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'''''The Judge''''' was a syndicated daily courtroom show that ran from the mid-1980s to early-1990s, and was part of the 1980s wave of courtroom shows. Unlike the current wave of shows that typically deal with real-life small-claims arbitration, these dramas that featured fictional stories but were said to be based on real-life cases and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines current issues of the day]]. Often, the show aired alongside fellow courtroom dramas ''Divorce Court'' (with real-life Judge William Keene) and ''Superior Court'' (with a rotating series of judges).

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'''''The Judge''''' was a syndicated daily courtroom show that ran from the mid-1980s to early-1990s, and was part of the 1980s wave of courtroom shows. Unlike the current wave of shows that typically deal with real-life small-claims arbitration, these dramas that featured fictional stories stories, but were said to be based on real-life cases and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines current issues of the day]]. Often, the show aired alongside fellow courtroom dramas ''Divorce Court'' (with real-life Judge William Keene) and ''Superior Court'' (with a rotating series of judges).


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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A man who was about to have his parental rights terminated barges into the courtroom with a gun and holds everyone hostage. The man is a psychopath and cannot be reasoned with, despite everyone's best attempts... and things reach a boiling point where, when someone tries to disarm him, he fires the gun... and accidentally shoots his own son. Only then does the man realize he is sick and needs professional help. As the man bawls and holds his badly-injured son -- it is implied the boy will recover -- Franklin makes sure the man understands the seriousness of his actions.
* ObfuscatingDisability: During a hearing, a young man accused of killing his parents to inherit a large estate, attempts to use an insanity defense. A mental health expert, however, reviews a video tape and notes serious inconsistencies between his insanity claim and the psychopath he is revealed to be.
* OpeningNarration: The show always began with a series of clips of the judge getting ready for working, kissing his wife goodbye, patting his dog, and waving to the neighbors. Once he reached chambers and sat down at his desk, the montage concluded with him signing his name while giving one of these.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A man who was is about to have his parental rights terminated barges into the courtroom with a gun and holds everyone hostage. The man is a psychopath and cannot be reasoned with, despite everyone's best attempts... and things attempts. Things reach a boiling point where, when someone tries to disarm him, he fires the gun... and accidentally shoots his own son. Only then does the man realize he is sick and needs professional help. As the man bawls and holds his badly-injured son -- it is implied the boy will recover -- Franklin makes sure the man understands the seriousness of his actions.
* ObfuscatingDisability: During a one hearing, a young man man, accused of killing his parents to inherit a large estate, attempts to use an insanity defense. A mental health expert, however, reviews a video tape and notes serious inconsistencies between his insanity claim and the psychopath he is revealed to be.
* OpeningNarration: The show always began with a series of clips of the judge getting ready for working, work, kissing his wife goodbye, patting his dog, and waving to the neighbors. Once he reached chambers and sat down at his desk, the montage concluded with him signing his name while giving one of these.



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a mistake by telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up... which, needless to say, earns the Colonel an angry rebuke, a reminder that ''he'' is to be addressed as "Your Honor" or "sir," and a contempt of court citation.

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* ParentalIncest: Seen in some of the more {{squick}}y episodes.
** In one, a man whose wife had a very demanding job takes to molesting his teenage stepdaughter. He gets her pregnant, then forces her to sue a minor celebrity (on whom she has a crush) and claim that he was the one responsible. The truth comes out during the hearing when she can't bring herself to lie anymore.
** In another episode, a teenager explicitly accuses her father of this. Her mother takes her father's side, but eventually admits that she's on prescription medication which causes her to sleep very deeply. Sure enough, the father is guilty and Judge Franklin is disgusted.
* PlayingBothSides: In one episode, a couple on the brink of divorce are battling it out in Judge Franklin's courtroom. As the proceeding unfolds, however, it becomes revealed that neither one really wants to divorce the other, but their daughter has been talking them both into it so that she can 'divide and conquer.' The parents are less than pleased when they figure out what she's been doing.
* StockLegalPhrases: Lewis, the bailiff, uses many of these, such as "All rise!" In most episodes, they're his only lines.
* StuffBlowingUp: One episode has a man (completely unconnected with the trial taking place) come in and threaten the whole courtroom with a homemade bomb. He turns out to be someone the judge had put in jail some years earlier.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was is contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a the mistake by of telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up... which, needless to say, earns the Colonel an angry rebuke, a reminder that ''he'' is to be addressed as "Your Honor" or "sir," and a contempt of court citation.citation.
* TwinSwitch: In one of the more bizarre episodes, a man breaks things off with his fiancée when she informs him that she's pregnant, insisting that it must be someone else's child because they haven't slept together. She's deeply confused and takes him to court to prove that he's the father. As it turns out, he isn't - it's his identical twin brother, who is secretly in love with her and slept with her while pretending to be the twin to whom she was engaged. The episode ends with her agreeing to marry the twin who impregnated her, and the judge doing the honors.


'''''The Judge''''' was a syndicated daily courtroom show that ran from the mid-1980s to early-1990s, and was part of the 1980s wave of courtroom shows.

Not the current wave of shows that typically deal with real-life small-claims arbitrations, but dramas that featured fictional stories but were said to be based on real-life cases and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines current issues of the day]]. Often, the show aired alongside fellow courtroom dramas ''Divorce Court'' (with real-life Judge William Keene) and ''Superior Court'' (with a rotating series of judges).


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'''''The Judge''''' was a syndicated daily courtroom show that ran from the mid-1980s to early-1990s, and was part of the 1980s wave of courtroom shows.

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shows. Unlike the current wave of shows that typically deal with real-life small-claims arbitrations, but arbitration, these dramas that featured fictional stories but were said to be based on real-life cases and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines current issues of the day]]. Often, the show aired alongside fellow courtroom dramas ''Divorce Court'' (with real-life Judge William Keene) and ''Superior Court'' (with a rotating series of judges).

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* CycleOfRevenge: In one episode, Franklin hears the sick, demented case of three former friends getting revenge on each other with sexual assaults of their own, this after a boy rapes his teenaged girlfriend. (The girl's best friend gets revenge ... and to make thing even sicker, the original victim rapes her best friend.) Franklin is disgusted and outraged and asks the district attorney to file charges against each of them.
* Main/TheJudge: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A man who was about to have his parental rights terminated barges into the courtroom with a gun and holds everyone hostage. The man is a psychopath and cannot be reasoned with, despite everyone's best attempts ... and things reach a boiling point where, when someone tries to disarm him, he fires the gun ... and accidentally shoots his own son. Only then does the man realize he is sick and needs professional help. As the man bawls and holds his badly-injured son -- it is implied the boy will recover -- Franklin makes sure the man understands the seriousness of his actions.

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* CycleOfRevenge: In one episode, Franklin hears the sick, demented case of three former friends getting revenge on each other with sexual assaults of their own, this after a boy rapes his teenaged teenage girlfriend. (The girl's best friend gets revenge ...revenge... and to make thing even sicker, the original victim rapes her best friend.) Franklin is disgusted and outraged and asks the district attorney to file charges against each of them.
* Main/TheJudge: TheJudge: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A man who was about to have his parental rights terminated barges into the courtroom with a gun and holds everyone hostage. The man is a psychopath and cannot be reasoned with, despite everyone's best attempts ... attempts... and things reach a boiling point where, when someone tries to disarm him, he fires the gun ...gun... and accidentally shoots his own son. Only then does the man realize he is sick and needs professional help. As the man bawls and holds his badly-injured son -- it is implied the boy will recover -- Franklin makes sure the man understands the seriousness of his actions.



* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a mistake by telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up ... which, needless to say, earns the Colonel an angry rebuke, a reminder that ''he'' is to be addressed as "Your Honor" or "sir" and contempt of court citation.

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* OpeningNarration: The show always began with a series of clips of the judge getting ready for working, kissing his wife goodbye, patting his dog, and waving to the neighbors. Once he reached chambers and sat down at his desk, the montage concluded with him signing his name while giving one of these.
-->''I'm Judge Robert J. Franklin. I chose the law as my way of serving my fellow citizens. As a judge in the Family Court, I pray each day that God will give me the wisdom to always temper justice with mercy.''
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a mistake by telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up ... up... which, needless to say, earns the Colonel an angry rebuke, a reminder that ''he'' is to be addressed as "Your Honor" or "sir" "sir," and a contempt of court citation.citation.
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* ObfuscatingDisability: During a hearing, a young man accused of killing his parents to inherit a large estate, attempts to use an insanity defense. A mental health expert, however, reviews a video tape and notes serious inconsistencies between his insanity claim and the psychopath he is revealed to be.

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* MyGodWhatHaveIDone: A man who was about to have his parental rights terminated barges into the courtroom with a gun and holds everyone hostage. The man is a psychopath and cannot be reasoned with, despite everyone's best attempts ... and things reach a boiling point where, when someone tries to disarm him, he fires the gun ... and accidentally shoots his own son. Only then does the man realize he is sick and needs professional help. As the man bawls and holds his badly-injured son -- it is implied the boy will recover -- Franklin makes sure the man understands the seriousness of his actions.


* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a mistake by telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up ... which, needless to say, earns the Colonel an angry rebuke, a reminder that ''he'' is to be addressed as "Judge Franklin" or "sir" and contempt of court citation.

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a mistake by telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up ... which, needless to say, earns the Colonel an angry rebuke, a reminder that ''he'' is to be addressed as "Judge Franklin" "Your Honor" or "sir" and contempt of court citation.


* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a mistake by telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up ... which, needless to say, earns him an angry rebuke and contempt of court citation.

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* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a mistake by telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up ... which, needless to say, earns him the Colonel an angry rebuke rebuke, a reminder that ''he'' is to be addressed as "Judge Franklin" or "sir" and contempt of court citation.

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* CycleOfRevenge: In one episode, Franklin hears the sick, demented case of three former friends getting revenge on each other with sexual assaults of their own, this after a boy rapes his teenaged girlfriend. (The girl's best friend gets revenge ... and to make thing even sicker, the original victim rapes her best friend.) Franklin is disgusted and outraged and asks the district attorney to file charges against each of them.

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'''''The Judge''''' was a syndicated daily courtroom show that ran from the mid-1980s to early-1990s, and was part of the 1980s wave of courtroom shows.

Not the current wave of shows that typically deal with real-life small-claims arbitrations, but dramas that featured fictional stories but were said to be based on real-life cases and [[RippedFromTheHeadlines current issues of the day]]. Often, the show aired alongside fellow courtroom dramas ''Divorce Court'' (with real-life Judge William Keene) and ''Superior Court'' (with a rotating series of judges).


Robert Shield played the protagonist judge, Robert Franklin, who was assigned to a courtroom in an unnamed city (presumably metro-sized) in an unnamed state. Most of the cases were family court-style, but others were arbitrations or criminal proceedings.

The show was produced and licensed by WBNS (Columbus, Ohio), and was distributed by Genesis Entertainment.

!!This show provides examples of the following tropes:

* BewareTheNiceOnes: Generally, Judge Franklin was an even-tempered man who had the patience of a saint, but when someone stepped over the line, he didn't hold back. One infamous example was when an Army colonel, during an emancipation hearing for a teenage boy wanting to get away from his abusive, overbearing father; while the father was being grilled by his son's attorneys and he clearly had lost the upper hand, he tried to get into a shouting match with Franklin, but the judge quickly put a stop to it: "Colonel, in this courtroom, '''''I''''' give the orders!" ([[ForegoneConclusion Needless to say, the Colonel lost custody of his son]].)
* CatchPhrase: "Please, try to be good to each other. That's all it takes."
* Main/TheJudge: ExactlyWhatItSaysOnTheTin.
* TheyCallMeMisterTibbs: In the same episode where the Army Colonel was contesting his son's emancipation suit, the Colonel and his son have a heated exchange while the Colonel is on the stand. While Franklin is trying to restore order, the Colonel makes a mistake by telling "Bob" to tell his son to sit down and shut up ... which, needless to say, earns him an angry rebuke and contempt of court citation.

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