Judge Judy is the Emmy-winning, half-hour syndicated, courtroom series presided over by former family court judge, Judge Judith Sheindlin. A former New York family court judge, Judge Judy, acts as a true moral compass for people seeking guidance, resolution and a little common sense. As a former judge from New York, she tackles small claim cases, of no more than $5,000 in an open courtroom. She accompanied by bailiff Petri Hawkins-Byrd who helps to keep order in the court. Once the case is closed, and judgement given, both the defendant and plaintiff briefly confront each other outside the court-room.
Judge Judy,premiered on September 16, 1996, and was paramount in revitalizing the court show genre. Only two other arbitration-based reality court shows preceded it, The People’s Court and Jones & Jury. Sheindlin (Judge Judy) is known for having introduced the tough adjudicating approach into the judicial genre, which has led to several imitators. The only two court shows that outnumber Judge Judy‘s seasons, are The People’s Court and Divorce Court, and they have both lasted via several production companies and shifting arbiters. Thus its far to say that Sheindlin’s span as a television judge has lasted longer than any other courtroom show — this distinction rewarded her a place in the Guinness World Records in September 2015. With no cancellations or temporary endings in its series run, Judge Judy also has the longest lasting individual production life of any court show.
Judge Judy with her outspoken style, hard-hitting decisiveness and biting wit, Judge Judy single-handedly reinvented the courtroom genre and in the process has become TV’s most watched court show and a pop culture phenomenon.