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S01.E01: Pilot 2014.10.02

Sitcom about a tough criminal-court judge in Los Angeles, who has an unorthodox style and a bit of a wild private life, begins with her taking in a young boy whose parents she put in jail.
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Plus, not nearly enough Ryan Hansen being funny (though there's a fair amount of Ryan Hansen being shirtless, so the pilot doesn't totally fail him).

 

As a rating system, the shirtless scale has never steered me wrong.

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I liked it and I don't really care for comedies. It was a little all over the place, but came together nicely at the end. I love Kate Walsh, so I will definitely stick around.

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Love Kate Walsh, loved this. Will probably hang in there regardless and I hope it sticks around.

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Pretty funny. Kate Walsh plays a great messy character. Loved loved loved her van! I'm in!!!

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Huh. Guess I'm in the minority, but I found this more odd than enjoyable. Kate Walsh as an actress seems to be the only redeeming quality, but the character herself is too broad and ridiculous. It's supposed to be a comedy, so I feel like the writers were trying for "wacky party girl" but overdid it into something much more maladaptive, to the point that I don't think it's believable that she's still employed, and I kind of want to help steer her into rehab rather than laughing at her wacky hijinks every week. I also need more backstory. For example, why does she drive that insane van? I mean, first of all judges draw a paycheck, so she should be able to afford a normal car, but even if she's spending all her money on meth, why that hideous van instead of some nondescript beater?

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I was out pretty quickly.  I like Chris Parnell, but bringing both wives to court was establishing a mood of unrealism that was a little too jarring, and then her immediately kissing one of the attorneys?  I like silly comedy, but it should take a lesson from South Park and build to the absurdity.  I might try again in a few episodes if the writing finds its legs.

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Bad Show. No one in the cast is sufficiently interesting or attractive to keep me watching this mess.

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The show is too over the top. They need to dial it back.  The first shot with her butt in the air was ridiculous. What grown person sleeps like a toddler. I thought she was handcuffed that way.

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The bailiff was funny. I laughed when he had to eat his bomb-cicle outside because it has the word bomb in it. 

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Okay for a pilot. I'm glad they laid the groundwork for ditching the kid; that's a direction they don't need to go. I liked the Night Court feel of the courtroom scenes.

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Huh. Guess I'm in the minority, but I found this more odd than enjoyable. Kate Walsh as an actress seems to be the only redeeming quality, but the character herself is too broad and ridiculous. It's supposed to be a comedy, so I feel like the writers were trying for "wacky party girl" but overdid it into something much more maladaptive, to the point that I don't think it's believable that she's still employed, and I kind of want to help steer her into rehab rather than laughing at her wacky hijinks every week. I also need more backstory. For example, why does she drive that insane van? I mean, first of all judges draw a paycheck, so she should be able to afford a normal car, but even if she's spending all her money on meth, why that hideous van instead of some nondescript beater?

 

How would a wacky party girl like this ever get a job in the first place, let alone keep that job ?  If she is this big of a mess as a judge, how would she have ever kept a job as a lawyer to even get enough experience to be considered for a judgeship ?

 

Comparing this to Night Court is a disservice, as Night Court was actually funny.  Where's John Larroquette when you need him ?

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Oh, Kate. How I adore thee.

 

The show is definitely over the top and silly, but she does comedy so well that I'll forgive it and definitely keep watching. I took an instant liking to the rest of the cast as well, and that's odd for me, so I'm taking that as a good sign. I just wish the show was an hour long.

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I wonder who will be cast to play the disapproving but supportive mother on Judging Addison.

 

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If they were going to remove the kid from the show, why not just remove him from the pilot. I have a feeling that in the original script that his vitriol towards her was justified, now, not so much. He just came off as a spoiled prick who the judge should've just ignored his calls. I'm interested in seeing where this show goes now that a new show runner has taken over.

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I couldn't even get through this. Didn't buy it at all. Don't find it cute to see a judge that irresponsible. And I was bored.

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What a horrible show and waste of talent. Kate what was your agent thinking? What were you thinking?

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It has a strong pedigree

 

Bad Judge is an American legal comedy television series that was co-created by, Chad Kultgen and Anne Heche. Kultgen and Heche also serve as executive producers, along with Will Ferrell, Kate Walsh, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Betsy Thomas, and Jill Sobel Messick for Universal Television.[1] The series will debut on NBC during the 2014–15 television season, where it will air on Thursday nights at 9 pm (ET/PT)/8 pm (CT).[2] The series premiered on October 2, 2014.[3]

 

probably seemed like a good gig.

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If she is this big of a mess as a judge, how would she have ever kept a job as a lawyer to even get enough experience to be considered for a judgeship ?

Judgeships can be a matter of who you know, but how did she get her law degree to begin with?

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I think this is just about the very worst show I have ever seen on television.

It made Punky Brewster seem like Shakespeare.

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This show confirms my belief that there is a huge shortage of writers in tv land.  If this is the best they can come up with for a great actress like Kate Walsh, then it's pathetic.  

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How would a wacky party girl like this ever get a job in the first place, let alone keep that job ?  If she is this big of a mess as a judge, how would she have ever kept a job as a lawyer to even get enough experience to be considered for a judgeship ?

I like it. Sure it is crazy and over the top unrealistic, but you could say that about any sitcom. I mean how would a real estate company run by the Bluth family ever make any money? How would a company like Dunder Miffilin ever make money either? How would Jake Perelata ever make it through police academy?  To put it short it's TV, I don't need it to be real, especially if it is a comedy.

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Not NEARLY as bad as The Mysteries of Laura.

 

That's a thin recommendation, but there you go.  Since this is an over-the-top comedy, I can accept a ton of unrealistic bullshit, and Kate Walsh can pull off almost anything (and comes damn close here).

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Not NEARLY as bad as The Mysteries of Laura.

 

 

These are the two new shows I've already yanked off my DVR.  TMOL made it for 2 episodes.  Bad Judge was deleted after one.  It was execrable.  Not at all what I'd expected. And I actually like Kate Walsh, but not here.

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