6, 2012
The Complete Eighth Season[18] 24 January 29, 2013
The Complete Ninth Season[19] 22 June 11, 2013

Special releases

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.

References

  1. ^ a b "Night Court: Where Are They Now?". Ew.com. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  2. ^ "The Five Best NIGHT COURT Episodes of Season One". Jacksonupperco.ccom. Retrieved April 25, 2018.
  3. ^ Brooks, Tim; Marsh, Earle (2007). The Complete Directory to Prime Time Network and Cable TV Shows 1946-Present (Ninth Edition). Ballantine Books. pp. 1690–1692. ISBN 978-0-345-49773-4.
  4. ^ "American Comedy Awards, USA (1990)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  5. ^ "Online Film & Television Association (2013)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  6. ^ "Writers Guild of America, USA (1985)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  7. ^ "Writers Guild of America, USA (1987)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  8. ^ "Writers Guild of America, USA (1988)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  9. ^ "Writers Guild of America, USA (1989)". IMDb. Retrieved 2018-04-05.
  10. ^ "Night Court DVD news: Announcement for Night Court - The Complete 9th Season". TVShowsOnDVD.com. Archived from the original on June 13, 2013.
  11. ^ "Night Court: The Complete First Season". DVDEmpire.
  12. ^ "Night Court: The Complete Second Season". DVDEmpire.
  13. ^ "Night Court: The Complete Third Season". DVDEmpire.
  14. ^ "Night Court: The Complete Fourth Season". www.WBShop.com.
  15. ^ "Night Court: The Complete Fifth Season". www.WBShop.com.
  16. ^ "Night Court: The Complete Sixth Season". www.WBShop.com.
  17. ^ "Night Court: The Complete Seventh Season". www.WBShop.com.
  18. ^ "Night Court: The Complete Eighth Season (MOD)". www.WBShop.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.
  19. ^ "Night Court: The Complete Ninth Season (MOD)". www.WBShop.com. Retrieved 2015-09-02.

External links

37th Primetime Emmy Awards

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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 late

Charlie 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

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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.

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Markie Post

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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.

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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

"The One with the Cast of Night Court" is the third episode of the third season of the American television comedy series 30 Rock. It was written by co-executive producer Jack Burditt, and directed by Gail Mancuso. The episode originally aired on the National Broadcasting Company (NBC) in the United States on November 13, 2008.

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.

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