The BEST episodes of Night Court

Every episode of Night Court ever, ranked from best to worst by thousands of votes from fans of the show. The best episodes of Night Court!

Judge Harold T. Stone presides over Manhattan's Night Court, where all of the petty, silly, and dime-a-dozen crimes get sent to be tried. Invariably, the cases appearing before the court are bizarre, but that's OK because Harry Stone is not your typical judge. He's assisted by a motley crew of clerks, attorneys, and bailiffs who often create as much chaos as the criminals they bring in for trial.

Last Updated: 12/15/2023Network: NBCStatus: Ended
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Clip Show (2)
star
8.24
121 votes

#1 - Clip Show (2)

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/25/1989

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Opportunity Knock Knocks (2)
star
8.05
93 votes

#2 - Opportunity Knock Knocks (2)

Season 9 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/13/1992

Directors: Jim Drake
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Danny Got His Gun (3)
star
8.03
122 votes

#3 - Danny Got His Gun (3)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/26/1988

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Danny Got His Gun (1)
star
7.86
128 votes

#4 - Danny Got His Gun (1)

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/12/1988

Dan flip-flops on his active duty for the Army Reserve until he learns it will be in a tropical paradise with a beautiful lady officer.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Dad's First Date
star
7.80
182 votes

#5 - Dad's First Date

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired 10/17/1985

Christine's father has his first date in eight years and ends up before Harry, along with the tenants of a clothing-optional building.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Danny Got His Gun (2)
star
7.80
130 votes

#6 - Danny Got His Gun (2)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired 10/26/1988

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Halloween II: The Return of Leon
star
7.76
141 votes

#7 - Halloween II: The Return of Leon

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/30/1986

Harry looks forward to seeing Leon again while Dan crawls for an invitation to his boss' Halloween party.

Directors: Tim Steele
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Nuts About Harry
star
7.72
193 votes

#8 - Nuts About Harry

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired 1/17/1985

Patients from a mental institution stage a strike to convince the court they're being mistreated at the hospital.

Directors: Jeff Melman
Writer: Tom Reeder
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Walk Away, Renee
star
7.72
181 votes

#9 - Walk Away, Renee

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/19/1985

Nobody wants to break the news to Bull that his new girl friend is a prostitute.

Directors: Jim Drake
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The Hostage
star
7.70
162 votes

#10 - The Hostage

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired 10/3/1985

A strange little man charged with stealing electronic parts takes Dan hostage and demands the rest of the parts he needs to communicate with his home planet of Saturn.

Directors: Jeff Melman
Writer: Bob Stevens
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Her Honor (2)
star
7.69
133 votes

#11 - Her Honor (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired 5/6/1987

Upon learning that he will not be reappointed as a judge, Harry disappears to perform an outrageous stunt. But he doesn't realize that Christine, who has taken over the night court, has gotten his job back.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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New Year's Leave
star
7.68
132 votes

#12 - New Year's Leave

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired 12/18/1986

Harry deals sympathetically with an escaped felon whose only wish is to spend New Year's Eve in Times Square to celebrate his 42nd wedding anniversary.

Directors: John Larroquette
Writer: Tom Straw
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Death Threat
star
7.68
214 votes

#13 - Death Threat

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired 2/15/1984

Things are thrown into an uproar when Harry receives a threat via a rock thrown through the window and a bomb is discovered in the courtroom.

Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writer: Bob Stevens
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Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye
star
7.67
140 votes

#14 - Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired 2/6/1986

Harry's concern with Leon's imminent adoption blinds him to the presence of Mel Torme in the courthouse.

Directors: John Larroquette
Writer: Bob Stevens
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Teacher's Pet
star
7.62
63 votes

#15 - Teacher's Pet

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired 11/13/1991

Christine is disillusioned by a law professor she once idolized and Bull undergoes an unusual ceremony to regain his virginity.

Directors: Jim Drake
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Santa Goes Downtown
star
7.60
361 votes

#16 - Santa Goes Downtown

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired 1/11/1984

The season is merry as Harry deals with a man in a red suit charged with trespassing and tries to restore the faith of a pair of cynical teenage runaways.

Directors: Asaad Kelada
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Constitution (2)
star
7.59
128 votes

#17 - Constitution (2)

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired 12/10/1987

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations
star
7.57
186 votes

#18 - Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired 10/24/1985

Mac tries to hide Quon Le from his prejudiced grandfather, who's trying to decide who to leave his millions of dollars.

Directors: Alan Bergmann
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Bull Gets a Kid
star
7.55
193 votes

#19 - Bull Gets a Kid

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired 11/8/1984

Bull finally is allowed a foster son by a volunteer-fathers organization, but he winds up with a bit of a surprise.

Directors: Jeff Melman
Writer: Nat Mauldin
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Harry on Trial
star
7.53
229 votes

#20 - Harry on Trial

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired 11/15/1984

Harry is called before a disciplinary board for his unorthodox courtroom behavior.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Wheels of Justice (1)
star
7.52
181 votes

#21 - Wheels of Justice (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired 12/5/1985

Everyone is in a financial crisis when the city can't pay its employees, Harry has to evict a woman and son, and a homeless couple from West Virginia tells their tale of woe.

Directors: Alan Bergmann
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A Day in the Life
star
7.50
138 votes

#22 - A Day in the Life

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired 2/5/1987

NBC programming chief Brandon Tartikoff posts bail for a Neilsen family as the gang rushes to adjudicate 200 cases in one session.

Directors: Thomas Klein
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Dan's Parents
star
7.49
192 votes

#23 - Dan's Parents

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired 1/10/1985

Dan's past is revealed when the parents he told everyone were dead come to see their successful sonny boy.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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Halloween, Too
star
7.49
158 votes

#24 - Halloween, Too

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired 10/31/1985

Harry falls hook, line and sinker for a beautiful woman.

Directors: Alan Bergmann
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Married Alive
star
7.48
157 votes

#25 - Married Alive

Season 2 - Episode 19 - Aired 2/21/1985

His friends believe the worst when Dan starts dating a homely, gauche woman who's heir to $40 million.

Directors: Jeff Melman
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