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8 must-watch shows like Night Court

January 18, 2023

Night Court (1984-1992) is undoubtedly one of the most entertaining sitcoms to establish itself as a pioneer of comedy shows. The series revolves around the eccentric judge Harry (Harry Anderson) and the court staff who work night shifts at the Manhattan City Court. They regularly have cases of people with offbeat cases that really make you laugh out loud.

Reinhold Weege, the creator of the series, brings the absurdity of these cases perfectly on the comic track. There’s great news for fans of the series as it will resume in 2023! You can choose to watch this or a series similar to Night Court. If you’re going for the latter, we’ve compiled a list of top shows you’ll love if you enjoyed this hilarious courtroom drama.

8. Welcome Back, Kotter (1975-1979)

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In Welcome Back, Kotter, Gabe Kotter (Gabe Kaplan) accepts the challenge of returning to his alma mater and tutoring the Sweathogs, an uncontrollable group of students. Gabe used to be one of the Sweathogs himself, so he understands their mood and becomes a leading force for the fledgling group. According to creators Gabe Kaplan and Alan Sacks, most of the characters were inspired by people Gabe knew in real life during his real-life tutoring sessions! Both Night Court and Welcome Back, Kotter are about redemption and reorientation, but that doesn’t overshadow the comedy of the series.

7. Cheers (1982-1993)

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‘Cheers’ is a comedy-drama sitcom set in a cozy bar in Boston. Guests and staff meet to share stories of their lives and reminisce. Everyone they knew had something to offer that kept the show going. The series gained widespread popularity thanks to James Burrows, Glen and Les Charles, who wrote crisp dialogue and put together a show essentially based on conversations. Cheers is an eloquent show where comedy comes from exchanging eloquent dialogue, as happens in Night Court.

6th WKRP In Cincinnati (1978-1982)

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WKRP In Cincinnati is a series about an unsuccessful radio station and the gags of its employees. Throughout the series we see well-timed comedic interactions and conflicts that divide the staff. The series also sheds light on the uncharted territory of the radio industry and how difficult it is for people to grow their numbers. Hugh Wilson, the creator of this offbeat sitcom, does his best by crafting quick-witted answers and likable characters. All the nonsense takes place in a workplace like Night Court, which makes it all the more entertaining.

5. Fraiser (1993-)

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4. 30 Skirt (2006-2013)

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30 Rock is a behind-the-scenes comedy sitcom. Its author is Liz Lemon (Tina Fey), who cannot balance her professional and private life. The show is a satire on her own production company, NBC, and the entire entertainment industry with its horrible reality shows. Tina Fey is also the creator of this meta show that draws on farce, comedy, and mockery. Much like Night Court, this show has an experimental humor style that can be a hit or a total flop, and the supporting characters are the life of these shows.

3. M*A*S*H (1972-1983)

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A series way ahead of its time that zooms in on the Korean War and unravels the life of a unit called the 4077th Mobile Army Surgical Hospital (MASH). They are medical personnel on a mission based in the Korean countryside. M*A*S*H tells the story of the nurses, doctors, surgeons and administrative staff and also touches on the sensitive issue of the stressors of war.

But the dark comedy and its unique storytelling style will captivate you! The series is based on the book MASH: A Novel About Three Army Doctors by Ring Lardner, Jr. Larry Gelbart, the series creator, was inspired by this novel and brought it to the small screen. Similar to Night Court, the series tackles serious crime themes but presents them in a much lighter way.

2. Veep (2012-2019)

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Veep is the epitome of political satire and crime comedy. The focus is Selina Meyer (Louis-Dreyfus), a Vice President and soon-to-be President of the United States. The series chronicles the journey of Selina and her associates as they face numerous challenges and competition in American politics. Creator Armando Iannucci doesn’t hold back on his taunts, delivering an authentic show for people who enjoy a special kind of whimsicality. Night Court and Veep share a common denial of poking fun at the system and embody the philosophy of comedy in tragedy.

1st Community (2009-2015)

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Community is a series revolving around Jeff Winger (Joel McHale), a suspended attorney who decides to go back to college to get a proper degree. He has no idea what awaits him at this institute with its strange teachers and weird classmates. The sitcom is chock-full of surreal humor that will make you laugh out loud, and you wouldn’t expect anything less from series creator Dan Harmon. Community and Night Court are packed with humor about the justice system, laws and courts, which are themselves bland subjects unless left to the masters of comedy.