Judge Jeanine Pirro

For the host and person for whom the show is named, see Jeanine Pirro.
Judge Jeanine Pirro
Also known as 'Judge Pirro'
Genre Court show
Starring Jeanine Pirro
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 3
No. of episodes 382
Executive producer(s)
Camera setup Multiple
Production company(s) Telepictures Productions
Distributor Warner Bros. Television Distribution
Original network The CW
(Season 1)
(Seasons 2-3)
Picture format 480i (SDTV)
Original release September 22, 2008 (2008-09-22) – May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)
Related shows Judge Mathis

Judge Jeanine Pirro (known simply as Judge Pirro since the premiere of its second season) is an American arbitration-based reality court show, presided over by retired Westchester County, New York, District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. The series debuted on The CW on September 22, 2008.[1]


As with other court shows, such as Judge Mathis and Judge Judy, a former judge serves as an "arbitrator" (dispute solver), and awards the litigants monetary judgments, of up to $5000, which is paid in full by the program's producers.[2][3]


Judge Jeanine Pirro was recorded in Chicago at NBC Tower, the NBC network's Chicago broadcast base and home to the related courtroom series Judge Mathis, and is produced by Telepictures Productions, distributed in syndication by Warner Bros. Greg Mathis, who presides over the aforementioned Judge Mathis, serves as this series' consultant.

Upon its premiere, Judge Pirro was made part of The CW Daytime programming block; meaning that, while technically a syndicated series, it only aired on CW affiliates.[4] Following its first season, The Tyra Banks Show was pulled from national syndication and took over Judge Pirro's place in the CW Daytime lineup, resulting in the series moving to Fox-owned stations, along with regular syndication outside of Fox O&O markets.[4]

In the spring of 2011, Judge Pirro was cancelled due to low ratings.[5] Also, in 2011, shortly before the show's cancellation, it was nominated for a Daytime Emmy Award and won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program.

Notable appearances

Some celebrities and reality television stars appeared on the show during its run.

Honky Tonk Man was a witness for a defendant in a case; the others listed were plaintiffs in their respective cases.


One of the bailiffs, Jimmie Akins,[6] was fired after he was arrested for attempted extortion charges.[7]


  1. "Former NY DA Pirro gets TV show". WABC-TV/DT New York. May 5, 2008. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  2. Bauder, David (September 16, 2008). "Ex-New York DA Jeanine Pirro joins TV bench". KPNX-TV. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  3. Peters, Jeremy (September 28, 2008). "A Mellowed Pirro, but No Less Blunt on TV". The New York Times. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  4. 1 2 Albiniak, Paige (February 9, 2009). "'Pirro' Preps for Fall Launch". Broadcasting & Cable. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  5. Albiniak, Paige (June 14, 2011). "'Dr. Phil' Becomes Syndie's Top-Talker as 'Oprah' Waves Goodbye". Broadcasting & Cable.
  6. Carpenter, John (September 24, 2010). "Longtime Chicago cop moonlights as bailiff on TV's 'Judge Pirro'". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 24, 2013.
  7. Heinzmann, David (January 30, 2009). "Cop who resigned over FBI probe gets boot from TV show over extortion charge". Chicago Tribune. Retrieved November 24, 2013.

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