Deborah Joy LeVine
| 5.6/10 |
15 November 1995
Deborah Joy LeVine
| Ian Biederman
Deborah Joy LeVine
Alan J. Levi
Jesús Salvador Treviño
Patricia Wettig, Robin Givens, Annabeth Gish, Jenifer Lewis, Bob Gunton
Courthouse is a drama television series that ran from September to November 1995 on CBS. The series was created and executive-produced by Deborah Joy LeVine. The Courthouse plot centered on a tough female judge, and was partially inspired by NYPD Blue and the television coverage of the O. J. Simpson murder case. Patricia Wettig led the cast which also included Bob Gunton and Robin Givens. Wettig intended to leave the show due to "creative differences", with sources saying that she wanted the show to be more of a star-vehicle for her, rather than an ensemble cast, but the show was cancelled before her character could be written out.
The show included Jenifer Lewis and Cree Summer as the first recurring African American lesbian characters on TV, but the role was ordered to be toned down for broadcast. Lewis played Juvenile Court judge Rosetta Reide, who was having a relationship with her housekeeper Danny Gates (played by Summer).
The show failed to catch on with audiences, the pilot ranked 47 out of 108 shows, according to the Nielsen ratings for that week, with 9.2 million viewers (16% share), and it was cancelled two months after it premiered. One critic described the show as "a hopeless amalgam that strains the senses".
Courthouse (TV series) Wikipedia
Courthouse is a TV drama with lots of sex and violence; it follows the lives of the judges and lawyers and all the staff at a big-city courthouse in fictional Clark County. The court has a limited budget and an overcrowded case load, and the courthouse itself is falling into disrepair.
The court is led by the no-nonsense presiding judge, Justine Parkes. Then, amid all the turmoil, Wyatt Jackson, a hunky new judge, arrives from Montana. He gets off to a shaky start with Parkes as he is not used to the way big-city courts are run, but there is a hint of romantic tension between the two.
There are several romantic couplings among the staff, including an interracial coupling of two prosecutors in Moore and Graham and a lesbian affair between Judge Reide and her housekeeper.
New York magazine described the show as follows:
"Ready to believe in Robin Givens as a tireless defender of public justice? Courthouse's idea of gritty moral realism is to divide the world into the good and the bad: Bad judges go to the opera while their charges die in jail; good judges have interracial affairs with members of their own gender; and the best judge of all rolls in from Montana looking like he just shot a 501 commercial".Judge Justine Parkes (Patricia Wettig) - the no-nonsense presiding judge
Judge Homer Conklin (Bob Gunton) - an autocratic "hanging judge" and a by-the-book traditionalist
Judge Wyatt E. Jackson (Brad Johnson) - a hunky, non-conformist recently arrived from Montana
Judge Myron Winkleman (Michael Lerner) - a neurotic Family Court judge
Judge Rosetta Reide (Jenifer Lewis) - a struggling, gay single mother presiding over Juvenile Court
Jonathan Mitchell (Dan Gauthier) - conceited prosecutor, was dating public defender Gilbert
Veronica Gilbert (Nia Peeples) - public defender, dating Mitchell
Edison Moore (Jeffrey D. Sams) - hard-charging young presecutor in a secret inter-racial affair with Graham
Suzanne Graham (Robin Givens) - an investigator for the D.A.'s office
Lenore Laderman (Annabeth Gish) - a naive young prosecutor just reassigned to the sex crimes unit
Danny Gates (Cree Summer) - housekeeper and lesbian girlfriend of Judge Reide
Other cast members included Jacqueline Kim, Shelley Morrison, Roma Maffia, Christopher Michael, Larry Joshua, Kelly Rutherford, Cotter Smith, George Newbern, David L. Crowley and John Mese.