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).
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.