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Power Rankings: Night Court, part 2

7 Feb

Night Court Power Rankings, part 2.  The top three.  On we go.

3.  Markie Post – (as Christine Sullivan) – She was first in TV movies Beyond Suspicion and Someone She Knows, and then had her most notable post-Night Court role in three season sitcom Hearts Afire, starring aside John Ritter.  She made her money after that as a TV movie regular for a couple of years, appearing in Visitors of the Night, Chasing the Dragon, Dog’s Best Friend (as the voice of Horse), Survival on the Mountain, and I’ve Been Waiting for You.  She also appeared in an episode of Harry Anderson’s Dave’s World, and as Mary’s mom in There’s Something About Mary.  She was in one season TGIF sitcom Odd Man Out in 1999, and appeared in the ‘00s in TV movies Late Bloomers, Till Dad Do Us Part,Holidayin Handcuffs, and Backyard Wedding.  She was in two episodes of The District, three of Scrubs, and one of Man Up and Ghost Whisperer, and in eight episodes in a voice role in Transformers: Prime.

2.  Charles Robinson (as Mac Robinson)  – I’ll be honest – I expected all of these actors to have done absolutely nothing because I was only familiar with two or three of them.  He was a main cast member on three season and utterly forgotten CBS series Love & War.  He was in episodes of The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air, Ink, cast mate John Laroquette’s eponymous John Larroquette Show, In The House, Malcolm and Eddie, and Touched by an Angel.  He was in nine of Home Improvement as Bud Harper and was in episodes of The Trouble of Normal, Soul Food (if you couldn’t figure out Robinson’s race, you probably have a good guess by now), Two Guys, a Girl, and a Pizza Place, My Wife and Kids, Abby, Yes, Dear, Andy Richter Controls the Universe, Carinvale, The Bernie Mac Show, Charmed, House M.D., Cold Case (I know this list keeps going, bear with me), The Riches, My Name is Earl, Big Love, The Game, Hank, The Secret Life of the American Teenager, $#*! My Dad Says, and Harry’s Law.  That may well be the longest list I’ve ever gone through in one of these, and that’s saying something, so congratulate yourself if you made it through.  He was also in films Antoine Fisher and The House Bunny.

1.  John Laroquette (as Dan Fielding) – The clear breakout star of Night Court, Laroquette was one of three actors, along with Anderson and Richard Moll, to appear in every episode of the series.  He won four straight emmies for Best Supporting Actor, in every year from 1984-88, and asked not to be considered in 1989.  He declined a shot at a spin off starring his character, and instead ventured off into his own sitcom, The John Laroquette Show, which was critically well-liked, but commercially less so.  Still it lasted for four seasons.  Otherwise, in the ‘90s, he was in Richie Rich, an episode of Night Court cast member Harry Anderson’s Dave’s World, and starred in a short-lived CBS midseason replacement series Payne, based on the UK’s far more successful FawlyTowers.  He played recurring psychopathic murderer Joey Heric on six episodes of The Practice and he co-starred in epic fantasy five-part miniseries The 10th Kingdom on NBC in 2000.  He was in a The West Wing and starred in one-season NBC sitcom Happy Family with Christine Baranski.  He was in ten Hallmark TV movies as defense lawyer McBride and narrated the Texas Chainsaw Massacre remake.  He was in two episodes of Joey and one of Kitchen Confidential, House M.D., Parks and Recreation, and White Collar.  He played lawyer Carl Sack on the last two seasons of Boston Legal.  He was in two episodes of Chuck and three of CSI:New York.  He was also in films Wedding Daze and Southland Tales.

Power Rankings: Night Court, part 1

6 Feb

Okay, it’s been a lot of reviews and some commercials recently, but it’s time to get back into the ranking business.  Since we’ve been doing so much new, let’s do some old in the form of a return to the ‘80s with Night Court.  I never really watched the show, but was reminded of it by that weird 30 Rock episode where Kenneth’s dream is a recreation of Night Court.  It lasted a crazy nine seasons, and although I fully admitted the cast, who I knew almost nothing about, to be largely unsuccessful, I was surprised.  There aren’t a lot of stars, but almost everybody’s had at least a fair amount of work.

6.  Marsha Warfield (as Roz Russell) – Warfield is the obvious sixth, and then the rankings get muddled, but her career really isn’t bad at all.  She followed up Night Court with appearances in episodes of Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, The Addams Family, The John Larroquette Show, and her biggest role outside of Night Court as Dr. Maxine Nightengale in two seasons of Empty Next.  She was in episodes of Dave’s World, Smart Guy, Mad About You, Moesha (if you couldn’t figure out Warfield’s race, you probably have a good guess by now), two of Living Single, and singles of Clueless, the series, Love Boat: The Next Wave, and Veronica’s Closet.  She hasn’t acted in this millennium.

5.  Richard Moll (as Bull Shannon) – Shannon proves that you can do a lot of work acting and still have nobody notice.  Between voice acting, cameos in TV episodes, and low budget films, Moll has kept shockingly busy.  Voice acting:  As Two Face in stone cold classic Batman: The Animated Series, Norman in Mighty Max, episodes of Superman, Freakazoid, Aaaahh!!! Real Monsters (had to check three times to get the “Aaahh!!!” spelling correct), The Incredible Hulk, Spider-man, as Scorpion, The New Batman Adventures, Justice League, and Batman: The Brave and the Bold.  TV:  He was in episodes of Martin and Highlander, five episodes of two-season forgotten TGIF show Getting By, episodes of Hercules: The Legendary Journeys, Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, Babylon 5, Baywatch, Weird Science, Married with Children, 7th Heaven, Sabrina the Teenage Witch, Smallville, and Cold Case.  He appeared in 17 episodes of Nick show 100 Deeds for Eddie Dowd.  Movies, real, and seemingly made up:  He was in Beanstalk, The Elevator, Galaxis, The Lawyer, The Secret Agent Club, Jingle All The Way, Snide and Prejudice, But I’m A Cheerleader, Monkey Business, Route 66, The Biggest Fan, Angel Blade, Dumb Luck, Lake Effects, and then, well you get the idea.  The man must really need some paychecks.  His ranking here by the way is not obvious at all.  The reason he got stuck in fifth is the simple lack of being a main cast member in an at least three season sitcom, which everyone else coming up has.

4.  Harry Anderson (as Harry Stone) –  He was in episodes of Hearts Afire, Night Stand, his Night Court co-worker’s The John Larroquette Show, and Lois & Clark: The New Adventures of Superman.  His most notable post-Night Court work was starring in four season sitcom Dave’s World based on the life of columnist Dave Barry (Anderson was Dave).  After that, he’s only been in episodes of Noddy and Son of the Beach, which was in 2002.  I thought I’d put him higher for starring in a four season sitcom, but everyone left was a main cast member in something and showed up in more shows.