Judge Judy is only her stage name, her honor’s full name is Judge Judith Sheindin, and her famous show premiered back on September 16, 1996. It took less than two years before she was able to top the famous Oprah Winfrey show in the Nielsen ratings. To this day she continues to dominate.
Her most ardent fans know her cases the way sports fans know players. From the Tupperware Lady and the eBay Cell Phone Scammer each show has a story to tell. The story many fans don’t know is about the woman behind the bench. But Judy has just as many stories as her caseload.
20 Years Of Experience
What do Judge Judy’s fan’s love about her? It’s her straightforward and no-nonsense style in her courtroom. Before taking on television, she spent 20 years in the family court system in New York City. She was always known for her bluntness, her tough talk, and her very real impatience. “I can’t stand stupid, and I can’t stand slow,” has always been a favorite quote of hers.
She offered warnings to the attorneys who came before her in court. “I want first-time offenders to think of their appearance in my courtroom as the second-worst experience of their lives … circumcision being the first.” Her style has never been all for the cameras. That’s her style, whether the case is being broadcast or not.