Judging Amy: Season 1 (1999 - 2000)


Season 1
Judging Amy

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Judging Amy can't be sentenced too harshly thanks to a standout performance by Tyne Daly, but this series suffers a stiff penalty for its derivative premise and reliance on stock characters.

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Air date: Sep 19, 1999

In the series pilot, Amy Gray (Amy Brenneman) must contend with her daughter's resentment for her dissolved marriage while she assumes her duties as a Connecticut Superior Court judge. Lauren: Karle Warren. Maxine: Tyne Daly. Vincent: Dan Futterman. Van Exel: Richard T. Jones. Lena Railsback: LaTanya Richardson.

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Air date: Sep 22, 1999

Amy's docket includes a case involving an abused baby who's on life support and a lunch date with a shrink ("Not my shrink," she insists). Meanwhile, Lauren's having trouble in school. Dr. Tracy Carroll: Justin Louis. Mrs. Schleewee: Ann Dowd. Andrew Scribner: Todd Robert Anderson. Tanya Miller: L. Scott Caldwell. Jack Overby: David Newsom. Dr. McGarth: Jay Karnes. Curtis Mayhern: Kari T. Wright. Lauren: Karle Warren. Vincent: Dan Futterman. Maxine: Tyne Daly. Amy: Amy Brenneman.

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Air date: Sep 28, 1999

Amy wrestles with an abuse case brought on behalf of a comatose 10-year-old whose unwitting intercession is said to cause miraculous cures for people who touch him. Meanwhile, Maxine has an abuse case of her own, involving a 6-year-old girl who's obsessed with dieting and nutrition; and Vincent meets an older woman (Kathryn Harrold) who takes an interest in him. Susie Nixon: Wendy Makkena. Linda Oaks: Christine Dunford. Dr. Meyer: Jack Laufer.

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Air date: Oct 5, 1999

While Amy presides over her first jury trial, a sensational negligence case involving a murdered teen, Maxine struggles to understand Vincent's desire to write. Amy: Amy Brenneman. Maxine: Tyne Daly. Vincent: Dan Futterman.

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Air date: Oct 12, 1999

Amy's getting serious with Dr. Tracy Carroll, but Maxine gets in the way. Maxine also gets in the way of a teen mother who wants to keep her baby. Meanwhile, Vincent receives lots of encouragement from an older woman (Kathryn Harrold), and Amy receives a death threat. Tracy: Taylor Nichols. Simon McKinley: Chelcie Ross. Donna Kozlowski: Jillian Armenante. Paula Mitchell: Ann Hearn.

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Air date: Oct 19, 1999

A man sues to take custody of his 8-year-old son from his ex-wife because she practices witchcraft; Maxine revisits an abuse case that ended unsatisfactorily five years before; a woman (Meredith Scott Lynn) with whom Vincent had bad experiences in college wants to be his agent; and a boy's scary ghost story turns Lauren off on Halloween. Susie Nixon: Wendy Makkena. Anne Featherstone: Tracy Ellis. Alan Stetson: Lawrence Pressman. Franklin Dobbs: Spencer Garrett. Axelrod: Jack Stehlin.

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Air date: Nov 2, 1999

While Amy wrestles with a child-custody battle between white foster parents and a black biological grandmother, she notices a distinct chill in her relationship with Bruce Van Exel (Richard T. Jones). Meanwhile, Maxine clashes with a deaf colleague (Marlee Matlin) over a case involving an 8-year-old deaf boy(Gianni Manganelli) who lives with his 18-year-old brother (Christopher L. Pettlet). And Vincent (Dan Futterman) gets a job teaching writing at a community college.

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Air date: Nov 9, 1999

Amy must decide on the sentence for a 15-year-old who has been convicted of manslaughter in the killing of a 10-year-old bystander during a drive-by shooting. Meanwhile, Vincent is shot while trying to stop an assault on a woman in a grocery-store parking lot. And Maxine's caseload includes a family that seems quite normal---except that the mother (Ashley Gardner) thinks she's been abducted by aliens. Robert Chetwind: Samuel L. Jones III. Carter: Paul Schulze. Baxter: Cynthia Martells.

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Air date: Nov 23, 1999

After 40 years of cooking Thanksgiving dinner, Maxine says she's had enough, so Amy assists. Her guest list consists of her estranged husband (John Slattery),who promptly mentions their divorce. Even more trifling is that Amy's on call, and just before dinner she has to mediate a crisis in an adoption case. Meanwhile, Vincent is invited to dine at his agent's Manhattan apartment, where the contact he makes isn't what he expects.

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Air date: Nov 30, 1999

Maxine has a full house---of stressed-out people. They include Peter's wife Gillian (Jessica Tuck), whose depression over her fertility problems has led to marital strain. Amy suggests time apart, though that might not be in Maxine's best interest. Next, Vincent, with a tight story deadline and an apartment full of dogs to be groomed, seeks refuge in his old room. And then an unhappy young mother (Margaret Welsh) shows up and dumps the cause of her gloom---her baby---on Maxine.

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Critic Reviews for Judging Amy Season 1

All Critics (18) | Top Critics (11)

Tyne Daly energizes CBS' Judging Amy whenever she appears. The problem is that Daly isn't the star of this legal/family drama. NYPD Blue alumna Amy Brenneman is, and though quite appealing, she can't elevate a conventional, sappy show.

Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Set in Hartford, "Amy" does well by its topicality.

Jul 12, 2019 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

No, it's not [NBC series] Providence. It's even more distressing: a painfully calculated Providence wannabe.

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Amy benefits from a strong cast and a slightly harder-nosed attitude than its treacly forebear [NBC's Providence], but if this judge doesn't stop wearing her robe like a security blanket soon, she's going to try our patience.

Jul 22, 2019 | Full Review…

Writer-producers John Tinker, Barbara Hall, Bill D'Elia and their intelligence-radiating star have turned out a crisply entertaining drama that's as crammed-full as Amy's docket.

Jul 19, 2019 | Full Review…

Occasionally Judging Amy, a new CBS drama series, rises to heights that actually are dramatic. But mostly it just simmers sleepily, a bland and timid concoction straight from the TV equivalent of the supermarket shelf.

Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…

The main problem is Amy's fluctuating competency level... Come on, get a grip on that gavel.

Jul 12, 2019 | Full Review…

In an era of bawdy, sensationalistic reality shows, Judging Amy gives viewers an hour of solid family drama.

Jul 18, 2019 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Thankfully, the show realizes it's sappy.

Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Judging Amy has enough rough edges, racy storylines and coarse language to turn away the Touched By an Angel crowd. However, it isn't gritty enough to put a dent in the audience for Brenneman's old colleagues at NYPD Blue.

Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…

It's earnest and it has possibilities, but it's not all that great.

Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Has a lot of problems, no doubt a result of a hasty rewrite. Still, the show has a good premise.

Jul 18, 2019 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Judging Amy: Season 1

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