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Night Court - Television Favorites



DVD Release Date: February 28, 2006 (Warner Bros. Home Video)
MSRP: $9.97
Number of Discs: 1
Number of Episodes: 6
Running Time: Approx. 144 minutes
Languages, Subtitles, Closed Captioning: English; English, Spanish, and French Subtitles; Closed Captioned
Special Features: None


All rise! Manhattan Criminal Court Part 2 is now in session. The honorable, and now on DVD, Harold T. Stone presiding. Yes, Judge Stone, Christine Sullivan, Dan Fielding, Bull Shannon, Mac Robinson, Roz Russell and the rest are on DVD from Warner Home Video on a “TV Favorites” set—featuring six of the most memorable episodes of the series.

While this is not the first Night Court DVD release, it is an important one. WHV tells us the complete first reason released last year didn’t sell too well for them. So, here is your chance to help the series out by buying a best-of type set with six excellent episodes from various seasons. And if you have not already, buy season one on DVD. I personally didn’t like the first two seasons much, but I will sacrifice. Fans will be happy that 5 of the 6 episodes on this set feature the sexy Markie Post as Christine Sullivan. That alone should make everyone buy this set.

Night Court stars Harry Anderson, Markie Post, Karen Austin, John Larroquette, Charles Robinson, Paula Kelly, Richard Moll, Selma Diamond, and Marsha Warfield.

Episodes Included:

This set includes 6 episodes from the series. Desperate Housewives’ Teri Hatcher guest stars as sexy Kitty trying to get it on with Dan, but Dan has to resist since that is his boss’ niece. Here is the list:

#1 “All You Need is Love” (Pilot) (Season 1)
Harold T. Stone becomes a night court judge and settles a dispute involving a woman threatening her husband with gunfire.
Written by Reinhold Weege and Directed by James Burrows.

#78 “Her Honor Part 1” and #79 “Her Honor Part 2” (Season 4)
Part 1: Dan thinks he will become a new judge, but Christine is awarded the position. However, Harry discovers that his name is not on the judge reappointment list. Meanwhile the Wheelers, the hick couple from West Virginia, become the proprietors of the concession stand.
Part 2: Upon learning that he will not be reappointed as a judge, Harry disappears to perform an outrageous stunt. But he doesn't realize that Christine, who has taken over the night court, has gotten his job back. K Callan guest stars.
Written by Linwood Boomer and Directed by Jeff Melman.

#82 “Death of a Bailiff” (Season 5)
Bull decides to give away all his worldly goods after hearing God's voice when he's struck by lightning on the roof of the courthouse.
Written by Bob Underwood and Directed by Jeff Melman.

#86 “Who Was That Mashed Man?” (Season 5)
Dan's sadistic boss asks him to look out for his very attractive niece while Harry tries to prevent a TV hero of yesteryear from killing himself. Teri Hatcher guest stars.
Teleplay by Tom Straw, Story by R.J. Colleary & Tom Straw, and Directed by Jeff Melman.

#104 “Fire” (Season 6)
A fire breaks out in the building so everyone is forced to retreat to the morgue for safety, but this doesn't stop Dan from watching the election results for his race for the state assembly.
Written by Bob Underwood and Directed by Jeff Melman.


The packaging is an Amaray movie-style case—sort of a snap case. The front cover features the Night Court logo in gold, with a photo of the cast (Bull, Harry, Mac, Dan, Christine, Roz) inside a TV set. You will notice a power button, volume up and down, and channel up and down on the TV set. The back cover has a small photo of Christine & Harry and another one has a shot from the pilot episode. There is a short summary of the set, and the episodes are listed as well. The outer edges of the case are clear plastic and the background is a nice dark blue animated sky, a la Bewitched. Inside the case, there are additional four small photos. The episode titles with the writing and directing credits are listed on the left side. I think it would have been nice for them to include short summaries of the episodes as well as the guest stars and original airdates. The single disc features the Night Court logo and Bull tapping his head with the animated New York City skyline at night in the background.

Menu Design and Navigation:

The main menu has the theme song playing in the background (and it loops, too). The background is that NYC animated skyline at nighttime with a small photo of the cast on the top right. There are 3 options on the menu: Play, Episodes, and Languages. The Play option will play all 6 episodes on the disc, running 2 hours, 23 minutes and 46 seconds. When you select Episodes, it takes you to a sub-menu which has a photo. The episode titles are listed vertically. When you highlight an episode, it is highlighted by a little gravel. The languages option gives you the option of choosing English, Spanish, or French subtitles. And it states that the spoken language is English. The languages sub-menu also has a photo in the corner. Thankfully, WHV placed chapter stops for each episode. This was a concern for their last wave of TV Favorites, as sets like Chico and the Man were chapter-less.

Video and Audio Quality:

Since the pilot was already on the first season DVD, you all should know how the video and audio quality is on that. The rest of the episodes are on par, if not better, since they are newer episode. I found no real problems in audio or video for these six episodes. All the episodes are unedited (see run times below). For some reason they didn’t include parts 3 and 4 of “Her Honor.” I guess because parts one and two were for season four and parts three & four were the season premiere for season five.

1. All You Need is Love (Pilot) (24:05)
78. Her Honor Part 1 (23:36)
79. Her Honor Part 2 (24:46)
82. Death of a Bailiff (23:40)
86. Who Was That Mashed Man? (23:43)
104. Fire (23:52)

Special Features:

No special features on this set. Just the 6 episodes are included. If they have plans for any future releases, it would be nice to have interviews with the cast, and some commentaries, too. Harry Anderson, Markie Post, Richard Moll, John Larroquette and Marsha Warfield especially.

Final Comments:

Fans might not be happy that there is no strong word yet if this series will continue yet or not in season sets, but you all have to realize that this set will make a big difference in that happening. So, go out and buy this set. It is affordable and you will get a preview of what is to come, if we get future season sets. All six episodes are truly great and will have you laughing until it hurts. It is just hilarious how Dan is trying to resist Kitty in “Who is that Mashed Man?” You’ll see what he does in the bathroom after she leaves. A classic Dan moment!

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

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

-- Reviewed by pavanbadal on 02/17/06

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