History Series / ThePeoplesCourt

15th Jul '16 10:55:56 AM glickmam
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The UrExample of the judge talk show, ''The People's Court'' had its pilot episode taped in October 1980 and premiered on September 14, 1981 when Judge Joseph Wapner took the court to the TV. The premise is that two parties, a plaintiff and a defendant, that would otherwise take their cases to small claims court would instead agree to have their case settled on television by Judge Wapner. After the verdict was given, each side would be interviewed by host and court reporter Doug Llewelyn, who would often end the show with the CatchPhrase "Don't take the law into your own hands: you take 'em to court." On the other hand, if a case ended with a verdict for the defendant, Llewelyn would instead end the episode by saying "If someone files a lawsuit against you and yet you're convinced you've done nothing wrong, don't be intimidated. Just be sure to stand up for your rights: go to court." The show's other two regulars were bailiff Rusty Burrell and announcer Jack Harrell. The show was created by John Masterson, who previously created and produced ''Series/QueenForADay''. It was executive produced by Ralph Edwards (who previously created and/or produced ''Series/TheCrossWits'', ''Series/TruthOrConsequences'', and ''Series/NameThatTune'') and his production partner Stu Billett. Both men packaged the show under their own separate companies until 1987, when the companies merged. The show was originally distributed by Telepictures until 1986, when that company merged with Creator/{{Lorimar}}, creating Lorimar-Telepictures. Lorimar-Telepictures continued to distribute until 1989, when it was purchased by Creator/WarnerBros, who continued to distribute until the show's cancellation in 1993.

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The UrExample of the judge talk show, ''The People's Court'' had its pilot episode taped in October 1980 and premiered on September 14, 1981 when Judge Joseph Wapner took the court to the TV. The premise is that two parties, a plaintiff and a defendant, that would otherwise take their cases to small claims court would instead agree to have their case settled on television by Judge Wapner. After the verdict was given, each side would be interviewed by host and court reporter Doug Llewelyn, who would often end the show with the CatchPhrase "Don't take the law into your own hands: you take 'em to court." On the other hand, if a case ended with a verdict for the defendant, Llewelyn would instead end the episode by saying "If someone files a lawsuit against you and yet you're convinced you've done nothing wrong, don't be intimidated. Just be sure to stand up for your rights: go to court." The show's other two regulars were bailiff Rusty Burrell and announcer Jack Harrell. The show was created by John Masterson, who previously created and executive produced ''Series/QueenForADay''. It was executive produced by Ralph Edwards (who previously created and/or produced ''Series/TheCrossWits'', ''Series/TruthOrConsequences'', and ''Series/NameThatTune'') and his production partner Stu Billett. Both men packaged the show under their own separate companies until 1987, when the companies merged. The show was originally distributed by Telepictures until 1986, when that company merged with Creator/{{Lorimar}}, creating Lorimar-Telepictures. Lorimar-Telepictures continued to distribute until 1989, when it was purchased by Creator/WarnerBros, who continued to distribute until the show's cancellation in 1993.
24th Feb '16 4:12:13 AM LackadaisicalCiconine
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** Compared to the current version and its contemporaries (particularly Judge Judy), Judge Wapner from the original series rarely did this almost never in the first few seasons, but it became somewhat more common (although still comparably rare) by the late 1980s. But it was a sight to see when he got pissed and when he did, Wapner didn't hold back.

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** Compared to the current version and its contemporaries (particularly Judge Judy), Judge Wapner from the original series rarely did this almost never in the first few seasons, but it became somewhat more common (although still comparably rare) by the late 1980s. But it was a sight to see when he got pissed and when he did, Wapner didn't hold back. One example was from 1987, when Wapner had an obnoxious plaintiff suing for damage to his car. The Plaintiff acted very poorly, bringing a crying baby into the courtroom, and tried to manipulate the proceedings making the judge look like the bad guy, Wapner's usual patience quickly wore thin, and he was not shy about calling him out on his bad attitude, stopping just short of throwing him out. The plaintiff went on to actually win his case, but not without Wapner making it clear he only won because the law was on his side, and not because of the way he acted, (and that Wapner would never handle a case for him again). However, the plaintiff had clearly learned nothing, and strutted around the courtroom taunting the defendant.
23rd Nov '15 7:29:25 PM Taeraresh
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** And any time someone makes a rude comment in Spanish, thinking that Judge Milian won't understand them.
30th Oct '15 4:54:36 PM Anddrix
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* [[invoked]]DudeNotFunny: At least once in the original Wapner version the case involved some sensitive issues a small number of observers were chuckling at one of the litigant's answers. Wapner paused and (sternly) told the observers to knock it off or he'd have them escorted out.
5th Oct '15 4:36:12 AM Morgenthaler
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->''"[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer What you are about to witness is real.]] The participants are not actors. They are the actual people who have already either filed suit or been served a summons to appear in a California (or New York Metropolitan) Municipal Court. Both parties in the suit have agreed to dismiss their court cases and have their disputes settled here, in our forum '''The People's Court'''." [Current version: "...They are actual litigants with a case pending in civil court. Both parties have agreed to drop their claims, and have their cases settled here, before Judge Marilyn Milian..."]''

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->''"[[NotMakingThisUpDisclaimer What ->''"What you are about to witness is real.]] real. The participants are not actors. They are the actual people who have already either filed suit or been served a summons to appear in a California (or New York Metropolitan) Municipal Court. Both parties in the suit have agreed to dismiss their court cases and have their disputes settled here, in our forum '''The People's Court'''." [Current version: "...They are actual litigants with a case pending in civil court. Both parties have agreed to drop their claims, and have their cases settled here, before Judge Marilyn Milian..."]''
16th Jun '15 4:03:43 PM nombretomado
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** Like ''JudgeJudy'', Marilyn Milian has her own set of catch phrases:

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** Like ''JudgeJudy'', ''Series/JudgeJudy'', Marilyn Milian has her own set of catch phrases:



* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: So many instances with Judge Milian, all a MomentOfAwesome for her. Judge Milian is actually pretty even-tempered compared with JudgeJudy, but when something triggers her BerserkButton, watch out!

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* TheReasonYouSuckSpeech: So many instances with Judge Milian, all a MomentOfAwesome for her. Judge Milian is actually pretty even-tempered compared with JudgeJudy, Series/JudgeJudy, but when something triggers her BerserkButton, watch out!
25th Mar '15 1:25:37 PM FordPrefect
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-->'''Judge Milian''': But I believe the one person I know who's escalating the shenanigans is you, because you're crazy! If you think, that a court of law is going to entertain for 5 seconds, that an Essence magazine that you loaned in November is going to net you a thousand dollars of profit, then you are crazy and you don't understand what the court system is about! It is not for your personal recreation! CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES IS NOT FOR YOUR PERSONAL RECREATION! THOSE PEOPLE HAVE REAL WORK TO DO! Okay? There's real families in crisis and distress and your little, personal, petty, crazy, vendettas are not the subject of judge's lives! Get out of my courtroom, but not before you pay her $2000 in damages for making a malicious child services report!
** Compared to the current version and its contemporaries (particularly Judge Judy), Judge Wapner from the original series rarely did this almost never in the first few seasons but it became somewhat more common (although still comparably rare) by the late 1980s. But it was a sight to see when he got pissed and when he did, Wapner didn't hold back.

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-->'''Judge Milian''': But I believe the one person I know who's escalating the shenanigans is you, because you're crazy! If you think, think that a court of law is going to entertain for 5 seconds, seconds that an Essence magazine that you loaned in November is going to net you a thousand dollars of profit, then you are crazy and you don't understand what the court system is about! It is not for your personal recreation! CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES IS NOT FOR YOUR PERSONAL RECREATION! THOSE PEOPLE HAVE REAL WORK TO DO! Okay? There's real families in crisis and distress distress, and your little, personal, petty, crazy, vendettas are not the subject of judge's lives! Get out of my courtroom, but not before you pay her $2000 in damages for making a malicious child services report!
** Compared to the current version and its contemporaries (particularly Judge Judy), Judge Wapner from the original series rarely did this almost never in the first few seasons seasons, but it became somewhat more common (although still comparably rare) by the late 1980s. But it was a sight to see when he got pissed and when he did, Wapner didn't hold back.
25th Mar '15 1:24:43 PM FordPrefect
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-->'''Judge Milian''': But i believe, the one person I know who's escalating the shenanigans is you, because you're crazy! If you think, that a court of law is going to entertain for 5 seconds, that an Essence magazine that you loaned in November is going to net you a thousand dollars of profit, then you are crazy and you don't understand what the court system is about! It is not for your personal recreation! CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES IS NOT FOR YOUR PERSONAL RECREATION! THOSE PEOPLE HAVE REAL WORK TO DO! Okay? There's real families in crisis and distress and your little, personal, petty, crazy, vendettas are not the subject of judge's lives! Get out of my courtroom, but not before you pay her $2000 in damages for making a malicious child services report!

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-->'''Judge Milian''': But i believe, I believe the one person I know who's escalating the shenanigans is you, because you're crazy! If you think, that a court of law is going to entertain for 5 seconds, that an Essence magazine that you loaned in November is going to net you a thousand dollars of profit, then you are crazy and you don't understand what the court system is about! It is not for your personal recreation! CHILD PROTECTIVE SERVICES IS NOT FOR YOUR PERSONAL RECREATION! THOSE PEOPLE HAVE REAL WORK TO DO! Okay? There's real families in crisis and distress and your little, personal, petty, crazy, vendettas are not the subject of judge's lives! Get out of my courtroom, but not before you pay her $2000 in damages for making a malicious child services report!
25th Mar '15 1:23:37 PM FordPrefect
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** Marilyn Milian era, post-opening credits: Balif, to all: "Be seated and come to order." Balif To Milian: "Litigants have been sworn in, your honor." Milian: "Thank you, Douglas!"

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** Marilyn Milian era, post-opening credits: Balif, Bailiff to all: "Be seated and come to order." Balif To Bailiff to Milian: "Litigants have been sworn in, your honor." Milian: "Thank you, Douglas!"
25th Mar '15 1:22:07 PM FordPrefect
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*** "If everyone can stop playing 'quien es mas macho' we wouldn't be here"

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*** "If everyone can stop playing 'quien es mas macho' macho', we wouldn't be here"here."



** In the original series, the first couple of seasons saw most of the cases being simple arbitrations, with rather bland, dull cases being heard. At least one episode likely from the fall of 1981 uploaded to video sharing websites was a simple dry cleaning dispute. In most of these cases, the litigants simply answered the judge's questions and did not try to interrupt or call the other litigant names, etc. Wapner rarely if ever accused litigants of outright lying, although he would call them on testimony he thought didn't seem to fit the evidence, and he would point out whether the lack of crucial evidence (such as, in once case, a piece of bone found on a pizza) would hurt their case. When the judge delivered his decision, the litigants except to answer a direct question simply listened respectfully, and while some of the litigants were understandably disappointed with the outcome, they generally accepted Wapner's decision in good stride or chalked it up as a lesson learned.

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** In the original series, the first couple of seasons saw most of the cases being simple arbitrations, with rather bland, dull cases being heard. At least one episode likely from the fall of 1981 uploaded to video sharing websites was a simple dry cleaning dispute. In most of these cases, the litigants simply answered the judge's questions and did not try to interrupt or call the other litigant names, etc. Wapner rarely if ever accused litigants of outright lying, although he would call them on testimony he thought didn't seem to fit the evidence, and he would point out whether the lack of crucial evidence (such as, in once one case, a piece of bone found on a pizza) would hurt their case. When the judge delivered his decision, the litigants except to answer a direct question simply listened respectfully, and while some of the litigants were understandably disappointed with the outcome, they generally accepted Wapner's decision in good stride or chalked it up as a lesson learned.
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