The People’s Court has been cancelled, for the second time. The current incarnation of the daytime courtroom series will end with its current 26th season.
Debuting in first-run syndication in 1981, The People’s Court was the first court show to use binding arbitration. It was presided over by former Los Angeles County Superior Court Judge Joseph Wapner. With the help of Rusty Burrell as his bailiff, Wapner’s show ran for 12 seasons and 2,484 half-hour episodes.
The series was revived four years later, in 1997, with former lawyer and Mayor of New York Ed Koch as arbiter. After two years, he was succeeded by former New York State Supreme Court Judge Jerry Sheindlin (husband of Judge Judy).
Sheindlin lasted less than two seasons before being replaced by retired Florida Circuit Court Judge Marilyn Milian in 2001. Milian has been leading the series ever since and is the longest-serving judge in the show’s long history. She was the first Latina judge to host a nationally syndicated television court show.
The news of The People’s Court series cancellation comes as the result of changing and challenging conditions in the daytime syndication market. Last month, it was announced that Dr. Phil is ending after a 21-year run. Many other syndicated informational series ended in 2022, including Dr. Oz, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, The Good Dish, Maury, The Real, and The Wendy Williams Show.
The People’s Court is a Ralph Edwards/Stu Billett Production and Warner Bros. Unscripted Television in association with Telepictures. It is distributed by Warner Bros. Domestic Television Distribution.
Judge Mathis, which is also distributed by Warner Bros., has also been cancelled, after 24 seasons.
What do you think? Have you enjoyed watching The People’s Court series over the years? Will you miss seeing this program on the schedule?
The People’s Court is one of my favorite shows, in fact the most favorite
daytime show with Judge Millian. I guess that you’ll repeat her old shows, but that doesn’t cut it. I can’t imagine this show is so expensive that you can’t
afford it. If you put some other idiotic talk show, I’ll never go there again. I am very disgusted with this decistion.
I am so upset that they cancelled the people’s court. Judge Millian was my favorite judge! I’m going to miss seeing her! I hope she gets her own show somehow!!
What is next for Judge Millian. Is she going to keep working as a judge on a different tv station?
I really enjoyed her show.
I’m really sad people’s court is canceled. I loved that show. Judge Milian was the best. I hope she comes back
I am so bummed that People’s court is being cancelled. I record it everyday. I have learned so much from Judge Milian. Can’t believe this is true!!
The people’s court needs renewed. Or the station or company not renewing needs to be boycotted and closed down.
I agree with Gary A. Make a new show with your husband. Or just please someone continue with the the People’s Court. Why take off a show that has been around for years? Someone is watching it.
Judge Milian, please create your own show. Maybe a show with you and John taking turns Presiding over cases. You are the only real deal. We need you. Thank you for a “real” court show that applies the law. We are not ready to say goodbye.
This is the only Judge show left that I like! Way to go
An Emmy winning show many times over getting canceled. I don’t understand the business aspects behind the cancellation but I will say it is a shame that a program so popular and interesting needs to be axed. Not because the cast wants to move on but because of some “syndication” issue. I’ve been a fan of the program going all the way back to 1981. In the midst of so much daytime programming junk, it’s really sad to see a quality show disappear.
I’m so upset that this show is going off the air! I love Judge Milian and her husband. What will they put in that time slot now…. hopefully not the news or another talk show!!!