Judge Judy: the early days

Today’s Zippy, featuring Judge Judy and her hectoring courtroom speech style:

Judge Judy is something of a preoccupation in Zippy, often in combination with Donald Trump (for instance, #2 on 3/17/14, #1 on 5/26/14), sometimes with other pop culture icons (JJ, Howie Mandel, and Dr. Phil on 8/17/13).

From Wikipedia on JJ:

Judge Judy is an American arbitration-based reality court show presided over by retired Manhattan Family Court Judge Judith Sheindlin. The show features Sheindlin adjudicating real-life small claim disputes within a simulated courtroom set. All parties involved must sign contracts agreeing to arbitration under Sheindlin.

Judge Judy, which premiered on September 16, 1996, reportedly revitalized the court show genre.

… Sheindlin has been credited with introducing the “tough” adjudicating approach into the judicial genre, which has led to several imitators.

… Sheindlin typically begins each case by questioning the parties as to dates, times, locations and other facts central to the lawsuit. Monopolizing the discourse throughout the cases, Sheindlin will sometimes only listen to bits and pieces of each of the testimonies as she’s quick to reply and tends to disallow responses that aren’t concise or [are] made during her desire to speak. Sometimes, however, Sheindlin will allow one or both of the opposing litigants to recount the entirety of their testimony. While delivering their testimony, litigants are not allowed to hesitate and must maintain fixed eye contact with Sheindlin at all times. Further, litigants are not allowed to speak out of turn or talk to each other.

There are a fair number of YouTube videos.

Note the title, “Judge for Yourself”; compare the title of #2 from 6/10/14: “The Punch & Judge Judy Show”.

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