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Night Court The Complete Second Season (1985 86/Warner DVD)

 

Picture: C Sound: C+ Extras: D Episodes: C+

 

 

When Night Court arrived on TV, it was a hit and had all kinds of critical acclaim, but I personally was not as big a fan and though if anything that it was a step backwards after the far superior Barney Miller. Certainly having John Larroquette, Richard Moll, Harry Anderson and Selma Diamond did not hurt, but it was more silly than funny, more silly than substantial and watching The Complete Second Season (1985 86) on DVD from Warner Bros. reminded me that the show had some variance. It also ran nine seasons!

 

22 half-hours were taped and though the look of the show is not bad, it has aged in mixed ways. It looks more ambitious than when it first surfaced versus what we are getting now, yet its lack of ambition shows it as a 1980s show and not 1970s groundbreaker. Stella Stevens, Lou Ferrigno and a pre-Seinfeld Michael Richards (Fridays was a memory and UHF was a few years away) are among the guest stars.

 

 

The 1.33 X 1 image was shot on analog NTSC videotape and the harsh digital nature of these transfers suggest they are older digital copies, making this the most disappointing aspect of the set. The Dolby Digital 2.0 Mono sounds better, if not perfect, but still showing the audio limits of TV of the time. There are no extras.

 

 

- Nicholas Sheffo


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