The BEST Episodes of Night Court

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jan 1, 2020

Network: NBC

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.

Clip Show (2)

#1 - Clip Show (2)

Season 6 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 25, 1989

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 8.51
107 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Gary Murphy, Larry Strawther
Opportunity Knock Knocks (2)

#2 - Opportunity Knock Knocks (2)

Season 9 - Episode 21 - Aired May 13, 1992

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 8.37
81 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers: Nancylee Myatt
Danny Got His Gun (3)

#3 - Danny Got His Gun (3)

Season 6 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 26, 1988

Dan's rescued by a group of friendly Eskimoes while his friends in New York plan a memorial service.

star 8.11
108 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Larry Strawther
Danny Got His Gun (1)

#4 - Danny Got His Gun (1)

Season 5 - Episode 22 - Aired May 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.

star 7.94
114 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Gary Murphy, Larry Strawther
Halloween II: The Return of Leon

#5 - Halloween II: The Return of Leon

Season 4 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 30, 1986

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

star 7.91
129 votes
Directors: Tim Steele
Writers: Linwood Boomer
Teacher's Pet

#6 - Teacher's Pet

Season 9 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 13, 1991

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

star 7.91
53 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers: Alison Rosenfeld-Desmarais
Danny Got His Gun (2)

#7 - Danny Got His Gun (2)

Season 6 - Episode 1 - Aired Oct 26, 1988

Dan's rescued by a group of friendly Eskimoes while his friends in New York plan a memorial service.

star 7.89
115 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Gary Murphy, Larry Strawther
Puppy Love

#8 - Puppy Love

Season 9 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 9, 1991

Roz stuns her co-workers when her uptown husband pays a visit to secure a divorce so he can marry again.

star 7.86
22 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers: Kevin Kelton
Dad's First Date

#9 - Dad's First Date

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.84
176 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Reinhold Weege
Nuts About Harry

#10 - Nuts About Harry

Season 2 - Episode 14 - Aired Jan 17, 1985

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

star 7.82
184 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Tom Reeder
The Hostage

#11 - The Hostage

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Oct 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.

star 7.80
153 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Bob Stevens
Death Threat

#12 - Death Threat

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Feb 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.

star 7.80
198 votes
Directors: Jay Sandrich
Writers: Bob Stevens
Walk Away, Renee

#13 - Walk Away, Renee

Season 3 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 19, 1985

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

star 7.79
169 votes
Directors: Jim Drake
Writers: Teresa O'Neill
Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye

#14 - Leon, We Hardly Knew Ye

Season 3 - Episode 16 - Aired Feb 6, 1986

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

star 7.79
125 votes
Writers: Bob Stevens
Her Honor (2)

#15 - Her Honor (2)

Season 4 - Episode 22 - Aired May 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.

star 7.78
123 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Linwood Boomer
New Year's Leave

#16 - New Year's Leave

Season 4 - Episode 11 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.76
126 votes
Writers: Tom Straw
Santa Goes Downtown

#17 - Santa Goes Downtown

Season 1 - Episode 2 - Aired Jan 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.

star 7.70
335 votes
Directors: Asaad Kelada
Writers: Reinhold Weege
Wheels of Justice (1)

#18 - Wheels of Justice (1)

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 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.

star 7.68
170 votes
Directors: Alan Bergmann
Writers: Jeff Reno, Ron Osborn
Bull Gets a Kid

#19 - Bull Gets a Kid

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 8, 1984

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

star 7.63
179 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Nat Mauldin
Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations

#20 - Mac and Quon Le: No Reservations

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Oct 24, 1985

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

star 7.63
176 votes
Directors: Alan Bergmann
Writers: Teresa O'Neill
Constitution (2)

#21 - Constitution (2)

Season 5 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 10, 1987

Harry tries to talk sense to Roz, a recently diagnosed diabetic whose convinced her life is over, and handle a desperate man holding an original draft of the Constitution hostage in the courtroom.

star 7.61
117 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Rich Reinhart
Dan's Parents

#22 - Dan's Parents

Season 2 - Episode 13 - Aired Jan 10, 1985

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

star 7.61
181 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Reinhold Weege
Harry on Trial

#23 - Harry on Trial

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 15, 1984

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

star 7.61
219 votes
Directors: Jeff Melman
Writers: Chris Cluess, Stuart Kreisman
A Day in the Life

#24 - A Day in the Life

Season 4 - Episode 15 - Aired Feb 5, 1987

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

star 7.56
131 votes
Directors: Thomas Klein
Writers: Bob Stevens, Nat Mauldin, Teresa O'Neill
Halloween, Too

#25 - Halloween, Too

Season 3 - Episode 5 - Aired Oct 31, 1985

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

star 7.54
147 votes
Directors: Alan Bergmann
Writers: Teresa O'Neill