'Night Court' Is Back and Better Than Ever


| LAST UPDATE 01/18/2023

By Malikah Mcintosh
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The recess is over. Night Court is back in session. The NBC sitcom, which ended its initial run in 1992, has been rebooted and returned to primetime television on Tuesday, January 17. Here's a closer look at the latest comedy release...

The original series premiered on NBC in 1984 and had a hilarious 8-year run on the broadcast network. The series followed those who worked the night shift of a Manhattan municipal court. Audiences fell in love with the oddball characters who worked the night shift and watched all the goofy scenarios these characters got themselves into. The show won 7 Primetime Emmy Awards and was nominated for 31 awards. Now, 3 decades after the last gavel was hit, the court has returned. The courtroom will look the same to viewers of the original series, with one familiar face. John Larroquette will be reprising his role as prosecutor Dan Fielding. Larroquette won 4 Emmys as the narcissistic and witty lawyer. He’ll be starring alongside The Big Bang Theory’s Melissa Rauch, who will portray the new presiding judge over the night court.

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Many of the original cast members have passed since the show’s initial run ending, including the original judge Harold T. Stone played by Harry Anderson and the public defender Christine Sullivan played by Markie Post. However, the new series will keep the spirit of the original alive. Rauch plays Judge Abby Stone, the daughter of Judge Harold T. Stone. She is equally eccentric and hilarious as her father was and is now the one in charge of the courtroom. When speaking with USA Today, Larroquette shared his feelings about what it was like to return to the set. He said, “Emotional… It was like going back to your old school but with more emotions because the main reasons the show was so successful and such a pleasure to do had passed.” For fans of the original series, Larroquette held nothing back. When asked if any cast members could be expected for a return appearance, he said, “No secret, we may see one or two of the old people come about here as guest stars.

No doubt about it - Night Court is officially back. And we couldn't be happier! Stay tuned for more riotous laughter and shenanigans coming from the courthouse. 

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