I have lately started watching Judge Judy and am curious about the logistics of the show. Do they fly the people in or do they just use cases in the area where they film. I can''t believe they are able to find such stupid people to come on the show.
They fly people into LA, which is funny since the background footage is NYC.\
They go on because they''re poor, OP. The losers don''t actually pay for their losses -- the show does.
Wow I can see them paying expenses to fly the people in but paying their fine as well that surprises me.
I think Judge Judy is the best judge, but she seems to dismiss cases too often. Especially if they talk out of a turn.%0D\
I wouldn''t go on Judge Judy, but she''s great to watch.
OP, it''s how they get the people to come on; outside of being on TV what incentive would a person have for appearing on the show.%0D\
They know that if they lose the show will pay; people who know they''re likely to lose have all the more incentive to come on.%0D\
The max is like 5 grand; so the show is out maybe an extra 10 grand for each show.%0D\
That''s a lot less than paying salaries for 20 actors.
Agree that Judy is the queen of day tv judges. I don''t watch anyone else.
[quote]paying their fine as well that surprises me%0D\
They supply the entertainment value that drives revenue for the show. They should get some type of compensation for the value they bring to the show.
[quote]I can''t believe they are able to find such stupid people to come on the show.\
Believe me, there''s never a shortage.
Has anyone caught Nancy Grace''s daytime courtroom show? She makes the people on her show take a polygraph.
And it works out quite nicely for her. She''s practically a billionaire & has yacht vacations with Baba Wawa.\
Sometimes her ratings are even higher than Oprah''s.\
She plans to retire next year.\
I like her. She''s the only person on TV who cuts through the bullshit and tells it like it is. She''s smart & she doesn''t ham. Her natural personality is more interesting than all those other dumb phonies.
In order to ensure a full audience, the producers of Judge Judy hire extras who compose the entire gallery. Once all the cases are through, all of the audience members receive payment. The extras must not dress casually, and no logos or brand names may be visible on their clothing. Extras are also instructed to appear as if they are having discussions with each other before and after each case, so the bailiff may make such announcements as "Order! All rise" and "Parties are excused; you may step out." As far as the court cases are concerned, however, what is seen on Judge Judy is neither staged nor scripted. The plaintiffs have actually sued the defendants, and those very cases are heard and decided upon by Judith Sheindlin. The court show acquires cases by people submitting claims into them via their website or phone number.%0D
The producers' employees call both parties and ask them questions about their case to make sure it is suitable for Judge Judy. If the parties agree to be on the show and sign a waiver, agreeing that arbitration in Sheindlin's court is final and cannot be pursued elsewhere (unless she dismisses the lawsuit without prejudice), their case will air on Judge Judy. The award limit on Judge Judy, as on most "syndi-court" shows (and most small claims courts in the U.S.), is $5,000. The award for each judgment is paid by the producers of the show, from a fund reserved for each case. About forty percent of the cases are money judgments, while the remaining sixty percent are either dismissed or involve an order for an exchange of property.%0D
Both the plaintiff and the defendant receive $100 for their appearance as well as $35 a day, paid to them by the show. The litigants' stay lasts for the number of days that the show does taping for that week, which is two or three days. In addition, the airfare (or other means of travel) and hotel expenses of the litigants and their witnesses are covered by the show. If there is an exchange of property, Sheindlin signs an order, and a sheriff or marshal oversees the exchange. There are no lawyers present, and participants defend themselves on Judge Judy, as is standard in a small claims court. Sheindlin sees only a half-page complaint and a defense response prior to the taping of the cases, sometimes only moments before. Most of the cases, not including any footage deleted to meet the time constraints of the show, usually last anywhere from twelve to forty-five minutes.%0D
Three days every other week (two weeks a month), Sheindlin and her producers tape the court show. They usually produce ten to twelve cases for each day they tape the show. A week's worth of episodes consists of approximately ten cases. Anywhere from thirty to thirty-six cases are filmed over the three days they tape per week. However, Sheindlin and her producers sometimes only tape five cases per day and two days per week. The show has fifty-two taping days a year. For each season, some 650 claims are brought to the set to be presided over by Judge Judy. This means approximately 8,450 claims have been brought to Judith Sheindlin's Hollywood set as of the end of its thirteenth season (2008%E2%80%9309).%0D
For the most part, cases are taped all throughout the year except for two breaks Sheindlin and all of the members of her show have for the year. One of the two breaks includes an extra week off in December, as the show is only taped one week out of that month because of the holidays. The other break is from mid-July (only taping one week in July) and all through August. According to members of the show, the reason for this break is because people are more interested in taking vacations than in filing lawsuits around that time.%0D
Altogether, there are 260 new episodes per season of Judge Judy. There is at least one new episode for every weekday...%0D
Judge Judy tapes at the Sunset Bronson Studios, on Sunset Boulevard, in Los Angeles, California. Every other week, Sheindlin flies out on her private jet to tape Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday.
I despise that bitch!\
She is rude, condescending, and half the time goes off half-cocked once she''s made her mind, rightly or wrongly, about the merits of a case.\
I am surprised that someone over the years has not landed a punch in the old harpy''s mouth.\
I for one would L-O-V-E to ... BAM! Right in the kisser!
[quote]Sheindlin sees only a half-page complaint and a defense response prior to the taping of the cases, sometimes only moments before. \
She seems well-versed in the cases. She''s good at calling people out when their verbal testimony doesn''t match their sworn written testimony.
Judge Judy and Oprah are on at the same time. If Oprah has nobody intesting, I will switch to Judge Judy.
The biggest idiots are litigants who agree to surrunder some piece of property rather than "pay" (IE have the show pay on their behalf) a judgment.
[quote]I like her. She''s the only person on TV who cuts through the bullshit and tells it like it is. She''s smart & she doesn''t ham. Her natural personality is more interesting than all those other dumb phonies.\
I agree! I like her. Doesn''t Judge Joe Brown sound like he''s drunk and wants to let out a loud disgusting belch as well as jack off under his robe when there are strippers before him?
I wish someone would sneek a gun in shoot the ugly old bitch. Shoot her dead. THAT I''d watch!
[quote]She is rude, condescending, and half the time goes off half-cocked once she''s made her mind, rightly or wrongly, about the merits of a case.%0D\
I wouldn''t say half the time... maybe like 15-20% of the time she rushes to judgment and goes off. Occasionally when she''s wrong she''ll realize and back off, but not often.%0D\
Still, I love her just the same. She is a brilliant interviewer, meaning her ability to get the info she needs. I''m a lawyer and know how hard that can be, and she''s fantastic at it.
Hmmmm is not an answer !
It''s actually, "Uhmmmm"
"Don''t look over there, look over here!"\
"I ask questions I don''t answer them."\
I''ve seen her judge in favor of people to whom she was hostile. \
She has a few good "teachable" moments, like:\
"You''re living with him and you see how many children he has that he''s not paying for? He''ll do the same thing to you. Don''t have kids with him."\
"Your son is watching you, sir, answer very carefully."\
"That''s not reasonable to me, madam, and if it''s not reasonable IT DIDN''T HAPPEN."
Defendant: Your honor?%0D\
Judy Judy: WWHHHAAAAAT?
Case is dismissed
I can''t believe anyone actually "likes" her. The show is entertaining in a "house fire" sort of way. But she''s an absolutely horrible person who takes enormous pleasure in humiliating and denigrating other human beings. I don''t understand how anyone can watch her everyday. She''s a multi-millionaire who has no class perspective at all, and she certainly has no feminist perspective what-so-ever. She''s just a "mean old lady" stereotype, with that bizarrely stretched "Brazil" face. It''s disappointing that people find her sort of cruelty "entertaining", though I do get it at some level. It''s like torture porn for the geriatric set.
Case is dismissed"\
"Well, you''re gonna care about this, Bitch!" \
(Bam! Right in the kisser!)
"Brilliant" interviewer????! Ummm, no. She just bullies people into silence. She controls the proceedings,and makes a great Stalin-esque figure, if you''re into the fascistic denigration of people.But I can''t imagine her being the tiniest bit "judicial" in any way that''s remotely fair, intuitive, or precisely analytical. She''s just an overwrought pitbull who thinks she can "read" things in people''s eyes. She''s nuts.
LOVE Judge Judy, but would still like to do some very naughty things to Judge Alex. his fingers are humongous.
I was actually on The Peoples Court when Judys husband, Judge Jerry, presided over the show/court...thats another story...we did get thrown out of court though....\
Judy and her husband live in Westchester County NY, near Yorktown, and are seen around town having dinner together at various restaurants and all that have witnessed say the exact same thing upon quizzing- they spend the entire time NOT speaking to each other- they eat in complete silence and seem like strangers who just happen to sit next to each other. Not a word.....pleasant to waiters, though, she just doesnt suffer fools gladly, and that sums that up......
[quote]I can't believe anyone actually "likes" her. The show is entertaining in a "house fire" sort of way. But she's an absolutely horrible person who takes enormous pleasure in humiliating and denigrating other human beings. I don't understand how anyone can watch her everyday. She's a multi-millionaire who has no class perspective at all, and she certainly has no feminist perspective what-so-ever. She's just a "mean old lady" stereotype, with that bizarrely stretched "Brazil" face. It's disappointing that people find her sort of cruelty "entertaining", though I do get it at some level. It's like torture porn for the geriatric set.
Interesting post, r23, but have you ever actually seen the show? Because she's not a mean old lady (not exaclty a "feminist" characterization), her face is not bizarrely stretched (attacking her looks isn't very feminist, either), and her show is not cruel.
JJ has less "house fire" element to it than most daytime shows (Phil is the worst). It's fascinating to watch her discern who is lying, who is telling the truth, and who is in between. Most people have a hard time lying to her, though there are those who stick to their guns. Most of these unfortunates do get torn to shreds, but not all of them.
One can learn some good tactics from JJ. The main lesson from her show, to me, is always do the right thing & you won't get into these kinds of messes. Don't delude yourself like some of the losers on her show.
It also shows you what to look out for in others -- what they're capable of doing. How they can try to rip you off & then try to justify it.
JJ has counseled some families that were fighting amongst themselves. She's not as bad as you think.
Nice try, R28, but unlike you, many folks are not as enamored of Judge Judy as you seem to be.\
I would never watch her show in hopes of learning anything, unless it was to learn about to be a curt, idiotic shrew.
R28= demented fanboy.\
I put "mean old lady stereotype" in quotations, dear. It''s a performance she''s giving. you completely missed my point.\
Commenting on her appearance is not sexist- I comment on guys'' appearances too. I did not say she was fat, or comment on her breasts. I said that her facelift makes her look a bit bizarre. I don''t like facelifts on ANYONE.\
I don''t know where you''re getting this nonsense about how she helps people. The whole point of the show is that she rips people to shreds for the viewers'' entertainment. It''s not a show about her "helping people". Clearly YOU don''t watch it.\
She''s an evil nut. She once said that all people with drug addiction should be given needles full of AIDS so we could get rid of them. If that''s your saint, hon, I''m worried about YOU.
She has high ratings so, yeah, many folks [italic]are[/italic] quite enamored with her.\
r29, look. I know she''s not high-minded TV. We all have guilty pleasures, and JJ''s mine. I can''t live off PBS alone.
what is the male equivalent for "shrew," anyway
[quote]One can learn some good tactics from JJ. The main lesson from her show, to me, is always do the right thing & you won''t get into these kinds of messes. Don''t delude yourself like some of the losers on her show. %0D\
Also: Never let a friend drive your car, never put a cell phone in your name for anyone, don''t expect your boyfriend to pay you back if you pay his bail...
There''s a lot of faulty logic in her arguments. One of her favorite sayings is "If it doesn''t make sense, it isn''t true." Lots of true things don''t make sense, like Justin Bieber being popular.%0D\
[quote] She once said that all people with drug addiction should be given needles full of AIDS so we could get rid of them.\
If it doesn''t make sense, it isn''t true! That statement is NOT true!
When I was in college, a friend of my boyfriend appeared on Judge Judy with his ex-boyfriend. The friend''s ex applied to be on the show in lieu of going to small claims court and the ex agreed.
She has enough lighting underneath her face to make Erich Von Stroheim take notes. Whenever I watch her, it reminds me of my youth going camping and we would take turns telling each other ghost stories while holding flashlights underneath our chins.
R29, I disagree; if one looks beyond all her smart remarks she makes a lot of sense.%0D\
Don''t hook up with losers.%0D\
Don''t take advantage of people.%0D\
Don''t let yourself be taken advantage of.%0D
r25, if you knew anything about the law, you''d understand that Judy is a brilliant interviewer. Specific pieces of info are needed to reach a legal conclusion (an easy example: in contract law, a contract does not exist unless there has been an agreement between the two parties) and she starts her line of questioning far back enough that litigants have already basically admitted what she needs to know before she asks about it.%0D\
To illustrate using the above easy example, Judy will ask questions that reveal that X never actually spoke to Y before concluding that money he gave Y would be paid back to him. Once she''s heard that, she knows there was no agreement between X and Y. It sounds easy but it is actually pretty difficult, and she really is excellent at it.
per r39, JJ starts out asking innocuous questions that the defendants feel safe to answer freely. when the questioning gets tough, and they try to lie, JJ can easily call them out because their demeanor changes. one lady had a rash break out on her neck when she lied, and JJ pointed it out.
R35- it IS true, asswipe. Look it up.\
R39- if you knew anything about ANYTHING you''d be much less of a moron. A "brilliant" interviewer who BARELY interviews anyone, and just PRESUMES everything. You''re a truly ridiculous person.
R35- "Give them dirty needles and let them die". Her exact statement. Yes, she''s a brilliant legal mind.
r41, lol at you. Lay off the caps lock and get some sleep, toots.
There''s one lady ( the black lady with curly hair) in the audience who''s ALWAYS there. You can see her mugging in the background to make sure she''s on camera. I swear it''s her full time job.
R43- go fuck yourself, asshole.
oh and R43- defending "judge judy", dear? You need some sleep, hon. Desperately.
From Larry King Live -
KING: Before we talk about Lindsay Lohan, a number of recent cases of bullying of gays. Why do you think gays are targeted? Why should we bully someone who has a different sexual preference through new desire? I mean we never know why someone is gay or hetero.
SHEINDLIN: I actually don't know the answer to that question. But I think it's --
KING: Judge Judy does not --
SHEINDLIN: But it's interesting to note that gay men are usually not bullied by women. They're usually targeted by other men. And maybe it's because there is a certain insecurity by those men. That somehow in their own twisted way are concerned that maybe people think that that could be me, how do you tell the difference? What kind of behavior is that?
You don't find the same kind of bullying of lesbian women by women. Isn't that an oddity? You don't hear about it much. You hear about it by men. And gay men.
I don't know the answer. I don't -- it's wrong and it shouldn't be and people should be free to live their lives based upon how they feel most comfortable.
KING: You officiated, by the way, at the wedding of Michael Feinstein.
SHEINDLIN: I did.
KING: You're terrific --
SHEINDLIN: And Michael Feinstein --
KING: Do you think we're on the way to gay marriage nationwide?
SHEINDLIN: Well, I certainly hope so. I hope that no person in this country should be deprived of basic -- some basic rights because of their ethnicity, their gender, their color, their race. Anything.
You work hard. You pay your taxes. You're a good citizen. You vote. You are a functioning member of a community. What difference does it make if you are gay or straight? To me, it's none. And I know to you, none.
SHEINDLIN: Well, you want to be -- let''s not talk about Lindsay Lohan in particular. Let''s talk about what my view is on people who have drug or substance -- or other substance abuse problems. If you do that in your house and drink yourself to death, that''s your problem. And if you want to shoot yourself up with heroin in your house or snort cocaine in your house, and kill yourself, that''s your problem. When you take that alcohol outside and get behind a wheel of a car, and place other people at risk, that''s not your problem anymore. You may be an addict, but now you''re an addict that''s placed other people at risk. And if you want to kill yourself, that''s fine. But if you have a child and because you''re a crack head, you bring some boyfriend into your house that beats and starves and strangles your two-year-old, that''s the court''s problem, even though you''re an addict.\
And it''s not an excuse. Being an addict is not an excuse if you have placed the public at risk.
Big yea vote here for JJ...I leave it to y''all to bicker.\
I could care less if ya don''t like her and neither does she!!
I''ll never forget watching Judge Wopner on The People''s Court when he kept telling a defendent to "calm down," and "take it easy, please" and finally said, in a highly exasperated tone, "Why are you so nervous? You''re trembling!" and the guy said, "Your honor, I have Parkinson''s disease..."
She might be a "brilliant interviewer"; I don''t know, I''ve only seen her show when I''m stuck waiting at the doctor''s office where it seems to be on all the time. And she may have fabulously progressive social ideas. If a judge ever treated me or one of my clients in his/her courtroom the way she treats people who appear before her, I would report her to the judicial conduct commission. \
I can''t stand those shows. They give people the idea that what goes on in a courtroom is drama and excitement, and then you get a great offer for them and they want to go to court so they can tell their stories and have the judge scream at their opponent, and then they''re disappointed when they lose in front of a judge who is half asleep and fidgeting due to his hemorrhoids. Then they blame their lawyer.
R51, she got her show by the same treatment you say you''d report. She had a huge segment on "60 Minutes" and got JJ as a result. The "60 Minutes" piece showed a lawyer getting a "Where is the document?" grilling from JJ and after she sits down, humiliated, the lawyer clearly mouths "bitch."
Here''s JJ''s side of the dirty needles quote:\
[quote]Sheindlin released two public statements on her web site responding to the controversy. In a press statement, she said: "Anybody who thinks that I would advocate the government supplying tainted needles to addicts is a fool - and that includes journalists with an agenda. What I do oppose is a policy which even tacitly sends the message that we, as a society, approve or condone drug use and that includes free needles and a government sponsored place to shoot up." Sheindlin also told the New York Post: "If they''re looking for me to say I''m sorry to the families who lost children or loved ones [to AIDS or drugs] -- absolutely. I feel badly if words that I used hurt them. But am I going to apologize to a [drug advocacy] group that has an agenda -- absolutely not. This group has an agenda, and that''s legalizing drugs." Sheindlin added that she didn''t remember her exact, original quote, but said it was changed or taken out of context.
She''s still a rude, denigrating, TV-jurist-for-hire whose whole schtick is demeaning and talking down to the unfortunates who appear on her show.\
That''s it -- that''s her in a nutshell.
I used to do background for all the judge shows in LA and yes r44, some people do every show.
what''s the money like, r5?\
JJ is awesome. Much better than that stupid bint trying to be charismatic on the People''s Court.
R54 needs to give it a rest.
"The losers don''t actually pay for their losses -- the show does."\
So what''s the point of the show? They aren''t actually having to take financial responsibility for their actions then.
[quote]So what''s the point of the show?%0D\
Entertainment. No one cares that the litigants learned their lesson or otherwise.
Why aren''t the litigants ordered to pay out of their own pocket the way they would be in a regular court?
Definitely not a fan of hers. She''s basically the same as Dr. Phil and Nancy Grace - loud mouth, condescending, self-righteous host who gets ratings because of that fact.
[quote]Why aren''t the litigants ordered to pay out of their own pocket the way they would be in a regular court?%0D\
Because they deserve some compensation for embarassing themselves on television.
That''s not the point, R63.\
The point of tort law is that the guilty defendant should have to pay the plaintiff out of his own pocket.
[quote]She''s a multi-millionaire who has no class perspective at all, and she certainly has no feminist perspective what-so-ever.\
Karla Marx, your time has come and gone.
[quote]Why aren''t the litigants ordered to pay out of their own pocket the way they would be in a regular court?\
Because it''s not a real court. It''s arbitration that the parties have agreed to.\
The money is their pay for appearing on TV. Otherwise they would have to appear for free and also maybe pay a judgement -- why would anyone go on the show then?
[quote]She''s a multi-millionaire who has no class perspective at all, and she certainly has no feminist perspective what-so-ever... Karla Marx, your time has come and gone.\
No, I agree, she has forgotten her roots. I''ve heard her scream, "It''s only $200, get over it!". To A LOT of people $200 is a lot of money who don''t make $50 million a year as she does. She has lost the perspective of being the working class as she was 25 years ago.
I love JJ, but I admit that I get irked when she shows a lack of perspective when it comes to the job market and economy. A very, very small number of litigants she seems to sympathetic that finding a job is not easy these days at all. OTOH, she gets an inordinate number of folks on disability for ridiculous reasons - headaches, anxiety, cramps. Very, very few litigants on disability have a valid disability. I love it when the woman collecting disability for 7, 8, 9 years because of a back injury and has given birth all while on disability for their bad back. Can''t take orders at McDonalds but can have sex, get pregnant and run after toddlers.\
When I think of it that way, it kind of balances out.
I''d pay to watch her bludgeoned to death and her remains set on fire.
My ex loved her show and her. My ex was a sociopath who loved humiliating people.
I think it still goes on their record, r59. And if not for money then why would litigants agree to go on her show?\
r42, you''re quick to hold a grudge about some TV personality fool. I''ve seen a lot worse than that said day after day after day here on DL and nobody cares.
"My ex loved her show and her. My ex was a sociopath who loved humiliating people."%0D\
You hooked up with a "sociopath who loved humiliating people?" You must be pretty damn stupid.%0D\
As for Judge Judy...well, she doesn''t suffer fools gladly. And the plaintiffs and defendants who come before her tend to insufferable fools. She lets them have it, and they deserve it. I guess the namby-pamby posters who dislike her think she should treat the losers and fuck-ups in her courtroom with utmost kindness and gentleness. Well, fuck that! She just tells them the truth and if it hurts, tough shit. %0D\
[quote]The award for each judgment is paid by the producers of the show, from a fund reserved for each case.\
What does that mean?\
I always thought each case had a $5,000 pot, with the winner getting $2,500 plus the cash award and the loser getting the rest.
I am beginning to think some of the posters in this thread are related to the entertainer, dba "Judge Judy."
Or perhaps Judith herself is posting some of this ....
Seriously, you learn "teachable moments" from this woman that you already do not instinctively know?
You marvel at the way she can efficiently gig people with the holes in their testimonies that anyone could drive a truck through?
The bottom line is that her syndicator has a ratings winner in most day-parts in which her show airs in most markets.
For this she is paid gobs of money to cursorily consider cases and figure out a way to make people appearing on her "show" look like fools. This makes for good television, you see?
It's just a twist on the Jerry Springer formula, but with a legal patina.
I usually catch the last five minutes while I wait for the local newscast to come on in my market.
I am proud to say I have never watched more than a few minutes of one her shows ... but what I have seen tells me all I need to know about what her schtick is about.
My older brother, the attorney, loves her though. There is no accounting for taste, I suppose.
Totally agree with R11. The woman has done NOTHING but teach people that you can make millions, yes, even billions by being incredibly rude, nasty, and condescending to others.\
The bitch is a BULLY.
[quote]Seriously, you learn "teachable moments" from this woman that you already do not instinctively know? \
You want to run that by us again?
Think HARD, dimwit! ^^
The value of the "kitty" is the maxium allowed in the state the case originated from. Some states are $5000, some less.%0D\
Any judgements are awarded before the remaining balance is split between the two parties.%0D\
Plus airfare, hotel, and food for at least two days/one night.
My issue with the show is that very often she has already made up her mind about the result even before the evidence is presented. And if any evidence is presented that contradicts with her pre-determined viewpoint she either ignores it or finds some way to twist it to support her conclusion. You almost never get the sense that she is listening to both parties with an open mind, because she will never admit to being wrong.
SHE''S AN "ENTERTAINER" and the way she handles her courtroom in a travesty.
r79, I''ve seen JJ change her mind multiple times, and even tell people so: "I was leaning in your favor, madam, until you said you wanted to make money off the loan. That''s not a loan that''s an investment!"
good grief! If you don''t enjoy watching Judge Judy change channels or open up a book.
I think it''s a great Legal Environment of Business course for tons of people who can''t afford the$1,800 class.\
Those who see it as dreck probably grew up viewing the court system as an upholder of Law instead of as just another arm of the Police State.\
The woman is a lawyer. Why anyone would have a problem with ass-chewing during an interrogation is beyond me.
you''re all classist douchebags
Check out JJ on her 70th birthday - she's rocking a white bikini and she looks damn good.
WEHT the guy here who says he and the ex were on the show. Did it ever air?
People watch crap like this evil witch Judge Judy because it makes them feel better about their own lives. Fans of this dreck secretly feel archly superior to those poor schlubs on the show.
JJ is just another out-of-touch, sour, entitled millionaire, I'm sure she's a ReThug, that wouldn't be a surprise!
Judy is the worst of the TV judges, she's tedious and predictable. She's so dour, I want to smack her old prune face repeatedly.
You think, perhaps if these show featured different types of litigants, perhaps we'd see a different side of this nasty woman? Highly doubtful, she's one note and just plain evil.
I actually do not think she's any different in real life, she seems to have this same sour superior attitude when she's interviewed.
JJ basically makes $40 million a year making the downtrodden, poor and uneducated, feel even worse about their already miserable lives. That's entertaining TV viewing? Sure...for hardcore sadists!
I can actually picture JJ in her BSDM gear! Not a pretty sight!
I love Judge Judy. I worked in the Juvenile Justice system for 30 years and wish there were more no nonsense, no excuses judges like her. You wouldn't believe what I saw judges do over the years where kids were given chances time after time until they committed truly heinous crimes. If you saw the 60 Minutes on her frrom back when she was a family court judge, you know her persona hasn't changed a bit.
There is a good reason she is one of the highest paid daytime personalities ($45 million). Many of us like to see an idiot get smacked down, whether it's a courtroom show or a recent election.
R88 Thanks for chiming in, Judge Joe Brown.
I generally like watching JJ. Sometimes I do have the change the channel due to her increasingly short temper. I partcularly don't get why she jumps on people for beginning their statements with Ummm. She's going to get worked up why start on something so silly. It could be nerves or a speech pattern on behalf of the P or D. Sometimes she seems like she's just WAITING for them to start with "umm" so she can bellow "umm is not an answer". No it's not an answer, it's the way some begin a statment.
Also, I understand liars look away when lying but sometimes people JUST LOOK AWAY.
She doesn't seem to understand that people are unemployed. Not everyone who wants a job can just go out and get one. Collecting cans will get you about $20, if you can get a car to take the cans.
I do enjoy when she puts some moocher in their place. Especially those sitting around, unemployed, smoking pot cuz they're "stressed" or they pulled a muscle. Many people work in pain every day. I appreciate how she explains to the coniving breeder (male/female)who does not take care of their kids when taxpayers pay for their apt., food stamps, etc.
she does have the ability to cut through the BS and put folks in their palce but sometimes she seems a bit too cranky. What's with the "hurry up it's lunchtime" bit? If JJ schedules a case close to lunch, she needs to give it the same consideration a case scheduled after breakfast. Sneak a granola bar or something.
[quote][R88] Thanks for chiming in, Judge Joe Brown.
Grow up, really! You're dismissed.
Although I would not want to risk being "handled" by her in her courtroom I am glad of the way she handles some of the scum that drift into her presence--many of the young punks get the long overdue talking to they need and hopefully will not forget. I especially like it when she lectures people improperly dressed for attending court like women with strapless, lowcut dresses on: "Madam, do you need a shawl? Where did you think you were going today, the beach?" And PPSM would be happy with the way she corrects the grammar of the illiterate dorks who talk out of turn. Many of the people who appear before her ARE NOT NICE PEOPLE and deserve everything they get from her sharp tongue and more besides.
[quote] I partcularly don't get why she jumps on people for beginning their statements with Ummm.
I think this is more of a psychological tool in which she tries to disarm the defendant and catch them off-guard, making it difficult for them to formulate a false reply. She will also forces a defendant to look her directly in the eye while they try lie to her.
I think JJ should be cloned and then all the JJ's could preside over every court in the land including the supreme court.
R88 = a deadbeat dad.
Judy is an unpleasant battleaxe, but her show is usually more entertaining than Ellen on at the same time. Talk about a contrast though, like choosing between sunshine and pitch black darkness.