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#1 of 24 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted May 07 2002 - 01:50 AM

I was a big fan of this show during its original run, and I still like to catch the reruns when I can. I would probably buy reasonably-priced season box sets of the show if they were released.

Just to make something clear: I have heard nothing about this; I think the whole NBC 75th anniversary thing is what made me think about it. Also, the show is owned by Warner, I believe, but now that they've taken the plunge with the Friends set, maybe they'd be willing to look into other series. Night Court was a pretty popular show in its day; it ran for nine seasons, I think. Would anyone else be interested in buying sets of this, or am I even more of a geek than I thought? Posted Image Posted Image
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#2 of 24 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted May 07 2002 - 02:00 AM

I would absolutely adore season sets of this series.

Not only does it stand on it's own merits (and there are many of them, from the hilarious characters to the sex appeal of Markie Post to the multiple-Emmy wins of John Laroquette (sic?).

Not only that, but it appeals to fans of Cheers by way of Harry Anderson's huckster character that appeared in the bar from time to time.

Also it appeals to Star Trek fans, due to Brent "Data" Spiner's appearances in the court (the first time with a separate appearance by none other than Michael J. Fox!).

Also appeals to fans of Gomez Addams, with John Astin's appearances as Harry's dad ("but I'm feeling MUCH better now!").

Also it appeals to fans of rocker Meat Loaf, since Markie's character was preceded by another blond Public Defender, played by a post-Rock career Ellen Foley!


Not to mention that the show was friggin' hilarious from top to bottom, from beginning to end. Must-See TV-on-DVD!


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#3 of 24 OFFLINE   MatthewA

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Posted May 07 2002 - 04:28 AM

I'm with you! I discovered this show a few years ago on an old video tape recorded off TV and I loved it.

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#4 of 24 OFFLINE   Shane Gralaw

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Posted May 07 2002 - 04:32 AM

I tried to watch this a few times but it was either the same episode over and over or the same plot: some psycho holds the court at gunpoint until they can talk him down.

#5 of 24 OFFLINE   Sarah S

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Posted May 07 2002 - 03:01 PM

I have my vote recorded over at www.tvshowsondvd.com .
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#6 of 24 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted May 07 2002 - 03:11 PM

Well, I might wait until they hit the Markie Post shows (Posted Image), but after that, they've definitely got a sale.

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#7 of 24 OFFLINE   Clint B

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Posted May 07 2002 - 03:17 PM

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Posted May 07 2002 - 05:06 PM

Absolutly, one of the funniest shows ever created! John Larroquette used to kill me on a weekly basis, probably because I identified with him so much, he was a horny bastard, and so was I! Posted Image
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#9 of 24 OFFLINE   Nick Graham

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Posted May 07 2002 - 05:34 PM

I have been dying for Night Court on DVD. I would assume A&E owns the rights, as it is shown exclusively on that network. We've seen what they can do with The Avengers, The Prisoner, and others....we should try and contact them, and see if they do own the rights. If Warner owns the rights, screw it, we might as well tape it off A&E every day. Oh, and Shane, I agree that they used the "guy takes the courtrooom hostage" plot WAAAY too many times, but there are plenty of great episodes where they thankfully didn't....keep giving it a try.

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Posted May 07 2002 - 11:52 PM

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#11 of 24 OFFLINE   Richard Ruffner

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Posted May 08 2002 - 12:46 AM

Oh yes, I'd buy all these on DVD in a heart beat. We've still got most of them on wearing out VHS tape from it's original syndicated run, and some from it's first run. We'd watch these often.

BTW, Markie Post was in it starting in the second season. Only the first season was somewhat different (and more serious).
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#12 of 24 OFFLINE   Bryan Tuck

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Posted May 08 2002 - 01:38 AM

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BTW, Markie Post was in it starting in the second season.

Actually, she came in in the third season, I think. At least, that's when she became a regular. The pilot had a different defense attorney, the rest of the first season, it was Paula Kelly, then the second season Ellen Foley. Then Christine showed up.

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#13 of 24 OFFLINE   Drew Mertz

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Posted May 08 2002 - 04:26 AM

I too would love to have all the Night Court episodes. That show along with cheers are my favorites.

Though I would doing cartwheels around the block If I could get the first season of men behaving badly on dvd. Funniest show I have ever seen!

#14 of 24 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted May 08 2002 - 05:52 AM

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I would assume A&E owns the rights, as it is shown exclusively on that network.


The one has nothing to do with the other. For U.S. shows, the studio nearly always owns the home video rights, regardless of who has which broadcast rights. (The other shows you mentioned are all British imports. A&E probably negotiated the U.S. home video distribution rights along with the broadcast rights to them. Ditto mini-series like Shackleton and Pride and Prejudice.)

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If Warner owns the rights, screw it, we might as well tape it off A&E every day.


I find that an odd comment to see posted on the very day the Friends: Complete First Season set is officially released. That looks like a pretty respectable set.*

Doug Wadleigh (Warner Home Video) has made several very promising comments on TV shows on DVD in the past few months, and it looks like we'll (finally) be seeing the first Babylon 5 boxed set sometime in the fall. Granted they don't seem to have seen the light of day with regard to Southpark yet, but give them time. Studios, like people, have their fixed ideas and prejudices, and it takes time and massive amounts of evidence to change their minds. Doesn't anybody else remember when half the major studios in Hollywood refused to release films on DVD at all, or when Fox and Disney didn't release anamorphic widescreen discs as a matter of policy? The marketplace will eventually make it clear to Warner Bros. which kind of TV release sells and which doesn't. And they'll come around.

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Posted May 08 2002 - 08:29 AM

You know, sorry, this is my first post to this site, and I hate for it to be mean-spirited in any way, but to think that if so many people would apparently hate me for loving Family Guy, I have to feel the same about Night Court.

What is the big deal with this show? I agree with the one poster who said it was the same episode, same plot line over and over.

Anderson was great doing standup and his magic act. As an actor, though....well, actually, that can be said of most standups.

I'd rather see News Radio or the original Batman series before this one. WAYYY before this one.

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#16 of 24 OFFLINE   Walt Riarson

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Posted May 08 2002 - 08:53 AM

Yes, indeed...I would buy Night Court, season-by-season! One of the all-time great sitcoms.
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#17 of 24 OFFLINE   David Lambert

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Posted May 08 2002 - 11:14 AM

As far as when which public defender showed up when, I'll not that this series kicked off on January 4, 1984, per the IMDB, and that they list the cast this way:

Cast overview, first billed only:
Harry Anderson (I) .... Judge Harold T. 'Harry' Stone
Gail Strickland .... Public Defender Sheila Gardner (pilot)
Paula Kelly (I) .... Public Defender Liz Williams (1984)
Ellen Foley .... Public Defender Billie Young (1984-1985)
Markie Post .... Public Defender Christine Sullivan Giuliano (1985-1992)
John Larroquette .... Assistant District Attorney Reinhold 'Dan' Feilding
Karen Austin (I) .... Court Clerk Lana Wagner (1984)
Charles Robinson (I) .... Court Clerk Macintosh 'Mac' Robinson (1984-1992)
Richard Moll .... Bailiff Nostradamus 'Bull' Shannon
Selma Diamond .... Bailiff Selma Hacker (1984-1985)
Florence Halop .... Bailiff Florence Kleiner (1985-1986)
Marsha Warfield .... Bailiff Rozalind 'Roz' Russell (1986-1992)


So that ought to settle the matter of when Markie showed up, eh? And speaking of her respectable set... :b

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#18 of 24 OFFLINE   Eric Stuckey

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Posted May 08 2002 - 11:56 AM

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#19 of 24 OFFLINE   Joseph DeMartino

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Posted May 08 2002 - 12:06 PM

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Okay, flame me for liking Family Guy.


So how did a guy with one post manage to get flamed for liking Family Guy?. Posted Image Did that happen on this forum?

Personally I never liked Family Guy, just not my kind of humor. (Although I did like Stewie.) That's a matter of personal taste, not a judgement about the quality of the show. It isn't the kind of thing that happens to make me laugh.

But I would never go out of my way to post to a pro-Family Guy thread saying that I didn't like the show and listing other shows that I'd rather see on DVD. What's the point of that? It's like showing up at a Beatles fan club meeting with a big "Beatles suck!" banner. I'm obviously not going to change anybody's mind, I'm not advancing the cause of whatever band I prefer - all I'm really doing is insulting and pissing off a room full of strangers for no particular reason.

I see threads all the time asking "When's such-and-such coming to DVD" where my first reaction is "Why was that film ever made in the first place?", but I neither read the threads nor post my opinion to them.

Just my two cents.

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#20 of 24 OFFLINE   Gary W. Graley

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Posted May 20 2002 - 02:39 PM

I'd love this set as well...the series that is...Posted Image

Just picked up the Mini-Series 10th Kingdom and enjoy that as well...

Another one that would be great is Barney Miller...excellent writing and acting on that one!

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