* 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.
* ActorSharedBackground: Harry Stone, the character, and Harry Anderson, the actor, are both magicians and devoted Mel Torme fans. Unusually, creator Reinhold Weege came up with the name and characterization before discovering an actor who exactly fit the bill by pure chance.
* 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.
** William Utay as Will, the EvilTwin of homeless guy Phil.
* 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.
* DyeingForYourArt: Richard Moll shaved his head to play Bull, leading the actor to joke that he it was a relief to see that he could grow a full head of hair during hiatuses.
* 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''.
* MoneyDearBoy: The show was to end after Season 8 and the cast was ready to move on. When NBC surprisingly renewed the show for an additional season, the network convinced the entire cast to stay on by presenting them with, in Markie Post's words, "jumbo buckets full of money".
* 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.
* RecycledScript: The show often reused the plot of someone who claimed to be an alien/Death/a guy from the future et al. coming into the courtroom only for it to reveal they were a normal person who's mind had snapped due to some tragedy they suffered.
* ReferencedBy:
** Series/ThirtyRock had the episode "The One with the Cast of Night Court", which featured Kenneth trying to get a proper finale for the show filmed.
** In {{Webcomic/Homestuck}}, John is a big fan of Harry Anderson and the show, and he actually played the role of Judge Stone instead of Anderson in the alpha universe (as "[[TheDanza Johnny]] Stone").
* ScrewedByTheNetwork: The showrunners had plans to conclude Harry and Christine's romantic arc with a wedding in Season 8 as it was supposed to be the final season. A surprise renewal caused the writers to try and keep it going, and eventually losing momentum, in Season 9. NBC then told the writers to not write a series finale, leading them to believe that a tenth season was going to happen, but then, on the final day of shooting, gave everyone notes saying that the soundstage had to be completely cleared by the end of the day and brought in extra security to make sure that no one tried to linger once production wrapped.
* 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]].
** Markie Post's hair and the tailored suits worn by John Larroquette also date the show in the 80s.
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