Parents' Guide to

Bad Judge

By Joyce Slaton, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 16+

Sex, drinking, and loose ethics in just-OK sitcom.

TV NBC Comedy 2014
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A Lot or a Little?

What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 15+

Based on 2 parent reviews

age 16+
age 14+

A Bad Judge is not even a good one. A TV-14 DSL it must go under.

A TV-14 Program at 9:00 PM that still don't have none of the Messages or Role Models. ...and this still has Sex, Swearing, and Drinking all over the place on the TV-14 Level. So Disappointed with what's in this Program. Still Degrades Women even if it's under a TV-14 Rated Level. Not good at all. By the way I'm a Guy.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (2 ):
Kids say (2 ):

As with the main character, Bad Judge is a mess. It's more or less a rip-off of Bad Teacher and other well-trodden Workplace Irony: She's a judge, but she has bad judgment! You get it? Sigh, we get it. And we wish charming, louche Kate Walsh had better material to work with. Would a judge who hands her just-peed-on pregnancy test to her bailiff have a job for long? What about one who explains that she had wine and cake for breakfast before coming to work? Ummmmm, grounds for a mistrial much?

Pity, because Walsh is great, and the interplay between her and Bell is effervescent. But asking the viewer to buy Walsh's antics and then adding on a layer of schmaltz by putting a young almost-orphan in her life is just too much. Frantic, unbelievable humor followed by saccharine plot twists? Even Walsh can't put that over.

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