Night Court

Night Court TV Show

Night Court was an award winning comedy that ran from 1984 to 1992 on NBC.  The show was essentially about the shenanigans that happened in a Manhattan late shift court presided over by Judge Harold T. Stone (Harry Anderson).  Other major characters included the prosecutor, Dan Fielding (John Larroquette), bailiff Bull Shannon (Richard Moll), and public defender Christine Sullivan (Markie Post).

This comedy of the series primarily revolved around the quirky personalities of the characters and the eccentric citizens forced to come to misdemeanor night court.  Initially, the show bore a closer resemblance to the dry humor found in shows like Barney Miller, but in later seasons, it was described as more slapstick.  In one episode, for example, the cartoon character Wile E. Coyote is convicting of harassing the Road Runner and forced to find some other way to eat.