The High Court with Doug Benson

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The High Court with Doug Benson
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GenreComedy, Court show
Directed bySharon Everitt
JudgesDoug Benson
Narrated byDude Walker
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes20 (list of episodes)
Production
Production location(s)Los Angeles, California
Running time11 minutes
Production company(s)JASH and Propagate Content
Release
Original networkComedy Central
Picture format16:9 HDTV
Original releaseFebruary 28 (2017-02-28) –
March 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)
External links
Website

The High Court with Doug Benson is an American comedy and arbitration-based reality court show presided over by comedian Doug Benson. The High Court with Doug Benson premiered on Comedy Central on February 28, 2017. In each episode Benson judges real cases while under the influence of cannabis. This court show also marks the return of Viacom to the court show genre.

Development[edit]

While pitching the show to Comedy Central, Doug Benson said that the show would be a "court room show and I'm the judge". Comedy Central accepted it right away, thinking that Benson's antics would be liked by their audience. Benson said the pitch was easiest pitch he had ever made in his career.[1][2]

Production[edit]

Benson is under the influence of cannabis during each trial. Each episode has a special "guest bailiff", who helps make the final decision on the case during the deliberation, often after smoking from a bong on-air along with Benson. All of the cases featured are real and Benson's rulings are real and legally binding. The cases in the show are pulled from the Los Angeles County court records, which is a common practice used in other court shows. The show's budget has money allotted for Benson to pay the people pleading their cases if necessary.[2]

The show is recorded in Los Angeles, California, where recreational use of cannabis has been legal since 2016. A special ventilation system was added to the deliberation room studio to filter smoke out of the room, so production crew and producers would not be impaired during filming.[1]

The series is directed by Sharon Everitt, and produced by JASH and Propagate Content.

Episodes[edit]

No.TitleGuest bailiff(s)Original air dateUS viewers
(millions)
1"Someone Is Paying for This Tow Job"Tiffany HaddishFebruary 28, 2017 (2017-02-28)0.254[3]

A woman sues for $600, after she lent the defendant her car and never returned it. The defendant counter-sues for $2,100, because the car had expired tags and was impounded.

Verdict: Doug orders the plaintiff to pay the defendant $1,100.
2"Driving Miss Johnson"Geoff TateMarch 1, 2017 (2017-03-01)0.197[4]

A mother claims her daughter borrowed $3,858 for a new car, and never repaid her. The defendant claims she doesn't owe anything because she drives her mother everywhere.

Verdict: Doug decided to have the court pay off the loan initial loan, and give the defendant a lesser loan to pay.
3"Snakes in the Drain"Michael Ian BlackMarch 2, 2017 (2017-03-02)0.192[5]

A man sues his uncle for $500 for letting his pet snake escape while pet sitting. The defendant claims the snake got away on its own.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the full $500.
4"Last Comic Stealing"Jessimae PelusoMarch 3, 2017 (2017-03-03)0.329[6]

A comedian sues another comedian for $1,000, for using one of his jokes. The defendant claims he changed the joke enough to make it different.

Verdict: Doug pays the Plaintiff $35.
5"Channeling Her Anger"Slink JohnsonMarch 3, 2017 (2017-03-03)0.302[6]

A man sues his ex-friend $1,000 for breaking his television. The defendant claims that the plaintiff angered her intentionally.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the plaintiff $400.
6"I Ain't Saying She's a Gold Digger"Reggie WattsMarch 7, 2017 (2017-03-07)0.198[7]

A man sues his ex-girlfriend for $2,400, claiming he lent her money to record an album and was never repaid. The defendant claims the money was an investment in her career, and not a loan.

Verdict: The plaintiff is awarded $1,200.
7"He Took My Money Fast and Now I'm Furious"Rory ScovelMarch 8, 2017 (2017-03-08)0.256[8]

A woman sues a car dealer for $1,410, for cars she claims he never delivered. The defendant claims said he did find the cars but none of them suited her.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay $705.
8"Hair Today, Gone Tomorrow"Brandon WardellMarch 9, 2017 (2017-03-09)0.265[9]

A woman sues her friend for $2,500, after ordering hair extensions that never arrived. The defendant claims they were delivered but eaten by the plaintiff's dog.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the full $2,500.
9"Taken for a Ride"Tiffany HaddishMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)0.200[10]

A woman sues her mother for $5,000 in back rent. The defendant claims she shouldn't have to repay her daughter.

Verdict: Doug rules in favor of the defendant.
10"Bringing Sexy Back to the Blues"Todd GlassMarch 10, 2017 (2017-03-10)0.196[10]

A blues musician sues his goddaughter for the $500 he didn't receive for a night club appearance. The defendant claims she shouldn't have to pay because nobody attended the show.

Verdict: Doug rules in favor of the defendant.
11"Dog Gone It"Kenny Lucas & Keith LucasMarch 14, 2017 (2017-03-14)0.354[11]

A woman sues for $5,000 after her pet sitter refused to return her chihuahua. The defendant claims the chihuahua was abandoned and now belongs to him.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to return the dog to the plaintiff, and orders the plaintiff to pay the defendant $500.
12"The Great Screwdini"Michael Ian BlackMarch 15, 2017 (2017-03-15)0.185[12]

A magician sues another magician for $5,000, claiming he stole one of his tricks. The defendant claims that the trick is an old trick, and he shouldn't have to pay.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the plaintiff $1,050.
13"Radio Hits"Joey DiazMarch 16, 2017 (2017-03-16)0.211[13]

A woman sues her ex-girlfriend for $800 for breaking her car radio. The defendant claims she doesn't owe anything because she was provoked.

Verdict: Doug orders the plaintiff to pay $807.97.
14"Two's Company, Three's a Crowd"Tiffany HaddishMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)0.211[14]

A man sues for $1,250 for a security deposit for the apartment she rented. The defendant claims she shouldn't have to pay because the plaintiff skipped out on the lease.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the full $1,250.
15"Model Misbehavior"Rory ScovelMarch 17, 2017 (2017-03-17)0.189[14]

A woman sues her son for the $300 she wasn't repaid for cosmetics. The defendant claims he doesn't have to pay because the products caused him to break out, costing him a modeling gig.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the full $300.
16"Dude, Where's My Truck?"Joey DiazMarch 21, 2017 (2017-03-21)0.249[15]

A man sues his friend for $1,800, claiming that he lost his truck. The defend claims the truck was stolen by the plaintiff's other friends.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay $250.
17"Good Faith, Hope and Charity"Beth StellingMarch 22, 2017 (2017-03-22)0.253[16]

A woman sues a car dealer for the $2,000 deposit she lost on a truck she never received. The defendant claims he owes her nothing because his deposits are non-refundable.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the full $2,000.
18"Joint Apartment"Todd GlassMarch 23, 2017 (2017-03-23)0.226[17]

A man sues his ex-roommate for $5,000 in back rent. The defendant claims he doesn't owe any money because the apartment was "unlivable".

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the full $5,000.
19"Smoked-out Couch"Kenny Lucas & Keith LucasMarch 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)0.254[18]

A man sues for $1,600, claiming the defendant burned his couch with a joint. The defendant denies the accusation.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay $800.
20"Driving Buds Bad Behavior"Slink JohnsonMarch 24, 2017 (2017-03-24)0.175[18]

A man sues his friend for $900, after lending him the money without being repaid. The defendant claims he shouldn't have to pay because he was drunk at the time.

Verdict: Doug orders the defendant to pay the full $900.

Home release[edit]

The High Court with Doug Benson is available in HD and SD for digital purchase on Google Play,[19] Amazon Video,[20] and on Microsoft.[21]

References[edit]

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  14. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.16.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 18 March 2017.
  15. ^ Metcalf, Mitch. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Monday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.20.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
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  18. ^ a b Metcalf, Mitch. "UPDATED: SHOWBUZZDAILY's Top 150 Thursday Cable Originals & Network Finals: 3.23.2017". Showbuzz Daily. Retrieved 25 March 2017.
  19. ^ The High Court on Google Play.
  20. ^ The High Court on Amazon Video.
  21. ^ The High Court on Microsoft.

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