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The Judge Judy show contacted us to see if we wanted to use their court as a . were suing the defendant for in full upon winning your case instead of having to. One day while watching, Jeff saw a banner at the bottom of the TV to enter a contest about a chance to win a trip to la to meet Judge Judy. Over the last 20 years, Judge Judy's Judith Sheindlin has presided quickly, and everyone gets an appearance fee and a trip to L.A.. Plaintiffs who know they will win want the quick settlement rather than a long court case.
These photocopied cases are then sent to Judge Judy producers, who review them all in search of lawsuits they believe will make for good television. Its website whereby lawsuits can be written out and submitted into the show.
If the parties agree to be on the show and sign a waiveragreeing that arbitration in Sheindlin's court is final and cannot be pursued elsewhere unless Sheindlin dismisses the lawsuit without prejudicetheir case will air on Judge Judy.
The award for each judgment is paid by the producers of the show from a fund reserved for the purpose.
When ruled on in these manners, cases cannot be refiled or retried elsewhere. However, if Sheindlin specifically dismisses the lawsuit " without prejudice ", that lawsuit may be refiled and retried in another forum. In some instances, Sheindlin has dismissed cases without prejudice deliberately so that complainants pursue defendants in an actual court of law so that the defendants themselves are held financially accountable, this as opposed to the show. In such cases, Sheindlin has expressed particular aversion to the defendants in question.
The appearance fee amount has varied as between different litigants of the show: A budget for a week's worth of Judge Judy episodes is half the cost of a single network sitcom episode. This makes for about a week's worth of episodes, all done within one day. Anywhere from thirty to thirty-six cases are taped over three days during the week. Sheindlin appeared as a guest on Jimmy Kimmel Live!
When asked by Kimmel how many days a month she works, Sheindlin replied, "Five days. For the most part, cases are taped all throughout the year except for two breaks Sheindlin and all of the staff members of her show have for the year. One of the two breaks includes an extra week off in December, as the show is only taped one week out of that month because of the holidays.
The other break is from mid-July only taping one week in July and all through August. According to members of the show, the reason for this break is that people are more interested in taking vacations than in filing lawsuits around that time. Thus, the first few weeks the first week in particular will consist of what the show feels to be its best episodes.
In Sheindlin's words, "It's like drinking wine. You don't serve the really good bottle of wine third. There is at least one new episode for every weekday, with the exception of a few hiatuses during most of the summer, a couple of holidays, and as of more recent seasons, early spring as well much of March and April. The cases are mixed up and not shown in order of when they were recorded. After two weeks, this is reduced to one new airing a day, followed by a repeat.
There are also various other moments throughout the year where two new episodes are shown for a few weeks. This has sometimes included January when the show returns from its winter hiatus. Two new episodes are also shown daily during the "sweeps" months of November, February, and May. When the season finale is extended to July or August, most of the summer episodes preceding it are repeats with new episodes that are few and far in-between.
Two DVDs, featuring "memorable cases," have been released by the show: Justice Served," and the second in"Judge Judy: Both shows are taped in the same studio.
Previous to that, the space directly beside Sheindlin's set was used for the courtroom series Paternity Court for the season. Despite the show being taped primarily in California, it displays various images of New York City upon returning from commercial breaks, including a subway train and official signs bearing "State of New York" and "Family Court" Sheindlin was previously a New York family court judge  within the letterbox -like graphics used going to and from breaks since the ninth season.
The set features a New York state flag behind Sheindlin's seat. Remodeling[ edit ] Over its existence, the show has changed very little from season to season. Aesthetically, the show's theme songgraphics, and color scheme are the only aspects that have changed repeatedly over the course of its lifespan. A modern version of a melody from Beethoven's 5th Symphony was then adopted as the show's opening theme song. This arrangement was composed by Non-Stop Music Productions.
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This is followed by showing various scenes of her presiding over different cases. As part of these modifications, the show's introductory previews, graphics, and images all began showing up in falu red. Prior to the ninth season, the show used an original tune for its theme song composed by Bill Bodine. From the show's debut through its eighth season, various versions of this original tune were used, the show making moderate modifications to the tune every few seasons, as shown here and here.
The actual full-length version of this original musical, which never played during the show's intro, played during the lengthier litigant-afterthought-segments as shown full-length musical used for, From seasons five through eight, the opening music video commenced with an approaching scene towards a computer animated courthouse display up until that scene entered into the courthouse.
From there, several shots of Sheindlin gesticulating from her bench—as though presiding over various cases—were displayed in motion. These motioning images eventually developed into the courthouse logo that represents the program the logo always displayed within the letter "D" in "Judy" by the end of this opening music video.
The music video in seasons prior to this used relatively similar music with disparities in scenes, images, instrumental sound type and theme song length. Further, early seasons of the show used graphics and images that were sea green and saffron. Blue and saffron then came to represent multiple seasons of the show before the show's current color scheme. While the introductory preview's inconstant tunes have continued to the present season, the color scheme in the introductory previews began resembling the color scheme used in the rest of the program falu red once again by the ninth season.
The people are real. The cases are real.
The rulings are final. This is Judge Judy. Beginning in Septemberthe show made a switch to high definition with its 17th season. The bumpers between commercials are also in HD, although most on-screen graphics such as plaintiff and defendant descriptions are framed to fit a 4: Both the Beethoven remix and lyrics have been curtailed. The present lyrics state only "You are about to enter the courtroom of Judge Judith Sheindlin. These are the only two updates for season The special was a combination of reshown clips from the 60 Minutes Special on Sheindlin, as well as a few never-previously-seen cases.
The special marked Judge Judy's first airing in primetimea landmark for court shows which are typically limited to daytime or late night hours. In addition, the special came in just behind American Idolwhich brought in 6. In Aprilformer litigants from a airing of the show revealed they conspired together in fabricating a lawsuit in which the logical outcome would be to grant payment to the plaintiff. The operation, devised by musicians Kate Levitt and Jonathan Coward, was successful: In reality, all the litigants in question—plaintiffs and defendants alike—were friends who split the earnings up among each other.
It was also reported that the show's producers were in on the sham and knew of the contrivance all along but went along with it.
The lawsuit was over the fictitious death of a cat as a result of a television crushing it. The pseudo-Judge Judy case assumed the appearance of an actual case from Sheindlin's program, taking place from the show's courtroom set with trademarked voice-over briefs, theme music and audience response.
Sheindlin described her father, a dentist, as "the greatest thing since sliced bread" and her mother as "a meat-and-potatoes kind of gal. And as result of her gruff disposition,  volatile temper,  and cheeky treatment,  taglines such as "Justice with an Attitude" have been used to characterize the program. Do we understand each other? When their mouths move. An example of guidance often stressed by Sheindlin is to be independent through employment, especially so as to not live off the government where unwarranted or other people directly where oppression from or friction with the provider may eventuate.
In the former, Sheindlin can often be quoted as stating, "No, you aren't supporting yourself. Byrd and I are supporting you. By the end of October of that year, the show was averaging only a 1. Sitting in Judgment" aired February 21, producers of Judge Judy were disappointed that the show was barely making it on the radar.
However, it did not take long for the court show to pick up momentum as Judge Judy rose to a 2. By its 2nd season —98the court show had already risen into the 4 ratings ranges, averaging a 4.
Many other retired judges were given their own court shows in syndication due in large part to Sheindlin's popularity. In addition, the series helped to spawn various nontraditional court programs. These include the reality-based revival of Divorce Courtwhich was originally presided over by Mablean Ephriam and now helmed by Lynn Toler ; the short-lived Power of Attorneycapturing various high-profile attorneys arguing cases for litigants in front of Andrew Napolitano ; Street Courtwhich took litigation outside of the courtroom; Jury Dutyfeaturing an all-celebrity jury hearing cases presided over by Bruce Cutler ; etc.
Furthermore, the role of Judge Judy in the rise in popularity of daytime court shows enabled several other non-real life judges to preside over courts, such as Nancy GraceJeanine Pirroand Gloria Allred.
This experiment, however, did not last long as midway through The People's Court's fourth season, Sheindlin was replaced by the show's current judge, Marilyn Milian. At this point, Sheindlin's courtroom series was still more than ever the highest rated program in daytime. It was also at this point that Judge Judy held a record of increasing its ratings for each successive season since its debut.
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Because of the program's success, Judge Judy began airing at better time periods. However, the court show still remained the highest-rated program in daytime that season with a 5.
The court show averaged a 5. Meanwhile, other programs in the genre were trailing Sheindlin from a vast distance as has been the case since the debut of Judge Judy: Judge Joe Brown averaged a 2. Judy broke Winfrey's near decade-long streak with a 4. This variation benefits programs that air multiple, differing episodes a day. The updated method is totalling ratings points through adding all viewings for each daily episode—even if one of those viewings come from an individual already counted in as having watched another of the show's daily episodes.
For example, as Judge Judy airs two different episodes per day, two ratings points are counted for every one person who has watched both the first and second daily airings. This is as opposed to one person's viewing of the two daily episodes amounting to only one ratings point.
Prior to the convert, the latest method was only used in GAA numbers, while the previous method was used in average audience measure.
Some court shows air in one hour blocks and thus do not benefit at all from the updated method. Still and all, this was the 3rd season in a row that Judy earned the title of ratings leader in all of first-run syndication. Also for this season, the show reclaimed the title as highest rated program in all of daytime 5th consecutive time, 8th time overall and all of syndication 3rd time.
The court show scored a 6. It marks the show's 5th straight year as the leader in all of syndication ratings and the 9th straight year as the leader in first-run syndication ratings. Thus Sheindlin's span as a television jurist or arbitrator has lasted longer than any other—a distinction that earned her a place in the Guinness World Records in September With no cancellations or temporary endings in its series run, Judge Judy also has the longest-lasting individual production life of any court show.
The court show won Emmys in and respectively. Ratings[ edit ] Since its premiere, Judge Judy has gained enormous popularity and has had the highest ratings in courtroom programming in the United States. After that, the show's Nielsen ratings moderated but regained the number one spot by its 13th season —10 and has kept this reign to date. Audience makeup[ edit ] Judge Judy's daytime audience is composed of approximately seventy-five percent women and twenty-five percent men. Joseph Wapner[ edit ] Despite her widespread popularity, Sheindlin's behavior and treatment of the parties that have appeared before her has often been the subject of criticism.
A women that posted on here about the other person in her case filed a countersuit because the producers told her to. Well same thing happened in my case and so when I confronted Luci my producer accusing her of being behind this I was told things like, "I want this to be a positive thing for both of you," and, "I'm not like that.
You will see when you meet me". None of that was true. She was behind it and the really sweet person I had talked to before we taped became the biggest well you know the minute it was done taping I was also told I couldn't talk to her after like I was told I could before we went out on set and it goes on and on. All the same as the other cases people posted on here. I am going to seek legal help. This is not over. I wrote a review last week about the Judge Judy show and I wanted to update it.
I still have not been paid like I told I was. I talked to someone at Big Ticket and was told when I asked to speak to someone in accounting that they have nothing to do with when you get paid which I found funny because Ross the associate producer that was assigned to me told me they were the ones who wouldn't let me get my same day check.
But ok so she tells me that she will make a couple calls and took my number and told me she would call me back shortly. Well hours later I called back and was told she couldn't talk to the right people and would have to call me tomorrow. I was told by the show not to worry about money.