Here's my critique of TV Judges: Judge Judy: she actually was a family court judge for 25 years. Most of her rulings are (reasonably) sound though occasionally she rules against a party just because they are annoying. In the first years of her program, few viewers understood the show paid the litigants and that the rules of arbitration applied, but o well. She's my favorite; I love love love when she tears someone a new one for being a jerk. Judge Joe Brown: I don't really know his background well, though he says he was a judge. A little too preachy but in the main, okay. Some of his litigants are too far off the reservation for my taste. Judge Alex: This guy was a highly respected criminal court judge in Miami before his tv stint. It's hard to believe he sidetracked murder cases, gang cases and major drug cases to handle unpaid rent. I just cannot warm to him. Divorce Court: Judge Toler handles the insanity of divorce well, but the show has never made any sense to me. No family court in the US would recognize her rulings as binding, and any divorce lawyer can tell you the real nuts come out when child custody cases are litigated. Mostly, I can't watch. Too much shouting and carrying on. For the most part, I don't think people learn a whole lot of law from the tv shows, but they do no serious harm. What say you?