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Night Court - The Complete First Season

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Director: Asaad Kelada, Gary Shimokawa, James Burrows

Cast: Asaad Kelada, Gary Shimokawa, Harry Anderson, James Burrows

     
 
Judge Harry Stone (Harry Anderson) presides over a wide variety of unpredictable characters with the help of his only marginally more sane staff in this collection of episodes from the hit situation comedy Night Court. Night Court: The Complete First Season features the show's first 13 episodes, originally aired in 1984 and co-starring John Larroquette, Selma

Overview

Judge Harry Stone (Harry Anderson) presides over a wide variety of unpredictable characters with the help of his only marginally more sane staff in this collection of episodes from the hit situation comedy Night Court. Night Court: The Complete First Season features the show's first 13 episodes, originally aired in 1984 and co-starring John Larroquette, Selma Diamond, Richard Moll, Paula Kelly, and Karen Austin. The DVD set also includes cast and crew commentary on two episodes and a short documentary on the making of Night Court's first season.

Editorial Reviews

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An ensemble workplace comedy in the mold of Barney Miller, Night Court was often in a class by itself, thanks to the show's outrageous sense of humor. Court starred comedian and magician Harry Anderson as Harry T. Stone, a mildly eccentric judge presiding over the late-night criminal court in New York City. Stone’s core colleagues add considerable color: the laughingly lecherous prosecutor Dan Fielding (John Larroquette); the giant, dimwitted bailiff Bull (Richard Moll); and cranky, seen-it-all bailiff Selma (Selma Diamond). Stone's nocturnal jurisdiction also ensured a steady parade of weirdos, wackos, and wanderers. A midseason replacement in 1984, Night Court’s 13-episode first season introduced Karen Austin as public defender Lana Wagner, a slot eventually and more famously filled by Markie Post (as Christine Sullivan). Court stenographer Liz Williams (Paula Kelly) only lasted through Season 1 and was later replaced by Charles Robinson as Mac in Season 2. Aside from the obvious pre-retooling charm of this abbreviated run, there’s lots of solid comedy, too, thanks to creator Reinhold Weege (a Barney Miller veteran), who authored several of the scripts. TV directing giants James Burrows (the pilot), Jay Sandrich, and Jeff Melman work their usual wonders. Sandrich, for instance, directs "Once in Love with Harry," in which a hooker becomes enamored of Harry and Dan’s city council aspirations are thwarted by a stiff. The holiday-themed "Santa Goes Downtown" echoes Miracle on 34th St., with Harry showing compassion for a man in a red suit who is charged with trespassing. "Death Threat" is also a standout, featuring character actor Phil Leeds (Everybody Loves Raymond’s recurring Uncle Mel) as a man who claims to be God and helps out when a bomb is discovered in the courtroom. Season 1 guest stars include comedian Yakov Smirnoff and Family Ties star Michael J. Fox.

Product Details

Release Date:
02/08/2005
UPC:
0012569599161
Rating:
NR
Source:
Warner Home Video
Region Code:
1
Time:
5:13:00
Sales rank:
23,757

Special Features

Closed Caption; Night Court: Comedy's Swing Shift retrospective documentary; Commentary on the pilot episode by creator/executive producer Reinhold Weege; Subtitles: English, Français & Español

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Harry Anderson Judge Harry T. Stone
Alan Worth Womack
Barney Martin Bum
Caroline McWilliams Suzanne Whitfield
D.D. Howard Charly Tracy
Ellen Foley Billie Young
Gail Strickland Sheila Gardiner
Jack Riley Emil Dutton
Janis Paige Eleanor Brandon
Jeff Corey Santa Claus
Kristine de Bell Jennifer Black
Murphy Cross Mary
Philip Sterling Leonard Bloom
Rita Taggart Carla B.
Yakov Smirnoff Yakov Korolenko
Al Ruscio Ralph Foley
Alex Henteloff Guy T. Reynolds
Alice Drummond Mavis Tuttle
Gabriel Gonzalez Anthony
George D. Wallace Doctor
Jason Bernard Judge Willard
Joey Aresco Ronald McKenzie
John Larroquette Asst. D.A. Reinhold 'Dan' Fielding
Lionel Smith Steven Bostwick
Marcia Rodd Nora Sedgwick
Mike Finneran Art Fensterman
Paul Kreppel Guy Harris
Richard Stahl Dr. Peter Green
Basil Hoffman Dwayne Sedgwick
Charles Robinson Macintosh 'Mac' Robinson
Henry Sanders Leo Bell
Howard Honig Man in Cafeteria
Martin Garner Bernie
Michael Fox Eddie Simms
Peggy McCay Louise Kerr
Phil Leeds God
Ron Feinberg Man in Dress
Stanley Brock Vincent Phrago
Terry Kiser Al Craven
Arva Holt Woman in Audience
Bunny Summers Cafeteria Cashier
Charles Napier Mitch Bowers
Jack Murdock Lou
Jennifer Richards Iris Keller
Joseph Perry Phil Kerr
Judy Landers Vicki Guyer
Melanie Vincz Miss USA ("Buffy")
Paul Ryan Talk Show Host
Richard Moll Nostradamus 'Bull' Shannon
David Michael Cain Jennifer Black Fan
Matt Landers Hacksaw
Michael Alaimo Cop
Olivia Barash Mary Elaine Montgomery
Peter Jurasik Leonard Brandon
Sandy Martin Woman in Audience

Technical Credits
Asaad Kelada Director
Gary Shimokawa Director
James Burrows Director
Jay Sandrich Director
Jeff Melman Director

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Night Court - The Complete First Season 4.9 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 7 reviews.
Guest More than 1 year ago
I watched Night court and its rerun all the time. It is the best sitcom I've ever watched. But later episodes are even better. I hope they will produce everything on DVD so that I can buy and watch all episodes whenever I want.
Guest More than 1 year ago
Liz Williams was the Public Defender. Lana Wagner was the Court Clerk. The court stenographer wasn't made an imporant role into the final few seasons.
Guest More than 1 year ago
this is a great show.i used to watch the reruns when it came on A&E.I will definitely be getting all the seasons when they're released.also a sample of the theme song was used in a hip-hop track.
PhDrSeuss More than 1 year ago
night court was & will always b 1 of my favorite shows. i found so many laffs from watchin it that i am glad 2 finally have the dvd set. the characters in this show r somethin else. it takes place in ny. here u have dan, the casanova of the court (1 woman is just not enuff 4 him); judge (and at times magician) harold (harry) stone. he loves style from the 1940's & mel torme music (mels #1 fan). i would be glad to have harry be my judge. he makes it seem like fun (dependin on who your lawyer is); nostradamus "bull" shannon a tall guard 1 shouldnt fear for he has the mind of a child. havin the dvd is better than when it use 2 b on tv when u realize what u missed. i cant wait 4 season 2 to come out on dvd cause it took long enuff just 2 get season 1 put out on disc.
bubbaHC More than 1 year ago
Enjoyed the show from my past. Funny light hearted comedy.
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