Bad Judge, Season 1, Episode 5: “Judge and Jury”

By Anubhuti Kumar

via TV Fanatic
via TV Fanatic

This week’s episode seemed again to fall into cliché situations and banal jokes. The interactions between the characters and their conversations seem tired, taking away not only from the potentially witty humor, but also the mindless charm that is sometimes enough to pull in an audience.

This episode had Rebecca called in for jury duty. As a judge, it would be logical to think she would take this responsibility seriously, but as usual she walks in with headphones around her neck and a dress matching the one of the prostitute the accused allegedly hired. She is determined to break the rules, apparently thinking herself above the law as she answers her phone where strictly prohibited, and is repeatedly reprimanded by a senator that is an extreme in the opposite direction to Rebecca.

She tries to get out of being picked for trial by trying to say she has a conflict of interest because she is in a hurry to get back to the bar for a competition she and her friends are having, but despite her best efforts, she is picked for the jury of the trial of a young man who hired a prostitute. Fearing her team may have to forfeit the game, Rebecca tries to hurry the process along, but in the end she sacrifices her game for her morals and convinces the jury to uphold the spirit of the law and pass what she deems the right decision.

Again the ridiculousness of Rebecca’s reactions to her serious positions in life cause pause and incredulity. The idea of a fun-loving and free spirited judge is appealing, but not when it seems to minimize the importance of the job title. It’s one thing that the general public looks at jury duty as a burden, but a judge knows the importance of this responsibility and should act as a role model since they are a representative of the field of law. Her private, throw-caution-to-the-wind personality should not interfere with her public image as a judge, and these logical fallacies contribute to a general sense of exasperation at how far this show stretches reality.

After reading this and previous reviews, it come as little surprise that NBC has canceled this new comedy . The show will continue to air through the originally ordered 13 episodes and will then be replaced, sealing the sad fate of this minimally watched sitcom.

Anubhuti Kumar is a contributing writer.  Email her at


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