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June 29th, 2000

Superior Court

In the past, I’ve featured some semi-obscure TV shows as a Daily Ping, but today may be the most obscure yet — and I don’t even know whether anyone will remember the phenomenon that was the mid-80’s daytime courtroom drama reenactment.

There were a number of these shows I would occasionally watch as a kid that, for whatever reason, I really loved. Imagine the look and feel and production value of People’s Court or Judge Judy except with more serious cases (divorce, kidnapping, embezzlement, etc.). The one major difference (aside from the content of the cases involved) was that all the people involved were actors. The lawyers were actors, the judge was an actor, and the witnesses were actors. And while it may sound like I’m describing some hour-long prime time drama, these were actually pretty cheesy half-hour shows on at the same time as soap operas.

My favorite was called Superior Court. I had my “favorite lawyer” (there were only about four that switched roles each show) and everything. There were one or two other shows that were similar to it — the only one I remember was the slightly more successful Divorce Court. Does anyone have any recollection of these? -ram

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FROM: Robert
DATE: Thursday June 29, 2000 -- 6:34:58PM
I remember a show like that, vaguely. In one episode there was some turmoil because the lawyer for one side was present when the events in question transpired. It was on a cruise ship. OK, that's my contribution today, kids.

FROM: Alex
DATE: Sunday January 14, 2001 -- 6:58:48PM
I loved "Superior Court", it was a great show that I watched everyday when I was a kid.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Sunday January 14, 2001 -- 11:47:07PM
Alex -- Awesome! Do you have any further memories of that show? I forget a lot about it...

FROM: Terry Murphy
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 12:37:00AM
Interestingly, Ryan, Superior Court is the ONLY show which has ever brought up on this web site which I have ever even HEARD of. I watched it when I was very young, and I remember having a favorite lawyer also. :-) One of the episodes I remember, was a murder trial, but the body had not been found, and then the supposed victim dramatically walked into the courtroom at the end of the trial. Other episodes I remember was a woman suing a hair spray manufacturer because her hair caught on fire. And another, when a guy sued his doctor because the doctor had misdiagnosed him with AIDS. But, was that show actually based on real cases? I thought it was totally fictional? In any case, it was definitely an excellent show.

FROM: Ryan
DATE: Monday January 15, 2001 -- 9:34:09AM
Terry, I'm pretty sure that Superior Court was based on real cases... although with the murder trial you mentioned above, it makes you wonder, eh? :)

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Thursday July 22, 2004 -- 2:31:59 am
I remember those shows. Even though these were fictionalized shows with actors,they didn't look half as fake as the Judge Trailertrash shows we have to suffer with nowadays. Those shows were for the most part done with class. One show that hasn't been mentioned yet is "The Judge" ("Try to be good to each other." Remember that? Yes, even the court shows of the 80's had their own "Whatchu talkin bout Willis".)
I think the last gasp for the court shows of the 80's was a short-lived 1989 show that played clips of actual court cases videotaped in different courts. The show was hosted by Raymond Burr.
As for "favorite lawyers" from "Superior Court", I had a thing for Jocelyn Creston. Then came an episode where she was a plaintiff complaining about a prison search she went through. I won't go into all the gory details, but this almost killed the thing I had for her. Not completely though.
Remember when USA Network reran "Divorce Court", "Superior Court", and "The Judge" Mon.-Fri. in the early 90's? I still have the SC episode about "Sam Hoover" that I recorded from USA in 1992. A lot of unintentional laughs there.

FROM: Ryan [E-Mail]
DATE: Thursday July 22, 2004 -- 3:25:19 am
Good call on The Judge... I had forgotten about that one.

I'd love to see a copy of that Superior Court episode... get in touch...

FROM: Liam Gillen
DATE: Saturday November 13, 2004 -- 6:47:28 pm
does anyone know where i can get
some copies of the superior court
tv show? i have a coworker who used to be on the show and would
love to surprise the office at our
holiday party.

FROM: Sammy Reed
DATE: Sunday November 14, 2004 -- 9:57:52 pm
I only have the Sam Hoover episode I mentioned. I wouldn't know if your coworker was on that one or not, but if you'd like to see it I can work out something.

FROM: Joseph
DATE: Monday November 15, 2004 -- 10:53:50 am
I seem to remember coming home too late from school to see it (football practice maybe?), so all I really remember about the show was the closing. Didn't it always end with a disclaimer about the judge, attorneys and parties being actors, but the cases based on real cases? It was all written and took up thw whole screen while the credits played. I always thought the show was just a soap opera that never left the court room.

FROM: Liam Gillen
DATE: Wednesday November 17, 2004 -- 11:58:11 pm
Hi Sammy, do you know what network the show was on? Yes, if you are willing, I would love to work something out. You can email me at

DATE: Saturday January 1, 2005 -- 2:31:23 pm

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