Bad Judge: Season 1 (2014)


Critic Consensus: A alleged comedy charged with minimal wit, Bad Judge is benched by stale jokes and a lead performance that lacks conviction.


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Air date: Oct 2, 2014
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This legal comedy series centers around Rebecca Wright (Kate Walsh), a successful judge with an unusual courtroom manner and wild personal life. Her unorthodox punishments include sentencing a bigamist to attend a feminism course while wearing a shirt that says "I'm a convicted bigamist," a Hollywood starlet to community service at a convent with no cell service and a mom who tackled a young boy during a peewee football game to a beach Christmas. Outside of the court, she pursues a relationship with medical expert Dr. Gary Boyd (Ryan Hansen), only to jeopardize it when she has a one-night stand with a fireman. Most significantly, though, she becomes "counsel" to a young boy whose parents she put in jail.

Critic Reviews for Bad Judge Season 1

All Critics (40) | Top Critics (21)

This seems like a show exceedingly unlikely to succeed, but it won't be because Walsh isn't funny. It will be because even good shows often suffer from too much tinkering, and not-so-good shows can suffer even more.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…
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Until the show figures out how to make sitcom slapstick and inner-beauty melodrama work, it's kind of a mess. As sitcoms go, Bad Judge adds up more to "Huh?" than "Ha!"

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: 1/5 | Full Review…

Walsh throws herself into the part but Bad Judge so far is falling apart around her. It's not terrible, and maybe not even a misdemeanor offense. But it's still guilty of not being all that good.

Oct 1, 2014 | Rating: C | Full Review…
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Unfortunately, neither Rebecca the character nor Walsh the actress is funny enough to fill the half hour with laughs, or even smiles.

Oct 1, 2014 | Full Review…
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She's fun and funky, nonjudgmentally, the way guys get to be in films by, say, Adam McKay and Will Ferrell, who executive-produce this series.

Oct 1, 2014 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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The judge should throw the book at the show's writers.

Sep 29, 2014 | Full Review…

Painful. That's all I've got for the two episodes I've seen of NBC's Bad Judge.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…

I like the jokes that are there already, so let's hope this first season gives us more of them and finds a way to make them matter.

Oct 2, 2014 | Rating: 3/5 | Full Review…

Bad Judge is just all out of order.

Oct 2, 2014 | Full Review…

The show can't really make up its mind about whether Walsh's irresponsible-judge character is someone to emulate or dislike, and in any event, there just aren't many laughs here. Motion denied.

Oct 1, 2014 | Full Review…

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