When you're in need of some trashy TV (and let's face it, sometimes we all are,) Judge Judy is the place to go. It's usually possible to find Judy on one or channel or another at most times of the day; as well as ITV3, Judge Judy can be found on CBS Reality, CBS Drama, CI, and Lifetime.
Judge Judy tells it like she sees it, blunt, strong, and amazing, Judy is confronted regularly by bizarre situations and some people who, for want of a better word, are complete idiots. It's always interesting to see how Judy sorts out the true from the untrue and catches out the liars (often in their own stupidity.)
Like I said, everybody (no matter how much you like to pretend otherwise) needs a bit of trash now and then - and this really is a perfect fix. Plus, you can always fool yourself into thinking it's not that trashy because it does discuss matters of American civil law (slightly different to UK law, but similar enough.
It is weirdly addictive though. It's possible to waste hours and not really notice it, so you'll have to make sure you tear yourself away from it at some point (particularly if you're using it to procrastinate instead of doing something important.)
Byrd, the bailiff, is also a pretty great part of this show, not least his sense of humour and ability to look scary if some of the show's participants are getting a little bit out of hand. And things can get out of hand; I really wonder sometimes why people agree to be on this show and say the things that they do in front of so many people - it does rather create the impression that Americans are a little crazy, then again, the British can be quite crazy too.
Whenever I'm down, this show really makes me smile - no contest. Like I said, if and when you need it, this is the perfect trashy fix.
Daytime TV is dull generally but thanks to ITV2 and CBS Reality, Judge Judy can take up a good portion of your day.
Each 30 minute episode see two cases brought before Judge Judy (normally one longer case and one short one) as per the small claims system in the US where parties can bring claims for up to $5,000 (US). The majority of cases are over loans, unpaid rent, damages from assault and stupid angry men and women getting revenge when their relationships break up. Watching people come before Judge Judy's wrath makes for very good tv. It is American TV so you do have to put up with the repetition of the "Still to come" moments and voice over. There are around 260 episodes per season.
~Judge Judith Sheindlin~
The judge passed the bar exam in 1965, has previously worked as a prosecutor in the family courts and was appointed as a judge in 1982 (I was 2, so when she says she's seen it all she ain't lying). When she retired as a family court judge in 1996 she had heard over 20,000 cases. She was approached to start the tv show the same year. Her no nonsense approach and sarcasm make the show but she has a tendency to become a bit condescending (although the object of the distaste generally deserves it) and is obsessed with people dressing corectly for court (No slogan t-shirts), good posture and clear diction. She also gets very irritated if the plaintiff and defendant talk to each other and is known to throw a case out if one of the parties won't shut up.
~Petri Hawkins-Byrd (AKA Byrd)~
The man is a legend and is worth watching the show for alone. Watch him in the background at the end of each case when you parties are doing interviews, his facial expressions are hilarious. He can say a lot without opening his mouth. He is also Judge Judy's link to anything contemporary, such as computers. He has a degree in criminal justice and worked previously in the New York City Court System as a bailiff for all circuit judges, which is where he originally mey Judge Sheindlin. He has been her bailiff for the entire run of the show, introducing the cases, presenting evidence to the Judge and stopping altercation, the two of them make a good double act. He also gets to do the "Please be seated" bit.
~Real cases, real people~
Technically, the court of Judge Judy is not a public court of law. It is a private arbitration court, where parties appearing on the show sign an arbitration agreement, which means that Judge Judy's ruling is binding. The parties are paid to appear on the show and are selected based upon their own applications to appear, but the people and cases are real (Although the audience in the gallery are paid extras).
~Run and awards~
The show is currently in its 16th season (The 17th has been approved with contracts extended until 2015) and has nominated 14 consecutive times for Daytime Emmy Awards.
Yeah, it's not the most intelligent show ever and Judge Judy does have a habit of getting condescending (Which is funny when the participants deserve it) but it's great background tv and is good for when you're ironing or writing reviews.
*"If something doesn't make sense, it's usually not true."
*A lot of women do dumb things cos of 'love'
*If you owe two years of child support do not take the mother of your children to court for $100
*Always read your original complaint so that you don't contradict yourself (make a copy or something, you know, or just kinda... tell the truth)
*There's nothing stronger than a family bond, well except money
*Never ever lend anyone money
*It's probably best not to move halfway across the country for someone you've only known a few months
*If someone lends you money, don't claim it was a gift
*Always always keep receipts
*Never pay anyone back in cash
* "Beauty fades, dumb is forever."
*American's buy a lot of cheap cars on credit
*Never speak unless spoken to
*Always look sad in injury photos, it gets more sympathy
*Don't put your hands in your pocket
*A judge in a bad mood is not good
*If a judge is in a bad mood NEVER tell her that she is wrong
*The US suffers from a car keying epidemic
*The word "Baloney" can never be over used
Location(s) Sunset Bronson Studios, Hollywood, California
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Big Ticket Television
Distributor Worldvision Enterprises (1996-1999)
Paramount Television (1999-2006)
CBS Paramount Television (2006-2007)
CBS Television Distribution (2007-present)
This review is published under my user name on both Ciao and Dooyoo.
Judge Judy is my favourite daytime telly programme. It is currently on cable on both ITV2 and CBS reality and shows most weekday afternoons, usually at least two episodes at a time. Each episode lasts half an hour with adverts.
Judge Judy is a very sat rightful programme. The show is set in a court room where the judge, Judge Judy, hears small claims cases from members of the public. It is real cases, brought to court by real people, but the show is edited to fit in with timings, so you don't hear the whole story sometimes, but they do edit it very well so that you get the full story and don't feel as though you are missing bits.
Each starts with the plaintiff explaining the case and why they are asking for money from the defendant. Judge Judy always hears both sides of the story, even if it is very cut and dry. Usually the Plaintiff is required to provide proof for their claim such as bills, statements, photographs and sometimes witnesses. Most people bring a witness, but they are not needed very often.
Once the Plaintiff has given their statement, Judge Judy will then listen to the defendant and here their statement. Sometimes the judge will not need to hear a statement from the defendant and just asks some questions.
Some Defendants have a counter claim against the Plaintiff, these are often out of spite from what I have seen. The Judge hears a counter claim after the main claim has been settled and decided, this is treated as a separate case in that the Judge will still hear the evidence from both sides, look at evidence and make a decision. The counter claims are rarely awarded any money and are often dismissed without any payment.
Every case tends to be very different. A lot of cases are either about a rent dispute or involve couples who have fallen out and have issues with money or property. Another common type of case is accidents were someone has been hurt or property has been damaged. Most awards tend to be money but there will sometimes be a case were the winning side is to be given back something that has been judged to be theirs.
I love Judge Judy the programme because it is different to all the usual daytime talk shows and has real people. I love Judge Judy the person because she is feisty and always gets the truth out of even the most arrogant of people. She takes no nonsense and is never intimidated. She is also very funny with some of her phrases and opinions.
Judge Judy is a television show which sees cameras allowed inside of a real court room in order to film going on in a small claims court in the US but why would this ever interest?
Judge Judy has been in the US court and justice systems for a number of years now including years in the childrens courts systems so she has a stunning knowledge of legal standings across the US (something which is truly amazing as each state has a different rule and regulation).
It is with this superb background in the US legal system Judge Judy has a great position with which to preside over court hearings and make a truly informed decision based on legal facts and with her no nonsense approach to those in her courts she does not suffer fools gladly and hates those wasting the time of the US court systems.
The show to me is intriguing as those in court have travelled from all over the US and hearing the background to many of the cases shows how deep some of the issues truly run as in many incidinces those who retaliated for any reason have had many run-ins with the plaintiff/defendant.
With cutting wit and sarcasm Judge Judy makes the show and watching her try to catch people out is something brilliant (a witness confirming a blackout on the 25th and sure it is the case and swearing to it when the incident happened on the 23rd which Judge Judy can find out through intelligent questioning). Overall I love the show and find it interesting, infuriating (people wasting the legal systems time) but also glad of the country I live in.
"Judge Judy" is an american classic - a real life court room (as the voice over announces) where the judgement is final. In essence this is a small claims court where ordinary people represent themselves and defend themselves - the largest figure that can be awarded is $5000.
As the saying goes - thems the facts. The watchability is Judge Judy herself and her plain talking. I have no idea why many americans are keen to go through her court - but it is generally not because they are blessed with brains! Judge Judy sums up the ridiculous claim and the even more ridiculous defence - before lulling the "victims" into a false sense of security. Then they are hit by the quick witted responses of Judge Judy who generally admonishes them for the foolishness.
This is reality tv at its best - showing those of us who seek fame up for who they are. The pity is that there are too many families who are willing to go through this trial by tv. Watchable - yes. Do I sky plus it - no. Do I feel sad about the state of the word when I watch it - usually!
"Judge Judy" is an American court series which features Judge Judith Sheindlin presiding over "small claims" cases not in excess of $5,000 USD in accused damages. It is an award winning series which is currently in its 17th season in America. Freeview viewers have access to a triple bill broadcast on ITV2 between 4:40-6 PM on weekdays.
The tagline of the programme is "real cases, real people". Litigants from various American locations present their case before Judge Judy and she attempts to find those responsible for claimed damages in aims of awarding penalties for or against the plaintiff. Common themes to the show include vehicle damages during road traffic accidents, household damages during disputes, and the retrieval of stolen property during relationships or household moves. Judge Judy begins each case with a general summary of the date and time of the events and requests the plaintiff to explain in his or her own words what he or she is suing for. After the plaintiff has made their statement, Judge Judy transfers control to the defendant who has a chance to dispute claims made against him or her. When all facts and claims have been presented, Judge Judy then makes a decision regarding who owes what and rules her judgment in favour or against the plaintiff's lawsuit.
What draws me to the programme is Judge Judy's brash and often comedic tongue. She is quick to make statements regarding the stupidity of certain actions and claims, and will very openly assert her opinions on the galley and litigants. She also often criticizes participants, including stage hired extras who serve as studio audience members, regarding their clothing; she demands presentable conservative attire when coming to court. Despite this, I usually find her judgments to be fair and she is often able to discern who must pay for the wrongdoings. She is a very articulate and charismatic presenter and I don't find her broadcasts to be at all boring or repelling.
I would happily recommend "Judge Judy" to prospective viewers. The consistent format in which she rules over cases makes the programme easy to grasp, and there is usually a different flair as presented by the litigants on otherwise mundane and similar case topics.
If you like laughing at peoples stupidity and ignorance then Judge Judy just might be a programme you will like, it is an American Court programme se up a bit like a small claims court in that people bring their grievances and cases in front of a judge, in this case former judge Judith Sheindlin, and agree to be bound by any decision she makes. They represent themselves so no lawyers in this show, they can bring one witness or just someoe for moral support and basically the complainent presents their case and then Judy starts asking the tough questions of either party.
I love Sheindlin, she is a tough as nails Jewish woman in her fifties who hails from New York and she has that tough no nonsense approach that you expect from citizens of that city, she contrls her court with a rod of iron and is not tolerant of those who try and hide the truth.
Each half hour programme carries two cases and after each one those taking part are interviewed very briefly on camera to voice their opinions.
For me this is waster afternoon TV, the sort of thing I watch rather than do any cleaning around the house and find myself getting addicted to. Judy is a total rough diamond and a strong lady, she is excellent at realising when someone is lying to her and totally ruthless in the way she lectures them. Get her mad and the ruling will not go your way.
You will either love or hate her and to be honest that will decide whether you like the show or not, for me she is a star and makes for fun viewing. Catch it on ITV2 in the afternoons around 4.00pm I think.
Judge Judy is one of those programmes that you can't not watch. It's oddly addictive, whilst being utterly rubbish at the same time. The only way you can really understand what I mean is by watching it - then you'll see!
But before you do go down a path that you can never return from, you should have an idea of what you're getting yourself into.
-So, who is Judge Judy?-
Well, she is Judith Sheindlin, a former family court judge from New York now based in Hollywood (where else?!). She now arbitrates over small claims cases for the general viewing public in the form of the reality show Judge Judy.
Judge Judy is a no-nonsense lady who is intimidating and bossy, which is probably what makes her show so popular. I personally think she is hilarious to watch - rather like watching a primary school teacher keeping a bunch of unruly kids in order.
-She sounds brilliant! Where can I see her?-
You can find her presiding over back-to-back episodes twice daily on ITV2.
-What happens in the show?-
In each episode there are usually two different cases heard. First of all you get a sneak preview of the juicy bits of both cases then you're introduced to the first case by the security guard (Bird) inviting the complainant and defendant to the front, whilst the oh-so-dramatic voice-over guy explains the outline of the complaint and any counter-complaints.
Then Judge Judy gives an overview of the case before inviting both parties to state their own case. The adverts usually come part way through the first case, leaving you on tenterhooks (!). The second case follows the same format, but is generally much shorter.
-Why should I watch it?-
I genuinely believe that you should watch it once just to see what it is like in an American small claims court. Although, it's like Marmite - you'll either love it or hate it.
The judge herself has no problems telling it how it is, dismissing liars and cheats with an impressive range of facial expressions and catchphrases. She talks to the participants as if they were small children (which to be honest with you is how they act).
You are never going to watch this show for any other reason than you're at a loose end. It's cheesy and often cringeworthy. Whilst I love the Americans, you can tell where it's made - it has that sort of glitzy, fake feel about it. With all it's overdramatisation and naff one-liners ('The people are real, the cases are real and the decisions are final'!) you'd think you were watching some kind of high profile murder case and not a bunch of (coughs) half-wits who argue with their own families on national televsion.
The show has had it's fair share of criticism - because of the hand-picked cases, the rudeness of the judge and the general 'dressing up' of it, but there must be a reason why it's still running after so many years.
Whilst I do think it's amusing, I can't shake off the feeling that people who would do anything for their five minutes of fame are being exploited by the Hollywood fat cats. That said, in my opinion, this is how all reality televsion programmes work and, in the grand scheme of things, this one is fairly harmless!
If I ever need to take anyone to court, I hope I get a judge of the same calibre as Judge Judy. This show airs on ITV2 every night between 6 and 7 pm. It features Judge Judy Sheindlin, and her trusty court guard Byrd, and it shows Judge Judy presiding over a variety of small claims cases.
Lets start with the people actually bringing their cases onto this show. In true American style, this is very much the same kind of scenario's that play out on the Jerry Springer show. Thus a selection of relationship difficulties, with unlikely couples arguing over who paid for the ring and the bed. Most of the cases make you kind of feel "only in America", and you have to laugh for the stupidity of some of the people appearing on this show.
Then we have Judge Judy, and she is one feisty momma! She does not shy away from lecturing the court attendees on anyhthng from morals to relationship matters, and can instill the fear of God in anyone!
I do like watching the show when I switch on the TV and it is on, and it does provide a laugh or two, but I cant say I will go out of my way to nit miss it.
The thing that I find annoying is that the series bieng aired on TV, dates back to 1999. Surely there must be newer episodes to show?
Im not naive to think it is not staged to some extent as well, but I do like Judge Judy, and although some people might find her rude, I think she is entertaining. She can come up with some real little gems, that could teach a lesson or two to most of us.
Judge Judy is one of those shows that you watch and have to think to yourself ' Only In America'. The program is presented by Judge Judy Sheindlin who is in fact a real judge and the program takes place in her courtroom.
The show is set in a court room because the show deals with legal cases with people filing complaints against other people for various reasons and Judge Judy decides what action should be taken after all the evidence and stories have been heard. The judgements however are only money matters as the plaintiff puts in a complaint and decides how much money they feel they deserve either due to damage, theft or emotional stress and after hearing the evidence Judge Judy decides who is in the right and who is in the wrong and how much money should be paid and in which direction.
Now so far this doesn't sound particularly entertaining does it however the reason that it is so entertaining is the cases that are put forward and screened on the TV. Some of the cases are absolutely laughable such as one case I saw was an argument over a few cactus plants that someone had left behind at a house when they had moved house and they wanted their plants back but took the case to the court because they claimed that the person who had moved into the house refused to give the plants back. Now in my opinion if you move house and leave something and wait three months to get it back you probably aren't all that bothered about whatever it is you left. This was also the view of judge Judy and she dismissed their claim but the really funny thing was that they only filed for $20 compensation which really isn't very much money and it would have been less hassle to go out and buy another plant.
Some of the cases however are a little more complicated with my favourite case being one in which a dog escaped from its owners yard. The dog was found by a couple in the neighborhood who put up signs around the town and in local newspapers stating that a pedigre e Labrador had been found. No one came forward and 1 month after obtaining the dog with no-one claiming it they decided to keep it as it had become part of the family. The dog was a male and had not been castrated and the new owners decided to give it the chop. A couple of weeks later its original owners turned up and asked for their dog back and the couple decided that it was the right thing to give the dog back to its original owners.
A happy ending you would have thought. Oh no I don't think so according to the original owners the dog was used for breeding and since it had been castrated it was of no use to them and they filed a complaint against the people who had cared for their dog when it got lost. This case really shocked me as I thought it was bang out of order for this complaint to be made and Judge Judy agreed.
I find this program really entertaining and I love playing judge myself by deciding who is right and who is wrong before the end of the case.
The show is screened on ITV 2 throughout the day with shows lasting about 50 minutes although the number of cases per show differ as some are simple cases which are sorted out in about 5 minutes with others lasting for 25 minutes.
Hope you enjoy the show and remember it would only be allowed in America so I doubt that there will be a British version coming to our TV's in the near future.
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Judge Judith Sheindlin attended college at the school of Government at American University in Washington, D.C., graduating in 1963. She went on to New York Law School, receiving her law degree in 1965 and began practicing law in Manhattan. She began her career in New York family court 1972, prosecuting jeuvenile deliquency cases for the state, quickly establishing herself as very sharp lawyer, with an obvious flair for the job. In 1982 she was appointed to the bench as a judge in the family court. Judge Judith Sheindlin made a name for herself as a tough but fair judge in New York family court. Four years later she was appointed the supervising judge in Manhattan, hearing over 20,000 cases since. She quickly became known as one of the most outspoken judges in the country, which in turn brought heightened media attention, leading to a segment on the popular ' 60 minutes '. Soon after, she was approached by the publishing house Harper Collins, who encouraged her to write her first book "Don't Pee On My Leg and Tell Me It's Raining", an account of her experiences on the bench, published in 1996. She has written 3 more books " Beauty Fades, Dumb Is Forever",1999, " Keep It Simple, Stupid! 2 2000, and a childrens book " Win Or Lose By How You Choose ", 2000. I haven't read any of them, but I would like to. Judge Judy also pioneered an "open court policy," allowing the public and the media to view her day-to-day proceedings, which was not a common practice at the time. Pretty cool, eh?! Judy retired from the bench in 1996, and stepped in as presiding judge on the real life courtroom series, Judge Judy. Judge Judy is now in it's 7th series, and is as popular as ever. Despite having a tacky set, cheap opening credits and a general tacky feel to it, the show itself is pure class. Judge Judy is almost like the court that tries Jerry Springers guests...h
mmm, some of them are that good! I've seen dogs in the courtroom, famous guests ( John Lydon, Dude from the sex pistols afew weeks ago..) Strangely scary guests, basically, if Springer has them, so does Judy. I think her sense of humour goes way above alot of her defendants most of the time, but I love it. The cases you get to see on Judge Judy range from neighbours warring over who should pay to repair a wall, to ' Stalker ' victims seeking compo, ' Ghetto Ladies ' fighting over a fella seeking money for medical bills, parents suing children who have stolen from them...all quality stuff. And Judy herself is a joy to watch, she always speaks politely to her defendants, unless they annoy her. She is then prone to shouting at them instead..enjoying the words " lowlife"and " deadbeat" very frequently. I have seen her throw people out of ther courtroom for being improperly dressed for court, for talking too much swearing and generally being impolite. I do think Judy is right most of the time, as alot of her guests seem just plain dumb to me. Judge Judy's court is similar to our small claims court ~ she can't send people to prison and can only dispense justice to the maximum of $5000. It should be so much more! The show is on for half an hour, on ITV at stupid night time hours, ITV2 most days at around 11.30am - 1pm, and on UK Living in the middle of the night. In case you were wondering, yes, Judge Judy is married. To Jerry Sheindlin,a former Justice of the Supreme Court of New York. No surprise there then! It's both her and Jerrys second marriage, so she is also experienced in the trials of divorce! Between them they have 5 children, and a hoard of grandchildren that Judy loves spending time with at her home in New York. While on the bench, her message was simple ? take responsibility for yourself, your actions and the children you've brought into the world
. Sounds like great advice to me. *I got alot of my info on The Judge from www.judgejudy.com Go take a look, it's pretty cool!
The legal system can sometimes be a long and drawn out process that costs the taxpayer a lot of money and sometimes that money is completely wasted and sometimes justice isn't served. But you get none of that in the court of Judge Judy, those that have ITV2 will know what I'm saying when I say this is a woman who doesn't mince her words. The concept of the show is simple, people bring their cases before Judy and although this isn't the proper justice system it's still a system where the people have to swear to tell the truth and abide by the decision. We're not talking high profile cases here, these are cases of financial disputes such as car damage and loss of earnings etc. There are some opinions on this show on this siet tha question wether Judy is actually a real judge. Well Judge Judith Sheindlin retired from the bench in 1996 after spending over 10 years in the justice system of New York. During that time Judy had heard over 20,000 cases and gained a reputation as a judge with no time for excuses as well as being a pioneer for the 'open-court' policy. After appearing on US news show '60 Minutes' Judy was offered the chance to bring her attitude to a TV courtroom, now we have Judge Judy. The cases on show vary with all sorts of people coming on from stockbrokers to rednecks and even John Lydon. All of them normally revolve around some kind of possessions or an argument. Normally the cases filter into more things being brought out into the open. Either way Judy gets to the bottom of it through direct and no nonsense questions. The people before her will no talk over her or try to make excuses for their behaviour, they aren't allowed to. That's what makes the show fun to watch, it takes someone with a real direct attitude and a sly sense of humour and puts them centre stage. More often than not the cases are extremely petty so Judy makes the people concerned somewhat embarresed.
One of the best episodes has featured John Lydon from the Sex Pistols defending his case against a musician who claims unfair dismissal and assualt. Normally no one can match the attititude of Lydon but Judy controlled the court and kept Mr Lydon quiet although his tongue was firmly in cheek. And that's what you need to do with a show like this, don't take it too seriously and you'll find it something that's quite enjoyable and entertaining. For more information on the show and the cases then got to JUDGEJUDY.COM
There is absolutely no doubt that society is being increasingly undermind by - rudeness and a lack of politeness. And shows like 'The Weakest Link' and 'Judge Judy' do not help one iota. Judy herself - like Ms Robinson of the WL show - exhibits a distinct lack of respect and good manners. Which stinks. It is of paramount importance - absolutely vital - that people in positions of authority, and of an older generation, set a good example to us all by treating everyone with respect and politeness. There can be no excuses here - if you are a TV judge, then act like one. Judges have to manifest good judgement and discipline in all areas. Sometimes Judy acts like a vicious-tonged fishwife! I do not jest either. The idea of having a televised courtroom with a noble judge presiding is one thing. But to be presented with a grotesque caricature in the shape of an embittered old bag is another. Women judges are usually bloody good - often knocking spots off dopy old male goats with their heads stuck up their shoots, but Judy is a just one shameful pseudo with the attitude of a bear chewing a wasp. Watch in horror as she screaches like a banchee with chronic piles; despair when she exhibits poisonous sexism and homophobia. Collapse with laughter when she spouts off her appalling sense of irony and her inept grasp of common manners. This is a judge? Pass me the sick bag! On second thoughts - pass her a sick bag! She needs one. But seriously. The idea of the show is not bad - just the execution. Some say they made a mistake when they failed to execute Judy - but that's a bit harsh. To save the day, the Judge Judy show needs to be totally revamped, with Judy showing (or thrown out of the courtroom!) the world that whatever the kind of people she is dealing with, it's actually good to be nice whatever the provocation - and at all times. Come on Judy! Start setting a good example! Prove you are a real judge.
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I started watching this programme while on holiday in America, I haven't seen anything like it before. I fouund it hard to believe she is a real judge as she's so different from an English one. Things in America are very different from England though. I found that she grew on me and I still watch the programme now. I notice that a lot of the cases are almost 'squabbles' really quite minor things which have been blown up out of proportion and often quite childish. Here Judge Judy is in her element as she acts as the mother figure advising them, guiding them and telling them off! She often talks about her own family and as a mother herself must be an expert at dealing with family 'squabbles' In some ways this is what a judge does deals with arguments and makes the final decision or judgement. Some of the cases she has dealt with are more about family and psychological problems rather than criminal. She dealt perfectly with one case between a mother and her daughter recognising that it was a more deep rooted problem than simply money owed. She deals with small claims matters so no murderers here. Judge Judy would be perfect as a talk show host! This is a programme that you love or hate I love it and watch it avidly. I love the insights it gives you into human behaviour and find the American court system fascinating. Can you imagine televising a small claims court in England? not nearly as entertaining.