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.