The Judge

(ended 1989)


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The Judge debuted in the fall of 1986 in syndication staring Bob Shield as Judge Robert J. Franklin. It originally ran for a dozen years as a local TV show (first under the name "Municipal Court" and then as "The Judge") in Columbus, Ohio for which Shield won 4 regional Emmy Awards. The show was then picked up and syndicated nationally by Genesis Entertainment. Every episode was a dramatization based on actual cases. The show primarily focused on family court situations and involved children and adolescents in custody, paternity, delinquency and adoption hearings. Judge Robert Franklin was played by actor Bob Shield who passed away in late 1996. The show was canceled in 1989, but came back on the USA Network in the early 1990s. The show was originally taped in Los Angeles and then later in Toronto and licensed by WBNS-TV in Columbus, Ohio.