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I do a check every six months or so to see if this is anywhere to be found to do a rewatch.  Anyone know where it's showing?  I would even pay for it if it was on iTunes, but alas, it's not.

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I saw this when it was in regular rotation on TNT back in the day. It was a Judging Amy block followed by a L&O original flavor block. Got me through from like 1pm - 6pm! :)

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Did the show jump the shark at any time for you?  I remember her dating David and me thinking it had gotten dull.  Maybe post-Stewart and when Richard dies.  I didn't like Kyle replacing Vincent.

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Did the show jump the shark at any time for you?  I remember her dating David and me thinking it had gotten dull.  Maybe post-Stewart and when Richard dies.  I didn't like Kyle replacing Vincent.

 

I never watched this live.  I watched it in syndication.  I think when you have to wait for episodes, the expectation is higher than watching something you know is already canceled, so you know there is an end game, if that makes sense.

 

Knowing that, and most of the time binge watching, I never grew tired of the series as a whole.  There were some definite episodes I didn't like, and would choose not to watch again, but for the most part, it was great from start to finish.

 

Did you watch it live?

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I rarely watched live.  But I didn't like Kyle too much either.  I was kind of sick of the storyline when the sister-in-law left her husband after she had the baby and went into a coma (I'm forgetting everyone's name).  That just didn't make any sense to me.  Also, I kind of couldn't stand Amy. But I did love Amy and Bruce in any capacity.

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Jillian was so damn annoying!!  Kyle was not a bad human being but I just preferred soft spoken not addict Vincent.  Amy could be such a know-it-all and I question some of her decisions.

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Oh Jillian, she was annoying.  And Amy's daughter's (Lauren) voice was like nails on a chalk board.  I may have to go back and rewatch my DVDs.

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I remember the characters and my general impressions, but I'm hard-pressed to remember a single storyline from this show.  And I don't remember when I quit watching.  I loved Maxine, liked Amy and her coworkers, couldn't stand Lauren or Gillian, and preferred Vincent but was fine with Kyle (possibly because Kevin Rahm is a friend of a friend).  Peter was just sort of there.

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He was the probable Star Wars geek that tags along.  What's Kevin like?  Liked him on Joan of Arc.

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I barely know him, having only talked with him a few times at various functions of our mutual friend's, but he seems like a decent guy.  I first met him while the show was airing, and he spoke positively of it.

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the UP channel has this one every day, two episodes at a time.  It's on a continuous cycle so it finishes then starts from the beginning again. 

 

I enjoyed this show when it first aired and came back to it when  UP started to air it.  I find it fairly compelling viewing, for the issues discussed, and the juxtaposition of how "wise" Amy is in the courtroom compared to how messed up she is in her personal life.

 

Love love Maxine (you can see where Amy's disfunction comes from in her character), Vincent, Bruce, and Donna.  I have a hard time with Gillian (I knew someone just like her, annoying as heck), Peter grows on me with re-watching episodes.  And I liked Kyle but not at the loss of Vincent.

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Not intentionally.  But I'm sure we've all had those moments where we stop and think "omg, I sound just like my mother!"   Both Amy and Maxine have dysfunctional relationships with people --- is that nature or nurture??

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Probably a combo.  I see Amy as sometimes too wimpy to Maxine's abrasive.  But both have good hearts.

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I prefer Maxine's style of mothering; "Amy in my day we didn't have cell phones and we parented without them..."  

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I meant to comment on last week's episode about Halloween.  It's my favorite.  I love the way Amy stands up to those PC bitches at the PTA.  But in the end, agree with Maxine's way, "Amy let her sit this one out if she wants to."

 

I understood Vincent's lament at Maxine's "not getting it" about his writing but once again his wimpiness prevails; tell her you can't escort brats around right now and don't be manipulated!

 

And take the deal!  Do you want to be a published author who can dump Hillary at some point or a principled dog washer who navel gazes?

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I guess this show is still airing on UP from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m. Mondays through Fridays according to its website. Kind of surprised the show is still not on DVD officially, but I have read it involves issues between CBS and 20th Century Fox.

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I saw the pilot for the first time yesterday, and am currently watching the second episode.  This one I recognize, and remember the precise moment I decided I was going to keep watching: Maxine telling Lauren, "Your opinions are not as fascinating as you think they are."  Maybe if Amy hadn't spent the previous six years telling her the opposite, Lauren might not be one of the most annoying children on the face of the earth.  God, I hate that kid.

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I absolutely loved this show, although it definitely jumped the shark a bit for me in the last season.  Not because of Kyle, so much, but I really hated his boss at the new hospital.  Plus the stupid Gillian storyline.

 

They really had some interesting cases in Amy's court though.  I used to watch this and The Guardian and loved them both.

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Amy was kind of ahead of her time, not always taking a cop's word.  I appreciate that even more now.

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Okay, I just found out that this show is airing on UP, and I'd forgotten how much I liked it.

 

Can't STAND Lauren; brattiest kid I can recall ever seeing on a show, past and present. I just wanted to wallop her ass when she had that tantrum in season 1, where the store had run out of the butterfly costumes, and Amy ended up staying up all night sewing it.

 

Couldn't stand Vincent's girlfriend, either.

 

And though it's been said, I want to add my LOVE, LOVELOVELOVE for Maxine. Hell, I just freakin' Love Tyne Daly.  Did Sharon Gless ever appear on this show? I can't recall, but I seem to remember yes? Because they were talking about how Sharon and Tyne were reuniting. Or was that on Burn Notice?

 

Anyhoo, UP aired all of Season One on Sunday. I'm bummed that they're not airing them in order, because the next few are the end of Season 4.

 

And I'm not familiar with this network, but damned if it doesn't peeve me that they silent bleep words like  damn, hell, bitch...heck, all words that I guess are considered "curse words."  Is this some kind of inspirational channel?

 

And I really, and I mean really wanted Wendy Makkena's character FIRED for her screw-up/power play that got the mother of two young children killed by their father. Especially since she had been stealing from the DCF.

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Yes, Yes, and Yes.  If you think that's bad they almost cut out Karate Rob all together, certainly the bath tub scenes.

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Did Sharon Gless ever appear on this show? I can't recall, but I seem to remember yes? Because they were talking about how Sharon and Tyne were reuniting. Or was that on Burn Notice?

 

Both; Sharon Gless guest starred on Judging Amy and Tyne Daly guest starred on Burn Notice (I didn't watch the latter series, but tuned in just for that episode).  It's during the Jared Duff era of this show that SG appears, I believe.

 

Is this some kind of inspirational channel?

 

Judging by the dreck it airs and the advertisers who buy time on it ... oh, yeah.

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Both; Sharon Gless guest starred on Judging Amy and Tyne Daly guest starred on Burn Notice (I didn't watch the latter series, but tuned in just for that episode).  It's during the Jared Duff era of this show that SG appears, I believe.

That's what I thought. I remember Tyne's appearance on Burn Notice, but can't quite recall Sharon's on this show. I'll have to keep an eye out for it!

 

 

Judging by the dreck it airs and the advertisers who buy time on it ... oh, yeah.

Oh yuck. I remain confused as to how some of the oh so obvious non-inspirational shows end up being grabbed by inspirational channels and then they proceed to hack edit it to death. UGH.

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SQUEEE!!! (Why yes, I am 12!) when I saw Laura Holt's Stephanie Zimbalist's name as a guest star in one of the Season 4 episodes! She played an attorney for the DCF, for a teen (16) who wanted to marry a man, who was 26, because her mother was a fucked up junkie and the teen kept being moved from Foster home, to Mom, to foster home, to mom, etc., etc.

 

I could kick myself, because I don't ever recall seeing Stephanie in anything really after Remington Steele went off the air.  She looked amazing.

 

I cried when I saw the episode where Richard Crenna's character died, because I recall the actor had lost his battle with pancreatic cancer. *sniff*  

 

I'd also forgotten that they had recast Amy's ex-husband, Michael. He'd originally been played by John Slattery, and Richard Burgi was now playing him. 

 

Sigh. Even saying/mentioning body parts is bleeped out.

 

I think I'll check to see if this show is available on Netflix or on Amazon Prime (for free, naturally!)

 

And I also realized, how much Amy's stuttering annoys me. She doesn't do that when she's Judge Amy and talking with the people and witnesses who appear before her; just with family, friends and current love interest.  

 

My hate for all children on this show continues to grow.  And I'm not one who dislikes or hates children on television.  As an aside, it makes me appreciate the child actors who played Kate Jackson's sons on Scarecrow and Mrs. King--because they didn't come off as "acting," but real children, if that makes sense.

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My DVR is full of this show and I've been binge-watching. Maxine is the whole show and Amy's best scenes are with her.

Vincent was whiny, but Mad Men guy Cousin Kyle is worse! Why is he stopping by the Gray house for coffee in the morning on his way to work, it makes no sense logistically. He lives in Vincent's old apartment which is in the city and works at a hospital in the city, but he makes a detour through the suburbs just to add some comic relief to the scene by making a sarcastic comment.

I'm also annoyed that once he starts working at that hospital which was the only place that would take him, only because it was the worst and most underfunded hospital in Hartford. Suddenly every Gray family member and anyone connected to them is always going to that crappy hospital so they can have heroic Kyle The Doctor scenes.

I'm up to Maxine's heart attack episode where all her kids are fighting at her bedside, hopefully she'll survive, the show's not worth watching without her.

I liked the scene where Amy tried to call Stu to apologize for jilting him at the altar, not realizing Maxine was in the other room, and Maxine said you can leave a man at the altar or you can be his friend, but you can't have both, or something to that effect.

There is another good scene where Amy's brother testifies on her behalf at her custody hearing and gives a nice speech about the support system Lauren has by being surrounded by her extended family.

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I just finished watching that last two seasons and I have to say, I am not happy with how the show ended. But I came away with this even more:

 

I have never DETESTED or hated a child as much as I do Lauren. Throughout the entire series, it seemed to me Amy was constantly coddling, catering, kowtowing or apologizing to this spoiled brat, who just got worse and worse as the years went on. The pilot aired today, and even at 6, she was like this.

 

I do have to wonder what it was about Graciela's situation that was the tipping point/last straw for Amy. Was it because she had the counselling sessions with her, instead of at a facility, which conveniently, there was nothing available? Did the show know it was its last season? Because my goodness, the show just kept throwing its political agenda throughout the last season.

 

I'm going to watch, hoping that at least they won't skip over "Maxine Interrupted" in Season 4, where Sharon Gless guest starred, since they did skip over the one where Tim Daly guest starred.

 

And either UP didn't record the episode where her brother testified for her in her custody hearing, or it decided to skip over it, because I didn't get it.

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I just finished watching that last two seasons and I have to say, I am not happy with how the show ended. But I came away with this even more:

 

I have never DETESTED or hated a child as much as I do Lauren. Throughout the entire series, it seemed to me Amy was constantly coddling, catering, kowtowing or apologizing to this spoiled brat, who just got worse and worse as the years went on. The pilot aired today, and even at 6, she was like this.

 

I do have to wonder what it was about Graciela's situation that was the tipping point/last straw for Amy. Was it because she had the counselling sessions with her, instead of at a facility, which conveniently, there was nothing available? Did the show know it was its last season? Because my goodness, the show just kept throwing its political agenda throughout the last season.

 

I'm going to watch, hoping that at least they won't skip over "Maxine Interrupted" in Season 4, where Sharon Gless guest starred, since they did skip over the one where Tim Daly guest starred.

 

And either UP didn't record the episode where her brother testified for her in her custody hearing, or it decided to skip over it, because I didn't get it.

 

I did see the episode where Amy's brother Peter testifies on UP, it's called "The Best Interests of the Child."

 

I'm convinced UP in not showing them all, because I've never seen the one where Vincent gets bombed, only the aftermath episodes where he's recovering. I looked it up in an  episode guide, it's called "Blast from the Past."   And apparently there's one where Amy and Bruce kiss, where is that one?  Again, I've only see the episodes where Amy deals with the consequences in her custody battle.

 

I'm disturbed by the way the Gray family wantonly opens the front door every time the bell rings.  Considering Amy and Maxine's stalking and vandalism experiences you'd think they'd all be a little more careful.

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Yeah, they skipped the last six episodes of the first season, which included the one where Vince got blowed up.  And this show is NOWHERE to be found for free viewing online, either. GAH.

 

The only time I recall Amy and Bruce kissing was when she was dreaming/fantasizing about him. If it actually happened, I don't recall.

 

Tyne Daly continues to be the reason I stick with this show on this channel. She make everything better.

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Wow, six episodes missing? I wasn't aware of that.  What's UP with that, what are they censoring that's supposedly so offensive?  We miss out on what sounds like some pretty meaty stuff but we're still subject to the episode where Donna has her baby in a pool in the Gray's living room.

 

During Amy's custody battle Amy's ex had a private detective following her, and there were pictures of her kissing Bruce that were passed on from the ex' attorney to Amy's attorney.

 

There was a funny Maxine line in an ep I watched this week, a neighbor that Maxine didn't like but was once friends with stopped by and Maxine wouldn't talk to her.  Amy asked "Aren't you ashamed of yourself?" and Maxine replied, "Not for this."
 

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The only time I recall Amy and Bruce kissing was when she was dreaming/fantasizing about him. If it actually happened, I don't recall.

 

Tyne Daly continues to be the reason I stick with this show on this channel. She make everything better.

Amy and Bruce did really kiss in an episode when Amy was living on her own in some horrible apartment. I'm not sure if Bruce was on a leave or something but she and Bruce shared a glass of wine while watching corny movies and wound up kissing. I think it was used later in another plot because someone had taken photos.

 

Totally agree about Tyne Daly.

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Amy and Bruce did really kiss in an episode when Amy was living on her own in some horrible apartment. I'm not sure if Bruce was on a leave or something but she and Bruce shared a glass of wine while watching corny movies and wound up kissing. I think it was used later in another plot because someone had taken photos.

 

Totally agree about Tyne Daly.

 

Oh, right. Those last few episodes that UP didn't air, which led to Bruce being removed as Amy's CSO, and she got that annoying, nosy, gossipy CSO, while Amy was being "investigated."

 

And Boo! As a fan of Tom Welling and his gorgeousness, of course they could cut out that scene of Amy and Rob in the hot tub [episode 18], where she's complaining about his perfect niece, who is also very,very annoying. She's a babysitter, not a nanny, so her showing up when Amy is still in the house, along with Maxine, and she is not needed.

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UP has been airing those missing episodes.  Highlights (or lowlights, if you prefer:)

 

  • Amy is living in a dingy, dumpy apartment with Lauren
  • The vandal who hit the Gray house may have followed them there
  • Maxine callously tried to empty out Lauren's room and put everything in the basement, which hurt Lauren's feelings
  • Lauren is miserable and her dad is using that as leverage to gain back custody
  • Bruce only got probation for the fight he got in (still haven't seen that episode maybe I missed it).  He was sentenced to probation, then he was fired.  As usual he was grumpy with Amy. But then he stopped by her apartment late at night while she was drinking wine, and she sat on his lap so they could watch bad movies together, then they started making out.  Ended there but the implication is they hooked up.
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Yay! "Maxine Interrupted" aired yesterday! It's the one where Sharon Gless guest starred, and my inner teen just grinned and smiled throughout those first three minutes! The dialogue was so meta--along the lines of long time no see, you don't call, you don't write, and that hug! Oh my! Unlike Tyne's appearance on Burn Notice, which was less than five minutes, Sharon's appearance was pretty substantive throughout the whole episode.

But I HATE how it ended; with their friendship damaged, and the words that were said that couldn't be unsaid. Was that really necessary?

I wish there was an 80s cop show channel, and that they would air Cagney and Lacey. I so miss that show!

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Don't forget Cop Rock!

 

That was technically the '90s ('90 or '91), and I'd LOVE to continue forgetting about that.  :-P

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