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Harold T. "Harry" Stone
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Judge Harry Stone, played by Harry Anderson
Vital statistics
Gender: Male
Criminal Court Judge, Manhattan Municipal Court, NYC, U.S.
Young, good-humored judge and amateur magician who gains the friendship and professional respect of his co-workers and some of people who appear in his court, to the chagrin of some of his detractors who work in the court house
Appearances/Series information
Appeared on: Night Court
appeared in:
138 in series, Seasons 1-9
Played by: Harry Anderson

Harold T. "Harry" Stone is a presiding judge for night court at Manhattan criminal court on the NBC-TV series Night Court. The part of Judge Stone is played by Harry Anderson.

About Judge Harry

Harry is basically a young, good-humored judge and amateur magician whose parents were former mental patients. His zany antics and goofball sense of humor is tempered by infinite compassion and sincere belief that everyone has good in them. Harry can be a little self-righteous at times, but more often than not is the moral center of the show. Harry loved movies and fashions from the 1940s, was vocal in his disdain for modern music (especially Barry Manilow), and idolized crooner Mel Tormé.

In the series' pilot episode, attorneys, Dan Fielding and Sheila Gardiner (played by Gail Strickland in this episode only) and Lana Wagner (Karen Austin), the court clerk at the time, questioned the selection of Harry as the new judge, as he had been around the 1000th on a list which the Municipal Court used to contact prospective judges; he got his assignment because the outgoing Mayor of NYC made a huge number of appointments on his last day, and Harry was the only person on the judges' list who was home and was able to receive the call and accept his nomination.

All his co-workers manage to warm up to him, he was able to solve a dispute between a married couple who were brought into his courtroom (after the couple got into a fight in the cafeteria, which roughed up the lawyers, particularly Dan, whose shirt was ripped off his back, while he was still in his tie and sport jacket!) as he was able to get them to reconcile and win the co-workers over.