History Series / NightCourt

14th Jun '17 10:07:59 AM JamesAustin
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** The Season 5 Episode "Who Was That Mashed Man?" was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_the_Lone_Ranger#Clayton_Moore_Lawsuit the now infamous court battle]] between Radio/TheLoneRanger star Clayton Moore and the owner of The Lone Ranger copyright over Moore's right to make public appearances dressed as The Lone Ranger, with an Expy called The Red Ranger in the same situation.

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** The Season 5 Episode "Who Was That Mashed Man?" was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_the_Lone_Ranger#Clayton_Moore_Lawsuit the now infamous court battle]] between Radio/TheLoneRanger star Clayton Moore and the owner of The Lone Ranger copyright over Moore's right Lew Grade when Grade (the guy who brought us ''Series/{{Thunderbirds}}'' and ''Series/TheMuppetShow'') attempted a DarkerAndEdgier reboot called ''The Legend of the Lone Ranger'', and lawyers forced the original Lone Ranger actor to make stop touring with his costume; legal stuff ensued, the public appearances dressed got wind of this and supported the actor, resulting in the movie dying quickly at the box office. (This was pretty much the nail in the coffin for Grade's movie-making aspirations; his previous film, the notorious flop ''Film/RaiseTheTitanic'', as The Lone Ranger, with well as the Music/VillagePeople movie ''Film/CantStopTheMusic'' had killed the ITC/EMI joint venture AFD (Associated Film Distribution) and forced him to sell the remainder of the AFD films to Universal.) ''Night Court'' used an Expy called The Red Ranger in the same situation.
14th Jun '17 9:20:03 AM JamesAustin
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* ChurchOfHappyology: While it was intended as a parody of pop psychology rather than cults, the support group Christine starts going to after her divorce has a lot of Happyology-esque traits.


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* CuteButCacophonic: "High pitched squeal" was pretty much Lisette's default setting.
8th Jun '17 1:20:19 AM mlsmithca
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* TheBigGuy: Bull is so tall[[note]]Richard Moll is 6'8"[[/note]] that the doorframe to his apartment has a special hole cut into the top so that he can go in and out without having to stoop. The fact that he towers over everyone else even when every other male cast member stood well over six feet in height[[note]]Harry Anderson is 6'4", John Larroquette is 6'4.5", and Charles Robinson is 6'3"[[/note]] certainly says something.
** ''Night Court'' at one time held the Guinness World Record for tallest sitcom cast.

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* TheBigGuy: The series at one time held the Guinness World Record for the tallest sitcom cast, with all four male cast members well over six feet tall,[[note]] In ascending order, Charles Robinson is 6'3", Harry Anderson is 6'4", John Larroquette is 6'4.5", and Richard Moll is 6'8". Marsha Warfield is nearly six feet tall at 5'11", and even Markie Post at 5'6" is above the average height for American adult women.[[/note]] but Bull is a giant among giants. He is so tall[[note]]Richard Moll is 6'8"[[/note]] tall that the doorframe to his apartment has a special hole cut into the top so that he can go in and out without having to stoop. The fact that he towers over everyone else even when every other male cast member stood well over six feet in height[[note]]Harry Anderson is 6'4", John Larroquette is 6'4.5", and Charles Robinson is 6'3"[[/note]] certainly says something.
** ''Night Court'' at one time held the Guinness World Record for tallest sitcom cast.
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* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The layout of the courtroom suffered from this. The same door could lead to Harry's chambers, Mac's office, another courtroom, etc.
** While this was true in earlier seasons, by season three the doors which led to the usual places (the courtroom, Harry's chambers, the canteen) were pretty consistent.
** However, the court room is explicitly and repeatedly said to be on the 18th floor. Yet the only elevator ever shown has a topmost limit of 12.
* BornInAnElevator: Christine's son in the seventh season finale.

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* {{Bizarrchitecture}}: The layout of the courtroom suffered from this. this in the early seasons. The same door could lead to Harry's chambers, Mac's office, another courtroom, etc.
** While this was true in earlier seasons, by
etc. By season three three, the doors which led to the usual places (the courtroom, Harry's chambers, the canteen) were pretty consistent.
** However,
consistent, but the court room is explicitly and repeatedly said to be on the 18th floor. Yet floor even though the only elevator ever shown has a topmost limit of 12.
* BornInAnElevator: BornInAnElevator:
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Christine's son in the seventh season finale.



* BrokenAesop:
** Subverted, Tony and Christine's marriage [[spoiler: ends the way you'd expect a marriage in which the couple had known one another less than six months and got married before one of them went away for six months to end.]] Notable because in the 80's sitcom world this was a well-executed, harsh reality check.

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* BrokenAesop:
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BrokenAesop: Subverted, Tony and Christine's marriage [[spoiler: ends the way you'd expect a marriage in which the couple had known one another less than six months and got married before one of them went away for six months to end.]] Notable because in the 80's sitcom world this was a well-executed, harsh reality check.



* ButtMonkey: Despite frequently deserving the bad things that happened to him, Dan Fielding suffered several indignities that not even he deserved. Chief among these were him losing all his savings after his accountant dropped dead at an IRS Audit after Dan was hit with a GypsyCurse.
** Mel Torme, who suffered pain and humiliation at the hands of the cast in almost every appearance

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* ButtMonkey: ButtMonkey:
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Despite frequently deserving the bad things that happened to him, Dan Fielding suffered several indignities that not even he deserved. Chief among these were him losing all his savings after his accountant dropped dead at an IRS Audit after Dan was hit with a GypsyCurse.
** Mel Torme, who suffered pain and humiliation at the hands of the cast in almost every appearanceappearance.



* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liqour]]: Christine.
** Done legitimately a few times, however the first time it was eventually revealed to her that the drink she was consuming had no alcohol, and she was being wild and crazy all on her own.

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* [[CantHoldHisLiquor Can't Hold Her Liqour]]: Christine.
** Done legitimately
CantHoldHisLiquor: Christine is a few times, however the first time female version; it takes very little to get her drunk, and in one episode, it took ''nothing''; it was eventually revealed to her that the drink she was consuming had no alcohol, and she was being wild and crazy all on her own.



* TheCastShowoff:
** Anderson did numerous magic tricks during his time on the show, which, considering that he is a REAL amateur magician (and former conman) isn't that surprising.
** Larroquette also showed off in two episodes. Once, his ability as a MotorMouth of a [[RattlingOffLegal description of the charges against a defendant]] in the episode "Day in the Life" and his skill as an accordionist in an episode that was a homage to "The Phantom of the Opera".



** Harry's standard issue sentence ("Fifty-dollar fine and Time Served").
*** Lampshaded and parodied in Season 9. Replacement prosecutor Creator/GilbertGottfried suggests, just to break up the monotony, ''$55''. Christine objects, Harry decides to split the difference at $52.50, and it prompts a tear from Bull, "the end of an era".

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** Harry's standard issue sentence ("Fifty-dollar fine and Time Served"). \n*** Lampshaded and parodied in Season 9. Replacement prosecutor Creator/GilbertGottfried suggests, just to break up the monotony, ''$55''. Christine objects, Harry decides to split the difference at $52.50, and it prompts a tear from Bull, "the end of an era".



* CelebrityParadox: "Yet Another Day in the Life" had a case involving a fight between fans of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and ''Star Trek: The Next Generation''. The latter series starred Brent Spiner, who played recurring character Bob Wheeler on ''Night Court''.

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* CelebrityParadox: "Yet Another Day in the Life" had a case involving a fight between fans of ''Series/StarTrekTheOriginalSeries'' and ''Star Trek: The Next Generation''.''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration''. The latter series starred Brent Spiner, who played recurring character Bob Wheeler on ''Night Court''.
2nd Jun '17 7:57:24 AM Morgenthaler
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* CaptainErsatz: Monte "Potty-Mouth" Potter for AndrewDiceClay. The same year "It's Just a Joke" aired, Diceman became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden.

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* CaptainErsatz: Monte "Potty-Mouth" Potter for AndrewDiceClay.Creator/AndrewDiceClay. The same year "It's Just a Joke" aired, Diceman became the first comedian to sell out Madison Square Garden.
1st Jun '17 6:56:09 AM Overfiend
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** Mac's Vietnamese wife Quon Le also qualifies.
1st Jun '17 2:57:41 AM jormis29
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* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Dan's Boss' niece (played by Teri Hatcher), is attempting to seduce Dan, and shows him pictures she took of herself in a photo booth ("Think about shot #3!"). Dan yelps when he sees the picture, then ''turns it upside down'' and yelps AGAIN!

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* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Dan's Boss' niece (played by Teri Hatcher), Creator/TeriHatcher), is attempting to seduce Dan, and shows him pictures she took of herself in a photo booth ("Think about shot #3!"). Dan yelps when he sees the picture, then ''turns it upside down'' and yelps AGAIN!
30th May '17 6:06:35 PM nombretomado
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* NoirEpisode: "Hey, Harry, F'Crying Out Loud -- It's a Wonderful Life ...Sorta", where most of the episode is shot in the style of a 1940s WarnerBrothers gangster flick.

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* NoirEpisode: "Hey, Harry, F'Crying Out Loud -- It's a Wonderful Life ...Sorta", where most of the episode is shot in the style of a 1940s WarnerBrothers Creator/WarnerBros gangster flick.
18th May '17 3:32:05 AM glickmam
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A supremely zany SitCom that aired on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1984 to 1992, ''Night Court'' followed the goings-on of a night-shift Manhattan arraignment court populated by a madcap band of lawyers, judges, and bailiffs, including (by the end of the series):

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A supremely zany SitCom that was created and executive produced by Reinhold Weege, produced by his company, Starry Night Productions, alongside Creator/WarnerBros, and aired on Creator/{{NBC}} from 1984 to 1992, ''Night Court'' followed the goings-on of a night-shift Manhattan arraignment court populated by a madcap band of lawyers, judges, and bailiffs, including (by the end of the series):
9th May '17 8:05:14 AM JamesAustin
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** The Season 5 Episode "Who Was That Mashed Man?" was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_the_Lone_Ranger#Clayton_Moore_Lawsuit the now infamous court battle]] between TheLoneRanger star Clayton Moore and the owner of TheLoneRanger copyright over Moore's right to make public appearances dressed as TheLoneRanger, with an Expy called The Red Ranger in the same situation.

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** The Season 5 Episode "Who Was That Mashed Man?" was based on [[http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Legend_of_the_Lone_Ranger#Clayton_Moore_Lawsuit the now infamous court battle]] between TheLoneRanger Radio/TheLoneRanger star Clayton Moore and the owner of TheLoneRanger The Lone Ranger copyright over Moore's right to make public appearances dressed as TheLoneRanger, The Lone Ranger, with an Expy called The Red Ranger in the same situation.



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27th Apr '17 8:12:44 PM jormis29
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** Lana Clarkson, of BarbarianQueen fame, also played two roles on the show.

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** Lana Clarkson, of BarbarianQueen ''Film/BarbarianQueen'' fame, also played two roles on the show.
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