The Judge was one of many courtroom shows in the ’80s and ’90s that appeared after the success of The People’s Court. Except that The Judge didn’t feature real people – it was all scripted. In fact, the scripts were, reportedly, based on actual court transcripts and it was up to the titular Judge to solve them. Soap-like bumper sequences were also includes that gave the viewer some context and that episode’s “message.”
In the opening sequence in which we get a feeling of just how beloved a pillar of the community is The Judge, the Hon. Robert J. Franklin, lending him credibility to decide the fates of other actors.
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