We all have guilty pleasures when it comes to television, shows we love to watch but usually don’t admit to watching. Brady Bunch fans, I’m looking at you.
To the chagrin of my family, my guilty pleasure is Judge Judy. I watch her show every night. There’s just something about watching Judy yell at some pathetic litigant who forgot to bring supporting documentation to court. I love it when she yells “I’M SPEAKING!!!” when a litigant is babbling on about something. Why any sane person would agree to appear on Judge Judy is a mystery.
You may have read my previous post about critical viewing, and Judge Judy is a great example to apply critical viewing skills.
The most important part of the show is at the very beginning. Watch it the next time it’s on. It’s there that the “drama” of the show is presented. Usually it starts with a serious sounding voice-over:
“Did this man leave his wife and kids for another woman?”
Followed by some quick edits: one or both litigants saying something, a quick edit to Judge Judy screaming something at someone, and back to the announcer:
“While fathering a child and not supporting his other children?”
Quick edit to Judy (yelling and, in some cases, saying something funny) and then more edits from litigant to litigant, speaking dramatically, usually ending with Judy yelling (again) and then on to the show’s intro. And you’re thinking, “Man, this case is going to kick some ass!” and you watch and it’s not nearly as dramatic as it was presented at the start of the show.
That doesn’t take away my love for the show. I’d watch a Judge Judy marathon. For days.
It’s a shame it’s not aired on the weekend.