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According to series creator Reinhold Weege, Night Court boasted the tallest male cast in television history. The cast members' heights:
Charles Robinson (Mac) - 6'2"
Harry Anderson (Harry) - 6'4"
John Larroquette (Dan) - 6'4"
Richard Moll (Bull) - 6'8"

Weege said the fact that the men, especially Richard Moll, were all tall initially provided shooting problems when trying to shoot a camera angle "over the shoulder" of one cast member to the face of another who was considerably shorter.
 
Mel Tormé was initially unaware that he was a central part of Night Court. He said, "I didn't know about this until six weeks into the show. Then people started coming to me and saying, 'Did you see this show, Night Court? They do a plug about you every week!" Once he saw the show he said, "Needless to say, I was bowled over."

Tormé became a frequent guest on the show beginning in the third season, and he said in an interview that he credited the series for revitalizing his career: "If somebody's been pouring high-octane gas into my tank, Night Court is the additive that has really made the car go psshing. They're the afterburner."
 
In his autobiography It Wasn't All Velvet Mel Tormé had nothing but praise for Night Court: "Young people who never had heard of me now attend my concerts, curious to get a look at this guy Harry Anderson is always talking about. The biggest kick of all, though, is working with the cast and crew of that show, some of the nicest, most professional people I have ever had the pleasure of meeting."
 
The fact that both Harry Anderson and his character, Judge Harry Stone, are huge Mel Tormé fans was purely a coincidence. Series creator Reinhold Weege was also a fan of the legendary jazz singer and wrote the judge's character as a Tormé fan before Anderson was cast in the role. However, that similarity, along with others (such as the judge's interest in magic and the fact that Anderson is a professional magician) prompted Anderson to tell Weege, "I am this character!" when he auditioned for the role.
 
The role of Selma Hacker was written expressly for Selma Diamond. Series creator Reinhold Weege was a fan of Diamond's comedic writing on Your Show of Shows and wrote the caustic bailiff character solely with her in mind.
 
Selma Diamond's death from lung cancer on May 13, 1985 caused stars Harry Anderson and John Larroquette and series creator Reinhold Weege to quit smoking.
 
The laugh heard at the end of the closing credits belonged to series creator Reinhold Weege.
 
According to John Larroquette, NBC wanted to take Dan Fielding off Night Court and have a spin-off series based on the character. Larroquette refused the offer.
 
Markie Post was the first choice for the defense attorney; however, when Night Court began production she was working on The Fall Guy and was not available. She didn't join the cast until the third season after making a guest appearance in the second season.
 
The person in the picture on the wall behind Harry's desk is actress Jean Harlow (1911-1937). The photo was taken by photographer George Hurrell in 1934.
 

Warning: Night Court guide may contain spoilers
Classification: Scripted
Genre: Comedy
Status: Canceled/Ended
Network: NBC ( USA)
Runtime: 30 Minutes
Premiere: January 04, 1984
Ended: May 31, 1992
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