Goodbye, Judge Stone

Harry Anderson, who died yesterday at 65, is best remembered for presiding over Night Court.

To see the long-running NBC sitcom (1984-1992) these days, head to Laff, the free all-comedy over-the-air channel – where Night Court is in session today and every weekday from 3 to 5 pm ET. To find your local station number, visit Find Laff TV.

If you don’t have an antenna hooked up to your TV set, or just prefer to stream Night Court, you can purchase individual episodes from $1.99, or complete seasons (most are $19.99) from Amazon, Google Play and iTunes. Keep in mind, though, that Night Court ran for nine seasons and 193 episodes!

We’ve also got an episode for you right here. It’s “Fire,” deemed the best episode of season six by the That’s Entertainment blog:

Night Court was so successful, first on NBC and then in reruns, that few remember Anderson following it up immediately with another sitcom, Dave’s World — which depicted the fictional exploits of Dave Barry, real-life columnist for The Miami Herald.

Dave’s World ran on CBS for 93 episodes over four seasons (1993-1997). While the first three seasons have been released on DVD, those discs are hard to get. And the series isn’t on any streaming service or over-the-air channel. So, to honor Harry Anderson, here’s an episode:

Before Night Court and Dave’s World, Anderson made his mark through multiple appearances on NBC’s Cheers and Saturday Night Live. Here’s a Cheers sample:

We couldn’t show Anderson on Saturday Night Live here, but we found a real rarity: Steve Martin’s Twilight Theatre, a pilot for a proposed SNL replacement that ran in SNL’s time slot in February, 1982.


About Les Luchter

Les Luchter is a former managing editor of Multichannel News, editor-in-chief of Cable Marketing, and news editor of Broadcast Week.

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