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posted 08 July 2007 04:12 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
Does anyone watch these shows? I never watch them anymore, but used to watch People's Court as a kid, when it was a novelty (and mostly because my father watched it, and I watched it with him).

I watched a few minutes of one of the knock-off shows a few months ago. I don't even remember the name of the judge. What trash these shows have become! I mean, they've always been dumb, and I hated Judge Joseph Wapner with a passion when he was doing the People's Court, but at least it was somewhat intelligent. Now it's like Maury Povitch and Montel Williams, except in front of a judge.

I think they're always looking for the next Judge Judy, but she's got the genre wrapped up - she gets stupid people, but doesn't allow the courtroom to turn into a circus, and she's so snappy and nasty that people get their domination fetish fix. I used to watch that one with my father too, as an adult, and sometimes I'll stop if I'm channel-surfing and find her (which isn't often - I don't channel-surf at the right time of day, I don't think). I occasionally find it amusing to see these idiots line up for their audience with the putdown artist of the century.

Anyhow, here's an interesting article on the small claims court show phenomenon.

Tragedy and major upheavals command attention. Everyone wants to console the widow or abandoned child; anyone will give a hearing to a betrayed wife or a neighbor reeling from financial ruin. It’s the smaller, more commonplace injuries — the roommate who vanishes without paying the rent, the ex-wife who won’t return the kids on time, the grandson who runs off with the stereo — that grate in isolation.

Even close friends nod and tune out or, worse, turn the subject to their own lukewarm discontents. The magazine world, which caters to every imaginable niche with publications like Parking Today and Wild Fibers Magazine, has yet to issue a Kvetch Quarterly. The aggrieved simmer in solitude, deprived of redress or sympathy.

Unheeded gripes are what keep therapists in business, inflame bloggers and clog the dockets of small claims court. And they are one reason that both “Judge Judy,” the top-rated court show now celebrating its 11th year on the air, and “The People’s Court,” which first surfaced in 1981, are so enduring.

[ 08 July 2007: Message edited by: Michelle ]

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posted 08 July 2007 06:04 AM      Profile for HeywoodFloyd     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I love these shows. Whenever I'm thinking that my life sucks, I turn them on and realize that it aint so bad.
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posted 08 July 2007 06:09 AM      Profile for Michelle   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message      Edit/Delete Post  Reply With Quote 
I can only take so much of them. I like Judge Judy because I love to hate her, if you know what I mean - and I think she's also one of those people who, even when I hate her half the time for her nasty bootstraps ideology, here and there she'll tell off some idiot who desperately needs it, and despite myself I'll think, right on, Judy! You told him! And then I'll feel ashamed of myself afterwards.

I can't take any of the other court shows, though. I just find them stupid and derivative. It's just something about Sheindlin's personality that is the grabber for me. And even her I can't watch very much of, because it just gets old quick.

I bought my father a book by Judge Judy one time (because he's a fan). It's called, "Don't pee on my leg and tell me it's raining." Yup. That's Judge Judy for you. I found it in a remainder bin at a Hurt Penguin sale at a campus bookstore.

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