The Best Episodes of Night Court

Last Updated: Nov 27, 2018

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.

Halloween II: The Return of Leon

#1 - Halloween II: The Return of Leon

Season 4 - Episode 4

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

star 8.28
40 votes
Directors: Tim Steele
Writers: Linwood Boomer
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Harry on Trial

#2 - Harry on Trial

Season 2 - Episode 7

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

star 8.12
72 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Stuart Kreisman, Chris Cluess
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Paternity

#3 - Paternity

Season 4 - Episode 19

Dan is served with a paternity suit and Bull runs for union rep against a very tough lady.

star 8.12
32 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers: Teresa O'Neill
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Opportunity Knock Knocks (2)

#4 - Opportunity Knock Knocks (2)

Season 9 - Episode 21

Harry contemplates a variety of job offers, Dan anticipates life on easy street with a wealthy bride, Bull deals with some really out-of-town visitors, and Christine contemplates the agony of defeat.

star 8.05
21 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers: Nancylee Myatt
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Walk, Don't Wheel

#5 - Walk, Don't Wheel

Season 2 - Episode 22

A disabled law student takes Harry's refusal of her prom invitation as a slap against her handicap.

star 8.02
53 votes
Directors: Reinhold Weege
Writers: Reinhold Weege
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A Day in the Life

#6 - A Day in the Life

Season 4 - Episode 15

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

star 8.02
44 votes
Directors: Thomas Klein
Writers: Nat Mauldin, Teresa O'Neill, Bob Stevens
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Wheels of Justice (1)

#7 - Wheels of Justice (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9

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.

star 8.02
52 votes
Directors: Alan Bergmann
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
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Her Honor (2)

#8 - Her Honor (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22

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.

star 8.00
35 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Linwood Boomer
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Undressed for Success

#9 - Undressed for Success

Season 9 - Episode 14

Mac considers doing an underwear commercial for some quick cash and Roz entrusts some personal treasures to Dan.

star 8.00
19 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers: Mike Imfeld
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Dad's First Date

#10 - Dad's First Date

Season 3 - Episode 3

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

star 7.99
59 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Reinhold Weege
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Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye

#11 - Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye

Season 3 - Episode 16

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

star 7.98
36 votes
Writers: Bob Stevens
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Her Honor (4)

#12 - Her Honor (4)

Season 5 - Episode 2

While preparing to attempt his outrageous stunt, Harry talks to and saves the life of a suicidal man.

star 7.97
35 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Linwood Boomer
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The Hurricane (1)

#13 - The Hurricane (1)

Season 3 - Episode 21

The courtroom becomes a delivery room when Hurricane Mel traps four pregnant women.

star 7.95
42 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Reinhold Weege
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Nuts About Harry

#14 - Nuts About Harry

Season 2 - Episode 14

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

star 7.94
65 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Tom Reeder
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The Hostage

#15 - The Hostage

Season 3 - Episode 2

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.

star 7.94
64 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Bob Stevens
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Flo's Retirement

#16 - Flo's Retirement

Season 3 - Episode 20

The staff tries everything they can think of to postpone Flo's mandatory retirement.

star 7.93
43 votes
Directors: Tim Steele
Writers: Nat Mauldin
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Monkey Business

#17 - Monkey Business

Season 3 - Episode 19

Bull tries to save a baby orangutan from animal-research experiments.

star 7.92
37 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Nat Mauldin
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Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations

#18 - Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations

Season 3 - Episode 4

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

star 7.91
58 votes
Directors: Alan Bergmann
Writers: Teresa O'Neill
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The Night Off

#19 - The Night Off

Season 3 - Episode 13

A crazy judge brought in to substitute for Harry imprisons Dan and Mac for contempt and appoints Florence and Phil the wino as the defense and prosecuting attorneys.

star 7.91
47 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers: Nat Mauldin, Reinhold Weege
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Clip Show (2)

#20 - Clip Show (2)

Season 6 - Episode 13

A city auditor tries to investigate some of the more bizarre expenses attributed to Harry's court (via flashbacks) but he's interrupted by a clown wielding a gun and threatening to shoot everyone.

star 7.91
21 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Larry Strawther, Gary Murphy
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Death of a Bailiff

#21 - Death of a Bailiff

Season 5 - Episode 3

Bull decides to give away all his worldly goods after hearing God's voice when he's struck by lightning on the roof of the courthouse.

star 7.90
42 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Bob Underwood
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Who Was That Mashed Man?

#22 - Who Was That Mashed Man?

Season 5 - Episode 7

Dan's sadistic boss asks him to look out for his very attractive niece while Harry tries to prevent a TV hero of yesteryear from killing himself.

star 7.90
32 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers:
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New Year's Leave

#23 - New Year's Leave

Season 4 - Episode 11

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.

star 7.90
40 votes
Writers: Tom Straw
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Another Day in the Life

#24 - Another Day in the Life

Season 5 - Episode 16

Panic grips the courtroom as the gang races to clear 207 cases in one session so a millionaire will donate money to save an orphanage and so Dan can win an office pool for the most convictions.

star 7.90
31 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Larry Strawther, Gary Murphy
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Harry and Leon

#25 - Harry and Leon

Season 3 - Episode 14

Harry takes pity on the building shoeshine boy, who seeks refuge from a social worker trying to place him in another foster home.

star 7.90
38 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Nat Mauldin
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