Bad Judge

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  • 2014
  • 1 Season
  • 6.0  (5,008)

Bad Judge is a comedy TV series developed by NBC that aired from 2014 to 2015. The show stars Kate Walsh as Rebecca Wright, a tough and unapologetic Los Angeles criminal court judge who enjoys a wild and reckless lifestyle outside the courtroom. Tone Bell plays Gary Boyd, a probation officer who becomes Wright's love interest and tries to keep her on the straight and narrow path. John Ducey, Ryan Hansen, and Miguel Sandoval also star in the show.

The premise of Bad Judge revolves around the life of Rebecca Wright, a no-nonsense and unorthodox judge who handles some of LA's most bizarre cases. She spends her days dispensing justice in her courtroom and her nights indulging in her vices, which includes wild parties, alcohol, and casual hookups. Wright's unapologetic behavior often puts her in sticky situations, but her unorthodox methods have earned her the respect of many in the legal community.

As the show progresses, it becomes apparent that Wright's wild lifestyle is a coping mechanism for the traumas in her past. With the help of her colleagues, Gary Boyd and Tom Barlow, played by Ryan Hansen, Wright starts to confront the demons in her life and strives to become a better person. Each episode follows Wright as she navigates the complexities of life inside and outside the courtroom.

The chemistry between the cast is a standout feature of Bad Judge. Kate Walsh delivers a pitch-perfect performance as Wright, her comedic timing, and larger-than-life personality make her an endearing character despite her flaws. Tone Bell's character Gary Boyd is the perfect foil for Wright, his calm demeanor contrasting with her wildness. The rest of the supporting cast also delivers excellent performances, providing ample comedic relief and emotional support to Wright's story.

The writing of the show is witty and fast-paced. The humor is often dark and raunchy, but it never feels gratuitous. The show balances its comedic elements with moments of genuine emotion, tackling complex themes such as addiction, trauma, and friendship. The court cases that Wright presides over are often ridiculous, providing ample opportunities for the show to showcase its absurdity. However, the show never loses sight of its overarching message, which is that even the wildest and most unconventional people can find redemption and make a positive impact on the world.

The show's cinematography is impressive, with the court scenes shot in a way that captures the tension and excitement of the proceedings. The scenes outside the courtroom are shot in a more relaxed and colorful way, highlighting the wild and colorful world that Wright inhabits.

Despite its positive qualities, Bad Judge suffered from low ratings and was canceled after one season. However, the show remains a cult favorite among viewers who appreciate its unique brand of humor, heart, and irreverence.

In conclusion, Bad Judge is a well-written and well-acted comedy show that delivers plenty of laughs and heart. Kate Walsh leads an outstanding cast that creates a world that is both absurd and relatable. The show's messages of redemption and personal growth are delivered with nuance and care, making it a standout entry in the crowded landscape of legal comedies. Despite its brief run, Bad Judge remains a gem of a show that is worth watching for anyone who loves a good laugh and a heartwarming story.

Bad Judge is a series that is currently running and has 1 seasons (14 episodes). The series first aired on May 11, 2014.

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Case Closed
13. Case Closed
January 22, 2015
Issues with Michelle's ex-husband threaten Rebecca's chances of breaking a courtroom record.
12. Lockdown
January 15, 2015
A police emergency outside the courthouse puts everyone on the inside on lockdown. To help pass the time, everyone participates in a game that is telling for Rebecca.
Naked and Afraid
11. Naked and Afraid
January 8, 2015
A hacker releases a racy photo of Rebecca to the media during a high-profile case; Gary is sought after for therapeutic advice.
The Fixer
10. The Fixer
January 1, 2015
Rebecca offers support to Michelle to help her get over her divorce, but soon realizes she can be too judgmental. Meanwhile, Tom and Tedward team up to convince a witness to testify.
Face Mask Mom
9. Face Mask Mom
December 11, 2014
It's the holidays and Rebecca tries the case of a mother who tackled a PeeWee football player. The sweltering heat and broken air conditioner complicate the situation.
The Cat's Out of the Bag
8. The Cat's Out of the Bag
November 20, 2014
Rebecca's ex-husband arrives in town and informs her of the death of a friend.
Communication Breakdown
7. Communication Breakdown
November 13, 2014
Rebecca offers help to a friend going through a divorce. Gary is planning a themed romantic evening.
What Is Best in Life?
6. What Is Best in Life?
November 6, 2014
An enemy from law school challenges Rebecca's authority in an outrageous case.
Judge and Jury
5. Judge and Jury
October 30, 2014
Rebecca becomes a jury member on a prostitution case. Tedward trains Gary to be Rebecca's potential replacement for the Serpico Olympics.
Knife to a Gunfight
4. Knife to a Gunfight
October 23, 2014
Rebecca considers purchasing a gun for her protection when a convict she sent to prison is released.
One Brave Waitress
3. One Brave Waitress
October 16, 2014
Rebecca tries to befriend the court stenographer after she forgets her name. Later, justice is served to a restaurant manager.
Meteor Shower
2. Meteor Shower
October 9, 2014
Rebecca tries to make sense of things after she realizes she's not ready to move forward with Gary. Car trouble leads her to realize how important her relationship is with Tedward.
1. Pilot
October 2, 2014
In the series premiere, meet Rebecca Wright - a revered, but rough, criminal court judge. Ironically, her life isn't what one would expect.
Bad Judge Official Trailer
0. Bad Judge Official Trailer
May 11, 2014
Get a look at the new series Bad Judge coming to NBC this fall Thursdays at 9/8c.
Where to Watch Bad Judge
Bad Judge is available for streaming on the NBC website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Bad Judge on demand at Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    May 11, 2014
  • IMDB Rating
    6.0  (5,008)