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Night Court: Season 1Edit

Night Court made its premiere on NBC-TV on January 4, 1984 as a mid-season replacement series, as it debuted in the time slot which another popular sitcom on the network, Cheers, had aired in on Thursday nights, as Cheers was moved in the time slot immediately before it at 8:00 p.m. The season concluded after 13 episodes March 31, 1984. Night Court (Season 1) DVD was released on October 5, 2005.

DescriptionEdit

Disorder in the Court! That’s the verdict when a parade of zany and bizarre characters passes before an unconventional and unpredictable newly-appointed judge Harold T. Stone (Harry Anderson) in this hilarious new sitcom. At night is when you’ll meet the weirdos, wannabes, lecherous fiends, nutballs, and more — and those are just the people in charge of New York’s Criminal Court Swing Shift. Judge Harold “Harry” T. Stone is a man with a joy-buzzer sense of courtroom decorum and a gleeful enthusiasm for velvet-voiced scat singer Mel Tormé. John Larroquette, known for his roles in NBC-TV's Black Sheep Squadron and the Bill Murray/John Candy/Harold Ramis comedy film Stripes appears as sex-obsessed narcissistic prosecutor Assistant District Attorney Dan Fielding, and the imposing character actor Richard Moll appears as Bull Shannon, a seemingly dim-witted hulk of a figure, but at heart is actually gentle and often childlike; they team up with Anderson for the show’s run of law and disorder in the serie's first season. Gail Strickland appears as Public Defender Sheila Gardiner in the pilot episode before being replaced by Paula Kelly, who appears as new Public Defender Liz Williams; Karen Austin plays the part of Court Reporter Lana Wagner in the first season. Also on the docket for Season 1 are guest stars Michael J. Fox and Russain comedian Yakov Smirnoff. Court’s in session . . . and so’s the fun!

Season 1 (1984) Edit

Image No. in series No. in season Title Directed by Written by Original air date Prod. code
Night Court ep. 1x1 - All You Need Is Love 1 1 "All You Need Is Love" James Burrows Reinhold Weege January 4, 1984 206719
Harold T. Stone becomes a night court judge and settles a dispute involving a woman threatening her husband with gunfire.
Night Court ep. 1x2 - Santa Goes Downtown 2 2 "Santa Goes Downtown" Assad Kelada Reinhold Weege January 11, 1984 185365
The season is merry as Harry deals with a man in a red suit charged with trespassing and tries to restore the faith of a pair of cynical teenage runaways. Michael J. Fox appears in this episode.
Night Court ep. 1x3 - The Former Harry Stone 3 3 "The Former Harry Stone" Jay Sandrich Tom Reeder January 18, 1984 185362
Lana learns that Harry has a criminal record when she tries to find out his age to settle a bet. Barney Martin and Judy Landers both appear in this episode.
Night Court ep. 1x4 - Welcome Back, Momma 4 4 "Welcome Back, Momma" Jeff Melman Reinhold Weege February 1, 1984 185366
A woman who claims to be Harry's long lost mother and a beauty pageant operator appear before the court.
Night Court ep. 1x5 - The Eye of the Beholder 5 5 "The Eye of the Beholder" Larry Balmagia Reinhold Weege February 8, 1984 185363
The others try to pull Bull out of the dumps when he's turned down by a charitable organization because his size and appearance are intimidating to others.
Image Needed Bull 6 6 "Death Threat" Jay Sandrich Bob Stevens February 15, 1984 185367
Things are thrown into an uproar when Harry receives a threat via a rock thrown through the window and a bomb is discovered in the courtroom.
Image Needed Bull 7 7 "Once in Love with Harry" Jay Sandrich Reinhold Weege February 22, 1984 185361
A hooker develops a crush on Harry and Dan loses a city council position to a dead man.
Image Needed Bull 8 8 "Quadrandgle of Love" Jeff Melman R.J. Colleary, Chris Cluess & Stu Kreisman February 29, 1984 185369
Dan, Harry, and Bull all compete for the same pretty attorney.


  • Note: The end credits have a different background for this episode. Instead of the court, they show Harry and his little homemade Mel Torme concert.
Image Needed Bull 9 9 "Wonder Drug" Asaad Kelada Howard Ostroff March 7, 1984 185364
Lana disrupts the proceedings after taking a powerful cold medicine.
Image Needed Bull 10 10 "Some Like It Hot" Jay Sandrich Stu Kreisman & Chris Cluess March 14, 1984 185368
A Russian (Yakov Smirnoff) that is charged with selling stolen property would rather burn down the courtroom and everyone in it than go to jail.
Image Needed Bull 11 11 "Harry and the Rockstar" Jay Sandrich Reinhold Weege March 21, 1984 185360
Fans and reporters disrupt court proceedings when Harry dates a rock star, and tries to cope with a new court clerk.
Image Needed Bull 12 12 "Bull's Baby" Jeff Melman Bob Stevens March 28, 1984 185362
The courtroom crew try to help Bull when a neighbor leaves her baby with him.
Image Needed Bull 13 13 "Hi Honey, I'm Home" Gary Shimokawa Tom Reeder May 31, 1984 185361
Harry has to settle the legal status of a woman who remarried after her first husband was mistakenly declared dead, and who wants her back.
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