STUDIO: Warner Brothers
MSRP: $29.98
RATED:  Not Rated
RUNNING TIME: 503 minutes


The Pitch

Hilarity ensues when throwing the book at crazed prostitutes and the homeless.

The Humans

Harry Anderson, Richard Moll, Charles Robinson, Selma Diamond, Ellen Foley and John Larroquette

The Nutshell

Reinhold Weege had a dream. That dream was to tell a modern comedy about life in New York City. Shot through the filter of a tiny municipal night court, Weege realized that dream. Over the next decade or so, Weege brought warmth to the cold hearts of an American populace let down by the empty dreams of Reagan era politics. He also introduced the country to John Larroquette. Known in later years as the Emmy Pimp, Larroquette began his conquest of American television on this show. Thrill to the second year of the ‘Quette’s dominance on what would become one of NBC’s most successful sitcoms of the 1980s.

Markie Post can be hotter than this, people.

The Lowdown

Night Court – The Complete Second Season
is another reason why the American sitcom reigns supreme among all forms of known entertainment. Sure, you can make the argument that all the plots are cookie-cutter. But, there’s such things as guest stars! Thrill to cameos from Lou Ferrigno and rising ethnic comedy star Michael Richards. If that’s not enough, you get to thrill to the antics of second baliff Selma Diamond.

The pseudo Hoff vs. the Mac – Who Dares Win?

Night Court was at its peak when it dropped the wacky bombs on you. Several long-time fans might remember that this season boasts the season finale that sports Yakov Smirnoff trying to evade the KGB. Gordon Jump gets involved and we all know that can only mean trouble for Yakov. He was the guy that molested a kid on Diff’rent Strokes. But, he also sent a shitload of turkeys to their death on WKRP. Molestation still outweights mass animal murder, so I’m going to call him a bad guy in this regard. Plus, he never spent enough time with Maggie Seaver when she was growing up on Growing Pains.

The show isn’t for everyone. Hell, the average ADD monkey would lose their shit at a show that requires actual character development. Don’t even try and tell me that by the end of the season that there wasn’t development. Larroquette got laid seven times in a twenty-two episode run. Plus, Harry got to go on trial for his trial technique. If that wasn’t enough, they kicked Ellen Foley off the show. This was a maintenance season, but it was great.

Night Court – The Complete Second Season gets what matters most on American television. Consistence in character development and the laughs. Bull isn’t going to flip out and blow up the courtroom one night. Mac isn’t going to have Vietnam flashback and cut Harry’s ears off. This show was dedicated to giving you a nice thirty minute reprieve from the hectic world. For that, I salute this show.

The Package

has a pretty strong transfer for a show that wasn’t shot on film. But, Warner Brothers hasn’t offered up any special features. That’s kind of a nasty burn to people that’ve waited four years for the release of this second season. What the hell is going on, Warner Brothers? We’re not all millionaires that can watch this stuff at 6 a.m. on TV Land. It’s about time you get in touch with the real America and bring this the Post/Warfield years.

7.9 out of 10