JUDGE JUDY has been the #1 show in first-run syndication for the last three seasons and #1 in daytime for four consecutive seasons. The courtroom series returned for its 18th season on Monday, September 9, 2013.
Presided over by outspoken former family court judge, Judge Judith Sheindlin, the series continues to serve as a benchmark for the courtroom genre, winning the Daytime Emmy in “Outstanding Legal Courtroom Program” last season.
With her no-nonsense, hard-hitting, decisive and witty approach to justice, Judge Sheindlin has established herself as a pop-culture icon for a new generation of viewers.
JUDGE JUDY selects actual court cases from across the nation and places them before the charismatic Judge Sheindlin, a credible arbitrator well known for her decisions on some of the toughest cases in New York. The series focuses on small claims disputes, which most often center on family and/or interpersonal relationship issues. Ultimately, the cases usually involve relationships in conflict where Judge Sheindlin applies her unique ability to act as a true moral compass for people seeking guidance, insight and resolution in their often complicated lives.
“Humor is a key factor in JUDGE JUDY’s mass appeal,” adds Randy Douthit, the series’ executive producer and director. “Viewers love her sharp-tongued approach to finding the truth. Her quick wit makes people laugh out loud.”
JUDGE JUDY became America’s #1 rated courtroom series, Judge Sheindlin was the subject of a Los Angeles Times article in February 1993. The story caught the attention of “60 Minutes,” which soon led to a segment on the popular newsmagazine show that caught the attention of a producer who suggested Judy Sheindlin take her talents to television and on Sept. 16, 1996, JUDE JUDY became a reality premiering in syndication.
More information about JUDGE JUDY and presiding Judge Judith Sheindlin is available at www.judgejudy.com, the official Web site of the series, as well as Facebook. Judge Sheindlin also has a new website, www.whatwouldjudysay.com, to share her ideas about life and create a forum to discuss issues.
JUDGE JUDY is a Big Ticket Television production and is distributed by CBS Television Distribution. Big Ticket is a CBS Company. Randy Douthit is executive producer and director. Amy Freisleben is executive in charge of production. CBS Television Distribution is a unit of CBS Corp.
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