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'''''Sirota's Court''''' is a courtroom sitcom that aired from December 6th, 1976 to April 13th, 1977 on NBC. The show was produced by Peter Engel Productions and Universal Television and is notable for including the first same-sex marriage on television in the episode ''Court Fear'', as well as setting the stage for ''Night Court'', another courtroom comedy that came seven years after the show's broadcasting period which shared a similar plot, and spanned 193 episodes through nine seasons in eight years.<ref>[https://books.google.ca/books?id=78nb3Rla7hMC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=%22Sirota%27s+Court%22+-wikipedia+-imdb&source=bl&ots=H54QqpkXqN&sig=ACfU3U3mvc87DJ3uYVLnkfVlaZ84mHv5vw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwia1p3w6YrkAhUH7J4KHXJeCwY4ChDoATAEegQICBAB#v=onepage&q=%22Sirota's%20Court%22%20-wikipedia%20-imdb&f=false Book page describing the plot of the episode.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/paleycenter/status/614640638903062528 Post from the Paley Centre with a still from the episode.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref><ref>[https://books.google.ca/books?id=g6oJBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA197&lpg=PA197&dq=%22Sirota%27s+Court%22+-wikipedia+-imdb&source=bl&ots=HKPZmkvtqd&sig=ACfU3U1B-M4WxB8rCBr7lKDkb8U2FVg__A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwia1p3w6YrkAhUH7J4KHXJeCwY4ChDoATAFegQIBxAB#v=onepage&q=%22Sirota's%20Court%22%20-wikipedia%20-imdb&f=false Book detailing how ''Sirota's Court'' lead to the success of ''Night Court''.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref> The show was nominated for both a Golden Globe for ''Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy)'' as well as an Emmy for ''Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Comedy Series''<ref>[https://www.goldenglobes.com/tv-show/sirotas-court The Golden Globes page for Michael Constantine's nomination.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref><ref>[https://www.emmys.com/shows/sirotas-court The Emmy's page detailing the award for Mary Ann Biddle and Seymour Klate.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref>.
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[[Has brief:: '''''Sirota's Court''''' is a courtroom sitcom that aired from December 6th, 1976 to April 13th, 1977 on NBC. The show was produced by Peter Engel Productions and Universal Television and is notable for including the first same-sex marriage on television in the episode ''Court Fear'', as well as setting the stage for ''Night Court'', another courtroom comedy that came seven years after the show's broadcasting period which shared a similar plot, and spanned 193 episodes through nine seasons in eight years.]]<ref>[https://books.google.ca/books?id=78nb3Rla7hMC&pg=PA93&lpg=PA93&dq=%22Sirota%27s+Court%22+-wikipedia+-imdb&source=bl&ots=H54QqpkXqN&sig=ACfU3U3mvc87DJ3uYVLnkfVlaZ84mHv5vw&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwia1p3w6YrkAhUH7J4KHXJeCwY4ChDoATAEegQICBAB#v=onepage&q=%22Sirota's%20Court%22%20-wikipedia%20-imdb&f=false Book page describing the plot of the episode.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref><ref>[https://twitter.com/paleycenter/status/614640638903062528 Post from the Paley Centre with a still from the episode.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref><ref>[https://books.google.ca/books?id=g6oJBAAAQBAJ&pg=PA197&lpg=PA197&dq=%22Sirota%27s+Court%22+-wikipedia+-imdb&source=bl&ots=HKPZmkvtqd&sig=ACfU3U1B-M4WxB8rCBr7lKDkb8U2FVg__A&hl=en&sa=X&ved=2ahUKEwia1p3w6YrkAhUH7J4KHXJeCwY4ChDoATAFegQIBxAB#v=onepage&q=%22Sirota's%20Court%22%20-wikipedia%20-imdb&f=false Book detailing how ''Sirota's Court'' lead to the success of ''Night Court''.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref> The show was nominated for both a Golden Globe for ''Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy)'' as well as an Emmy for ''Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Comedy Series''<ref>[https://www.goldenglobes.com/tv-show/sirotas-court The Golden Globes page for Michael Constantine's nomination.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref><ref>[https://www.emmys.com/shows/sirotas-court The Emmy's page detailing the award for Mary Ann Biddle and Seymour Klate.] Retrieved 17 Aug '19</ref>.
  
 
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Sirota Cast.jpg

The full cast of the show in a group picture.

Status: Partially Found

Sirota's Court is a courtroom sitcom that aired from December 6th, 1976 to April 13th, 1977 on NBC. The show was produced by Peter Engel Productions and Universal Television and is notable for including the first same-sex marriage on television in the episode Court Fear, as well as setting the stage for Night Court, another courtroom comedy that came seven years after the show's broadcasting period which shared a similar plot, and spanned 193 episodes through nine seasons in eight years.[1][2][3] The show was nominated for both a Golden Globe for Best Performance by an Actor in a Television Series (Musical or Comedy) as well as an Emmy for Outstanding Art Direction or Scenic Design for a Comedy Series[4][5].

Plot Sypnosis

The show brings to life Matthew J. Sirota (Michael Constantine), who is a night court judge who works with the Court Clerk (Cynthia Harris) of whom he has a romantic interest in, the Public Defender (Kathleen Miller), the Private Attorney (Ted Ross), the Assistant District Attorney (Fred Willard), and the Marshal (Owen Bush). Together, from attempting to escape becoming one of the "10 Worst Judges in America" to dealing with dentists on laughing gas during election night, they all go through crazy antics at the workplace in each episode, contrary to prior courtroom comedies that mostly focused on their character's personal lives[6][7].

Decline & Availability

While starting off with positive reviews, Sirota's Court was unfortunately caught in a "death slot" on NBC, airing after All in the Family as well as before Alice. On top of that, the series landed in controversy after the episode Court Fear, as many people at the time did not find same-sex marriage to be acceptable, and thus began to boycott the show[8]. As stated by producer Peter Engel:
"(Sirota's Court) never got cancelled, (it) just sort of faded away."[9]

The only portion of the show that has surfaced online is the opening credits, though Court Fear is preserved physically at both the Paley Center for Media as well as the Cornell University Library, which also contains the scripts of three episodes[10][11].

Gallery

The opening credits for the series.

References