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Things I've learnt from Judge Judy
Judge Judy (ITV)
Member Name: sbw80
Judge Judy (ITV)
Date: 13/06/12, updated on 13/06/12 (59 review reads)
Advantages: It's funny and easy to watch, gotta love Byrd
Disadvantages: Judge Judy can get annoying at times
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.
Summary: The best of day time tv (Not counting Come Dine With Me)