Filmmakers and TV producers often run into creative challenges when an actress becomes pregnant, but thankfully there are usually ways to work around it. When Markie Post became pregnant, “Night Court” writers simply made it part of the plot in the upcoming episodes.
The storyline for Christine Sullivan then became that she both got married and became pregnant. In the episode The Blues of the Birth, she even goes into labor (not in real life, of course) in an elevator.
The Genesis of Night Court
So, where did the concept of the "Night Court" series first begin? The show’s creator, Reinhold Weege, said that the idea came from hearing the real-life stories of night court judges in New York City. When he was asked to create a courtroom show, Weege decided to gather research by sitting outside a Manhattan night court.
He claimed that what he observed inspired him along with the fascinating stories he had read about the emotionally unstable judges facilitating these nighttime court sessions.
“Must See Thursday”
"Night Court" was such a hit that it became part of a lineup of shows (called “Must See Thursday”) on NBC. " Night Court" was accompanied by shows like " Family Ties," " The Cosby Show," "Dear John," and " A Different World."
It’s thought that comedies airing on NBC have not been very successful since the ending of the incredibly popular " Friends" sitcom in the 90s and, though NBC no longer does “Must See Thursday,” the fact that " Night Court" was once included on this time slot speaks greatly to its success.
The Show Was Intentionally Lighthearted
Today, many shows that revolve around courtrooms are typically laden with heavy topics, but "Night Court" was strictly a comedy. The executive producer, Stuart Kreisman, admitted that "Night Court" sought to be a lighthearted show.
John Larroquette also more or less admitted that, in partaking in the sitcom world, his goal was just to make people laugh. Given the success of the show, the creators knew what they were doing!
Too Many Loose Ends
One big grievance viewers may have about "Night Court" is that, when the series finally came to a close, there were many loose ends in the storylines. That’s right; many subplots never came to a conclusion for the characters on the show. Why was this?
Well, the show’s fate hung in the balance after the ninth season ended, with NBC considering renewing "Night Court" for another season. Sadly, nothing came of the potential renewal, and the series ended after nine seasons.