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Season 4, Episode 19
#76 in series (193 episodes)
Series: Night Court
Network/Country: NBC-TV / United States
Air date March 18, 1987
Production code 185950
Written by: Teresa O'Neill
Directed by: Jim Drake
Guest stars: Matt Shakman
John Calvin
Fran Ryan
Katherine Moffat
Tom Williams (Uncredited)
Dorothy Andrews (Uncredited)
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Paternity was the 19th episode of Season 4 of Night Court, also the 76th overall series episode. Written by Teresa O' Neill and directed by Jim Drake, the episode, which premiered on NBC-TV, first aired on March 18, 1987. 

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After a smart-mouthed kid claims to be his son, Dan is served with a paternity suit.


Dan is slapped with a paternity suit, and his supposed son shows up at the courthouse to claim his father.

Plot Summary

Dan's chickens come home to roost when the libidinous prosecutor is slapped with a paternity suit. The plot thickens when Dan (John Larroquette) comes face to face with the 10-year-old (Matt Shakman) claiming to be his son. And elsewhere, Bull (Richard Moll) is surprised by the competition in his bid for the post of union representative. With this episode, Night Court moved from its traditional Thursday-night timeslot to a Wednesday-night berth.

Cast (in credits order)


Guest stars/Recurring characters/cast

  • Matt Shakman as Brian
  • John Calvin as Pete Peterson
  • Fran Ryan as Ethel La Rue
  • Katherine Moffat as Marilyn Scott
  • Jim Jackman as Man
  • Dorothy Andrews as Cashier (Uncredited)