Night Court

NBC (ended 1992)
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  • The honorable Judge Harry T. Stone is a young hip, jeans wearing, liberal eccentric; and he presides over New York Manhattan Night Court. The hilarity of this show stems from the incredible characters that pass through the courtrooms and solutions that Harry and his staff come up with.

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  • Episode Guide
  • S 9 : Ep 22

    The 1992 Boat Show

    Aired 5/31/92

  • S 9 : Ep 21

    Opportunity Knock Knocks (2)

    Aired 5/13/92

  • S 9 : Ep 20

    Opportunity Knock Knocks (1)

    Aired 5/13/92

  • S 9 : Ep 19

    P.S. Do I Know You?

    Aired 3/4/92

  • S 9 : Ep 18

    To Sir With ... Ah, What the Heck ... Love

    Aired 2/26/92

  • Cast & Crew
  • Richard Moll

    Bull Shannon

  • Charles Robinson

    Mac Robinson (Seasons 2-9)

  • John Larroquette

    Dan Fielding

  • Gail Strickland

    Sheila Gardner (Season 1; pilot only)

  • Karen Austin

    Lana Wagner (Season 1)

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (203)

    • Harry: I own every record Mel Torme ever made. I'm gonna marry the girl who's impressed by that.

    • Dan: How did you get appointed to the bench? Harry: You know Dan, that's a funny story. It was the mayor's last day in office and it was a Sunday and my name was at the bottom of the list of a 1,000 candidates. So they start calling folks starting at the top of the list. You see it's Sunday and no one's home. So they keep calling down the list, name by name. No one answers. Finally they get down to the bottom of the list and voila. Lana: You mean you were appointed a judge because… Harry: I was home.

    • Selma: I had a husband just like that. Bull: Oh yeah? Selma: Yeah, I had to shoot him too.

    • Mr. Kerr: Your Honor… Harry: Oh come on Phil, one more flip: Heads we send [your wife] up the river, tails you take her home. Mr. Kerr: No, every time you flip that [coin] it comes up heads. Harry: Well of course it does, it's a double-headed coin. Come on, you didn't think I believed in luck did ya?

    • Lana: You're crazy. I mean an attempted murder and you send the plaintiff and the defendant out for a cup of coffee. What do murders get? Brunch? Harry: Alright my methods are informal. (Lana giggles) Hey give them a chance. They might work. Maybe just maybe, it will work. (Sheila and Dan enter with tattered clothes) Then again, maybe someday pigs will fly.

    • Harry: Mr. Prosecutor, Ms. Gardener, I am prepared to listen to the testimony, cross-examine the witnesses, consider the precedents that I'm sure you've both prepared, but I don't think that's gonna be necessary. Lana: (shouting) What do you mean it's not necessary? Harry: I'm glad you asked. We will not take a short recess. During that time I order the defendant, Mrs. Kerr and her husband, Mr. Kerr and the attorneys involved to go to a nearby restaurant, sit down, have a cup of coffee, relax, try to work out this little thing. Dan: Your Honor, this is highly irregular. Harry: Thanks. Court's recessed.

    • Lana: State v. Kerr, your honor. Your Honor, this case has… Harry: Let's all gather around the big desk, huh. Lana: Your Honor, this case has some intricate facets you might want… Harry: Perhaps you can give it to me in a nutshell. Lana: Husband and wife married 27 years. She catches him with a prostitute. Fires a couple of shots, misses them both by a mile. So the DA files for attempted murder. Harry: this could go either way. Lana: Yes. Harry: Unless. Lana: What? Harry: No I guess it's gotta go either way.

    • Harry: Ladies and gentlemen of the court, well how the hell are you tonight?

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    Notes (57)

    • Gail Strickland appears as the public defender in the pilot episode only. In the next episode, she is replaced with regular cast member Paula Kelly.

    • Paula Kelly replaces Gail Strickland as the public defender starting in this episode for the duration of season one.

    • Barney Martin, who guest starred as the Bum, later appeared regularly on Seinfeld as Jerry's dad.

    • This was the only episode where the theme music wasn't played over the credits, as they used Mel Torme's music in its place.

    • Lana sings "The Man I Love." It was written by George & Ira Gershwin in 1924.

    • Last appearance of Karen Austin as Lana, although she was kept in the titles of the remaining three episodes.

    • Although credited, Karen Austin does not appear in the episode -- the only reference to her departure is a comment from office temp Mavis Tuttle (Alice Drummond): "His court clerk is sick and I'm filling in for her tomorrow."

    • This is the first time we see Bull's apartment in the series.

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    Trivia (25)

    • Charlotte Portney makes her first appearance as the courtroom stenographer.  She will appear in 48 more episodes, but is never credited.

    • As Harry Stone walks near the "jury box/waiting area", you can see the boom mic a couple of times.

    • What is the other attorney doing there working with Dan anyway? They never had two prosecutors before of after. Was she a trainee? The show never explained why she was there..

    • Harry is left handed.

    • Willard calls Dan using his full name of Daniel K. Fielding. However, later episodes will reveal his legal middle name is Reinhold.

    • At 7' 2", Wendell (played by Kevin Peter Hall) loomed over Bull (played by Richard Moll) who was a "mere" 6' 8.5"!

    • In this episode, Phil Leeds' character is a diligent impostor judge who quickly wins over the court staff.  In the Barney Miller episode "The Delegate", Leeds played a diligent impostor cop who quickly won over the members of the precinct.  In both episodes, the character was outed and sent off without being reported.

    • Dan's new boss, Vincent, corrects Christine concerning Greenberg v. Wisconsin by saying it was overturned "On August 17, 1977. I believe it was a Thursday." Harry interjects jokingly with, "It was a Tuesday." In fact, The World Almanac and Book of Facts says they're both wrong: August 17, 1977, was a Wednesday.

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    Allusions (86)

    • The title of this episode alludes to the Beatles' song of the same name.

    • Harry: Eddie. Eddie what? Eddie: Cleaver. Perhaps you know my brothers, Wally and the Beav? Leave It To Beaver was a show in the 1950s about a contemporary family that focused mostly on Wally's younger brother, nicknamed The Beaver, and family life. The show ran from 1957-1963.

    • HarryHi, I'm Judge Stone and you're ... Eddie: Batman. This is my old lady Wonder Woman. Batman was a superhero that fought crime and restored peace to Gotham City. There was a Batman show that ran from 1966-1968. Wonder Woman was a female superhero. There was a Wonder Woman tv show that ran from 1975-1979, starring Lynda Carter.

    • Title: The title of this episode refers to the Frank Loesser song "Once in Love With Amy," from the musical Where's Charley.

    • The title of this episode alludes to the 1959 movie of the same name.

    • Harry: Being a judge means never having to say you're sorry. This is an allusion to an often quoted (and parodied) line from the 1970 film "Love Story", starring Ali MacGraw and Ryan O'Neal. The line "Love means never having to say you're sorry." appears twice in the film. Once toward the middle when MacGraw's character Jennifer Cavilleri says it, and again as the last line in the film, repeated by O'Neal's character Oliver Barrett IV as a tribute to Jennifer.

    • Harry: Oh, Mouseketeers? Club's still in session.
      Referencing The Mickey Mouse Club, a 1950s ABC TV series produced by Walt Disney which featured a group of teenagers (the Mouseketeers) singing and dancing, interspersed with Disney cartoons. It was later revived in the 1970s as The New Mickey Mouse Club where stars such as Christina Aguilera, Britney Spears, and Justin Timberlake started their early careers.

    • Selma: Go ahead, make my day.
      Referencing the catchphrase made popular by Clint Eastwood's character Dirty Harry Callahan in the 1983 movie Sudden Impact.

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  • Fan Reviews (35)
  • One of my all time favorite sitcoms

    By AmySF, Feb 24, 2015

  • One of the best of its kind.

    By sandbur, May 25, 2009

  • Classic!

    By jsmith111977, Sep 24, 2008

  • This show with it's one liners kept me cracking up!

    By MickFeedOnMe, Dec 08, 2007

  • A show that defined modern comedy.

    By rudedude74, Dec 04, 2007