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Night Court (NBC 1984-1992, Harry Anderson, John Larroquette)

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Who knew that the American justice system could be so bawdy? You can thank Night Court for that little revelation. Through nine prime time seasons, this hit sitcom turned a New York City courtroom into a den of naughty humor. It wasn’t that Night Court was just about sex; it’s just that the libidinous parts were the ones the kids stayed up to watch.

Presiding over these courtly shenanigans was Judge Harry T. Stone, a mischievous scamp with a yen for magic tricks. Harry frequently ruffled a few judicial feathers (he decided a case in the first episode by flipping a coin), but his Solomon-like ability to always do the right thing kept him in the robes and on the bench. A parade of co-stars came and went over the first few seasons—clerk Lana Wagner, public defender Liz Williams, public defender Billie Young, and more—and then there was the case of the tragic bailiff. Selma Diamond played tough old bailiff Selma Hacker in the show’s first season, but she passed away in 1985. In came bailiff Florence Kleiner, but actress Florence Halop died after the show’s second season. Roz Russell became the court’s new bailiff in the fall of 1986, staying with the court for the rest of the show’s run.

Despite the turnover, a few characters became permanent fixtures of Judge Stone’s courtroom. Bailiff Bull Shannon was the show’s oversized, loveable lug, while District Attorney Dan Fielding had nothing loveable or luggish about him (and the only thing oversized was his ego). Dan was the official courtroom sleazeball, trying to woo and bed every nice-looking female who entered the halls of justice. And slimily charming sort that he was, he often succeeded.

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As the show got settled in, the rest of the regulars fell into place. Mac Robinson became the new court clerk in the fall of 1984, usually playing the straight man to the rest of Night Court’s wacky denizens. A Vietnam vet, Mac married Vietnamese woman Quon Le Duck to help her stay in the U.S., and the new Mrs. Robinson became another semi-regular. Court custodian Art made frequent appearances as well, but the last of the show’s true regulars was new public defender Christine Sullivan, who arrived as a permanent cast member in 1986. Endlessly upbeat, Christine had to deal with the constant lecherous advances of Dan, who tried everything from seduction to lifesaving (he once gave Christine the Heimlich) to get into her legal briefs.

Night Court was certainly saucy—the court saw more than its share of prostitutes, madams, tenants of a nudist apartment, porn stars, and so on—but things were always tempered by Harry’s irrepressible boyishness. The judge was on hand to help washed-up kids’ TV stars, pacify crazed clowns, learn from old-school magicians, and share his worship of Mel Tormé. The singer made frequent appearances on the show, as did John Astin (TV’s Gomez Addams) as Harry’s deadbeat dad, William Utay as derelict Phil Robinson (and his evil twin Will), Yakov Smirnoff as wacky Russian Yakov Korolenko, and Bumper Robinson as Leon, a young runaway that Harry tried to adopt in a memorably touching episode.

Touching moments aside, the show was usually pure farce, often bordering on the outrageous (no less than two episodes had the legal eagles forced to try over 200 cases in a night), but that kind of lunacy was what made Night Court a prime time favorite. John Larroquette won four consecutive Supporting Actor Emmys for his role as Dan, and the show spent several years in the Top 20. Court was finally adjourned in the fall of 1992, but syndicated reruns have ensured that the goings-on of Judge Stone’s courtroom will be inspiring naughty snickers for years to come.

production details
USA / NBC – Warner Bros – Starry Night / 193×25 minute episodes / Broadcast 4 January 1984 – 17 September 1992

Creator and Producer: Reinhold Weege

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Harry Anderson as Judge Harold ‘Harry’ T. Stone
John Larroquette as Assistant District Attorney Daniel Reinhold Fielding
Markie Post as Public Defender Christine Sullivan Giuliano (1986-92)
Ellen Foley as Public Defender Billie Young (1984-1985)
Paula Kelly as Public Defender Elizabeth ‘Liz’ Williams (1984)
Charles Robinson as Court Clerk Macintosh ‘Mac’ Robinson (1984-92)
Karen Austin as Court Clerk Lana Wagner (1984)
Richard Moll as Bailiff Aristotle Nostradamus ‘Bull’ Shannon
Marsha Warfield as Bailiff Rosalind ‘Roz’ Russell (1986-92)
Florence Halop as Bailiff Florence Kleiner (1985-86)
Selma Diamond as Bailiff Selma Hacker (1984-85)
Denice Kumagai as Quon Le Duck Robinson (1985-92)
Mike Finneran as Art the Custodian (1984-92)
William Utay as Phil/Will Sanders (1985-86, 1989-92)
John Astin as Buddy Ryan (1988-90)
Terry Kiser as Journalist Al Craven (1984-85)
Gail Strickland as Public Defender Sheila Gardner (Pilot)
Joleen Lutz as Court Stenographer Lisette Hocheiser
Bumper Robinson as Leon (1985-86)
Ron Ross as Dirk (1985-92)
Ray Abruzzo as Anthony ‘Tony’ Giuliano (1989-91)
Mary Cadorette as Margaret Turner (1990-91)
S. Marc Jordan as Jack Griffin (1990-91)

 

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Christmas Princess (UP 2017, Nicole Munoz, Zak Santiago)

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Christmas Princess Nicole Munoz

Christmas Princess is the true story of Donaly Marquez who, through a childhood of neglect and abuse, achieved her dream of becoming a rose bowl princess. An inspirational story of resilience, strength and finding a family to call your own.

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Nicole Muñoz as Donaly Marquez
Rosa Blasi as Sara
Zak Santiago as Ignacio Marquez
Olivia Steele Falconer as Emily Marquez
Jaedon Siewert as Abraham Marquez
Lina Renna as Young Donaly
Paloma Kwiatkowski as Chloe
Ty Wood as Trent
Pendo Muema as Monique
Kalyn Miles as Maria
Kaaren de Zilva as Roberta
Garfield Wilson as Dr. Miller
Clay St. Thomas as Judge #1
Patti Allan as Judge #2
Natalie von Rotsburg as Judge #3

crew details
Director: Allan Harmon
Writer: Tracy Andreen

production details
Country: Canada
Network and Production Companies: UP
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: Sunday 10 December 2017

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Christmas Reunion, A (Lifetime 2015, Catherine Hicks, Denise Richards)

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A Christmas Reunion Lifetime

In A Christmas Reunion a Madison Avenue executive, Amy, discovers an unusual Christmas surprise when she inherits her Aunt’s hometown bakery. The real surprise comes when she learns the other half of the bakery was left to her long-ago boyfriend, Jack.

Unresolved personal issues resurface between them, as the exes return home to co-manage the store, along with its traditional holiday cookie bake-off.

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Denise Richards as Amy Stone
Patrick Muldoon as Jack Evans
Jake Busey as Dylan Carruthers
Catherine Hicks as Aunt Linda
Parker Stevenson as Don Dupree
Patricia De Leon as Janette Crowder
Jon Briddell as Luke Crowder
Robert R. Shafer as Frank O’Brien
Anna Barnholtz as Chloe
John Colton as Steve Evans
Sandra Evans as Shari
Brody Fitzgerald as Young Jack Evans
Michael Gaglio as Earl Pratt, Sr.
Gib Gerard as Earl Pratt, Jr.
Joyce Greenleaf as Helen

crew details
Director: Sean Olson
Writers: Margaret Base, Mary Glenn, Sam Irvin, Sean Olson, Peter Sullivan, Michael Varrat

production details
Country: USA
Network and Production Companies: Lifetime – Hybrid
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From: 13 December 2015

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Final Vision (ID 2017, Scott Foley, Dave Annable)

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Final Vision ID

Final Vision is a twisted psychological thriller and a true-crime drama based on the longest running criminal case in U.S. history. It’s the story of Jeffrey MacDonald (Foley), a handsome, Ivy League-educated U.S. Army Green Beret doctor, who was convicted of brutally murdering his pregnant wife and two young daughters in the middle of the night.

Told through the eyes of best-selling author Joe McGinniss (Annable), who was approached by MacDonald to write a book about his personal nightmare as he was about to go to trial.

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Scott Foley as Jeffrey MacDonald
Dave Annable as Joe McGinniss
John Doman as Bernie Segal
Lochlyn Munro as Wade Smith
Jessica Harmon as Colette MacDonald
Caroline Aaron as Leslie Sterling
Primo Allon as MP Sergeant
Julia Maren Baker as Kimberly MacDonald
Julia Benson as Nancy McGinniss
Baylee Breen-Wood as Kristen MacDonald
April Cameron as Nurse at St. Mary’s
Aaron Craven as James Blackburn
Bruce Dawson as Doctor
Parveen Dosanjh as Woman at Party
Lane Edwards as Brian Murtagh

crew details
Writer: Denis O’Neill
Director:  Nicholas McCarthy
Executive Producers: Angela Bromstad, Christine Connor, Linda Berman S

production details
Country:  USA
Network and Production Companies: ID – Lincoln Square Productions
Duration: 1×120 minute episode
Aired From:  Sunday 10 December 2017

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