* ActorAllusion:
** One of the many, '''many''' people who have taken the court hostage over the years was a woman with a grenade who couldn't distinguish television shows from reality. She was played by Marion Ross, aka [[Series/HappyDays Mrs. Cunningham]]. She lists her many friends which were fictional TV characters and it included "The Fonz".
** Another episode had Dan being held hostage by an insane woman who acts out scenes from horror movies. When the TV announces that ''Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974'' is about to begin, he says, "Seen that already." John Larroquette was the narrator for the [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre1974 original film]], [[Film/TheTexasChainSawMassacre2003 2003 remake]], and the ending of the [[Film/TheTexasChainsawMassacreTheBeginning prequel to the latter]].
* [[AuthorExistenceFailure Actor Existence Failure]]: Selma Diamond after the second season, and Florence Halop after the third. Marsha Warfield was hired because she was much younger, so this could be prevented from happening a third time.
* TheCharacterDiedWithHim: When Selma Diamond and then Florence Halop died, their respective characters were written as having passed away too.
* ColbertBump: Mel Tormé's guest appearances introduced him to a whole new audience who otherwise would have never heard of him and he developed a following among Generation Xers.
* TheDanza: Selma Hacker/Selma Diamond, and Florence Kleiner/Florence Halop.
** Could also be invoked for Mac Robinson/Charles Robinson.
** Averted with Harry Stone played by Harry Anderson, oddly enough. According to series creator and executive producer Reinhold Weege's DVD commentary, the character was called Harry and was a devoted Tormé fan and magician before magician turned actor Harry Anderson auditioned.
** Yakov Smirnoff's occasional guest appearances as Yakov Korolenko.
* DawsonCasting: Don Cheadle plays a robber in one episode. The character was supposed to be 16, Cheadle was 24 at the time.
* DirectedByCastMember: Several.
** John Larroquette directed 2 episodes.
** Harry Anderson directed 2 episodes. He also wrote 5 of them. (One - "Caught Red Handed" from the fourth season - he both wrote ''and'' directed).
** Charles Robinson directed 3 episodes.
* HeyItsThatGuy (may overlap with RetroactiveRecognition):
** Creator/BrentSpiner, before he hit it big on ''Series/StarTrekTheNextGeneration'', made recurring appearances as Bob Wheeler.
** Lou Ferrigno - most famous at that time for playing ''Series/TheIncredibleHulk'' on TV - played a professional wrestler who was beat up by an old lady in one episode.
** Gordon Clapp, later Det. Greg Medavoy on ''Series/NYPDBlue'', plays Bull's AmbulanceChaser cousin in one episode.
** John Astin (aka [[Series/TheAddamsFamily Gomez Addams]]) as Buddy.
** Creator/RobertEnglund pops up in Season 3.
** Creator/PamGrier was one of the pregnant women trapped in the building by a hurricane.
*** Dick Butkus was another woman's husband in those same episodes.
** Leon, the young shoeshine boy that Harry adopted in season 3, later grew up to be [[WesternAnimation/TransformersAnimated Bumblebee]] & [[WesternAnimation/{{Futurama}} Dwight]].
** Al Craven, a sleazy tabloid reporter who hassled the gang a few times during the first two seasons [[Film/WeekendAtBernies is the titular Bernie]].
** Estelle Harris, best known as George Costanza's mother on ''Series/{{Seinfeld}}'' played a hooker that got arrested with Christine's father in season 3.
** Bull's girlfriend in one episode was played by the diminutive[[note]]she stands at 4'11, making her the shortest ''SNL'' female cast member ever[[/note]] Denny Dillon, from ''Series/SaturdayNightLive'' (during its notoriously awful sixth season[[note]]much like Creator/EddieMurphy and Joe Piscopo, Dillon was one of the few cast members who was a decent actress and genuinely funny during that season despite being given shoddy material to work with, but she ended up getting fired after Dick Ebersol took over[[/note]]) and the {{Creator/HBO}} sex comedy ''Series/DreamOn''.
** Michael Richards (before he was on ''{{Seinfeld}}'', but after he was on ''Fridays'') as a man who thought he was invisible.
** In the Season 2 episode 'Nuts About Harry', James Cromwell and [[Franchise/{{Predator}} Kevin Peter Hall]].
** [[Series/LoisAndClark Teri]] [[Series/DesperateHousewives Hatcher]] as Dan's superior's niece whom he's supposed to "keep out of trouble."
** [[Film/TheTerminator Dr. Silberman]] is the defendant in the season 2 premiere.
** "The Gypsy" has Hal Smith, best known to sitcom fans as [[TheAndyGriffithShow Otis]] and animation fans as the original [[WinnieThePooh Owl]].
** Creator/DonCheadle is the armed robber in "Jung and the Restless".
** Kelly Hu is the young Eskimo girl in "Danny Got His Gun Part 2".
** Gregory Itzin (Charles Logan from Series/TwentyFour) played a mobster's defense lawyer in one episode, and a mugger in another two-parter.
** In the very next episode (after the one where Itzin played a lawyer) Dennis Haysbert ([[Series/TwentyFour David Palmer]]) shows up as an ex con who dates Roz for a brief time.
** Markie Post was originally a model on ''Series/CardSharks'', and had played Terri on ''Series/TheFallGuy''.
** James Burrows directed the pilot episode. Burrows is best known as co-creator and co-executive producer of ''Series/{{Cheers}}''.
** Linwood Boomer wrote seven episodes. Boomer is best known as creator and executive producer of ''Series/MalcolmInTheMiddle'' and for playing Adam Kendall on ''Series/LittleHouseOnThePrairie''.
** Creator/MichaelJFox played a teenage runaway in the second episode. Ironically, Michael Gross, whom played Fox's on-screen dad in ''Series/FamilyTies'', made an appearance in season 4, playing a public defender who is sexually harassing Christine.
** [[Film/PoliceAcademy Officer Tackleberry]] is Mac's Vietnam war buddy.
* HeyItsThatVoice:
** Ellen Foley, who played public defender Billie Young in season 2, sang back-up vocals for MeatLoaf. Her best known vocals are on "Paradise By the Dashboard Light" ("I wanna know right now / Will you love me forever?")
** [[Creator/RichardMoll Bull]] is [[WesternAnimation/BatmanTheAnimatedSeries Two-Face]].
** Bull's foster son Andy [[spoiler:aka Stella]] from the season 2 episode "Bull Gets a Kid" is played by a young Pamela Adlon (under her maiden name Pamela Segall) best known for voicing boys, like [[TheOblongs Milo Oblong]], [[TimeSquad Otto Osworth]], and, most famously, [[WesternAnimation/KingOfTheHill Bobby Hill]].
** Markie Post later voiced [[WesternAnimation/TransformersPrime June Darby]].
* KeepCirculatingTheTapes: Warner began issuing [=DVDs=] of the show in 2005. It took eight years for them to release the entire series and even then most of the seasons are only available as [[VanillaEdition no-frills]], "manufactured-on-demand" releases available only online. Shameful considering ''Night Court'' was part of NBC's vaunted '80s Thursday Night Line-Up, along with ''Series/TheCosbyShow'', ''Series/ADifferentWorld'', ''Series/FamilyTies'', ''Series/{{Cheers}}'', ''Series/{{Wings}}'', ''Series/HillStreetBlues'', and ''Series/LALaw''.
* TheOtherDarrin: Phil Sanders was played by a different actor (Blackie Dammett, Anthony Kiedis' father) when he first appears and is more snarky than deferential towards Dan.
* RealitySubtext: "Flo's Retirement" was a fitting sendoff for Florence Halop, who was dying of breast cancer. And she ''still'' managed to finish out the season.
* TechnologyMarchesOn: Averted, Dan makes use of a cell phone several times, Harry owns several laptop computers And Mac eventually trades in his beloved files for a computer as the series goes on.
* UnintentionalPeriodPiece: The show is very much based on the [[TheBigRottenApple pre-Giuliani NYC]].
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