Night Court: Season 3
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Night Court: The Complete Third Season (DVD)
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!]]>
From the Back Cover
This season, life in Judge Harry Stone's court starts with a tear (as the gang says farewell to Selma) and a horselaugh (as they welcome wiseacre Flo to the municipal menagerie). And it's all fun from there in 22 absurdly hilarious episodes as Harry and his staff (including another newcomer, Legal Aid attorney Christine Sullivan) contend with New York's zaniest nuts and dolts: the usual winos, weirdos, hookers and con artists, plus an orangutan, a rock star, a man from Saturn, and a gorgeous witch who has Harry under her spell. The three-disc set of season 3 ends on a dark and stormy night, when four expectant moms fulfill their expectations with the panic-stricken assistance of the whole Night Court crew. Lullaby and good Night Court!
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Night Court broke the usual comic mold. Most comedies are centered around a “normal” central character witnessing the madness around him or her. With Night Court, everyone is nuts, including Harry Anderson, who plays a judge, a figure society assumes is as solid as a rock.
What made this show so darn funny was clever, well-written scripts, the right combination of identifiable personalities (I mean, who does not know a person like Dan Fielding or Christine Sullivan?), and the choice of actors perfectly suited to match their characters, giving performances of the roles of their careers.
There was also an incredible range in its humor. While most comedy series usually find one level of banality and stay there, the comedy in Night Court covered a greater spectrum. Thus, the humor was sometimes poignant, sometimes philosophical, sometimes slapstick, farcical, or even downright dumb, many times in the same episode. The humor, though, was never boring. The humor was intelligent, smart, ... and just darn funny.
The show never really “jumped the shark,” even when it easily could. In the eighth season a new character, a ditzy Court Reporter, was introduced. So now there are two comic relief characters in the Courtroom, the Court Reporter and one of the Bailiffs, Bull Shannon (Richard Moll.) While introducing a new character to an established routine is usually fatal to the over-all chemistry of the cast, this new character, through deft comic script-writing, fits right in, adding, not hindering, the comic effect.
Recurring actors include John Astin, of Addams Family fame, Yakov Smirnoff, and Mel Torme, who shows incredible acting flair as Harry’s idol.
For all those who have not seen this series, check it out.
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...
I remember watching "NIGHT COURT" when I was growing up and into my early adulthood, it was always entertaining!
A few years ago, it came on late nights on TVLAND, it was summertime, so my youngest daughter would stay up late and watch it with me. She LOVED it!
I was excited when the prices fell, for a short while, and I was able to purchase these for her.
Wednesday nights are the only evenings our entire family is in one place, just after Christmas we started watching her DVD's and we finished all 3 seasons within a few weeks!!
I'm waiting for season 4 to come down in price, but it doesn't seem to be happening anytime soon.
For a great family night at home with pizza and fries, I highly recommend 'NIGHT COURT"!!!