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YMMV: Night Court
  • Arc Fatigue: The Leon saga.
  • Crazy Awesome: Harry.
    (Having trapped a rival prankster judge in a giant balloon) "Cleaver, you may be younger. You may be faster. You may even be smarter. But you will NEVER, EVER, be crazier... [pulls out a giant pin] than me."
  • Crowning Moment Of Awesome/Magnificent Bastard: Dan gets one in "Harry and Leon" (Season 3, Episode 14).
    • To explain, the episode starts as a sort of Big Lipped Alligator Moment with an employee from a "novelty entertainment" company named Paul Hodo (played by Lorry Goldman), who's the first case on the docket, being charged with "assault with a deadly weapon" (throwing a pie that was frozen in a man's face, causing facial injury and a pending divorce). After the case ends as usual (Harry: "$200 fine and time served"), then-bailiff Florence telling the man that his price of USD$100 for pieing somebody in the face is too steep. Dan then insults Flo, and Flo is suddenly OK with the price, asking if the man took Visa credit cards.
    • Near the end of the episode, after Harry's Crowning Moment Of Heartwarming with Leon the shoeshine boy (offering to be his foster father for the time being), a field representative from the novelty gag company pies Dan in the face (with a chocolate-flavored pie, Dan's favorite flavor that Flo asked about earlier). Flo confesses about paying a pie thrower from the same firm from earlier in the episode. Harry then tells Flo to stop covering for him; he's the one that paid the pie thrower. Christine Sullivan then confesses that she paid for the pie gag and so does Mac.
      • Dan then confirms that it was all four of them. How?
    Dan: (from serious to a tad maniacal) I made a deal with the guy out in the hall. I said if he took the money just for one hit and gave me the rest, I wouldn't sue him!
    • So, $100 per Pie in the Face request. Four (Flo, Harry, Mac, and Christine) paid, so that's $400. $100 going to Paul Hodo leaves $300 left for Dan, so Dan hustled some money out of people whom he knew hated his guts. Dan then said he was going to buy him a nice suede jacket from Brooks Brothers and would come back to court tomorrow to rub it in the others' faces. Before he announces his shopping trip, he says the following:
    Dan: You hate me. You all hate me. Everybody hates me! For the first time in my life, I'm taking advantage of being me.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Dan Fielding. Even though he balanced between being a Jerk Ass and a Jerk with a Heart of Gold (and was downright loathed in universe by almost everyone), to date, whenever anyone mentions the show he (as well as actor John Larroquette) are usually the first people that come to mind.
  • Epileptic Trees: One popular theory among fans of Night Court and Cheers is that Harry Stone is an alias for con-man Harry The Hat and the reason for the latter character disappearing from Boston for the better part of a decade was that he was busy running a long-con playing judge in New York City. The Cheers writers actually alluded to this when the Harry the Hat character appeared on that show after Night Court began. Someone asked where he'd been, and he replied, "I got a night job.".
    • Of course there's also a theory running in the opposite direction that Harry the Hat is an alias for Judge Harry Stone who is attempting to pull the world's greatest prank by posing as a two-bit con man.
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: One episode had an actor who played a Lone Ranger-esque character who was upset about a new, grittier movie that went completely against what his show/movies were about. He threatened to kill himself with a suspended air conditioner. In the end, it all worked out because the movie bombed with audiences, so the old guy wins a moral victory. In 2013, a Darker and Edgier film adaptation of The Lone Ranger was made by Disney, and was also poorly received. This would seem Hilarious in Hindsight except that Disney's Lone Ranger is on track to becoming one of the biggest Box Office Bombs of all time.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: At the end of "Hurricane" part 2, at one point Harry says "live long and prosper" and even gives the Vulcan hand symbol when he does. Brent Spiner happens to be guest-starring in the episode, a year before Star Trek: The Next Generation would premiere on television.
  • Nightmare Fuel Vanity Plate: This played after the closing credits after the second season, and was only used for Night Court. This troper remembers this show more for the horrifying laughter in the closing logo than for the show itself.
  • The Scrappy: Leon - the boy Harry tried to adopt - was not the most beloved character.
  • Squick: The episode with the cockroach infestation. At one point the characters discover they've wandered into a carpet of dead roaches.
    Christine: Oh, please God, let that be a pebble in my shoe.
  • Suspiciously Similar Song: The opening sounds like a softer, jazzier version of the Password Plus theme.
  • Tearjerker:
    • The first episode after Selma Diamond's death has an especially poignant one.
    • In another episode, Harry confronts another older judge on his erratic behavior, and learns that the man is on the verge of cracking after a career of seemingly-futile decisions. Judge Drayton finally breaks down after this speech:
      Judge Drayton: There was once this girl who came through my courtroom, carrying a baby. Beautiful girl, seventeen or eighteen. Long, dark hair, dark complexion... and a big black eye where her husband had hit her. She asked me to make him stop. I said, fine, I'll send him to jail. I gave him two years...then she changed her testimony, she said she was lying! She didn't want her husband to go to jail! He was a good provider, he brought home money so the family could eat! All she wanted, was for him to stop hitting her! And...and I couldn't make him stop! In twenty-five years, I couldn't make anybody stop!
    • In "The Former Harry Stone," word of Harry's criminal record gets out. With a sleazy reporter hounding him and questions spreading among the staff, Harry comes clean in court to help mediate the current case. His crime was stealing a car and crashing into a liquor store. He spent two nights in jail and a few weeks in a reformatory, but the incident deeply affected the rest of his life because of his "father's stare":
      "Believe me, in 20 minutes, I spent my time in Hell. It was a courtroom like this, and he sat right there. You would've thought he could've blinked or... something. He could've reached out and slapped me, or yelled at me, or beat me, but... dammit, he just sat there and looked at me. And then when it was all over, all he said was, 'You disappointed me, Harold.' When a boy loves his father, you would rather get knocked across the head with a two-by-four than hear that kind of stuff. Anyway, not too long after that, he just... sort of... died. It always kind of bugged me, y'know? That he never found out. That... (tugs on his robe) that I hadn't made a habit out of stealing cars."


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