NBC owned the TV night slots during my adolescent. With Cheers and then Seinfeld right after, I couldn’t help but tune in week after week. I loved both of these shows with a passion and watched every episode, all the way into college. But they were not the only ones I watched. I also watched Night Court, starring Harry Anderson as the hip, unorthodox judge of a Manhattan night court.
Since it aired on Thursday nights right after Cheers, it was a simple thing to just sit there and keep watching. That’s what they want, right? Keep on watching after the show you wanted to originally watch is over and you might even like the show that follows. Easy.
For Night Court, at least the next show was funny. It started off a bit dry, with mostly deadpan, real life humor but it loosened up in latter seasons and I liked that better, even though it did get a bit silly at times. It was Dan Fielding vs. Christine Sullivan every night in the court, as public defender and prosecuting attorney respectively. I don’t even remember the pubic defenders that came before here but there were two. Who cares? Markie Post was Christine, the smoking hot little spitfire that had to deal with John Larroquette’s sexual advances as the insatiable Dan Fielding.
This three ring circus was advocated over by the judge Harry Stone, played Harry Anderson. He was too young, too inexperienced to be any kind of judge and it is only revealed later on how he fell backwards into the position by accident. He was a sweet natured guy that more often than not gave the accused criminal the benefit of the doubt, much to the chagrin of Fielding.
The other supporting characters were well done and memorable, including Mac, the clerk and the two main bailiffs, Roz and Bull. Bull was played by the lovable but extremely intimidating Richard Moll, a total monster if there ever was one. What was he, eight feet tall or something?
Night Court had a great energy to it and never went too far off the track before ending gracefully. You can watch many of the old episodes online when you sign up for one of the Comcast XFINITY Internet Plans.