YMMV: Judge Judy

  • Love It or Hate It: While Judge Judy has many fans, there are those who hate her and her show, see her as a bully, and argue that she makes the whole justice system look bad.
    • Indeed, in 2002, Joseph Wapner, the judge on The Peoples Court from 1981 to 1993, said of her: "She is not portraying a judge as I view a judge should act. Judge Judy is discourteous, and she's abrasive. She's not slightly insulting. She's insulting in capital letters." Sheindlin replied through her publicist, saying: "I refuse to engage in similar mud slinging. I don't know where or by whom Judge Wapner was raised. But my parents taught me when you don't have something nice to say about someone, say nothing. Clearly, Judge Wapner was absent on the day that lesson was taught." Wapner has since stated: "She is a disgrace to the profession. She does things I don't think a judge should do. She tells people to shut up. She's rude. She's arrogant. She demeans people. If she does this on purpose, then that's even worse. Judges need to observe certain standards of conduct. She just doesn't do it and I resent that. The public is apt to gain the impression that this is how actual judges conduct themselves. It says 'judge' on the nameplate on the bench and she's wearing a robe."
  • No Such Thing as Bad Publicity:
    • As stated by the judge herself during a case, "I really don't need you [the winning plaintiff] to approve of me. 10 million people approve of me. There are a lot of people who watch that don't approve of me. I don't care as long as they watch."
    • On the other hand, some litigants who clearly had no case must have agreed to appear on the show because of this trope. This tends to backfire on them catastrophically, since Judy gives them no time to look "cool" and is sure to expose every rotten trick they've ever pulled before she's through with them.
  • Stop Helping Me!: When a litigant who seems to be winning the case interrupts unnecessarily: "Do I LOOK like I need your help?" or "Does it LOOK like you're losing?"