“Night Court: The Complete Third Season” DVD Review

By Shannon Gosney
In DVD Reviews
February 18, 2010

I barely remember Night Court: The Complete Third Season,” but thought it would be a fun DVD to review.  It was interesting that as soon as the theme song came on, I was immediately familiar with it, as well as with the characters of the show.  It is a show from the 80’s and is a lot of fun to watch!  My favorite character is Bull Shannon.  I cringed when they said Mr. Shannon (since Shannon is my first name), but overall I found humor with his character.  Plus, he is really tall so he definitely stood out from the crowd!  This is a fun movie you can watch with the family.

On February 23rd, you can enjoy one of the most popular sitcoms of the 80s – “Night Court: The Complete Third Season.”  Warner Home Video will be releasing this Three-Disc Collector’s Set, featuring 22 episodes of this Emmy Award-Winning Comedy.  The set will retail for $29.98.

Night Court is the award-winning comedy that follows the proceedings of a New York City courtroom where over-the-top cases dominate the docket.  Fun-loving and eccentric Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson) who’s known for performing magic tricks and for his love of Mel Torme, presides over the quirky courtroom. His motley crew of co-workers includes the unscrupulous and sexually charged district attorney Dan Fielding (John Larroquette in an Emmy®-winning role), bailiff “Bull” Shannon (Richard Moll) and court clerk Mac Robinson (Charles Robinson).  Season three marks the addition of two new regular characters including Christine Sullivan (Markie Post), who is permanently assigned as the court’s public defender and the wisecracking Florence Kleiner (Florence Halop), who becomes one of the court’s bailiffs after Selma, her predecessor, dies. 
What zany cases and characters will end up in the courtroom this season? The season opens with Bull, grieving the loss of his former workmate Selma, as he embarks on an all-night drinking binge prompting him to show up in court drunk and disorderly. A man claiming he’s from Saturn holds the court hostage with a stolen handgun. Christine’s father is summoned to court on charges of soliciting a prostitute.  Harry falls for a beautiful young woman who later appears in court claiming to be a witch. Bull falls deeply in love with a woman who unbeknownst to him is a prostitute.  Dan takes a job as a male escort for wealthy ladies. And Harry’s idol, Mel Torme, makes a surprise visit to the court room.  The season ends with a two-part cliffhanger in which New York is hit by a hurricane, trapping the staff inside the courthouse along with four women in labor.
Season three guest stars include Estelle Harris, Robert Englund, Susan Ruttan, Brent Spiner, Yakov Smirnoff and Mel Torme.
Night Courtfirst aired on NBC in 1984 as a mid-season replacement and stayed in session for nine seasons, ending its run in 1992.  As part of NBC’s Thursday night line-up, Night Court was consistently ranked among the top 30 in the Nielsen ratings.  The series won a total of nine Emmy® Awards with John Larroquette’s role as District Attorney Dan Fielding garnering him the Emmy® Award for Outstanding Supporting Actor in a Comedy four years in a row (1985-1988). 
The third season of Night Court was nominated for a total of four Emmy® Awards, with one win for John Larroquette.
 “Night Court is one of the sharpest and wittiest shows to have come out of the golden age of sitcoms and we’re delighted to bring another season of this classic to consumers,” commented Rosemary Markson, WHV Vice President, TV and Special Interest Marketing. She added, “The third season, when the show finally found its footing and solidified as the charming, quirky courtroom comedy we remember today, is really superb.  Rarely is there a show that delivers such great one-liners, clever gags, multi-dimensional characters and touching stories.  This is a must-have for anyone who appreciates wonderful comedy.”


I thought this was a fun show to watch. I loved the wacky characters and the hilarious situations they faced in Night Court. I rate this show a 4 out of 5 based on my review. I’m glad to add this to my DVD collection.
I received a copy of “Night Court: The Complete Third Season” on DVD from Warner Home Video to facilitate this review. All opinions expressed in this post are 100% mine.

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Shannon Gurnee is the author of RedheadMom formerly "The Mommy-Files", a national blog with a loyal following. She has a Bachelor's Degree in Marriage, Family, and Human Development with a Minor in Business Management. Shannon and her husband, Frank, have a large family with 6 awesome kids and love living on the Central Coast near San Luis Obispo, California, as well as traveling around the world. A full-time Social Media and Professional Blogger, Shannon also serves as a National Brand Ambassador for many well-known companies. Her blog focuses on motherhood, family fun activities, traveling, fashion, beauty, technology, wedding ideas and recipes while providing professional opinions on products, performances, restaurants, and a variety of businesses.

3 Responses to ““Night Court: The Complete Third Season” DVD Review”

  1. Marcy Able says:

    We used to love Night Court. My hubby is a big fan, I might have to get that for him for his upcoming birthday.

  2. Barbara M says:

    I loved this show – so funny!

  3. I remember this show, it was so funny… Bull was my favorite character, also..

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