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The laughs happen at night - at least they do in Night Court! The third season of this Emmy®-winning comedy continues its lighthearted look at the crazy cases and characters that appear in night court in New York City, where anything - and everything - happens. Harry Anderson stars as the unorthodox Judge Harold T. Stone, along with John Larroquette, Charles Robinson, Richard Moll and Markie Post, who joins the cast this season as public defender Christine Sullivan. Also this season: Dan moonlights as a paid escort; Bull is in danger of being held in contempt of court; Harry attempts to help his childhood hero and magician, the Fabulous Falcone (Carl Ballantine – McHale's Navy); Christine walks out on her job after a mugging; and, in a multi-episode arc, lifelong bachelor Harry finds himself in an unfamiliar role when he volunteers to temporarily serve as a foster parent for a 12-year-old orphan boy. Court is in session!]]>
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This season also marks a full turn away from the "Barney Miller" style of the first two seasons as the show turns into full scale mayhem with a courtroom as just an incidental backdrop for the parade of human oddities that come before Judge Harry Stone. This is also the first year John Astin begins to make regular appearances as someone who was married to Harry's mom after she deserted him as a child. It turns out the two met in a mental institution, but - as Astin never fails to mention - "He's feeling much better now". Astin's character at first provides a link to Harry's missing years with his mother, but in a later season he is revealed to be much more than that.
Another change that has taken place is that Dan Fielding is now portrayed as someone who has no money, when in the first season he was always going on about his substantial portfolio.Read more ›
So for what it's worth to the company that puts out the night court dvds please for the love of excellent programming release the rest of the seasons!
I signed up to be notified upon season three's release. I hope all the others make it too.
But as far as production values...
I dunno what they sourced to master these discs, but the video quality appears to be that of a poorly noise-controlled standard VHS. The image shutters and has a distortion bar at the top on many episodes, but not all. There has been no video processing or cleanup of any kind, which leaves me to think the originals they pulled this from were garbage anyways, or not the studio-broadcast versions.
In short, buy for the content, not the presentation of it...
If you are hauled in to appear before this court, you will find yourself in the company of hookers, petty thieves, squabblers, nudists, and other peculiar strangers.
When its your turn to appear, a bailiff will escort you to the courtroom. It will be either a tall, head-shaved bailiff named Bull or a short, raspy-voiced bailiff named Flo. As you are led into the courtroom, a motley collection of spectators turn to watch you enter.
As you approach the bench, Dan Fielding will join you on your right: he is the district attorney. He is not on your side. If you are a woman, stand as far from him as you can: while his job is prosecutor, his hobby is collecting sexual encounters.
On your right is a very sexy, dolled-up public defender named Miss Christine Sullivan. She is on your side. If you are a man with an overactive libido and an urge to pursue Miss Sullivan; forget-about-it: she is a goody-two-shoes.
The man standing next to the judge is sweater-clad Mac. He will introduce you and read your charges. His easy going manner and professionalism will put you at ease, unless his wife''s vietnamese family is in town; they drive him to distraction; you better hope he doesn't read the wrong charges!
Behind the bench sits the black-robed Judge Harry T. Stone. You wonder, "How could this quick-witted youngster possibly be a judge?" If you tell his honor that you are an avid fan of Mel Torme, you may get off with only a $50 fine and time served. Good luck!
Picture (DVD): fair (2) to good (3).
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I love the humor in night court. One of my all time favorite sitcoms ever.Published 23 days ago by Amazon Customer
Nice to see them as an adult. Remember watching them as a kid and now it's a completely different show.Published 2 months ago by Rick
I grew up watching Night Court so it's awesome to have the series on DVD. I definitely go back to my youth when watching these episodes. They don't make sitcoms like this anymore.Published 2 months ago by J. Williams
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|Night Court the Complete 3rd Season DVDs are planned!||
My unofficial prediction is Spring 2010 for the release. Season 3 is pivotal, not only with Markie Post taking over permanently for the defense, but it also marked a change in bailiffs. In between seasons 2 & 3, the great Selma Diamond died and a "new" gal took over, Florence Halop as... Read More
Nov 3, 2009 by Hong Kong Phooey | See all 5 posts
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