There is no match to the entertainment that reality television shows tend to offer. And it is no surprise that we all stayed hooked to it, no matter how much we complain about it. One such show that everyone loves secretly or otherwise is the arbitration shows on television. These shows bring courtroom drama to every household’s television sets and have amused audiences of all age groups.
There are numerous shows from each network, and each one as interesting as the other. While some shows went off the air, a few continue to entertain the audience even after numerous decades since the first season. This article explores the details of one of the most popular arbitration-based courtroom drama shows. Yes, we are talking about The People’s Court.
The Longest Running Arbitration-Based Courtroom Reality Show
The People’s Court is the one to set the trend of bringing courtroom drama to every person’s household. The show first aired in 1981 with Joseph Wapner as the first presiding judge. He was on the show from 1981 until 1993. During this period, he shot for over 2,484 episodes and 12 seasons. The show has now crossed 28 seasons and is nowhere close to its season finale.
Marilyn Milian – the Longest-Reigning Arbiter
This is true, at least as far as this reality television show is concerned. The show is running for four decades now and has had four arbitrators or judges preside over the disputes. Of that, Joseph Wapner was on the show for 12 years (1981 to 1993). Ed Koch followed him and served on the show for two years.
Another arbitrator who served for a short period of two years on the show was Jerry Sheindlin from 1999 to 2001. Marilyn Milian took up the role of the television show judge in 2001, and since then, she has been presiding over the small claims and disputes in the courtroom show.
Judge Judy’s Husband Was a Judge on This Show!
Judge Judy is a courtroom reality television that went on air in 1996. Since then, over the past 25 seasons, Judge Judy Sheindlin presides over the disputes and claims that come to the show. However, this show needs no introduction as it enjoys a massive fanbase.
But did you know that Judge Judy Sheindlin’s husband Jerry Sheindlin was an arbitrator on The People’s Court Show? He was on the show from 1999 until 2001, a few seasons after his wife’s show went on air. Isn’t it amazing how this wonderful couple has been helping the world by resolving one dispute at a time?
The Losing Party Does Not Have To Pay
This might surprise all the viewers who have been hooked to the show for a few decades now. However, according to the show producers, The People’s Court is just a form of binding arbitration and not a judicial system. So, the losing party will not have to pay the fines imposed upon them.
Instead, the show producers pay for all the damage awards of the defendants and plaintiffs. Besides this, both the disputing parties also get $250 as an appearance fee for featuring on the show!
The Show Went off the Air for a While
The original series went off the air after 12 seasons of the show featuring Joseph Wapner. While the show was immensely popular, it saw it’s rating drop, which is why the producers took this drastic decision. However, the bigger news around the show’s cancelation was how the show producers did not inform Joseph Wapner of their decision, and he had to learn it from a newspaper publication.
The producers then revived the show in 1997, and it has been going successful for 23 seasons since then. That’s almost the double of the original series, so it is safe to assume that it is as good as the original, if not better.
Did you know that the show producers did not let the pandemic effect their filming? They continued to host online arbitration with the disputing parties and the judge making a remote appearance. Aren’t these some amusing facts about one of the longest-running arbitration shows in the history of television? This show has amused, entertained, and resolved issues of numerous people. And we hope it continues to do so for several more decades to come. After all, isn’t a glimpse of all the reality television drama that keeps our life going?