The People's Court

Follow
Premiered Sep 12, 1981 In Season

USER EDITOR

No Editor

User Score: 0

7.7
out of 10
User Rating
221 votes
39

SHOW REVIEWS
By TV.com Users

The People's Court

Show Summary

The People's Court - a throwback to 1950s syndicated courtroom fare such as Traffic Court and The Stand Accused - was set in a small-claims court. The litigants had both agreed to bring their grievances to a California small-claims court, where retired Superior Court Judge Joseph A. Wapner heard the cases. The plaintiffs could file a claim for up to $1,500, while the defendants sometimes filed a countersuit if they felt they were due compensation. While most cases were run-of-the-mill complaints over poor service, broken contracts, ownership rights and malfunctioning merchandise, others had odd twists. For instance: * The overweight stripper who was not paid because the bachelor party-goers thought she was unattractive. During the arguments, she reveals she had gone at the request of her friend, the bride-to-be who found out about the party. * The mother who refused to pay a clown after he came to a birthday party dressed as a towering purple monster (he was supposed to play a Smurf); the clown ended up terrifying the party-goers. * The woman who requested a male friend make good on a verbal contract to pay half of the cost of her daughter's abortion, when she thought he was the father. He had backed out when he was sterile. * A woman who sued the owner of a pitbull after he jumped on the hood of his car. The pitbull's owner claimed she struck the dog and requested payment for the dog's injuries; and even suspected the resulting damage to the car was from a prior accident. And the list of odd cases went on. Each litigant (who, as the announcer reminded viewers each day, were not actors) stated his case before Joseph A. Wapner . After he was through asking questions, he retreated to his chambers before rendering his decision. More than once, he refused to support either side. Each litigant was then interviewed by the courtroom reporter (originally Doug Llewelyn from 1981-1993); sometimes, he gave the results of how courtroom spectators would have decided the case. Usually two cases were heard per show, though some longer cases took up the entire 30 minutes. If time permitted, Wapner fielded questions from the gallery; or legal expert Harvey Levin gave advice on handling that episode's legal scenario (i.e., confronting a car dealer about a car suspected to be a lemon). Each episode ended with Llewelyn admonishing viewers with some variation of the age old advice: "When you get mad, don't take the law into your own hands ... take 'em to court!" The original version of The People's Court ran for 12 years. When The People's Court returned to syndicated TV in 1997, the show expanded to 60 minutes, with Judge Ed Koch (the former New York City mayor) now presiding. Koch lasted until 1999, when Judge Jerry Scheindlin took over in 1999. Judge Marilyn Milian has presided since 2001. The format of the revised The People's Court was essentially similar, except the small claim's court limit was upped to $5,000. Sometimes, the interviewers also asked spectators on-camera their thoughts of a case before the judge's verdict was announced. Related Shows The People's Court UK Carol Smillie is set to present a new UK version of the People's Court for ITV1's new daytime line-up titled itv DAY.moreless

Previously Aired Episode

AIRED ON 0/0/0

Season 2 : Episode 9

Marilyn Milian

Marilyn Milian

Herself/Judge (2001-)

Douglas MacIntosh

Douglas MacIntosh

Himself - the Court Officer (2001-)

Davy Jones

Davy Jones

Himself - the Court Officer (2001)

Rusty Burrell

Rusty Burrell

Bailiff (1981-93)

Ed Koch

Ed Koch

Judge (1997-99)

Harvey Levin

Harvey Levin

Host

Wednesday
No results found.
Thursday
No results found.
Friday
No results found.
SUBMIT REVIEW
  • Get rid of her please and her big mouth

    1.0
    Can not stand this judge, she gets a 2

  • security depsit shows

    7.0
    check the law cant keep security deposit for rent. security deposit is for damages only

  • Judge with the pretty earrings

    10
    I like this show I think judge Marilyn Milian is a smart , fair not to be played with on target, stick a fork in it judge and I give her a ten on her earrings.
  • COMMENTS !!!

    3.0
    I DON"T THINK THAT YOU SHOULD TAKE THE PICTURES OF A LANDLORD AGAINST A PERSON UNLESS THEY WERE KNOWN TO BE THE ACTUAL PHOTO,S FROM THAT PERSON,S APARTMENT OR HOUSE , CAUSE THEY CAN BRING IN ANY PHOTO,S ,BUT I DO UNDERSTAND THAT THE COURT SYSTEM AND PROPERTY TAX SYSTEM ARE TIIED IN TOGETHER SO YOU DON"T CARE ABOUT THE LITTLE GUY, BUT ABOUT THE BIG GUY WITH THE POWER AND MONEY AND CONTROL, BUT WE ALL ARE EXPECTED TO DO THE RIGHT THING!moreless
  • The Cotillion that went bad 10

    10
    Do i have a case. My daughter was suppose to be part of the sweet hold spirit church first cotillion in 2013.

    by-laws says if the student grades goes down they will not be part of the coming out event. I tried several

    times to continue the church with no response. I'm yet to hear from anyone at the church on the return of my money. WHAT SHOULD I DO NOW???? THIS IS NOT FAIR. I BY BY THEIR RULES AND GOT STIFFED ALL MY MONEYmoreless
More
Less

More Info About This Show

Themes

long running show, Legal, mainstream america