Bad Judge

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Bad Judge
Bad Judge title card.png
Genre Sitcom
Created by Chad Kultgen
Anne Heche
Starring Kate Walsh
Tone Bell
Ryan Hansen
John Ducey
Miguel Sandoval
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 3 (List of episodes)
Executive producer(s) Chad Kultgen
Anne Heche
Chris Henchy
Will Ferrell
Kate Walsh
Adam McKay
Betsy Thomas
Jill Sobel Messick
Camera setup Single-camera
Running time 22 minutes
Production company(s) Gary Sanchez Productions
Squirrelius Productions
Universal Television
Original channel NBC
Picture format 1080i (16:9 HDTV)
Original run October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02)  – present
External links
Official website

Bad Judge is an American legal comedy television series that was co-created by Chad Kultgen and Anne Heche. Kultgen and Heche also serve as executive producers, along with Will Ferrell, Kate Walsh, Adam McKay, Chris Henchy, Betsy Thomas, and Jill Sobel Messick for Universal Television.[1] The series debuted on NBC during the 2014–15 television season, where it airs on Thursday nights at 9:00 pm Eastern/8:00 pm Central.[2] The series premiered on October 2, 2014.[3]


The series chronicles the personal life (and the wild lifestyle) of Rebecca Wright, a tough-as-nails judge serving on the Los Angeles County Circuit Court, whose time off the bench is spent partying and displaying reckless behavior. Her reputation is about to be tamed—and judged—by Robby Shoemaker, an eight-year-old boy whose parents Rebecca put behind bars. He might be the one that can turn Rebecca's life around.



Bad Judge has received mostly negative reviews. On Rotten Tomatoes, the show holds a rating of 18%, based on 39 reviews, with an average rating of 4.5/10. The site's consensus reads, "A [sic] alleged comedy charged with minimal wit, Bad Judge is benched by stale jokes and a lead performance that lacks conviction."[5] On Metacritic, the show has a score of 38 out of 100, based on 22 critics, indicating "generally unfavorable reviews".[6]


No. Title Directed by Written by Original air date U.S. viewers
1 "Pilot" Andrew Fleming Story by: Chad Kultgen & Anne Heche
Teleplay by: Chad Kultgen
October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02) 5.84[7]
After a very late night, Judge Rebecca Wright awakes with a massive hangover and almost misses her first daily court case – a man charged with bigamy and falsifying identity. She denies the defendant bail thanks to the testimony of medical expert Dr. Gary Boyd, who is also Rebecca's lover. Gary's make-out session with her in chambers gets interrupted by Tedward, the court bailiff, with an urgent message. Ten-year-old Robby is on the phone and needs her help, since she put both his parents in jail and feels responsible. Judge Hernandez, her superior, wants her to focus on her work and not charity cases, but she acts as Robby's "counsel" in school meetings and also advises Robby to punch a bully. However, his punishment for hitting the bully results in a transfer to a group home for violent kids, causing Rebecca to help again. Meanwhile, the two wives of the bigamist issue statements on his behalf and call for charges to be dropped, urging the judge to show mercy. Rebecca doesn't send him to jail, but forces him to wear a T-shirt saying "I'm a convicted bigamist" and attend a course on feminism. Rebecca must later give a keynote address at a commencement ceremony, and she devises a last-second strategy to take Robby to Gary, hoping to reverse the transfer with a doctor's order. Her plan works. She then heads to a local bar to celebrate the day.
2 "Meteor Shower" Jake Szymanski Jamie Rhonheimer October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09) 5.24[8]
After meeting a fireman, Billy, at a red light, Rebecca arrives at work in her non-air-conditioned van, sweaty and unprepared for the paparazzi focused on starlet Brianna Barton in her courtroom. Rebecca bans cellphone use and threatens to fine her for pouting. None of the paparazzi takes the blame for a ringing phone, so Rebecca arrests all of them for contempt of court. At her house, Rebecca welcomes Gary for a date night, complete with "special brownies" and a movie, but he has other plans. He suggests rescheduling and angrily leaves, when she refuses. She eats the brownies and calls 9-1-1, after having side effects. Billy is one of those responding and takes interest. Despite assuring Tedward that she has no plans to see Billy, she has sex with him anyway and immediately regrets it, due to his lack of intellect. Tedward pushes her to decide what she wants, something serious with Gary or something fun with Billy. Unsure, she avoids the question. Back in the empty courtroom, Tom makes a solid case for Brianna's sentence to alert other attention-seeking pop stars. Rebecca considers, then issues her final decision. Brianna will spend four weeks of community service at a convent outside of cellphone reach, forced to learn about herself and what she really wants. Rebecca heeds her own advice, taking a long drive in her van when it breaks down. She calls the only reliable person she knows, Tedward, and has an epiphany: the longest relationship in her life is with her van. At that moment, a semi rams into the van and totals it. Although devastated, she remains optimistic by thinking they can re-assemble the van.
3 "One Brave Waitress" Linda Mendoza Mary Fitzgerald October 16, 2014 (2014-10-16) 4.68[9]
While teaching Rebecca a rear naked choke hold, Billy asks her to the Fireman's Ball. She avoids answering and chokes him unconscious. He later arrives at the courthouse, yelling her name in the hallways, desperate to get an answer. She instead invites him to the impound lot, where she buys a replacement for her wrecked van, only to leave him behind and drive away. Meanwhile, Tom asks her to hear a sexual harassment case involving Chad Forbes, manager of a restaurant where the servers wear scanty clothing. He assures her that a solid prosecution is ready, but Chad has hired sexy defense attorney Jill Sanchez in an attempt to distract the male jurors. Rebecca accepts the case, and Tom procures a diary detailing numerous abuses from Chad, who, during his testimony, confesses the entries are likely true. Unfortunately, the author of the diary, a former restaurant employee, refuses to testify. Despite Rebecca's allowing the diary into evidence, Judge Hernandez overrules her and the case is dismissed. Chad later gloats about his big win, and Rebecca chokes him out as well. At the local bar, she finally declines Billy's invitation and he is relieved. He actually feels the same way as she does – that they're not really compatible as a couple. He leaves, but not before offering his number, just in case.
4 "Knife to a Gunfight"[10] October 23, 2014 (2014-10-23) 4.39[11]
5 "Judge and Jury"[10] October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30)
6 "What is Best in Life?"[10] November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06)


No. Title Air date Rating/share
DVR Viewers
Total viewers
1 "Pilot" October 2, 2014 (2014-10-02) 1.3/4[7] 5.84[7] N/A N/A N/A N/A
2 "Meteor Shower" October 9, 2014 (2014-10-09) 1.3/4[8] 5.24[8] N/A N/A N/A N/A
3 "One Brave Waitress" October 16, 2014 (2014-10-16) 1.2/4[9] 4.68[9] N/A N/A N/A N/A
4 "Knife to a Gunfight" October 23, 2014 (2014-10-23) 1.0/3[11] 4.39[11] N/A N/A N/A N/A
5 "Judge and Jury" October 30, 2014 (2014-10-30) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A
6 "What is Best in Life?" November 6, 2014 (2014-11-06) N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A N/A


  1. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (May 9, 2014). "NBC Orders Ellen DeGeneres' 'One Big Happy', Will Ferrell Comedies 'Mission Control', 'Bad Judge' to Series". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 9, 2014. 
  2. ^ "Fresh Comedies, Captivating Dramas and Highly Popular Returning Series Highlight NBC's Well-Balanced and Dynamic 2014-15 Primetime Schedule". The Futon Critic. May 11, 2014. Retrieved May 11, 2014. 
  3. ^ NBC Announces Fall Premiere Dates For New 2014-15 Season from The Futon Critic (June 3, 2014)
  4. ^ "Ryan Hansen To Co-Star In NBC Comedy ‘Bad Judge’". Deadline. August 6, 2014. Retrieved August 6, 2014. 
  5. ^ "Bad Judge: Season 1 (2014)". Rotten Tomatoes. Flixster. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  6. ^ "Bad Judge: Season 1". Metacritic. CBS Interactive. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  7. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (October 3, 2014). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Scandal' & 'How To Get Away With Murder' Adjusted Up & Final Football Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 3, 2014. 
  8. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (October 10, 2014). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Bones' & 'The Vampire Diaries' Adjusted Up + Final Football Ratings". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 10, 2014. 
  9. ^ a b c Bibel, Sara (October 17, 2014). "Thursday Final Ratings: 'Bones' & 'How To Get Away With Murder' Adjusted Up; 'Reign' Adjusted Down". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 17, 2014. 
  10. ^ a b c "Shows A-Z - bad judge on nbc". The Futon Critic. Retrieved October 18, 2014. 
  11. ^ a b c Kondolojy, Amanda (October 24, 2014). "Thursday Final Ratings: No Adjustment for 'Grey's Anatomy', 'Gracepoint' or 'Reign' + Final Football Numbers". TV by the Numbers. Retrieved October 24, 2014. 

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