Barney Miller (1975–1982)

People's Court (3 Jan. 1980)

TV Episode   |  TV-PG   |    |  Comedy, Drama

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Weary apartment dwellers band together to catch a burglar. A census taker takes drastic measures to count an unco-operative target.


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23 June 2014 | kevinolzak
| Harris' book is now on sale
"People's Court" begins with an ecstatic Harris reporting how the sales figures for "Blood on the Badge" have escalated into a second printing, paperback rights, and an increase in his royalty percentage. Barney has just learned that his apartment building of 15 years is being turned into condominiums, granted 90 days to vacate or purchase the property. Howard Honig (fourth of five) plays census taker Donald Ganz, who takes his job so seriously that he has to resort to breaking down doors to try to count heads. Michael Tucci (third of four) plays Danny Rizzo (shades of "Grease"!), a burglar who was tried and convicted by a vigilante court in the apartment building he broke into. The usual suspects are gathered together- jewelry store owner Bruno Bender (Stanley Brock, sixth of nine), last seen in "The Spy," blind shoplifter Leon Roth (Ralph Manza, fifth of seven), his roommate Phillip Lukeather (Judson Morgan, second of four), both last seen in "Community Relations," and 'court reporter' Stella Neimier (Helen Verbit, second of three), who claim that the government gave them the right to take the law into their own hands. Rod Colbin (fourth of seven) plays attorney Charles Bogert from the Justice Department, confirming that they had no right to actually prosecute or jail suspects, only to 'arbitrate community grievances' (Bender: "that was boring!").

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