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Night Court: Season 1 (2005)

Karen Austin , Selma Diamond , John Larroquette , Charles Robinson  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Karen Austin, Selma Diamond, John Larroquette, Charles Robinson
  • Directors: John Larroquette, Charles Robinson, Christine Ballard, Alan Bergmann, Lee Bernhardi
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Closed-captioned, Color, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 1.0)
  • Subtitles: English, Spanish, French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 2
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Warner Home Video
  • DVD Release Date: February 8, 2005
  • Run Time: 313 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (156 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006N2EZK
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #23,750 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Night Court: Season 1" on IMDb

Special Features

  • 13 episodes on two discs
  • Commentary by creator/executive producer Reinhold Weege on the pilot episode
  • "Night Court: Comedy's Swing Shift" retrospective documentary

Editorial Reviews

One of the zaniest and bawdiest shows to hit network primetime in the 1980s, Night Court starred Harry Anderson as the Mel Tormé-loving, magic-playing, too-young judge Harry Stone presiding over the night beat of New York. Joining him were lecherous assistant district attorney Dan (John Larroquette), bald Bunyanesque bailiff Bull (Richard Moll), uptight court clerk Lana (Karen Austin), earnest public defender Elizabeth (Paula Kelly), and grizzled bailiff Selma (Selma Hacker).

In between cases involving ladies of the evening, a derelict who thinks he's Santa, and sparring spouses, the court staff spends most of their spare time trying to figure out the judge's age and background, making jokes about Bull's imposing appearance, or, in Dan's case, propositioning any woman who comes along. Among the first-season guest stars, Michael J. Fox takes a break from Family Ties to play a young tough, while Soviet comedian Yakov Smirnoff (there's a flashback for you!) plays a Russian who threatens to blow up the court. Created by Rheinhold Weege (who co-produced and wrote for Barney Miller), Night Court took off in later years, as the cast solidified with court clerk Mac (Charles Robinson), sexy public defender Christine (Markie Post), and glib bailiff Roz (Marsha Warfield). With better people to bounce off of, Laroquette took home four consecutive Supporting Actor Emmys beginning with the second season. Those were the only major statuettes the series won during its nine-season run, but it did hold down the 9:30 slot of NBC's "must see" Thursday lineup between Cheers and L.A. Law. --David Horiuchi

Product Description

Disorder in the Court! That's the order of the day when a parade of zany--and bizarre--characters passes before a rather unconventional and unpredictable judge in this hilarious sitcom.

DVD Features:
Audio Commentary
Featurette:Night Court: Comedy's Swing Shift, a featurette on the origins of Night Court by Creator/Executive Producer Reinhold Weege and Harry Anderson {RT 18:00}. Episode commentary with Creator Reinhold Weege.

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96 of 105 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very good season November 19, 2004
All You Need I Love- Harry's first case as a judge. A husband accuses his wife of trying to kill him.

Santa Goes Downtown- A man dressed as santa is accused of tresspassing. Harry must deal with two teenagerss. Michael J. Fox guest stars.

The Former Harry Stone- The gang tries to find out how old Harry is and discover he has a record. The first appearance of the reporter, Craven.

Welcome Back, Momma- A woman claiming to be the mother who ran out on Harry as a kid appears.

The Eye of the Beholder- Bull is devestated when a charity turns him down to be a volunteer because of the way he looks.

Death Threat- Harry gets a death threat. A bomb is found.

Once in Love With Harry- A prostitute falls for Harry. Dan runs for office.

Quadrangle of Love- Harry, Dan and Bull all fall for and try to woo the same woman.

Wonder Drugs- Lana has a bad reaction to some medication causing her to act strange.

Some Like It Hot- First Yakvo episode. Yakvo is brought before the court, and ends up threating to burn down the courtroom.

Harry and the Rock Star- Harry dates a rock star. Harry tries to break in a new court clerk.

Bull's Baby- One of Bull's neighbors leaves her baby with Bull and doesn't come back. Bull insists to everyone that she will return.

Hi Honey, I'm Home- A woman and her two husbands (one was presummed dead) appears before the court.
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23 of 23 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars The original Must See TV November 24, 2004
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Back in the early-to-mid 80's, NBC OWNED Thursday nights with a killer sitcom lineup: The Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers and Night Court. And while history will probably ultimately judge Night Court as the least acclaimed of the four, I think it's still the funniest. And you can see the other 3 on TV Land or Nick At Nite...I don't remember the last time I saw Night Court in syndication.

And it's true, the first season was a little rough (hence 4 stars instead of 5). But the brilliant John Larroquette is reason enough for me to own all seasons of this show. I hope someday his own John Larroquette Show will get a DVD release.

I hope fans will scoop this first season up, so we can get on with the later (and better) seasons.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
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This is a great set of this classic television show's premiere season. All 13 episodes are presented in their original NBC uncut broadcast entirety, clocking in at just over 24 minutes each. I'd seen all of these episodes in syndication as early as 1988, and even then they were already missing some footage for more commercial time. Not here! If you've only seen the edited versions before, you're in for a treat. It was kind of funny seeing the extended scene in the episode "Santa Goes Downtown" where Dan Fielding told Eddie Simms (played by Michael J. Fox) to "go and tease Bull about his hair." Seeing it again on the DVD reminded me that I had actually seen this episode back in 1984 and had forgotten this part due to it's being deemed less important than the almighty advertiser's dollar. It really is great to have the complete versions available to see again!

At the time of this writing, it's been 10 months since the release of this Season One box set. It's unlike Warner Bros. to take so much time between releases of it's TV shows, but for some reason they aren't on the ball with this particular show. However, I still think that they will get around to releasing more seasons. After all, several of the shows they were working on ("Friends", "Gilligan's Island" and "Wonder Woman") have wrapped. It makes sense that this would free up some resources to get to work on some of their thus-far neglected properties (a la "Night Court"). In the meantime, this set will provide you with some great classic entertainment.
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33 of 39 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars A Night Court with Funny Characters March 17, 2005
Many of us remember that in 1980s, Thursday nights were a treat on NBC: We were fortunate enough to watch some of the best sitcoms on TV, such as Cosby Show, Family Ties, Cheers, and Night Court in that order. All four shows had great talent and great stories. At last Warner Home Video released the first season of Night Court. There are 13 episodes on two discs. The first season saw several changes that includes departure of Lana Wagner (Karen Austin), and Paula Kelly (Liz Williams) and the incoming Christine Sullivan (Markie Post) and Mac Robinson (Charles Robinson) and a few others. The first season is one of my favorite seasons of the series since the show had better writing and better stories than the latter seasons. Lana Wagner is beautiful and intelligent and made a better love interest for Judge Harry Stone (Harry Anderson). The Former Harry Stone, Death Threat, Once in Love with Harry, Quadrangle of Love, and Harry and the Rock Star are some of the funniest episodes. Dan (John Larroquette) is very funny as usual. This is a good addition to you your DVD library.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars We Want Season 2!!!!!! December 28, 2005
Waner is putting out a "Best Of" Night Court DVD next Year. We do not want a "Best Of" DVD. We want Season 2!!!!! Come on, stop this "Best Of" crap.

We Want Season 2 & 3......
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Where's the rest of the series? September 17, 2006
By Jean
This collection is well-put together and exactly what I'm looking for. I only wish I knew when they were going to release the subsequent seasons.
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