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Night Court - The Complete Third Season



DVD Release Date: February 23, 2010 (Warner Home Video)
MSRP: $29.98
Number of Discs: 3
Number of Episodes: 22
Running Time: 526 minutes
Total Run Time of Special Features: N/A
Audio: English Dolby Digital 1.0
Subtitles: English & French; Closed Captioned.
Special Features: None


All rise! Criminal court, part two is now in session, the Honorable Harold T. Stone presiding! We waited four years in between seasons one and two, now we just had to wait one year in between seasons two and three. This season, life in Judge Harry Stone's court starts with a tear (as the gang says farewell to Selma) and a horselaugh (as they welcome wiseacre Flo to the municipal menagerie). And it's all fun from there in 22 absurdly hilarious episodes as Harry and his staff (including another newcomer, Legal Aid attorney Christine Sullivan) contends with New York's zaniest nuts and dolts: the usual winos, weirdos, hookers and con artists, plus an orangutan, a rock star, a man from Saturn and a gorgeous witch who has Harry under her spell. The three-disc set of season 3 ends on a dark and stormy night, when four expectant moms fulfill their expectations with the panic-stricken assistance of the whole Night Court crew. Click, click! Night Court season three stars: Harry Anderson, Markie Post, John Larroquette, Charles Robinson, Richard Moll, and Florence Halop.

Memorable Episodes / Notable Guest Stars:

I think season three is where the greatness began. The series skyrocketed in quality starting this season and I just loved the show from here on out. Why? Maybe the addition of Markie Post as a regular was one of the reasons. She was great on the show! In the season premiere “Hello, Goodbye,” everyone tries to adjust to Selma's death as Harry interviews possible replacements, but Bull goes on a drinking binge instead. Florence Halop joins the cast as Selma’s replacement Florence Kleiner and Markie Posts joins the cast as a regular playing Legal Aid Christine Sullivan! She makes her mark in style walking in the courtroom in a very hot purple dress! In “Dad’s First Date,” Christine's father has his first date in eight years and ends up before Harry, along with the tenants of a clothing-optional building. In “Halloween, Too,” Harry falls hook, line and sinker for a beautiful woman. Then in “Best of Friends,” Dan has a real problem when his high school buddy comes to visit as a decidedly “changed” man. In “Dan’s Boss,” Dan's life becomes a living hell as he tries to butter his new boss: a little person with a very nasty personality.

In the two-part episode “The Wheels of Justice,” everyone is in a financial crisis when the city can't pay its employees, Harry has to evict a woman and son, and a homeless couple from West Virginia tells their tale of woe. In “Dan’s Escort,” Dan takes a job as a paid escort for a wealthy, lonely woman who expects a lot for her money, and Yakov appeals to Harry for help when his wife is arrested on a visit to the US. In “Harry and Leon,” Harry takes pity on the building shoeshine boy (Bumper Robinson), who seeks refuge from a social worker trying to place him in another foster home. In the episode “The Mugger,” Christine decides to quit after she's mugged in the cafeteria, but a man takes her hostage in the courtroom before she can leave. And in the two-part season finale “The Hurricane,” the courtroom becomes a delivery room when Hurricane Mel traps four pregnant women.

Among the guest stars this season are Lana Clarkson, Estelle Harris, Eugene Roche, Mary-Margaret Humes, Robert Englund, Stuart Pankin, Susan Ruttan, Brent Spiner, Margot Rose, Pam Grier, James Widdoes, and Mel Torme, . Recurring stars include Ford Austin as Bailiff Steve Klesmer, William Utay as Ivan/Phil, Denice Kumagai as Quon Lee, Yakov Smirnov as Yakov, Daniel Frishman as District Attorney Vincent Daniels, and Bumper Robinson as Leon.


The packaging of the set is a rather simple keep case with an outer box. The cover art for both the box and case are the same. We get a cast photo of the cast (Mac, Dan, Christine, Harry, Bull, and Flo) with a starry city night background and the Night Court logo on top. The back cover of the box features a similar starry night background of the city, with three promotional photos from season three along with info on the series and set. The back of the case is different, we have the starry city night background and a cast photo only. When we open the case, we see an insert on the left and the discs on the right. The insert on the left is a nice episode booklet with the starry night background and a shot of the court. We get episode title, writer, director, original airdate and synopsis. We have a page each for each disc. There is also a cast credits page with names of the cast and their characters. The back of the booklet has the same cast photo as the back of the case. When we remove the booklet, on the case itself you see more promotional photo stills, along with that starry night background. The discs are not overlapping and each disc has its own side. There is a plastic holder holding discs one and two, one on each side. The last disc is on the right panel of the case, when you remove that disc you get more promotional still photos and that starry night background. This is all similar to the previous set. The disc art is the same dark city night drawn image on all three discs. Disc 1 will be where you can find episodes 1-8, while Disc two holds episodes 9-16 and Disc three has episodes 17-22.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has the starry night background and the same cast photo from the back of the case (and the back of the episode booklet). The opening theme is playing in the background as well. We have the choice of Play, Episodes, and Languages. The Languages option has where we can choose subtitles in English or French, while the only audio option is English. The Episodes section has a list of episode titles from the disc along with two photos. This is all very similar to the previous set. Oh yes, before the main menu on each disc we have a new FBI warning, saying you will get 5 years in federal prison and $250,000 fine for making illegal copies of this DVD. Ouch, so we don’t get a $50 fine and time served from Judge Stone?

Video and Audio Quality:

The video is good. It is about the best you can get. I think it looks way better than season two. The audio is on par with the previous set and I have no complaints here. We get four chapter stops per episode once again and each episode runs just under 24 minutes. It looks like Warner Bros. has given us complete episodes here with nothing edited. In “The Wheels of Justice” two-part episode, the “To Be Continued...” tag is intact at the end of part one, as is the “Last week on Night Court...” recap by John Larroquette. Part two starts with the title “Part Two” on screen. And as for the two-part season finale, “Hurricane,” the “To Be Continued...” tag is intact at the end of part one. There is no recap on part two, not sure if there ever was one though. Part two starts with the words “Hurricane Part II.” For your closing logo enthusiasts, we get the Starry Night Productions logo and the old Warner Bros. Communications logo after the closing credits. Here are the runtimes:

Disc 1
1. Hello, Goodbye: 23:55
2. The Hostage: 23:57
3. Dad’s First Date: 23:57
4. Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations: 23:40
5. Halloween, Too: 23:55
6. Best of Friends: 23:58
7. Dan’s Boss: 23:56
8. Up on the Roof: 23:59

Disc 2
9. The Wheels of Justice, Part 1: 23:24
10. The Wheels of Justice, Part 2: 23:56
11. Walk Away, Renee: 23:55
12. Dan’s Escort: 23:58
13. The Night Off: 23:58
14. Harry and Leon: 23:58
15. The Apartment: 23:49
16. Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye: 23:56

Disc 3
17. The Mugger: 23:57
18. Could This Be Magic?: 23:58
19. Monkey Business: 23:55
20. Flo’s Retirement: 23:56
21. Hurricane, Part 1: 23:57
22. Hurricane, Part 2: 23:55

Special Features:

For season one, we got a few extras. But like season two, we get NONE whatsoever on this set. That is such a shame. I’m sure the cast would have done interviews or audio commentaries. If not, how about bloopers and promos from NBC from the archives? Warner really missed the ball here, on an otherwise very good set. 

Final Comments:

I can’t believe we only had to wait a year for this set. It sure beats four years, right? Let’s hope the wait is even shorter for season 4. The show really took off after this season, so the DVDs should come out much quicker now because the quality of the show was superb from seasons 3-9. The show had excellent writing, acting, and stories. And did I mention it is funny? The only things missing on this set are special features. Because other than that, this set is very good. It has great packaging, menus, video & audio quality and more! Yes, bonus features would be nice, but if we get the episodes in an ample pace, I wouldn’t mind much. So bring on season four, Warner Bros.! How about in 6 months this time instead of a year? We want to finish this series on DVD sometime soon not another 6 years of they release one a year. If you don’t buy this set, it will be a crime. Judge Stone will sentence you to a $50 fine and time served if you don’t buy this set by clicking the link below. Isn’t looking at Markie Post worth buying this set for? So get to it! Click, click (as the opening theme says and click on the link below to buy the set)!

Final Numbers (out of 5 stars - How our point system works)

Video Quality: 4.5/5
Audio Quality: 4/5
Special Features: 0/5
Menu Navigation/Design: 3.5/5
Overall: 4/5

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 02/20/10

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