|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of seasons||9|
|No. of episodes||163 (2002-2008)|
|Production company(s)||Sony Pictures Television|
|Picture format||480i 16:9 (SDTV)|
|Original run||September 4, 2000– May 23, 2008|
Judge Hatchett is an American arbitration-based reality court show, produced and distributed by Sony Pictures Television. The series premiered on September 4, 2000 and ran for nine seasons until its cancellation on May 23, 2008.
Judge Glenda Hatchett
The series starred The Honorable Glenda Hatchett and was modeled after other "court shows" such as Judge Judy and the long running The People's Court, as well as containing elements from tabloid talk shows such as Sally Jessy Raphael and Maury Povich. In addition to dealing with traditional small-claims lawsuits (with a plaintiff, defendant, and monetary awards sought), she also handled DNA paternity tests and out of control teens. Originally, gentle and compassionate, Hatchett would later become a more scurrilous and scalding disciplinarian, intent on teaching young people a lesson by sending them on corrective trips. The show would follow these youths on the corrective trips that Hatchett sent them on.
Judge Hatchett ran interventions for troubled teens. Among Judge Hatchett's recommendations for intervention and other help were Tommy the Clown, an eighteen-year-old mayor, prisons and Martin Luther King's daughter. On one occasion, Judge Hatchett ran an intervention herself, running the building of an outdoor theater which ended up being named after her as a thanks. It was filmed at the Chelsea Studios in New York City.
After Judge Hatchett drew low ratings and key ABC Owned and Operated Stations began dropping the show, Sony Pictures Television made the decision to cancel the show. It has continued in reruns since. Reruns aired on Black Entertainment Television, and was also offered by Sony in a barter package meant for low-rated stations looking to find content between 2010 and 2012. Reruns of Judge Hatchett currently air on WE tv.
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