I’ve mentioned before that I have an obsession with Night Court. I was also obsessed with TV Guide when I was a toddler. My mom remembers me trying to hoard all the TV Guides, and putting them in the living room side table when I was three. I also have a memory of smearing my sticky lollypop hands all over a TV Guide with Tubbs & Crockett from Miami Vice on it. As I grew up, I still read TV Guide when I’d come home from school the day it came in the mail. The first thing I always did was peel off the address sticker, and roll that glue around with my fingers. Then I would read all the articles, and find out what Simpsons was going to be about next week. Sometimes mom would point out if a cartoon special was coming on one night — after all, that’s how we were introduced to Simpsons in December of 1989.
Right, Right, Night Court. Loved watching it a s a child, even if I didn’t remember plot points, obsessed with it as an adult now that Encore shows it every day. I record every episode on my DVR, and right now I’m right when Christine found out she was pregnant by her undercover cop boyfriend who she married in an Italian restaurant. You know who married them? Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince.
(That week’s episode was “Billie’s Valentine”)
This TV Guide is from the second season of Night Court, when Ellen Foley joined the cast, playing Billie the Defense Attorney. Ellen replaced Paula Kelly, who I adored in the first season. My favorite Billie episode from season two is “The Birthday Visitor" when Billie and Harry were held hostage in her apartment by a neurotic robber. There were so many hot scenes of sexual tension between Harry and Billie. ooo.
Okay, secret time unpopular opinion, I like Liz and Billie more than Markie Post’s Christine Sullivan. GASP, I know. I think Liz and Billie’s characters were supposed to be experienced, always looking for a way to move up, but Christine was portrayed as a beginner, like Judge Stone’s courtroom was the second law job she ever had after law school. I think that was clear in her first episode, when she played a temp right at the beginning of season 2, before Billie started.
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The article describes Harry Anderson’s beginnings, and the antics on the Night Court Set. He helped Ellen with her driver’s test!
There’s a short blurb about John Larroquette too, and how the great episode “Dan’s Parents" was inspired by John’s life in New Orleans. In the episode, Dan’s yokel parents from Armpit Swamp, USA, came to NYC to see him, and embarrassed the hell out of Dan. How on earth did they get up to New York? Was it their first plane ride? Did they take the covered wagon and tie up the horses outside of the court building? These people were Grapes of Wrath boonie people.
There was also a few interesting things in this TV Guide: