Judging Amy

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Judging Amy
GenreLegal drama
Created by
Developed byBarbara Hall
Directed by
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons6
No. of episodes138
Executive producers
Running time60 minutes
Production companies
Original release
ReleaseSeptember 19, 1999 (1999-09-19) –
May 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)

Judging Amy is an American legal drama television series that was telecast from September 19, 1999, through May 3, 2005, on CBS. This TV series starred Amy Brenneman and Tyne Daly. Its main character (Brenneman) is a judge who serves in a family court for the Connecticut Superior Court's Hartford district; in addition to the family-related cases that she adjudicates, many episodes focus on her experiences as a divorced mother and on the experiences of her mother, a social worker in the field of child welfare. This series was based on the life experiences of Brenneman's mother.


Amy Gray (Amy Brenneman), an attorney and Harvard graduate, moves back to her hometown of Hartford, Connecticut after separating from her husband Michael in New York City. She and her six-year-old daughter Lauren (Karle Warren) move in with her widowed mother, Maxine Gray (Tyne Daly) who is a caseworker for the Connecticut Department of Children and Families. The move back to Hartford also reunites Amy with her two brothers. Her older brother Peter (Marcus Giamatti) juggles the operations of their late father's insurance company along with the struggles he and his wife Gillian (Jessica Tuck) are facing towards starting a family due to fertility issues. At the same time, Amy's younger brother Vincent (Dan Futterman) an aspiring writer, struggles to jumpstart his career while working odd-end jobs. Later on, Amy's cousin Kyle McCarthy (Kevin Rahm), a former med student, returns to help cope with the rehabilitation of his drug addiction. In her line of work Amy takes on a wide variety of challenging cases, with the assistance of her Court Services Officer Bruce van Exel (Richard T. Jones) and Court Clerk Donna Kozlowski (Jillian Armenante) both of whom she ultimately becomes good friends with. In the de facto series finale (the series was canceled after the conclusion of the season) Amy quits the judiciary to run for the U.S. Senate.


Character Actor Season
1 2 3 4 5 6
Amy Gray Amy Brenneman Main
Vincent Gray Dan Futterman Main Special guest Main
Bruce Calvin van Exel Richard T. Jones Main
Gillian Gray Jessica Tuck Main
Peter Gray Marcus Giamatti Main
Lauren Cassidy Karle Warren Main
Maxine Gray Tyne Daly Main
Donna Kozlowski Jillian Armenante Recurring Main
Kyle McCarthy Kevin Rahm Main Special guest
Sean Potter Timothy Omundson Recurring Main


The Cast.
  • Judge Amy Madison Gray, played by Amy Brenneman: After separating from her husband, Amy Gray returns to her childhood home with her daughter, becomes a judge on Connecticut's family court, gets a divorce, and tries to get on with her life. Balancing her new job, her family, and trying to rebuild her love life is not easy, but she keeps trying. She makes a name for herself in family court for her unusual methods and sentences and her stubbornness, which sometimes gets her in trouble. She dates several men. Her longest and more serious relationships are with lawyer Stuart Collins and David McClaren. Amy and Stuart dislike each other at first, but when she asks him to be Eric Black's lawyer, they get closer and eventually get engaged. However, Amy leaves him at the altar on their wedding day, saying he has a way of always convincing her to do things she does not want to do, calling him "a bully". She meets David McClaren during her short stint in the criminal court, and things are rocky from the start. Amy becomes pregnant by him and they plan to marry, but things fall apart when she miscarries and they part ways soon thereafter. In the last episode of the series, she quits the judiciary to run for Senate, to try to prevent the passage of a law that will effectively end the juvenile justice system by allowing the State's Attorney's office to try teenagers as adults at their own discretion. Amy's often complicated and ever changing definition of a relationship with her Court Services Officer, Bruce Van Exel, whom she calls her "best friend" and with whom she's shared intimate moments – despite his refusal to date white women, ends with him coming to be with her in Washington as she testifies at a Senate Hearing.
  • Maxine McCarty Gray, played by Tyne Daly: She is Amy's widowed mother. A social worker for the Department of Children and Families, she had retired, but she returns to the job at the start of the series. She is willing to do whatever it takes to help the children in her care, even bending the law. She is an opinionated, strong-willed woman, very set in her ways, and capable of holding long grudges (she has not spoken to her brother in over 12 years), but loving to her family. Her relationship with daughter Amy is often not easy, since they are so much alike. After a troubled courtship, she becomes engaged to a wealthy businessman, Jared Duff, but he dies 48 hours before their wedding (a storyline twist necessitated by the unexpected death of the actor Richard Crenna, who played the character). She later becomes involved in a very complicated, on-again off-again relationship to her landscape designer Ignacio Messina. She suffers two heart attacks in the last season and has to undergo open heart surgery, but makes certain lifestyle changes and recovers well. At the end of the series she accepts Ignacio's marriage proposal and is set to retire again, becoming a foster parent to the last child she helped.
  • Vincent Gray played by Dan Futterman (seasons 1–3 & 6; special guest season 5): He is Amy's gifted[1] younger brother, with whom she has always been closest. Vincent is the winner of a Pushcart Prize during college, but then went on a backpack tour of Europe because he was overwhelmed with the expectations for success. He later writes a novel titled A Fortunate Son, about a Rabbi and his son. He sells the rights to this book to a movie company, who he says are going to turn the Rabbi and other characters into Walkens. He's torn about giving up his characters and turns to his sister Amy, who advises him to "take the money and run", given that he is about to move to San Francisco with his new wife. He later gets a deal for a collection of short stories, but is unable to meet the deadline after the emotional stress of his divorce and he had to give back the considerable advance ($15,000) that he was paid. At the beginning of the series, he is roommates with a man with whom he owns a dog-washing business. When his roommate gets married, he becomes roommates with Donna, with whom he later becomes best friends. As he attempts to continue his writing career, he holds a number of jobs: dogwasher, reporter, and freelancer. He eventually marries his girlfriend, Carole Tobey (Sara Mornell), who has breast cancer, and leaves with her for San Francisco. The impending move causes Amy to become angry with Vincent, but when Amy finds out about Carole's breast cancer, she makes amends with him, gives him legal advice on his movie deal – even giving him the family's good luck talisman "the Surfing Monkey" at the airport. He comes home briefly when his mother calls and asks him to come help Maxine and Amy patch things up – as a fight has resulted in Amy moving out with extreme tension existing between mother and daughter. Because of Vincent's visit, Amy buys the family home, Maxine becomes a renter, and the family is put back together. Sometime later, his cousin Kyle arranges for him to arrive as a surprise to Amy's wedding to Stuart Collins. The wedding never happens. He returns home permanently soon after, explaining that Carole has left him for her oncologist. He later explains that this was because he couldn't "be there" for her in the way that she needed him to be while her doctor could. Stuck after his book deal is canceled and he is in debt to the publishing company, he starts driving for the Department of Social Services, then gets a job at a teen center. When a teen is shot in front of him, his boss goes on a bender and realizes she's "addicted" to Vincent and gets him a job teaching writing at a Maximum Security Detention Center. Vincent seems to attract bad luck – he gets shot while helping a woman being mugged in a grocery store parking lot, then later gets blown up and loses his ability to walk and read.
  • Peter Gray, played by Marcus Giamatti: He is Amy's older brother. He inherited the family business from his father and he is good at it, even if he wasn't given a choice. He is a good man who sometimes surprises people with some outbursts. He and his wife Gillian have been trying to start a family for several years, but their inability to have children of their own leads to them pursuing adoption. Through their adoption agency, they are chosen by a pregnant woman named Evie as adoptive parents to her baby. She gives birth to a boy who Peter and Gillian name Edward, after Peter's late father, but call him Ned for short. Shortly after Ned's adoption is completed, Evie returns and reclaims her son after Ned's biological father reemerges, but ends up returning him to Peter and Gillian after her arrangements don't work out. Sometime after adopting Ned, Gillian gets pregnant and gives birth to another son, Walt. Things get rocky after Walt's birth and they separate for a while, even dating other people. Peter goes through a "rebellion" phase, trying to recall his teenage dreams, until he finds out his business is almost bankrupt. Soon after, he reconciles with his wife.
  • Gillian Gray, played by Jessica Tuck: She is Peter's wife. A high strung controlling woman with a good heart, she completely loves her husband. She is usually well-meaning, but also often obsessive and nerve-wracking. After being unable to get pregnant, they adopt baby Ned. Sometime later, however, she gets pregnant, but things go wrong during the delivery of Walt, and she falls into a coma for a while. She and Peter have problems soon after (and she dates another man) but they reconcile.
  • Lauren Cassidy, played by Karle Warren: She is Amy's daughter, six years old at the start of the series. A mostly well-adjusted girl, she is going through the pains of childhood and preadolescence with divorced parents, but a loving family. She struggles over her father's relationship with his new girlfriend Leesha, whom she likes at first. When Lauren is 12, her uncle Peter takes her for her haircut and she returns home with her long straight hair cut into a hipper, shoulder-length cut. Her boyfriend Victor turns out to be the son of one of her mother's later boyfriends, David McClaren, which causes Lauren to feel awkward and disgusted. When Amy becomes pregnant with David's child, Lauren reveals what a total blow to her social life this will be and is furious. She later becomes accepting and supporting of her mother after she miscarries. Toward the end of the series, Lauren begins to hang out with a group of friends who embrace the straight edge culture, which puts her at odds with her mother.
  • Kyle McCarty played by Kevin Rahm (seasons 3–5; special guest season 6): He is Amy's cousin, the son of Maxine's estranged brother Richard (William Devane). He is a former medical student who was expelled because he was addicted to Dilaudid. Shunning his father, he comes to his aunt Maxine for help. She gives him a home and gets him a job as a counselor at a facility for runaway teens. He later moves in to share a flat with Donna after Vincent leaves and finds a hospital willing to give him a new chance to finish his medical residency, and gets into a complicated on/off relationship with fellow doctor Heather Labonte, as well as fighting an attraction to his supervisor, Dr. Lily Reddicker. After his father dies, he quits his job and finds a new path in life as a medic with the SWAT unit. He finally decides to accompany his ex-girlfriend Heather to Minnesota and take care of their son while she is in rehabilitation.
  • Bruce Calvin van Exel, played by Richard T. Jones: He is Amy's court services officer, who becomes her friend. The series addresses a number of issues of their cross-racial friendship and how each feels about it. Bruce is a stubborn man with strong convictions, whose advice Amy comes to find invaluable. He has a daughter, Rebecca, whose mother breaks up with him after he gives her an ultimatum to get married after they've lived together for a number of years. At one point, Bruce is suspended from work for punching a man. He performs community service in a soup kitchen before returning to work with Amy. He is a fairly devout Catholic and not thrilled when his sister Winnie takes Rebecca to her more traditional black church with 'more interesting prayers'. Rebecca and Lauren attend the same middle school. In the second-to-last episode, he quits his job to complete his master's degree in family counseling, something he'd always wanted to do. The attraction between Amy and him is sometimes acknowledged, but never really explored until he comes to be by her side at the end of the series. "You came" "you called" and they hold hands.
  • Donna Kozlowski played by Jillian Armenante (seasons 2–6; recurring season 1): She is Amy's court clerk. An eccentric woman, she is from a wealthy family, but estranged from them. Donna is a genius (she finishes her Juris Doctor degree in one and a half years) and socially awkward. She is married to a convicted murderer, Oscar Ray Pant, and becomes roommates with Amy's brother Vincent. While living with him, she has a daughter by Oscar, Ariadne Gray Pant, to whom she gives birth in a plastic pool in Amy's living room. Her mother arrives while Donna is in the pool, but is unable to offer her support and leaves. Maxine ends up getting in the pool with Donna. Later, Oscar confesses to Donna that he is really guilty and she divorces him. Upon passing the bar examination, Amy fires her so she would go to work as a lawyer; she becomes a court-appointed minor counsel for the Hartford Youth Advocates, whose office is across the hall from Amy's.
  • Sean Potter, played by Timothy Omundson (season 6; recurring seasons 2–5): He is Maxine's boss and later friend, who has his hands full dealing with Maxine's unorthodox methods. Initially a bit green in his supervisory role, he loosens up over time after his exposure to and friendship with Maxine. Sean and Bruce become friends and work together to establish alternative treatment programs for youthful offenders (such as "Gun 101"), and Sean is revealed in one episode as an avid karaoke singer, which comes in handy for entertaining the guests at Amy's and Stuart's wedding (which does not quite come off). Sean is also revealed to have come from a rich family, had attended expensive private school, and one time attempts to establish a scholarship fund in honor of his grandfather but the fundraiser doesn't work. Sean also dates Courtney Messina, the daughter of Maxine's beau, Ignacio, for a while, entertaining her elderly grandmother with a rendition of "Vaya con Dios".


  • Eric Black, played by Blake Bashoff: He is a gay teenager who had been so badly abused that he was blind for two years. When all else fails, Maxine reluctantly takes him into her home, where he rapidly bonds with the family; afterwards, Sean becomes his foster father. Eventually, Eric protectively confronts and kills a stalker after Amy and Lauren. He is tried and found not guilty, but does so by lying on the witness stand. Maxine is disappointed in him, so he decides to move to Canada with his boyfriend, Mark.
  • Dr. Lily Reddicker, played by Kristin Lehman: She is the hospital chief of staff who takes a chance by hiring Amy's cousin Kyle. She is a no-nonsense supervisor who recognizes Kyle's superb medical skills and his need to return to medicine, which he tries to hide behind a sarcastic view of the world. She fights an attraction to Kyle because of their professional relationship and her fears that pursuing it create problems for Kyle because of his addiction problems. Kyle soon becomes troubled by his attraction to both Dr. Lily and a fellow resident, Heather Labonte.
  • Heather Labonte, played by Sarah Danielle Madison: She is a doctor at Kyle's hospital with a substance abuse problem, who gets busted with a drug test and then gets a job as a bartender, which she says is a better job with better pay. She has an on/off relationship with Kyle, until she gets pregnant. Kyle doesn't believe she was pregnant, and claims he even visited her father who also said there was no baby. When Heather returns and tells Kyle she is going into rehab and the baby would be staying with her sister, he still doesn't believe her – until his Aunt Maxine literally beats on his chest and yells at him "don't you dare abandon your son!" and, after apologizing, reminds him that the best decisions aren't the easy ones. As a result, Kyle decides to accompany Heather to Minnesota and take care of their son while she is in rehabilitation.
  • Louann "Crystal" Turner, played by Jennifer Esposito: She is a former meth addict who runs an outreach program for homeless teenagers. She had a relationship with Vincent and worked with him until they witness a young prostitute get murdered. She goes on a bender and tries to seduce Vincent. When she gets sober, she realizes they can't work together and she arranges for him to work at a youth detention center to teach a creative writing class.
  • Graciela Reyes, played by Tara Correa-McMullen: She is a gang member Amy counsels. As time passes, she makes progress, though she is arrested one day for murder, as she was in the car with her cousin when she was involved in a drive-by shooting. Graciela is tried and found guilty as an adult because of a cousin's lies on the witness stand, and thus being sent to adult prison. The cousin later recants, but Graciela is murdered in a gang retaliation before Amy can get her out of prison. (See also #Murdered cast member below.)
  • Rob Holbrook, played by Jim Parsons: He is a young clerk hired by Amy to replace Donna after her departure. Innocent and extremely eager to please, he proves his worth when his knowledge of Spanish comes into play in a case. Later, when Amy is banned from Graciela's trial, he goes in her stead and reports back to her all that happens. He enjoys cake and playing ball.
  • Courtney Messina, played by Jossara Jinaro (died 2022): She is Ignacio Messina's (Cheech Marin) daughter and Sean Potter's (Timothy Omundson) girlfriend.

Amy's love interests[edit]

  • Michael Cassidy (John Slattery, Richard Burgi): He is Amy's ex-husband. He divorced Amy and married a woman named Leesha, who was younger and blonder than Amy. Michael tried to obtain full custody of Lauren, hoping his daughter would help him to mend his second marriage. He dropped the case when Leesha left him. He told Amy, though he stood by what he said about her in court, she was still a better parent than he.
  • Rob Meltzer (Tom Welling): He is Lauren's karate teacher, with whom Amy had a short fling. She dumped him for Tom Gillette, but later went back to Rob.
  • Tom Gillette (Gregory Harrison): Tom left Amy so he could return to his estranged wife.
  • Barry Krumble (Chris Sarandon): He is a fellow judge, whom Amy dated briefly. He "saved" her from embarrassment at her 10-year college reunion, but the relationship fizzled out when she realized they were not meant for each other because he could not "live in the moment" the way she did.
  • Stuart Collins (Reed Diamond): He is a lawyer who, after several on/offs, became engaged to Amy. They rekindled their relationship when she asked him to be Eric Black's lawyer, but she ended the relationship by leaving him at the altar. Six months later, she learned he had married a 22-year-old Polynesian woman whom he met on the trip that was supposed to have been their honeymoon.
  • David McClaren (Adrian Pasdar): He is a widowed assistant state's attorney and the father of Lauren's boyfriend, Victor. His relationship with Amy was rocky from the beginning, as he was still dealing with his wife's murder. He attended victims' support group meetings, one of which he asked Amy to attend. Amy became pregnant by him, and they planned to buy a house together. Amy had a miscarriage and, in her grief, kept David at a distance. This resulted in him breaking up with her.

Maxine's love interests[edit]

  • Jared Duff (Richard Crenna): He is a wealthy businessman who met Maxine at a local diner, which he later purchased for her. Things between them became rocky several times, once because of his son's opposition to the relationship. They became engaged in 2003, but Jared died two days before the wedding.
  • Ignacio Messina (Cheech Marin): He is the landscape designer whom Maxine hired to work on her garden. The two became close, but Maxine learned he was not legally divorced from his wife and he had two children: Courtney Messina (Jossara Jinaro) and Raul Messina (Tito Ortiz). Ignacio's mother hated Maxine, which she found extremely funny. Maxine refused to date him when she learned his divorce wasn't final. They continued their friendship bound by a complicated set of rules Maxine established to prove they weren't dating. He remained very supportive during Maxine's health problems. When his divorce became final, they began dating again in a complicated relationship. At one point Maxine thought they were getting too close and she actually gave him away to her friend Patsy. She later regretted it and asked Ignacio to dump Patsy. He refuses to live by Maxine's ever-changing rules and confronts her with a marriage proposal as a solution, which she accepts.

Murdered cast member[edit]

On October 21, 2005, 16-year-old Tara Correa (who played Graciela Reyes in the show) was shot to death outside an apartment complex in Inglewood, California. Suspected gang member Damien Watts, 20, was charged with her murder on March 1, 2006; he was convicted on January 23, 2009.[2] When charged, Watts was in custody for a separate shooting.[3] Watts was sentenced on February 27, 2009 to life imprisonment, with no chance of parole.[4]


Judging Amy takes place in Hartford, Connecticut. Although the show often shows the Hartford Judicial District Court as having the address of 1265 (street unknown), the actual address of the Hartford Judicial District is 95 Washington Street, family matters are heard on 90 Washington Street and the Superior Court Juvenile Matters of Hartford is in 920 Broad Street, Hartford, CT 06106.[5]


Series overview[edit]

SeasonEpisodesOriginally aired
First airedLast aired
123September 19, 1999 (1999-09-19)May 23, 2000 (2000-05-23)
222October 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)May 22, 2001 (2001-05-22)
324September 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)May 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)
424October 1, 2002 (2002-10-01)May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)
523September 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)May 18, 2004 (2004-05-18)
622September 28, 2004 (2004-09-28)May 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)

Season 1 (1999–2000)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
11"Pilot"James HaymanStory by : John Tinker & Bill D'Elia
Teleplay by : Barbara Hall & John Tinker & Bill D'Elia
September 19, 1999 (1999-09-19)
22"Short Calendar"Jack BenderNicole Yorkin & Dawn PrestwichSeptember 21, 1999 (1999-09-21)
33"Trial by Jury"James HaymanNatalie ChaidezSeptember 28, 1999 (1999-09-28)
44"Victim Soul"James FrawleyBarbara HallOctober 5, 1999 (1999-10-05)
55"Last Tango in Hartford"James FrawleyNicole Yorkin & Dawn PrestwichOctober 12, 1999 (1999-10-12)
66"Witch Hunt"Ken OlinPaul KaronOctober 19, 1999 (1999-10-19)
77"Impartial Bias"James HaymanDavid W. ZuckerNovember 2, 1999 (1999-11-02)
88"Near Death Experience"Kevin DowlingAngel Dean LopezNovember 9, 1999 (1999-11-09)
99"The Persistence of Tectonics"Joe Ann FogleRandall CaldwellNovember 23, 1999 (1999-11-23)
1010"Crowded House"Martha MitchellLyla OliverNovember 30, 1999 (1999-11-30)
1111"Presumed Innocent"James HaymanNatalie ChaidezDecember 14, 1999 (1999-12-14)
1212"Spoil the Child"Kristoffer TaboriNicole Yorkin & Dawn PrestwichJanuary 11, 2000 (2000-01-11)
1313"Zero to Sixty"Anita W. AddisonDavid Silverman & Marcy Gray RubinJanuary 18, 2000 (2000-01-18)
1414"Shaken, Not Stirred"David SemelKerry Lenhart & John J. SakmarFebruary 8, 2000 (2000-02-08)
1515"Culture Class"Jack BenderTed MannFebruary 15, 2000 (2000-02-15)
1616"The Wee Hours"James HaymanHart HansonFebruary 22, 2000 (2000-02-22)
1717"Drawing the Line"Jack BenderLyla Oliver & Randall CaldwellFebruary 29, 2000 (2000-02-29)
1818"Human Touch"Martha MitchellJoshua SternMarch 21, 2000 (2000-03-21)
1919"The Out-of-Towners"Bob McCrackenHart Hanson & David W. ZuckerApril 18, 2000 (2000-04-18)
2020"The God Thing"Kevin DowlingKaren HallMay 2, 2000 (2000-05-02)
2121"Gray vs. Gray"James HaymanKerry Lenhart & John J. SakmarMay 9, 2000 (2000-05-09)
2222"Not with a Whimper"David PlattNicole Yorkin & Dawn PrestwichMay 16, 2000 (2000-05-16)
2323"Blast from the Past"James HaymanBarbara HallMay 23, 2000 (2000-05-23)

Season 2 (2000–01)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
241"Zero Tolerance"James HaymanBarbara HallOctober 10, 2000 (2000-10-10)
252"You're Not the Boss of Me"Kevin DowlingNicole Yorkin & Dawn PrestwichOctober 24, 2000 (2000-10-24)
263"Instincts"Martin DavidsonLyla OliverOctober 31, 2000 (2000-10-31)
274"Convictions"Martha MitchellRandall CaldwellNovember 14, 2000 (2000-11-14)
285"Unnecessary Roughness"David PlattHart HansonNovember 21, 2000 (2000-11-21)
296"The Burden of Perspective"Kristoffer TaboriJoseph DoughertyNovember 28, 2000 (2000-11-28)
307"Dog Days"James HaymanKaren HallDecember 12, 2000 (2000-12-12)
318"Waterworld"Bob McCrackenNicole Yorkin & Dawn PrestwichDecember 19, 2000 (2000-12-19)
329"The Undertow"Jack BenderHart HansonJanuary 9, 2001 (2001-01-09)
3310"Adoption Day"James HaymanPaul KaronJanuary 16, 2001 (2001-01-16)
3411"The Claw is Our Master"Arvin BrownKaren HallJanuary 30, 2001 (2001-01-30)
3512"8 1/2 Narrow"Helen ShaverJoseph DoughertyFebruary 6, 2001 (2001-02-06)
3613"The Beginning, the End, and the Murky Middle"Elodie KeeneThad MumfordFebruary 13, 2001 (2001-02-13)
3714"One For the Road"Brad SilberlingLyla OliverFebruary 20, 2001 (2001-02-20)
3815"The Treachery of Compromise"Andrew RobinsonRandall CaldwellFebruary 27, 2001 (2001-02-27)
3916"Everybody Falls Down"Jack BenderStory by : Sibyl Gardner
Teleplay by : Joseph Dougherty
March 20, 2001 (2001-03-20)
4017"Romeo and Juliet Must Die—Well, Maybe Just Juliet"Kristoffer TaboriHart HansonApril 10, 2001 (2001-04-10)
4118"The Unforgiven"James HaymanStory by : Karen Hall & Hart Hanson
Teleplay by : Karen Hall
April 24, 2001 (2001-04-24)
4219"Between the Wanting and the Getting"Joseph DoughertyDawn Prestwich & Nicole Yorkin & Joseph DoughertyMay 1, 2001 (2001-05-01)
4320"Grounded"James HaymanDawn Comer JeffersonMay 8, 2001 (2001-05-08)
4421"Redheaded Stepchild"James HaymanBarbara Hall & Karen Hall & Hart HansonMay 15, 2001 (2001-05-15)
4522"Hold on Tight"Kenneth ZunderBarbara HallMay 22, 2001 (2001-05-22)

Season 3 (2001–02)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
461"The Last Word"Daniel SackheimBarbara HallSeptember 25, 2001 (2001-09-25)
472"Off the Grid"Jack BenderJoseph DoughertyOctober 2, 2001 (2001-10-02)
483"Darkness for Light"David PlattHart HansonOctober 9, 2001 (2001-10-09)
494"The Right Thing to Do"Joanna KernsBarbara HallOctober 16, 2001 (2001-10-16)
505"Look Closer"Paul Michael GlaserLyla OliverOctober 23, 2001 (2001-10-23)
516"The Unbearable Lightness of Being Family"Janet DavidsonRandall CaldwellOctober 30, 2001 (2001-10-30)
527"Imbroglio"Daniel SackheimRobert GirardiNovember 6, 2001 (2001-11-06)
538"Rights of Passage"Andrew RobinsonPaul GuyotNovember 20, 2001 (2001-11-20)
549"Surprised by Gravity"Kevin DowlingJoseph DoughertyNovember 27, 2001 (2001-11-27)
5510"Beating the Bounds"Keith SamplesHart HansonDecember 11, 2001 (2001-12-11)
5611"Crime and Puzzlement"Elodie KeeneKaren HallDecember 18, 2001 (2001-12-18)
5712"Who Shot Dick?"Nancy MaloneBarbara HallJanuary 8, 2002 (2002-01-08)
5813"The Cook of the Money Pot"James HaymanLyla OliverJanuary 15, 2002 (2002-01-15)
5914"The Extinction of the Dinosaurs"Lee Shallat-ChemelRandall CaldwellJanuary 22, 2002 (2002-01-22)
6015"Can They Do That With Vegetables?"Thomas R. MooreDawn Comer JeffersonFebruary 5, 2002 (2002-02-05)
6116"Woman in Cacti With a Curled Up Rat"Joe Ann FogleKaren HallFebruary 26, 2002 (2002-02-26)
6217"Not Stumbling, But Dancing"Joseph DoughertyJoseph DoughertyMarch 5, 2002 (2002-03-05)
6318"The Justice League of America"Martha MitchellHart HansonMarch 26, 2002 (2002-03-26)
6419"Men Aren't Monsters"Richard GershmanStephen NeigherApril 2, 2002 (2002-04-02)
6520"The Bottle Show"Andrew RobinsonBarry O'BrienApril 9, 2002 (2002-04-09)
6621"Tidal Wave"Kevin DowlingLyla Oliver & Randall CaldwellApril 23, 2002 (2002-04-23)
6722"Boston Terriers from France"Peter LevinStory by : Karen Hall
Teleplay by : Paul Guyot & Dawn Comer Jefferson
May 7, 2002 (2002-05-07)
6823"Nobody Expects the Spanish Inquisition"Elodie KeeneHart HansonMay 14, 2002 (2002-05-14)
6924"Come Back Soon"Daniel SackheimBarbara HallMay 21, 2002 (2002-05-21)

Season 4 (2002–03)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
701"Lost in the System"James FrawleyBarbara HallOctober 1, 2002 (2002-10-01)
712"Thursday’s Child"Joe Ann FogleHart HansonOctober 8, 2002 (2002-10-08)
723"Every Stranger’s Face I See"Peter LevinAlex TaubOctober 15, 2002 (2002-10-15)
734"The Frozen Zone"Alan MyersonKaren HallOctober 22, 2002 (2002-10-22)
745"Cause for Alarm"Elodie KeeneRandall CaldwellOctober 29, 2002 (2002-10-29)
756"Roses and Truth"Kevin DowlingLyla OliverNovember 5, 2002 (2002-11-05)
767"Damage Control"James FrawleyPaul GuyotNovember 12, 2002 (2002-11-12)
778"A Pretty Good Day"Joe Ann FogleDawn Comer JeffersonNovember 19, 2002 (2002-11-19)
789"Boys to Men"Helen ShaverBarbara HallNovember 26, 2002 (2002-11-26)
7910"People of the Lie"Andrew RobinsonKaren HallDecember 10, 2002 (2002-12-10)
8011"Lost and Found"James HaymanAlex TaubDecember 17, 2002 (2002-12-17)
8112"Ye Olde Freedom Inn"Kevin DowlingLyla OliverJanuary 7, 2003 (2003-01-07)
8213"The Best Interests of the Child"Richard GershmanRandall CaldwellJanuary 21, 2003 (2003-01-21)
8314"Wild Card"Alan MyersonMatt WittenFebruary 4, 2003 (2003-02-04)
8415"Maxine, Interrupted"James FrawleyKaren HallFebruary 11, 2003 (2003-02-11)
8516"Sixteen Going on Seventeen"Fred GerberAlex TaubFebruary 18, 2003 (2003-02-18)
8617"Judging Eric"Donna DeitchHart HansonFebruary 25, 2003 (2003-02-25)
8718"Looking for Quarters"James HaymanPaul GuyotMarch 18, 2003 (2003-03-18)
8819"Just Say Oops"Helen ShaverDawn Comer JeffersonApril 1, 2003 (2003-04-01)
8920"Requiem"Peter LevinBarbara HallApril 15, 2003 (2003-04-15)
9021"Picture of Perfect"Kenneth ZunderStephanie RippsApril 22, 2003 (2003-04-22)
9122"CSO: Hartford"James FrawleyLyla Oliver & Paul GuyotApril 29, 2003 (2003-04-29)
9223"Marry, Marry Quite Contrary"Alan MyersonJames Stanley & Dianne Messina StanleyMay 6, 2003 (2003-05-06)
9324"Shock and Awe"James FrawleyStory by : Alex Taub
Teleplay by : Randall Caldwell & Dawn Comer Jefferson
May 13, 2003 (2003-05-13)

Season 5 (2003–04)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
941"Motion Sickness"James FrawleyAlex TaubSeptember 23, 2003 (2003-09-23)
952"Going Down"Paul Michael GlaserKaren HallSeptember 30, 2003 (2003-09-30)
963"Ex Parte of Five"Helen ShaverCarla KettnerOctober 7, 2003 (2003-10-07)
974"Tricks of the Trade"Peter LevinLyla OliverOctober 14, 2003 (2003-10-14)
985"The Wrong Man"James FrawleyCarol BarbeeOctober 21, 2003 (2003-10-21)
996"Into the Fire"Kevin DowlingPaul GuyotOctober 28, 2003 (2003-10-28)
1007"Kilt Trip"Alan MyersonKaren Hall & Alex TaubNovember 4, 2003 (2003-11-04)
1018"The Long Goodbye"Vincent MisianoBarry O'BrienNovember 11, 2003 (2003-11-11)
1029"Rumspringa"Mel DamskiStephanie RippsNovember 25, 2003 (2003-11-25)
10310"Sex and the Single Mother"Karen ArthurStory by : Carla Kettner
Teleplay by : Barry O'Brien & Paul Guyot
December 16, 2003 (2003-12-16)
10411"Christenings"Martha MitchellCarol BarbeeJanuary 6, 2004 (2004-01-06)
10512"Dancing in the Dark"Andrew RobinsonLyla OliverJanuary 13, 2004 (2004-01-13)
10613"Sins of the Father"Richard GershmanAlison CareyFebruary 3, 2004 (2004-02-03)
10714"Roadhouse Blues"Helen ShaverBarry O'BrienFebruary 10, 2004 (2004-02-10)
10815"Werewolves of Hartford"Jessica LandawPaul GuyotFebruary 17, 2004 (2004-02-17)
10916"Baggage Claim"Lewis H. GouldStory by : Stephanie Ripps
Teleplay by : Carol Barbee
February 24, 2004 (2004-02-24)
11017"The Song that Never Ends"James FrawleyStory by : Lyla Oliver
Teleplay by : Paul Guyot & Barry O'Brien
March 2, 2004 (2004-03-02)
11118"Disposable"Alan MyersonDiego GutierrezMarch 16, 2004 (2004-03-16)
11219"The Quick and the Dead"Andrew RobinsonLyla OliverApril 6, 2004 (2004-04-06)
11320"Slade’s Chophouse"Fred GerberKaren HallApril 27, 2004 (2004-04-27)
11421"Predictive Neglect"James FrawleyRob FrescoMay 4, 2004 (2004-05-04)
11522"My Little Runway"Helen ShaverCarol BarbeeMay 11, 2004 (2004-05-11)
11623"Sex, Lives and Expedia.com"James FrawleyStory by : Paul Guyot & Barry O'Brien
Teleplay by : Karen Hall & Lyla Oliver
May 18, 2004 (2004-05-18)

Season 6 (2004–05)[edit]

No. in
TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1171"Accountability"James FrawleyRichard Kramer & Carol BarbeeSeptember 28, 2004 (2004-09-28)
1182"Lullaby"Helen ShaverBarry O'BrienOctober 12, 2004 (2004-10-12)
1193"Legacy"Fred GerberConstance M. BurgeOctober 19, 2004 (2004-10-19)
1204"Consent"Alan MyersonSamuel BernsteinOctober 26, 2004 (2004-10-26)
1215"Order and Chaos"Matt ShakmanChristopher AmbroseNovember 23, 2004 (2004-11-23)
1226"Catching It Early"Lewis H. GouldK.J. SteinbergNovember 30, 2004 (2004-11-30)
1237"Early Winter"James FrawleyStephen Scaia & Matthew FedermanDecember 7, 2004 (2004-12-07)
1248"Conditional Surrender"Helen ShaverMatthew J. LiebermanDecember 14, 2004 (2004-12-14)
1259"Silent Era"Martha MitchellCarol BarbeeJanuary 11, 2005 (2005-01-11)
12610"The Long Run"Andrew RobinsonBarry O'BrienJanuary 18, 2005 (2005-01-18)
12711"10,000 Steps"Richard GershmanConstance M. BurgeJanuary 25, 2005 (2005-01-25)
12812"You Don’t Know Me"James KramerChristopher AmbroseFebruary 1, 2005 (2005-02-01)
12913"Dream a Little Dream"James FrawleyAdam BelanoffFebruary 15, 2005 (2005-02-15)
13014"Happy Birthday"Helen ShaverCarol BarbeeFebruary 22, 2005 (2005-02-22)
13115"Hard to Get"Bill RauchMatthew J. LiebermanMarch 8, 2005 (2005-03-08)
13216"The Paper War"Fred GerberStephen Scaia & Matthew FedermanMarch 15, 2005 (2005-03-15)
13317"The New Normal"Helen ShaverDavid McMillanMarch 22, 2005 (2005-03-22)
13418"Sorry I Missed You"Alan MyersonK.J. SteinbergApril 5, 2005 (2005-04-05)
13519"Revolutions Per Minute"John Kent HarrisonRobert LevineApril 12, 2005 (2005-04-12)
13620"Too Little, Too Late"Jessica LandawChristopher AmbroseApril 19, 2005 (2005-04-19)
13721"Getting Out"Richard GershmanBarry O'BrienApril 26, 2005 (2005-04-26)
13822"My Name is Amy Gray…"Helen ShaverCarol BarbeeMay 3, 2005 (2005-05-03)


After six seasons, Judging Amy was canceled by CBS on May 18, 2005.[6] In the United States, repeats aired on TNT from 2003 until 2007. On July 17, 2011, UP (the former Gospel Music Channel) began airing the series daily, albeit with content and episode edits (including episode removals) to conform to the network's programming direction and ownership. Since February 2016 it has aired more intermittently on the network, mainly in the form of all-day marathons (episode removals have been relaxed under a more secular programming direction that included fellow Connecticut-set series Gilmore Girls being added to UP's schedule).

Judging Amy is broadcast in Australia on channels ELEVEN and 111 Hits and in New Zealand on Sky Open (formerly Prime. In Canada, the show aired on channel Séries+ and, beginning in September 2017, in French with described video on AMI-télé. Ireland's TV3 carried the show, as did UK stations Living TV, Hallmark, Channel 4, and CBS Drama, Israel's YES Base Channel also carries the show.



Several reviewers have suggested the show took inspiration from the formula established by Providence.[7] Reviewers also cite the relationship between Brenneman and Daly's characters as the selling point of the show.[8] Also likely is the physical similarities at the time between Brenneman and the lead actress in Providence, Melina Kanakaredes.

Amy Gray makes reference to Providence in episode 3.18, "The Justice League of America". In this episode, Amy is attending her Harvard Law School class' tenth reunion, and her old friends cannot seem to remember Amy has moved to Hartford. They think she resides in Providence. Finally, Amy is pushed to state, "It's Hartford, David. Providence is a whole other universe."


  • Season 1: 21st – 14.1 million viewers[9]
  • Season 2: 28th – 13.3 million viewers[10]
  • Season 3: 21st – 13.9 million viewers[11]
  • Season 4: 26th – 13.1 million viewers[12]
  • Season 5: 39th – 10.7 million viewers[13]
  • Season 6: 37th – 10.6 million viewers[14]


  1. ^ Season 2 episode 5 "Unnecessary Roughness"
  2. ^ "Gang member convicted of murdering 'Judging Amy' actress". Los Angeles Times. January 23, 2009. Retrieved September 5, 2009.
  3. ^ "Alleged Gang Member Charged in Shooting Death of Teen Actress". Los Angeles County District Attorney's Office. March 1, 2006. Archived from the original on November 16, 2008. Retrieved March 27, 2009.
  4. ^ "Gangster gets life for killing 'Judging Amy' teen". Today.com. Associated Press. February 27, 2009. Archived from the original on April 5, 2018. Retrieved February 28, 2009.
  5. ^ "General Court Information – CT Judicial Branch". state.ct.us. Archived from the original on May 12, 2016. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  6. ^ "CBS cancels Joan of Arcadia, Judging Amy". Entertainment Weekly.
  7. ^ "Entertainment Weekly's EW.com". Entertainment Weekly. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  8. ^ "Television Reviews, Essays, Features, Columns, News and Blogs in TV – PopMatters". PopMatters. Retrieved March 19, 2015.
  9. ^ "Charts all shook up". Variety. October 9, 2002.
  10. ^ "The Bitter End". Entertainment Weekly. June 1, 2001.
  11. ^ "How did your favorite show rate?". USA Today. May 28, 2002.
  12. ^ "Rank And File". Entertainment Weekly. June 6, 2003.
  13. ^ "ABC Medianet". Archived from the original on September 30, 2007. Retrieved November 1, 2009.
  14. ^ "ABC Medianet". Archived from the original on March 10, 2007. Retrieved October 2, 2015.

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