Judge John Hodgman

Judge John Hodgman

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John Hodgman’s Today in the Past podcast is now The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. If you’d like John Hodgman to solve your pressing issue, simply email it, along with your phone number, to [email protected] THAT IS ALL.


Reheat Offender
Dec 11 • 47 min
This week, Reheat Offender. Brandy files suit against her husband Shaun. Brandy believes leftovers should be consumed in a particular order. Shaun doesn’t always want to eat the leftovers according to Brandy’s schedule. Who’s right? Who’s…
Tried Green Tomatoes
Dec 4 • 54 min
This week, Tried Green Tomatoes. Michael files suit against his friend and neighbor Sam. Michael is growing tomatoes on their shared rooftop and wants Sam to go onto the roof to admire his plants. Sam thinks he should never have to set foot on the…
Daylight Savings Crime
Nov 27 • 54 min
This week, Daylight Savings Crime. Kari files suit against her husband Joshua. Kari and Joshua had solar panels installed on their house in July of 2019. Since then, Joshua has been monitoring their solar production and is actively trying to make the…
Live from Toronto at the Danforth Music Hall 2019
Nov 20 • 63 min
This week’s episode was recorded live in Toronto, Canada at the Danforth Music Hall! The first case is “Larpe Diem” Then, the judge and bailiff rule on cases having to do with a cat litter box, a photo of college friend, and a shared YouTube account…
Occam’s Frasier
Nov 13 • 59 min
Emily files suit against her friend Aaron. Emily and Aaron are regulars at a bar which they affectionately refer to as their “Cheers.” Recently they tried to decide which Cheers characters they are. Emily wants to be Martin Crane. Aaron believes that…
Right to Redress
Nov 6 • 54 min
This week: Right to Redress. Morgan files suit against her sister Sarah. Sarah is getting married in November and asked Morgan to be her maid of honor. According to Sarah, Morgan has an “alternative” style. Sarah would like Morgan to alter certain…
Traffic Stopper
Oct 30 • 48 min
This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket. They talk about pedestrian right-of-way, traffic stoppers, mail sorters, portable hot sauce, defunct hockey sports memorabilia, social media identity theft,…
You’ve Got Bail!
Oct 23 • 57 min
This week: You’ve Got Bail! Lillie files suit against her husband, Thaddeus. Thaddeus has had the same email address – [email protected] – for 18 years. He uses it for everything, including as his contact information for their kids’ schools. Lillie…
Stick and Move and No New Butterfinger
Oct 16 • 45 min
This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket with special guest Paula Poundstone! You’ve heard Paula as a frequent guest on NPR’s weekly comedy news quiz, Wait Wait…Don’t Tell Me. She also hosts…
The Skeleton Brief
Oct 9 • 48 min
Kris files suit against his fiancee, Bonnie. Bonnie loves to decorate the home for the Fall season. Kris thinks she starts decorating too early in the year. But, Bonnie says she wants to enjoy her favorite time of year as much as possible. Who’s…
Snickerdoodiligence
Oct 2 • 57 min
Rachel files suit against her husband, Doug. Early in their marriage, she brought cookies to his family’s Christmas Eve celebration. Doug and his brothers realized the cookies were similar to a beloved family recipe that had been lost to time. 20…
Sluice Juice
Sep 25 • 40 min
This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear the docket! They talk about making the bed, using and washing towels, and more! Plus friends of the Court Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn of One Bad Mother help with a dispute…
Achoodication
Sep 18 • 51 min
Luke files suit against Stephanie. Stephanie refuses to say “bless you” whenever anyone sneezes. Luke thinks it’s a pleasant practice she should engage in, but she says it’s annoying. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Steve Runyon for naming this…
Dowager Mayor
Sep 11 • 45 min
This week on Judge John Hodgman, it’s time to clear the docket! Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse are in chambers to discuss new neighbor etiquette, peanut butter storage, phone battery monitoring and more! Plus, the Judge catches up with a high school…
This is the Sound of a Gamble
Sep 4 • 54 min
Maria brings the case against her sister, Lesley. Lesley has been making bets with a friend about Maria’s life events. Maria would like her to stop, but Lesley says it’s all in good fun. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Huge thanks to Joel Mann at WERU for…
The Smoking Pun
Aug 28 • 59 min
Content warning: This episode is almost entirely about cooking meat. If you find that subject to be unpleasant, you may want to hold out for next week’s episode! Emily brings the case against her husband Eric. Eric enjoys smoking meats and brisket in…
Tough Talk With LeVar Burton
Aug 21 • 49 min
It’s time to clear the docket! This week, LeVar Burton joins the Court to dispense some justice! They all discuss Star Trek: The Next Generation, dressing your baby in controversial onesies, naming dogs, a letter from a listener about talking to home…
Side Effects May Include Justice
Aug 14 • 61 min
Yael brings the case against her boyfriend, Jeff. Is it ok to keep expired medication? Jeff says it’s fine, but Yael disagrees! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte and Expert Witness Dr. Sydnee McElroy!…
Coda Conduct
Aug 7 • 52 min
Jeanne files suit against her sister, Liz. Jeanne says that when Liz plays music on the piano, she doesn’t play a song all the way through. Liz doesn’t think it matters, but Jeanne wants her to complete the songs she plays. Who’s right? Who’s…
Blob Justice
Jul 31 • 57 min
David files suit against his wife, Kayleigh. David would like to keep a jellyfish tank in their home, but Kayleigh is opposed! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Andrew Lerchen for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode,…
Aiding and A-petting
Jul 24 • 50 min
Eric brings the case against his wife, Karla. Karla thinks that Eric should show more affection to their dog. But Eric says he does most of the dog care in the home. The dog petting can be left to another family member to fulfill. Who’s right? Who’s…
Barbecuties
Jul 17 • 44 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear that docket. They talk about barbecue, migraine triggers, controlling the thermostat remotely, sharing deodorant, cell phone silencing, watching tv from the other room, and more!
Niles and Dobbs
Jul 10 • 47 min
It’s time again to clear the docket! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn talk about Frasier, pill cases, being mean to robots, bike helmets, meal time phone rules, listening to #JJHo whilst in labor, and carbon steel pans.
Law Cucaracha
Jul 3 • 56 min
Renee brings the case against her boyfriend Patrick. She thinks Patrick is too intense about insect prevention in their house. But Patrick thinks Renee doesn’t take it seriously enough. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff…
Spirit World of the Law
Jun 26 • 57 min
Jason brings the case against his wife, Annie. Annie’s mom introduced their two kids to Annie’s old Ouija Board. Annie thinks it’s a silly game, but Jason is uncomfortable with his kids playing with it. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Summertime…
Misappropriation of Funs
Jun 19 • 57 min
Kenneth brings the case against his sister, Stephanie. Their parents give them money for their birthdays every year. Kenneth complains that Stephanie spends her birthday money on boring household items she’ll be purchasing anyway. He says that she…
Live From Los Angeles at the Regent Theater 2019
Jun 12 • 71 min
This week’s episode was recorded LIVE in Los Angeles, CA at the Regent Theater! The first case is “Driving Miss Justice.” Then, the judge and bailiff rule on cases having to do with eating before workouts, half birthdays, and robot vacuum cleaners…
Bitter Bean Juice
Jun 5 • 56 min
The docket is full! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers to clear it. They talk about dog waste, day-old coffee, fancy chocolate bars, Alexander the Great, and wearing military patches. Plus a letter from a listener in Hong Kong!
Moms Are Gonna Mom
May 29 • 46 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers to clear the docket. They talk about gifts for in-laws, red baseball caps, group photos, puzzles, and ghosts. Plus a listener letter about Korean Fan Death!
Open House Arrest
May 22 • 53 min
Eric files suit against his fiancee, Elena. Elena has banned him from sharing online real estate listings with her. Eric would like the ban to be lifted, so they can be prepared to buy a house when the right one comes along. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?…
Gesundfight
May 15 • 54 min
Becca brings the case against their wife Bridgett. Becca says that Bridgett has terrible sneezes, and would like her to tone it down. Bridgett says this is just how she sneezes, and that Becca should let her sneeze in peace. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?…
Making Stock, Taking Stock
May 8 • 55 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn have some more cases on the docket to clear! This week they talk about feeding kitchen scraps to chickens, recording elderly relatives’ stories, diluting homemade food with store bought food, using the stove…
Live From Los Angeles 2019
May 1 • 75 min
This week’s episode was recorded live in Los Angeles, with musical guest Aimee Mann! The first case is “Family Freud.” Then Aimee joins Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse on stage for Swift Justice. She helps them rule on cases regarding getting a pet, a…
And Baby Makes Plea
Apr 24 • 57 min
Allison brings the case against her husband, Jeremy. They are trying to make room in their home to accommodate the baby they have on the way. But, they can’t figure out a way to accomplish this while maintaining Jeremy’s workroom. With Expert…
Yankee Boot Swap
Apr 17 • 43 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about living with one’s mother after getting married, cheating coffee shops out of a few extra ounces of coffee, photos of friends and family as home…
Life Hacks With Judge John Hodgman
Apr 10 • 37 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about theater worthy movies, snow plowing, traveling while sick, wearing high school letter jackets as an adult, and bed times! Plus a letter in…
Live From San Francisco Sketchfest 2019
Apr 3 • 85 min
This week’s episode was recorded live at San Francisco Sketchfest! The first case is “Bleach of Contract.” Then, Nnekay FitzClarke of MINORITY KORNER joins the stage for Swift Justice! She helps the judge rule on cases about home clutter, fancy dog…
Forced Arbor-tration
Mar 27 • 57 min
Richard brings the case against his husband, Chris. They have a Japanese Maple tree in their yard and Richard loves it. But, Chris thinks it’s an eyesore! Thank you to Anna Oakley for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode,…
280 Character Witness
Mar 20 • 61 min
Troy files suit against his friend, Sarah. Troy discovered that Sarah is not following him back on Twitter. He’s especially offended that she is following John Mayer but not him. Troy believes he deserves a follow but she disagrees. With Expert…
Tic or Tac
Mar 13 • 47 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket, with special guest Aimee Mann! They talk about dating after a divorce, splitting a container of Tic Tacs, long computer passwords, sharing internet with…
Inbox, Outbox, Catbox, Birdbox
Mar 6 • 57 min
It’s time again for Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn to clear the docket! This week, Emily Heller joins them! They discuss cases about paper bills, ballpoint pens, younger siblings copying usernames, living #ZeroWaste, and drinking…
Live From Portland, Oregon 2019
Feb 27 • 89 min
This week’s episode was recorded LIVE IN PORTLAND, OREGON! The first case is “Brown vs. Hoard of Vegetation.” Then, Carrie Poppy and Ross Blocher of OH NO, ROSS AND CARRIE join the stage for Swift Justice! They help the judge rule on cases regarding…
Live From Seattle 2019
Feb 20 • 77 min
This week’s episode was recorded LIVE IN SEATTLE! There’s the case, “May It Placebo the Court,” and Swift Justice cases about making new friends, having tiles shipped to a friend’s house, and smart lights. Plus music from Shabazz Palaces! Please note,…
Double Histameanor
Feb 13 • 52 min
Britton files suit against her boyfriend, Jackson. Britton is allergic to cats and avocados, but she won’t cut them out of her life! Jackson is worried about her health and would like her to stay out of contact with allergens. Who’s right? Who’s…
Throwin’ Bows
Feb 6 • 46 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn stay in chambers this week because the docket needs clearing. They talk about the NYT Crossword, pasta, bathroom related chores, curling, coffee shop tipping and more!
Live From Vancouver 2019
Jan 30 • 75 min
This week’s episode was recorded LIVE IN VANCOUVER! We hear the dispute LOVE DRACTUALLY and Swift Justice, with guests Louise Burns and Dave Shumka! Thank you to Andreas Meyer for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like…
Contempt of Carport
Jan 23 • 57 min
Gilly brings the case against her husband Steve. Gilly believes that the neighborhood they live in is in the suburbs, but Steve disagrees! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Jane Hartung for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future…
Spider Buddies
Jan 16 • 42 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about spiders, fortune cookies stashes, naming children, coffee intake, toothbrushes and more! Plus we hear from Kevin of Episode 376: Nein Tense of…
Quid Pro Ho Ho Ho
Jan 9 • 58 min
Ash-Lei files suit against her brother Josh. Their family does a gift exchange for their Ukrainian Christmas celebration every January. Josh has already opted out of participating in Western Christmas gift giving. He would also like to opt out of the…
Small Names Court
Jan 2 • 52 min
Mara brings the case against her brother Adam. They disagree on the proper way to pronounce their Italian surname. Mara uses a pronunciation that the rest of their family uses. But Adam uses the proper Italian pronunciation. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?…
Wreathing Havoc
Dec 19, 2018 • 61 min
It’s our last episode of 2018! We’ll be off next week for the holidays. Paul files suit against his wife, Lizzie. Paul loves to decorate for Christmas but Lizzie doesn’t. He wants to add more to their home in order to create some Christmas magic…
Juris-diction
Dec 12, 2018 • 57 min
Melissa brings the case against her father, Mark. She complains that in classic weird-dad fashion, Mark intentionally mispronounces words and brand names. Mark says his pronunciations aew how he’s always said them! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you…
What An Age We Live In
Dec 5, 2018 • 44 min
This week, Judge John Hodgman clears the docket in his chambers with Bailiff Jesse Thorn! They talk about the “good spot” on the couch, the phrase “cash money,” cleaning cast iron pans, responsible air conditioning usage, art repurposing, and a follow…
Torch Reform
Nov 28, 2018 • 55 min
Spike brings the case against his wife, Ellie. Spike would like a kitchen blow torch but Ellie thinks it’s too dangerous! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Mike McDavid for naming this week’s case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like…
Pizza is a Gift
Nov 21, 2018 • 52 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket! They talk about door knocking vs handle jiggling, food storage, family dinner time, eating on public transit, sock folding, and ideal sleeping arrangements!
Me-maw & Order
Nov 14, 2018 • 55 min
Julia brings the case against her mother, Donna. Growing up, Julia and her sister called their grandmother, “Mucca.” But Donna believes it was originally “Monka” and will still refer to her that way. Julia wants Donna to stop saying Monka, but Donna…
Verdict Through the Grapevine
Nov 7, 2018 • 51 min
Stephanie brings the case against her husband, Ross. There is a grapevine growing on the house and around their balcony. Stephanie believes it’s hazardous and wants to get rid of it. But Ross says that it’s a cool feature and he wants it to stay….
Cos-plagiarism
Oct 31, 2018 • 51 min
Samantha brings the case against her sister Vanessa. They regularly do cosplay and attend steampunk conventions together. Several cons ago, Vanessa came up with the idea to use one of Samantha’s dresses for a steampunk version of the Stephen King…
Slunch Buggy No Punch Backs
Oct 24, 2018 • 50 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week because the docket needs to be cleared! They discuss punching your fellow car passengers, laundry room etiquette, computer mice vs tablets, recycling, coffee house mugs, pebble ice,…
R and Arbitration
Oct 17, 2018 • 55 min
Jeff brings the case against his girlfriend, Diana. He prefers to travel without a plan, leaving plenty of room for spontaneous adventures. Diana prefers to plan, leaving room for both adventure and relaxation. They’re planning their next trip…
The JJHo Old Timey Newsreel
Oct 10, 2018 • 44 min
The JJHo Old Timey Newsreel
Remodel Behavior
Oct 3, 2018 • 56 min
Crystal brings the case against her husband Todd. She likes to do projects around their house. But she complains that when she’s about halfway through a project, Todd tends to voice strong opinions that start to change the direction. She would like…
Requesting an Immediate Ingestion
Sep 26, 2018 • 50 min
Matthew brings the case against his wife, Angie. In their family, it’s the rule that they all remain at the dinner table until everyone is done eating. But, Angie is a notorious slow eater. Matthew says he is constantly entertaining their small…
Classic Friendaround
Sep 19, 2018 • 52 min
Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns to the court to help Judge John Hodgman clear the docket! They talk about party hosting responsibilities, dad jokes, pet names, keeping the bathroom door open and Hogwarts house sorting. Plus much, much more!
Jerky Duty
Sep 12, 2018 • 57 min
Adara brings the case against her friend, Bobby. They host a radio show together and Bobby likes to do fake celebrity phone calls on air. Adara thinks that while it’s sometimes funny, it’s not always successful. She would like him to limit his…
Don’t Call the Next Witness
Sep 5, 2018 • 52 min
Kirya brings the case against her mother, Tanja. Tanja hates talking on the phone. She doesn’t even have a phone anymore. But, Kirya is worried about Tanja’s safety and also wants to be able to call her. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Jack…
Race Closed
Aug 29, 2018 • 55 min
Keri brings the case against her boyfriend, Jim. Jim plays and streams car racing simulators. He’s developed an audience and has a bit of a following. But, Keri thinks all of this racing is cutting into their quality time. She would like to be able…
Jerseyprudence
Aug 22, 2018 • 51 min
Andrew brings the case against his dad, George. Andrew would like for George to come see him in Queens more often. But George says it’s too much of a trek from where he lives in New Jersey. Thank you to Andrew Scales for naming this week’s case! To…
Waffle House Arrest
Aug 15, 2018 • 63 min
Shenlyn brings the case against her husband, Martin. Shenlyn loves to go out for breakfast with family and friends, but Martin prefers breakfast at home. He thinks that he can cook breakfast at home better and for less money. She wishes he would…
Nein Tense of the Law
Aug 8, 2018 • 55 min
Colleen brings the case against her husband, Kevin. They send their kids to a German language immersion school. Kevin has begun taking German language classes and wants to practice speaking it with the kids at home. But Colleen thinks that his…
Swipe Right to Remain Silent
Aug 1, 2018 • 54 min
Phillip brings the case against his girlfriend, Rachel. The two of them met on a dating app. Rachel wants to tell people they met another way, but Phillip thinks they should just be honest. With Guest Judge Cristela Alonzo! Thank you to Anne Mandola…
Statute of Celebrations
Jul 25, 2018 • 51 min
Rick brings the case against his wife, Sarah. When Sarah’s birthday month rolls around, she likes to plan different celebrations with various groups of people in her life. Rick thinks it’s too many birthday events and would like to set a…
Much Ado About Clothing
Jul 18, 2018 • 53 min
Jason brings the case against his friend, Francisco. They run a community Shakespeare theatre group together. Jason would like to try doing more contemporary and experimental Shakespeare adaptations, but Francisco is opposed. With Summertime Funtime…
Edible Arraignments
Jul 11, 2018 • 54 min
Judge John Hodgman is away from the court on this week’s episode. Bailiff Jesse Thorn is taking over judging duties, with friend of the court Jordan Morris serving as bailiff! Jennie brings the case against her husband, John. John has received a lot…
Into the Teal
Jul 4, 2018 • 47 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about bedroom wall colors, loud clappers, meat cooking utensils, holiday cards, locking doors, and millenials.
Live From Chicago 2018, Part 2
Jun 27, 2018 • 77 min
Judge John Hodgman is live in Chicago again, at Thalia Hall for the Onion Comedy and Arts Festival! “Amendment to the Constellation” plus Swift Justice disputes about dogs, farts and a special pair of newly married litigants! Plus, music from OHMME!…
The Booth, the Whole Booth, and Nothing But the Booth
Jun 20, 2018 • 53 min
Sophie is filing suit against her parents, Toby and Thor. If they are out to eat and seated at a table they don’t like, Toby and Thor will ask to sit elsewhere. Sophie thinks that her parents should just deal with the table they’ve been given. Who’s…
The Whistle Throne
Jun 13, 2018 • 53 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket with special guest, Alison Becker! They talk about whistling, serving pizza at your wedding, the beginning of Spring, ordering food to go at a sit-down…
Live From Chicago, 2018
Jun 6, 2018 • 69 min
This week’s episode was recorded live in Chicago at Thalia Hall, as part of The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival! Tune in for “Tilty or Not Tilty” plus Swift Justice disputes about bedtimes, an online boat game and watching crime dramas. Plus, music…
Dance Like No One is Showering
May 30, 2018 • 44 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week, clearing that docket! They talk about disputes having to do with speakerphone, water conservation, soda fountains, Leap Day birthdays, mud rooms and hosting out of town guests.
Across State Felines
May 23, 2018 • 55 min
Adrienne brings the case against her boyfriend, David. They are going to be attending graduate school in different states and cannot agree on how to handle custody of their two cats. Adrienne says it’s more practical for David to take care of them but…
Wedding Clashers
May 16, 2018 • 56 min
Laura brings the case against her fiance, Zach. Laura would like to elope but Zach thinks that they should have a bigger, more traditional wedding. Who’s right, who’s wrong? Thank you to Nora McCaffrey Glaser for suggesting this week’s title! To…
Eminent Bromain
May 9, 2018 • 49 min
Theresa brings the case against her brother, Paul. Paul insists on referring to her childhood bedroom as the “Guest Room.” But Theresa thinks it should still be called “Theresa’s Room.” Who’s right, who’s wrong? Thank you to Tom Early for suggesting…
The Most Beautiful Man in Jurisprudence
May 2, 2018 • 59 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket! Friend (enemy?) of the court, Elliott Kalan, joins them as they discuss tracking spouses on mobile apps, passing gas, setting clocks ahead, bedtimes and…
Tambourine With the Evidence
Apr 25, 2018 • 49 min
This week on Judge John Hodgman, Anne brings the case against her husband, Mike. Mike travels internationally a lot for work. He likes to bring home a musical instrument from each trip as a souvenir. But, Anne thinks he doesn’t need to bring an…
Yappy Trails
Apr 18, 2018 • 51 min
Thank you everyone who became a new or upgrading member during the 2018 MaxFunDrive! You helped us not only hit our goal of 25,000 new or upgrading members, but we also hit our stretch goal of 28,000 new or upgrading members! We are thrilled to have…
Beyond a Reasonable Bout
Apr 11, 2018 • 67 min
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Chips Annoy!
Apr 4, 2018 • 54 min
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Legal Jar Gone
Mar 28, 2018 • 50 min
Kit brings the case against his roommate Olivia. Olivia likes to keep and repurpose jars. Kit says Olivia’s collection has grown too large. But Olivia can’t part with them! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Eli Dennewitz, Steve Tedder…
Refrigerator Firefighter
Mar 21, 2018 • 48 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They talk about leaving hair dryers plugged in, splitting movie theater popcorn, auto insurance, when to wake up in the morning, and flamethrowers. Plus a dispute against…
Judge’s Court, Judge’s Rules
Mar 14, 2018 • 51 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They talk about how to deal with merchandise one receives by mistake, whistling, naming babies, going out post-cardio exercise, and much more!
Undisclosed Financial Settlement of Catan
Mar 7, 2018 • 55 min
Randi brings the case against their girlfriend Lizzy. Lizzy has a growing board game collection and Randi would like her to pare it down. Lizzy says her collection is not disrupting anything. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Adam Capybara, Tom…
Shut Your Spy Hole!
Feb 28, 2018 • 56 min
TJ brings the case against his wife Rachel. TJ has set up a few security cameras in their home. He likes being able to see the kids without bothering Rachel. But she doesn’t like feeling watched. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Joel Martin…
The Battlestar Galactist Generation
Feb 21, 2018 • 48 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket. They talk about strangers on the subway reading Vacationland whilst behaving badly, cheating in school, and public shaming. Plus! What is the minimum…
Tux Evasion
Feb 14, 2018 • 61 min
Rebecca brings the case against her teenage son, Parrish. Parrish is a senior in high school and he refuses to go to his senior prom. Rebecca doesn’t want him to miss out on this once in a lifetime event. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Allison…
Duplo Jeopardy
Feb 7, 2018 • 57 min
Caleb brings the case against his friend, Ryan. Caleb is ready to get rid of his Lego collection, but Ryan thinks he should keep it in storage. Ryan says that even though Caleb thinks he’s ready to let it go, he will later regret parting with these…
Transcendental Irritation
Jan 31, 2018 • 55 min
Liz brings the case against her coworker, John. John likes to meditate in their department’s workspace. But Liz thinks he needs to find a new place! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Regan Blanchard for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest…
Moral High Ground vs. Moral Pit
Jan 24, 2018 • 40 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week! They talk about diet sodas, fruity teas, shower maintenance while staying with in-laws, and bedsheet changing. Plus a listener letter about ATMs!
Live From San Francisco Sketchfest, 2018
Jan 17, 2018 • 61 min
“Statute Arf Limitations” and Swift Justice, recorded live at San Francisco Sketchfest! With special guests Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner of Tune-Yards, with a dispute of their own! Thank you to Eric Ray for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest…
Check Pleas
Jan 10, 2018 • 53 min
Samantha files suit against her mother, Tina. When they go out together, Tina always insists on paying. Samantha says that she is an adult who works full-time, and she’s happy to pitch in. But Tina just wants to take care of her daughter! Who’s…
Chandler Braggin’ on Beeps
Jan 3, 2018 • 56 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn kick off 2018 in chambers and ready to clear the docket! They talk about listening to songs on repeat, work attire, suitcase storage, a New England donut and coffee chain, and more!
Coq Au Ban
Dec 27, 2017 • 54 min
Gideon brings the case against his wife, Cynthia. He wants their family’s chickens to be free range, but Cynthia says they have destroyed her garden. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Jesse Madsen for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest a…
Lodging: A Complaint
Dec 20, 2017 • 58 min
Katie brings the case against her husband, Briton. Briton doesn’t like spending the night at Katie’s parents’ house when they visit. But she likes staying there, especially over Christmas. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Chris Hemedinger…
Seating Arraignments
Dec 13, 2017 • 57 min
Elizabeth files suit against her friend, Zach. They spend a lot of time together watching TV at Zach’s apartment. But Elizabeth is unhappy with his living room seating arrangement. She would like him to add a chair, but he says the couch he has is…
Ayn Rand Out!
Dec 6, 2017 • 44 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket. They rule on cases regarding sides of the bed, TSA Precheck, Star Wars viewing habits and more! Plus a visit from the ghost of a certain Objectivist author and a…
Grouse Negligence
Nov 29, 2017 • 56 min
Kasey brings the case against her husband, Josh. Josh is an avid hunter and would like to go as much as he can during the season. But Kasey wants him to be more available during this time to help with her business. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you…
Marco? Justice!
Nov 22, 2017 • 54 min
Nate brings the case against his wife, Pam. They have just bought their first house and Pam wants to have a swimming pool installed. Nate says pools are too expensive and time consuming to maintain. Thank you to Sandra Macke for suggesting this week’s…
Phantom Stereo Repair Shop
Nov 15, 2017 • 49 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers this week to clear the docket. They talk about vacuum repairs, scrambled eggs, going away parties and more! Plus a spoooooky listener letter about the devil. Music in this episode: “This…
Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017, Part 2
Nov 8, 2017 • 76 min
“Scarflaw” and Swift Justice, live from the London Podcast Festival! Plus, music from Barbarossa! Thank you to Mike Brady, Aaron Campbell & Hilary Lozar for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John…
Bonus Episode: Jesse Thorn Interviews John Hodgman for Bullseye
Nov 3, 2017 • 59 min
Judge John Hodgman sat down with Bailiff Jesse Thorn for NPR’s Bullseye to discuss his newest book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. The interview won’t air for another few days but we are delighted to share an extended version with our…
Turing Testimony
Nov 1, 2017 • 60 min
Sharmain brings the case against her friend Philippa. She says that Philippa has been spending too much time texting on an app with an Artificial Intelligent friend. But, Philippa doesn’t think it’s such a big deal. Thank you to HW Peterson, Rob…
Public Befriender
Oct 25, 2017 • 60 min
Heather brings the case against her husband, Larry. Heather says that when they are out running errands, Larry spends too much time chatting with whomever he makes eye contact. Larry wants Heather to embrace people in her community more freely. Thank…
Pro Patink All the Way
Oct 18, 2017 • 48 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers to clear the docket! They discuss cases about word pronunciation, sharing the road, style choices and more! Plus letters about pets and world capitals!
Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017
Oct 11, 2017 • 72 min
“Crypto Facto” and Swift Justice, live at King’s Place in London during the 2017 London Podcast Festival! With music from Serafina Steer! Thank you to Chad Coker for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge…
A Podcast for the Problemless
Oct 4, 2017 • 50 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week! They clear the docket with Deputy Judge Jonathan Coulton. The team rules on disputes regarding flip flops, hotel toiletries, whistling and more. Plus, the judge makes a big…
Live From Brooklyn , NY 2017
Sep 27, 2017 • 77 min
“Statute of Imitations” and Swift Justice live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! Plus, music from Carsie Blanton! Carsie’s raising money on Kickstarter to fund her game, The F’ing Truth! Visit TheFingTruth.com for more info. Thank you to Amy…
Planted Evidence
Sep 20, 2017 • 47 min
Max files suit against his mother, Mercedes. When Mercedes sees a plant she likes out in the world, she takes a clipping home to plant in her garden. Max says this is stealing but Mercedes disagrees. She thinks plants in public spaces are fair game!…
He Bed, She Bed
Sep 6, 2017 • 46 min
Tom brings the case against his wife, Myranda. Myranda complains that Tom’s snoring and other nighttime habits keep her awake. She wants to start sleeping in a separate bedroom, but Tom is opposed. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Tim Mallos…
Fudgie the Bail
Aug 30, 2017 • 55 min
Kate brings the case against her husband, Aaron. Aaron insists on baking cakes for every birthday party or special event. Kate would rather he focus his energy on helping her with their two young kids instead of baking elaborate cakes. Who’s right?…
Little Weirdsies
Aug 23, 2017 • 51 min
This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket, with the help of Guest Deputy Judge Linda Holmes (NPR’s Pop Culture Happy Hour)! The tribunal rules on disputes regarding drinking old water, potlucks, flaky friends and more!
Sport Reform
Aug 16, 2017 • 59 min
Karen brings the case against her husband, Tom. Tom has been teaching their 8 year old son about faking injuries on the soccer field. Karen doesn’t think this is okay but Tom says this is an accepted part of the game! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?
Nap Judgment
Aug 9, 2017 • 57 min
Ann files suit against her husband, Stephen. When they travel, Ann wants to keep a regular sleeping schedule to avoid grogginess. But, Stephen thinks the point of vacation is to relax! He wants the flexibility to sleep in. Who’s right? Who’s…
Burden of Pooch
Aug 2, 2017 • 53 min
Kate brings the case against her husband, Rob. Rob had a childhood dream of getting an Old English Sheepdog. Now they have one, and Kate says she is doing the majority of the dog care. She wants Rob to become dog’s best friend. Who’s right? Who’s…
Buffalo Wild Writs
Jul 26, 2017 • 57 min
Rowena brings the case against her boss, Glen. When they travel for work, Glen likes to eat at the same chain restaurants. But, Rowena wants to branch out! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Matthew Melton for suggesting this week’s title! To…
Muzzbarketing and Morning Beverages
Jul 19, 2017 • 48 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket on this week’s episode. They discuss cases regarding old t-shirts, twins sharing a room, morning coffee and more! Plus, follow up letters about Thurl Ravenscroft!
Live in Chicago at Very Very Fun Day 2017
Jul 12, 2017 • 65 min
“Seeking Redress” and Swift Justice recorded live from Maximum Fun’s first ever Very Very Fun Day in Chicago. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae and musical guest Saba! Thank you to Jon Barr for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest a title for a future…
Might as Well Judge
Jul 5, 2017 • 55 min
Jackson brings the case against his friend, Jesse. They are at odds about the merits of Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Jesse insists Michael Anthony is an unsung genius. Jackson disagrees and wants to put this debate to rest. Who’s right?…
Common Law Carriage
Jun 28, 2017 • 54 min
Blythe brings the case against her boyfriend Mac. Mac thinks he should have free rein to borrow Blythe’s car. But Blythe wants him to ask for her permission each time. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Jake Forbes for suggesting this week’s…
Innjustice
Jun 21, 2017 • 55 min
Luke brings the case against his fiancee, Quay. They are planning their destination wedding and have a limited number of on-site cabins available. Luke would like to split the cabins 50-50. But, Quay says they should be allocated proportionally, so…
Deep in the Misanthropy Hole
Jun 14, 2017 • 49 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn return to chambers this week to clear the docket. They discuss eggshell disposal, baseball team allegiance, white lies and more! Plus some follow up letters about cats!
Live From SF Sketchfest 2017
Jun 7, 2017 • 74 min
“Hieronymous Quash” and “Property Bothers” recorded in front of a live audience at San Francisco Sketchfest 2017! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from special guest Sara Watkins! Sara’s on tour this summer! Check out her dates and music at…
Scaritime Law
May 31, 2017 • 59 min
Ethan brings the case against his girlfriend Jayna. Ethan would like to spend one night on the Queen Mary ocean liner. But, reports of ghosts aboard the ship have made Jayna apprehensive about being there at night. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Expert…
Vehicular Man-Squatter
May 24, 2017 • 58 min
Ri brings the case against his brother Jan. Jan has been living in his car for the last several months. Ri thinks Jan needs to find an apartment of his own. But, Jan is happy with his current situation. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Rick…
Sisterhood of the Gaveling Pants
May 17, 2017 • 53 min
Zoe brings the case against her sister, Mara. Zoe has accused Mara of stealing her clothes and she would like them back. Mara thinks Zoe should be more willing to share. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Mike Frost & Steve Watts for…
New Schemes to Violate the Social Contract
May 10, 2017 • 47 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They discuss disputes about children in bars, wearing sweatpants to work, movie theater garbage and more! Plus a listener letter about virtual reality and the…
Live From the London Podcast Festival
May 3, 2017 • 40 min
“Pleading the Fifth” and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the London Podcast Festival at King’s Place. We also hear from Dan Schreiber and Anna Ptaszynski, from QI and the No Such Thing as a Fish podcast, with a dispute regarding…
In Flagrante Delicto
Apr 26, 2017 • 47 min
Sarah brings the case against her husband, Eric. Eric likes wearing pants that are decorated to look like the American flag. But, Sarah thinks he wears the pants at inappropriate times. Thank you to Dan Kane for suggesting this week’s title! To…
Justice Extruded is Justice Denied
Apr 19, 2017 • 53 min
Micah brings the case against his girlfriend Jenny. Micah would like to buy a 3D printer for their home. Jenny thinks their apartment is too small. She thinks he should wait until they move into a bigger place. Thank you to Tom Brinton for suggesting…
Live From Washington, DC
Apr 12, 2017 • 72 min
“Rabius Corpus” and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on September 21, 2016. Plus, Ray Suarez with an expert testimony and music from the Dom Flemons Trio! Thank you to Rachel Kartch for suggesting…
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Borth
Apr 5, 2017 • 41 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers this week to clear the docket! Guest Kurt Braunohler joins them to discuss cases regarding tacos, culture recommendations, a dispute against the Judge himself and more! Thank you to…
DNA NDA
Mar 29, 2017 • 62 min
Xander brings the case against his twin brother, Brendan. They don’t know for certain if they are fraternal or identical twins. Xander wants to take a zygosity test to find the answer. But, Brendan is opposed! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? The…
In-lawful Gathering
Mar 22, 2017 • 73 min
Reuben brings the case against his wife, Megan. They live in a small neighborhood near several family members. They have dinner with the extended family five nights a week, with family members rotating cooking responsibilities. Reuben wants to opt out…
The Emoluments Pause
Mar 15, 2017 • 58 min
Tamara brings the case against her husband, Aaron. Tamara says their kids have too many toys with nowhere to store them. She wants to put a moratorium on incoming gifts for one year. Aaron thinks this is too extreme. Thank you to Mike Bruni for…
Oculus Miffed
Mar 8, 2017 • 48 min
Matt brings the case against his girlfriend, Amber. Matt wants to convert their master bedroom into a virtual reality room. But Amber would rather keep the bedroom the way it is. Thank you to Craig Eliason for suggesting this week’s title! To suggest…
Live From Philadelphia, PA 2016
Mar 1, 2017 • 91 min
“Un Chien En Deluge” and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA on September 20, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn catch up with Robert Hicks of…
Married to the Ghost of George Washington
Feb 22, 2017 • 38 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers and clearing the docket this week. They rule on properly making the bed, whether or not a 12 year old should be able to get her ears pierced and more! Plus listener letters in response to…
Robe Hate Court
Feb 15, 2017 • 57 min
Snowflake brings the case against her husband, Oge. Oge has worn the same bathrobe for the last 25 years and Snowflake would like him to get rid of it. Oge says it’s a perfectly good robe and he wants to keep it. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you…
When I Say Justice, You Say Served
Feb 8, 2017 • 56 min
Chelsey brings the case against her partner, Kevin. Kevin refuses to join in during audience participation portions of live shows. Chelsey thinks it’s part of the deal they make as audience members. But, Kevin doesn’t enjoy becoming part of the…
Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016 Part 2
Feb 1, 2017 • 92 min
Caution: There are unbleeped swear words that happen during the musical portions of this episode. If you are listening with kids, keep that in mind. “Good Coif, Bad Coif” and “Silence of the Jams,” taped in front of a live audience at the Bell House…
First Come, First Seat, Third Served
Jan 25, 2017 • 46 min
We are in chambers this week while Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket! They settle disputes regarding second screening while watching TV with your partner, the past tense of “text,” seating in casual restaurants and more! Plus…
Witnessing the Badger
Jan 18, 2017 • 53 min
Tobyas brings the case against his wife Rachel. Rachel catches and rescues animals in distress and Tobyas would like her to stop. She thinks it’s important to be compassionate. But, he is concerned with the risks involved now that they have a baby….
The Hallowed Y’alls of Justice
Jan 11, 2017 • 52 min
Alexandra brings the case against her mother, Dale. Whenever Dale travels, she likes to adopt the local accent in conversation with those around her. Alexandra is embarrassed every time she does this and wishes she would stop. Who’s right? Who’s…
Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016
Jan 4, 2017 • 84 min
Caution: There are unbleeped swear words that happen during the musical portions of this episode. If you are listening with kids, keep that in mind. “Shut Your Drawer Hole” and “The Most Important Trial of the Day,” taped in front of a live audience…
Woodsy Bob Newhart
Dec 28, 2016 • 56 min
This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket with the help of Deputy Judge Nick Offerman! The Judge, Bailiff and Deputy Judge rule on cocktail drinking etiquette, mail protocol and more! Plus some listener letters…
Conifer Emptor
Dec 21, 2016 • 55 min
Michael brings the case against his husband, Matthew. For the last several years, the two of them have used an artificial Christmas tree during the holiday season. Matthew prefers live trees and would like to introduce one to their home but Michael is…
First Whirlpool Problems
Dec 14, 2016 • 54 min
Courtney brings the case against her husband, Josh. They want to get a hot tub for their home but cannot agree on which type to buy. Josh wants a charming, wood fired cedar tub. Courtney wants a more practical standard fiberglass tub. Who’s right,…
A Jury of Your Tears
Dec 7, 2016 • 57 min
Donny brings the case against his roommate, Glenn. Glenn tends to cook quesadillas in their shared New York City apartment several times a week. Donny finds that the smell of peppers and onions is too powerful to handle and wants Glenn to vary his…
Live From Boston, MA 2016
Nov 30, 2016 • 100 min
“Sole Custody” and “Law and Gag Order,” taped in front of a live audience in Boston, MA on September 18, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Swift Justice, Expert Witness Ken Reid of TV Guidance Counselor and songs from Juliana Hatfield!…
Are We Fair Yet?
Nov 23, 2016 • 50 min
Jeff brings the case against his girlfriend, Megan. When they go on road trips, Megan thinks they need to equally split driving responsibilities, even though she doesn’t enjoy driving. Jeff is happy to drive long distances, and doesn’t think…
A Betrayal of Crust
Nov 16, 2016 • 51 min
Sam brings the case against his wife, Valerie. They gave Sam’s mother a Pie-of-the-Month subscription for her birthday last year, but were secretly baking the pies themselves. Sam’s mom still doesn’t know they are the bakers behind her beloved…
Grass Action Lawsuit
Nov 9, 2016 • 51 min
Daniel brings the case against his fiancee, Bernadette. They cannot decide what type of yard they will have in their future home. Daniel would like a large, green lawn but Bern thinks that’s too suburban and boring. She prefers a yard full of…
Hostile Fitness
Nov 2, 2016 • 49 min
Heather brings the case against her husband, Joe. Joe is too competitive with Heather’s mother when she initiates challenges with him through a fitness tracking app they both use. Because of this, he has chosen to opt out of her challenges. Heather…
Live From Turners Falls, MA 2016
Oct 28, 2016 • 93 min
“May It Please The Shorts” and “Amphibious Corpus,” taped in front of a live audience at Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA during the 2016 Tour of Live Justice! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn also catch up with friends of the court,…
Pile of Pits
Oct 19, 2016 • 52 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back from their tour and clearing the docket. They will rule on litterbugs, reimbursing family members and more. Plus, another edition of “Status Conference!” The Judge and Bailiff catch up with Becky and
Live from Portland, Maine 2016
Oct 12, 2016 • 94 min
“Text of Kin” and “Triple Word Scorn,” taped in front of a live audience in Portland, ME during the 2016 Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from Joel Mann and David Raitt! Thank you to Thomas Nohalty and Alison Kothe Nihlean for…
Separation of Church and Date
Oct 5, 2016 • 53 min
Chris brings his girlfriend, Sandra, to court over their disagreement about what counts as going to church. He has agreed to attend church services with her a few times a year but thinks that going to weddings with specific religious elements should…
Improvable Cause
Sep 29, 2016 • 50 min
Madeline files suit against her friend, Jason. They formed an improv group together and Madeline would love to perform a type of improv that is a little out of the box and not normally done in their hometown of Chicago. Jason insists that this form is…
Blind Justice
Sep 21, 2016 • 40 min
Judge John Hodgman is in chambers this week with his Summertime Funtime Tribunal! Monte Belmonte and Joel Mann help the judge rule on gum etiquette, condiment sharing, hot chocolate labeling and more! Plus a listener-provided explanation of…
Feast and Desist
Sep 14, 2016 • 54 min
Kandace brings the case against her fiance, Weston. For the last few years, the two of them have hosted their friends for an annual Thanksgiving-themed dinner party. This year, Weston would like for someone else to take charge. But Kandace loves…
Mommy Nearest
Sep 7, 2016 • 48 min
Julie is filing suit against her mother, Amy. Amy has begun attending the same gym and workout class as Julie. Julie, however, wishes for her exercise time to remain her own, free from her mother. With Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte! Thanks to Eric…
Hallmark of Justice
Aug 31, 2016 • 47 min
Judy files suit against her husband, Jayson, because he has stopped giving her Mother’s Day cards. Jayson argues that she’s not his mother, so he shouldn’t be held responsible. Judy believes he should be setting a good example for their kids and…
Motion to Strike a Pose
Aug 24, 2016 • 55 min
Justin files suit against his fiancee, Sarah. They are recently engaged and Sarah would like to take professionally shot engagement photos. Justin thinks engagement photos are silly and he is opposed to the idea. With Guest Bailiffs Dave Shumka and…
This is the Sound of a Raffle
Aug 17, 2016 • 46 min
Stephanie files suit against her friend Sewit. They are both members of a Las Vegas community service group that often uses raffles for fundraising. Stephanie thinks members of their group should be prohibited from entering the raffles, but Sewit has…
Big Chomp
Aug 10, 2016 • 57 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket on this week’s episode. They rule on dish washing, unusual names, roommate parking disputes and more!
On Advice of Console
Aug 3, 2016 • 59 min
On Judge John Hodgman this week, Tarah brings her husband, Jason, to court over their disagreement about video game consoles. Tarah would like to buy a console for their two kids, but Jason is strongly opposed. Who’s right? Who’s…
Divan Judgment
Jul 27, 2016 • 57 min
Glenys files suit against her husband, Jim. Glenys would like to buy a couch for their living room but Jim thinks couches are too uncomfortable. He thinks a daybed is a better solution for living room seating. With Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte! …
The Night to Remain Silent
Jul 13, 2016 • 58 min
Ian files suit against his girlfriend, N’Jameh, over her habit of memorizing her lines at bedtime. N’Jameh has found in her acting experience, memorizing her lines as she falls asleep is the best way for her to remember. Ian, however, finds it…
Object the Halls With Boughs of Justice
Jul 6, 2016 • 62 min
It’s Christmas in July! Mark and Hal of Maximum Fun’s own We Got This released an episode naming a popular Christmas movie as the definitive best Christmas movie. Mark regrets the choice and has tried several times to convince Hal to…
Assault and Hey Batter Battery
Jun 29, 2016 • 61 min
Naomi brings the case against her husband, Spencer. She’s embarrassed by his loud and incessant heckling at baseball games. It’s fun for him and he thinks major league players are fair game. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Tickets for the Judge…
Deadly Poke Bush
Jun 22, 2016 • 47 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week as they clear the docket! They discuss how to handle dropped silverware in restaurants, whether or not you should bring an open bottle of wine to a gathering, a contentious…
Exit, Stage Fright
Jun 15, 2016 • 52 min
Tom brings the case against his friend Trinity. Trinity longs to be discovered and believes she was “born for the theater.” Despite her enthusiasm for theater and performing, she refuses to try out community theater. He thinks she should get over…
Dad Nauseum
Jun 8, 2016 • 61 min
Daniel brings the case against his dad, Kevin. He says Kevin overuses the same joke with service industry workers, which the rest of the family finds embarrassing. Kevin thinks it’s a funny joke that brightens people’s day. Who’s right, who’s…
Paw and Order
Jun 2, 2016 • 68 min
Martha brings the case against her boyfriend, Chase. She says Chase is set on taking their cats outside on leashes, but she thinks they should stay indoors. Chase says the cats have expressed interest in the outdoors and would benefit from a safe and…
In Combat Chambers
May 25, 2016 • 44 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week, discussing listening to Hamilton before seeing the show, the famous noise from Law and Order, the sporty merits of cheer leading and more! Plus, some letters in response to Episode…
Capital T and That Rhymes With P and That Stands for Justice
May 18, 2016 • 44 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket and rule on pizza ordering, when to watch the next season of Game of Thrones, cereal dust, learning to drive as an adult and more. Tickets are on sale now for Judge John Hodgman’s…
Grand Theft Risotto
May 11, 2016 • 58 min
Mike brings the case against his mom, Maribeth. He says Maribeth knowingly took her daughter-in-law’s recipes for a family cookbook and passed them off as her own. Maribeth says that the attribution was implied and there was no wrongdoing.
All Laws Are Off
May 4, 2016 • 45 min
Judge John Hodgman rules on overfilling ice cube trays, the best spelling of Elliot for a baby, dog park etiquette, podcast recommendations and more.
Livin’ That CALI415 Life
Apr 29, 2016 • 40 min
SPONSORED BONUS EPISODE: Judge John Hodgman, Bailiff Jesse Thorn and Expert Witness and Automotive Enthusiast Rhea Butcher clear an all-automobile-related docket in a bonus episode of Judge John Hodgman sponsored by Chevrolet. They’ll weigh in on…
No Acquitting for Taste
Apr 27, 2016 • 53 min
Abtin brings the case against his girlfriend Kelsey over the decor in their new apartment. Abtin wants to go modern and classy. Kelsey says that would be boring and wants furnishings that are more quirky and unique.
In Moto Parentis
Apr 20, 2016 • 58 min
Leigh files suit against her son Duncan. Duncan is ready to take to the open road on a motorcycle. His parents aren’t fans of the idea, and want him to wait until he’s older and can shoulder the cost and risk on his own.
Jesse Finds a Crux
Apr 13, 2016 • 47 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear out the docket on free refills, open mics (or is it open MIKES?), canoe weekends and what to do if your friend recommends a book he hasn’t actually read.
Baggage Claims
Apr 6, 2016 • 47 min
Ty files suit against her partner Zach. Zach is obsessed with earning and using airline points and miles. Ty also likes to travel, but she wants to give up the crazy schemes and choose their vacation destinations and itineraries the “normal” way….
Anecdontal Evidence
Mar 30, 2016 • 50 min
With expert witness Teresa McElroy of Shmanners! Bob brings the case against his fiancee Alessandra. They have a “no boring stories” policy when they are at home together. Now Alessandra wants an exception for stories about the workplace. Should they…
Greasy Rider
Mar 23, 2016 • 77 min
With Special Expert Witness Alton Brown! Stephanie brings the case against her partner Jeff, who works as a chef. Jeff will often leave his smoky and bacon-y aprons and detritus in his car. Stephanie thinks that the car should remain neat and…
Decease and Desist
Mar 16, 2016 • 83 min
We premiere a new segment this week, Status Conference, plus a dad goes on trial. Marc brings the case against his wife Polly. They had a beloved dog who passed away several years ago. Marc would like to assemble and prepare a display of the…
The Cradle of Pizza Civilization
Mar 9, 2016 • 41 min
Judge Hodgman fills us in on the birthplace of Italian-American pizza, garbage and breezeways, the adventures of Alex Vennenzula, and more.
Wrecks Libris
Mar 2, 2016 • 61 min
Jeanna files suit against her husband Craig. She insists that Craig mishandles books, by dogearing the pages and using them as doorstops around the house.
Phone of Contention
Feb 25, 2016 • 52 min
Must a stay-at-home dad be obliged to answer calls and texts?
A Toast to Serra Angels
Feb 17, 2016 • 48 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse rule on toaster ovens, purchasing “singles” in card games and whether a couple should go for the animal trifecta - two puppies and a kitten.
The Glass-Action Lawsuit
Feb 10, 2016 • 57 min
Dan files suit against his girlfriend Jessica. Jessica has a pair of low-grade prescription glasses. She prefers not to wear them, claiming they are not attractive. Dan says she’s missing out on life by refusing to wear the glasses. Who’s right? Who’s…
Bros Before Globes
Feb 3, 2016 • 58 min
Should a globe-trotting pal be forced to come home every once in a while?
Miami Memories
Jan 28, 2016 • 51 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse address airplane etiquette, the importance of Hamilton, swear words and more! There’s no explicit content in this one, but you may not want kids listening to it all the same.
Live from SF Sketchfest 2016
Jan 20, 2016 • 93 min
“Beyond a Reasonable Drought” and “A Portrait of the Artist as a Weird Dad”, taped in front of a live audience at SF Sketchfest 2016! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from special guest Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. Look out for Thao’s…
Commedia della Morte
Jan 13, 2016 • 56 min
Jesse brings the case against his dad, Joseph. Joseph insists that his children hire a mime for his funeral (when the time comes). Jesse insists that a funeral is a time for grieving, not miming.
The Nog Tank
Jan 7, 2016 • 50 min
Judge Hodgman and Jesse clear the docket on shouting at drive thrus, ski trips, subway turtles and more, and also set the record straight on Sha-Na-Na.
The Long-Sleeved Arm of the Law
Dec 30, 2015 • 51 min
Blair brings the case against her husband Jon. In hot weather, Jon would like to wear one of his few treasured tank tops to cool off and feel the breeze. Blair thinks that tank tops on men look terrible and expose their sweaty arms to the masses.
Guilty as Charred
Dec 24, 2015 • 55 min
Simone brings the case against her husband, Julian. They’re currently living abroad in Portugal, on the island of Madeira. They’ve enjoyed adapting to the customs of their new home, but Julian can’t get used to their special built-in grill. Simone…
Hockey Dockey Christmas
Dec 17, 2015 • 39 min
Dramatic sneezing, toothpaste storage in the shower, ugly Christmas plates, and British vs. American PCs. Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket.
Textual Harassment
Dec 10, 2015 • 54 min
When Hector wants to get a hold of his friend Molly, he’ll send her repeated texts or emails, with just the word “hi” or an emoji. Molly says his digital poking has become a stressor in her life. Can Judge Hodgman help these pals resolve their dispute?
Pedantry of My Own
Dec 2, 2015 • 45 min
Judge Hodgman’s coda to the “A Hot Dog is Not a Sandwich” debate, plus rulings on wedding photography, urinating in public showers, pillow borrowing, and how to credit others’ work on the internet.
Trial By Kombat
Nov 25, 2015 • 53 min
Laura has refused to play Mortal Kombat with her boyfriend Austin since he began doing extensive research and practice outside of their video game sessions. Should Austin come back down to her level so they can play a beloved game together? CAN he…
A Little Dockey
Nov 18, 2015 • 42 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket, taking on the right way to share a suitcase, how to order at restaurants without infuriating your server, and “The Game”.
Grime and Punishment
Nov 11, 2015 • 56 min
Guest Bailiff David Rees joins us to talk about whether or not a married couple should hire a housecleaner. GOING DEEP with David Rees returns for its second season tonight on the Esquire Network!
Shut Your Pious Hole
Nov 6, 2015 • 53 min
Libby brings the case against her husband Aaron. Aaron is a minister by occupation, and thinks he should always be upfront about his job when meeting new people. Libby says he should play it cool till he gets to know them a bit better. Who’s right?…
The Slight Freaks
Oct 29, 2015 • 65 min
Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Elliott Kalan of The Flop House clear out the docket.
Oh, Goodie
Oct 21, 2015 • 46 min
Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear out the docket, addressing issues of late-night hot tubbing, cuddling in theaters, rug placement and taking photos with Wayne Gretzky.
The Hard of Hearing
Oct 14, 2015 • 57 min
Reed’s dad Bruce has suffered some hearing loss - must he try hearing aids? How about an ear trumpet? Find out when Judge John Hodgman rules!
It May or May Not Take a Village
Oct 7, 2015 • 52 min
Switcheroo week! One Bad Mother hosts Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn are guest hosting Judge John Hodgman this week. You’ll find John Hodgman over at the RISK! podcast. Judge Biz and Bailiff Theresa decide: should a couple with a baby seek out other…
Rewind is a Sometimes Command
Sep 30, 2015 • 49 min
Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Paul F. Tompkins clear out the docket!
Feliz Gravitas
Sep 23, 2015 • 58 min
Featuring Guest Bailiff Paul F. Tompkins! Siblings Rolland and Nyssa want to reboot the family Christmas. How should they go about it?
No-show Contendere
Sep 17, 2015 • 61 min
Ted brings the case against his good friend Chris. They will make plans, but Chris will suddenly become unreachable when it comes time to meet up. Ted’s calls and texts go unanswered. Ted says Chris needs to step up and let him know when his plans…
A Nothingburger Sort of Thing to Do
Sep 10, 2015 • 45 min
Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Jean Grae take on the proper way to do the YMCA dance, marriage proposals, and more.
Go Set a Tip Jar
Sep 2, 2015 • 51 min
Two friends co-host a literary reading series as a labor of love. Should they begin to seek donations?
Justice De-furred
Aug 28, 2015 • 46 min
Is fresh best? How often should pet-soiled sheets be washed?
Waiting for the Drop
Aug 19, 2015 • 45 min
Listen in as Judge John rules on metal meat utensils, 40 year olds listening to EDM, Vlad the Impaler-based religions, and the proper order to listen to podcasts. This week with Bailiff Jesse Thorn!
Eminent Toe-main
Aug 12, 2015 • 47 min
What’s “public” and what’s “private” space? A woman agrees to refrain from wearing a certain pair of shoes in public, but finds the terms unclear.
I Want My nth TV
Aug 5, 2015 • 51 min
Caroline brings the case against her husband Steve. They cannot agree — how many TVs is TOO many? Caroline thinks it’s best to minimize TV watching, and that a single TV is most appropriate. Steve says it can’t hurt to have a few extra…
Good Time Summertime Docket Clearin’
Jul 30, 2015 • 34 min
Judge Hodgman is assisted by Summertime Bailiff Monte Belmonte, taking on questions of broccoli-chomping, accidental raccoonslaughter, game night disputes, and the best construction of jokes.
Axed and Answered
Jul 22, 2015 • 50 min
Should Adrian be allowed to purchase an artisanal axe, flouting house rules about weapons?
Troll-o Contendere
Jul 15, 2015 • 61 min
When someone posts something offensive or wrong on social media, should you call them out?
Battle of the Podcast Stars
Jul 1, 2015 • 47 min
That’s my verdict, that’s my ruling! Judge John Hodgman rules on dressing cats in shirts, obnoxious behavior at Mexican restaurants, and more.
An Alchemic Clark Bar of Delight
Jun 24, 2015 • 40 min
Judge Hodgman tells us what’s wrong and what’s right! Is ice cream actually “candy”? Should you go to your mom’s 60th birthday party? Is it ok to leave used snot rags lying around?
Great Balls of Ire
Jun 17, 2015 • 49 min
Aron and Molly’s yard is littered with balls kicked over from the park next door. They can’t agree on how best to return the balls and appease the kids.
The Santa Suit
Jun 11, 2015 • 49 min
Parents listening with children, know that this case involves Santa Claus! Catch our drift? Andy brings the case against his wife Virginia. Andy wants to share the spirit of Christmas and Santa all year long. Virginia wants to restrict it to the…
Just the Two of Us
Jun 3, 2015 • 41 min
Judge Hodgman rules on indiscriminate hot-saucing, Vegas buffet etiquette, civic responsibility and more. Plus an update on the Brocavores from Episode 167!
Reduce, Reuse, Accuse
May 27, 2015 • 59 min
How should a couple catch a recycling bin thief?
The Downer Party
May 20, 2015 • 59 min
Is it possible to live a birthday-free life? Is it possible to acknowledge being another year older without all the birthday trappings? A couple brings their case before the judge.
Judgin’ Like It’s 1992
May 13, 2015 • 37 min
Bailiff Jesse returns to the courtroom! Judge Hodgman rules on the Oxford comma, Hawaiian short pants, and tries not to hurt anyone’s “Disney feelings”.
Kung Fu Fighting with Jean Grae
May 6, 2015 • 59 min
Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns to help Judge Hodgman clear out the docket, ruling on teenage liars, snuggling with teddy bears, sopping up messes with toilet paper, and more.
Sunrise Upset
Apr 29, 2015 • 71 min
Colin enjoys rising with the sun each day, but is it an impractical habit? Guest starring Jean Grae as the Bailiff!
The Defense Rests
Apr 22, 2015 • 63 min
When is it OK to leave your own party early and retire to bed?
Moon and Stars
Apr 15, 2015 • 45 min
Judge Hodgman rules on busted doors, schoolbus naming, and whether or not cereal is a soup. Plus a Hodgman Dubbel update!
Schnapp Judgment
Apr 9, 2015 • 60 min
Is Jonas a snob for preferring more expensive liquor?
The Puck Stops Here
Apr 1, 2015 • 62 min
Should Scott get back out on the ice and play beer league hockey with his friend, or is he TOO OLD?
Habeas Spiritus
Mar 25, 2015 • 77 min
Should Anton give psychics a chance? This week, with expert witness Carrie Poppy of Oh No! Ross and Carrie!
Impersona Non Grata
Mar 18, 2015 • 64 min
A man starts a Hulk parody account of a friend on Twitter. Is it funny, unoriginal or just STRAIGHT UP IMPERSONATION?
Sweet Relish
Mar 11, 2015 • 46 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket with gusto, answering questions about pickle relish, Pee-wee, apartment tours, and the difference between Jim Varney and Verne Troyer.
Bigfoot II
Mar 4, 2015 • 54 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse tackle the reuse of ziptop bags, sleeping in jeans, Luddites, and creative work in today’s docket clearing. Plus, Judge Hodgman admits to some monstrous behavior.
Legalhosen
Feb 25, 2015 • 64 min
How many socks is TOO many socks?
Spit Decision (Live from SF Sketchfest)
Feb 18, 2015 • 85 min
This week, our live show from SF Sketchfest, including “Justice in Thirty Minutes or Less”, “Spit Decision” and music from John Vanderslice and A-1.
The Hodgman Dubbel
Feb 11, 2015 • 47 min
Judge Hodgman weighs in on loud popcorn eating, anniversaries, fedoras, and selects the best drawings of his proposed Double-Ended Unicycle.
Mi Casa Es Shoeless Casa
Feb 4, 2015 • 74 min
A wife thinks her husband is too strict about their no-shoe policy inside the home.
The Grandfather Claws
Jan 28, 2015 • 57 min
Should an elderly cat be treated as a family member?
Do You Want to Hoard Some Snowglobes?
Jan 21, 2015 • 69 min
A man wants to dedicate a room of his house to the movie Frozen; his husband objects. With special expert witnesses Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez!
The Secret Room of Chambers
Jan 14, 2015 • 56 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse are rarin’ to clear out the docket & follow up with the brothers from “Wake Me Up Before You Go, Bro”!
Novus Annus, Novum Judicium
Jan 7, 2015 • 34 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse ring in the new year with some docket clearing.
TL;DNR
Dec 31, 2014 • 48 min
A man suggested that his friend read a very long series of fantasy novels, but isn’t satisfied with the pace of her reading.
Pizza Parley
Dec 24, 2014 • 60 min
A man seeks to enforce a contract regarding pizza toppings.
It’s Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chambers
Dec 17, 2014 • 56 min
We address winter holiday disputes in this all-docket episode (with a special surprise appearance from a past guest).
I Pledge a Grievance to the Flag
Dec 10, 2014 • 71 min
Should a couple install a sports team’s flag outside their home?
Cease and De-Thrift
Dec 3, 2014 • 64 min
Should Alex relinquish his beloved “grandpa shoes”, purchased secondhand?
The Commune-ish Manifesto
Nov 26, 2014 • 64 min
Two families live together in a communal household, but they have trouble explaining it outsiders. Should they pretend to be related, or be honest and embrace the weirdness?
Campering with the Evidence
Nov 19, 2014 • 55 min
Dale wants to build a camping trailer, but her husband Shawn objects.
Return to Chambers
Nov 12, 2014 • 38 min
Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear the docket (be forewarned: there’s nightmare gerbil talk).
Vehicular Hound Inside
Nov 5, 2014 • 66 min
Should an ailing dog be given free reign when riding in the car?
Clearing the Docket
Oct 29, 2014 • 28 min
Bailiff Jesse and Judge John Hodgman return to chambers to clear out the docket.
Amicus Grief
Oct 22, 2014 • 65 min
Will brings the case against his friend Moby. Moby has constructed a “friendship and acquaintance theory” that helps her navigate the relationships in her life. She’s entirely upfront about which people in her life are acquaintances, and which are friends
MaxFunWeek
Oct 15, 2014 • 73 min
Judge John Hodgman clears the docket with some special guests from Song Exploder, The Memory Palace and My Brother, My Brother and Me in celebration of MaxFunWeek.
Hear She, Shear He
Oct 8, 2014 • 47 min
Is a man entitled to a beard?
In Chambers
Oct 1, 2014 • 45 min
Judge Hodgman & Bailiff Jesse clear the docket, read pedantic letters, and talk about starting a horror movie club.
D-I-Why?!
Sep 24, 2014 • 65 min
Home renovation gone wrong (or has it?)!
The Burden of Goof
Sep 17, 2014 • 61 min
Michelle’s fiance is a prankster and has taken things too far! Will the judge crack down on the goofs?
Failure to Appear
Sep 10, 2014 • 67 min
An American graduate student wants her dad to visit her in Norway, the land of trolls.
Unreasonable Scorch and Leisure
Aug 22, 2014 • 67 min
Steffen protests: too many pool parties!
Gross Misconduct
Aug 14, 2014 • 62 min
A woman takes her mother to court over fingernail clipping in public.
Daily Security Beefing
Aug 6, 2014 • 65 min
Jake and Janey have taken safety measures to protect their home since a spate of break-ins have happened in their neighborhood. But they disagree about which measures are most effective.
The Leisure Suit
Jul 30, 2014 • 66 min
Stacey brings the case against her boyfriend Greg. When they go on trips together, Greg likes to dawdle and take his time getting on the road. Stacey wants to get out bright and early.
Monte Belmonte Python
Jul 25, 2014 • 63 min
Beth loves animals and wants to get a pet snake, but her husband is opposed to slithery things.
Hunter-Gaveler
Jul 16, 2014 • 80 min
A couple plans to move out to the country, and can’t agree on whether or not they should allow hunting on the new property.
Queasy Rider
Jul 9, 2014 • 75 min
BUZZ MARKETING BAN LIFTED: Katie wants her boyfriend Dallas to go on her favorite ride at Disneyland. With Special Expert Witness Mark Gagliardi!
Brocavore
Jul 2, 2014 • 75 min
Two brothers have decided to live off the land for a year, but they can’t agree on some of the tiny details of their plan.
My Legal Pony
Jun 25, 2014 • 73 min
Becky says her friend Nancy’s Shetland ponies are ill-mannered. Nancy disagrees and says they’re perfect just as they are. Who’s right?
Wake Me Up Before You Go, Bro
Jun 18, 2014 • 82 min
Declan wants his older brother Taran to stop using him as his personal alarm clock.
O Brother, Where Parked Thou?
Jun 11, 2014 • 65 min
Stephanie brings the case against her brother Mitch. They live at home with their parents and can’t agree - who should get the coveted driveway spot and who should trudge through the mud to get to their car?
Backseat Jiver
Jun 4, 2014 • 72 min
Zaki always controls the stereo on long car rides, and Michelle wants to get in on the action. Who gets to choose the audio playlist on a road trip, the driver or the passenger?
Laissez Hair
May 28, 2014 • 77 min
Leala’s husband acts as her in-house hairdresser and helps her dye her hair each month. Now he wants to retire the gloves and send her to the salon.
Cold Case
May 22, 2014 • 82 min
Should a couple in Berlin install an air conditioner in their new apartment? Dominik enjoys the heat, while Laura prefers a cooler climate.
The French Correction
May 15, 2014 • 91 min
Two Quebecers quarrel: should they speak English or French when they’re out and about in their hometown of Montreal? With expert witness Jonathan Goldstein, host of CBC’s WireTap!
The Waiting Game
May 7, 2014 • 63 min
Mollie says that her husband Geoff spends way too much time on his turns during board games, plotting the perfect move to crush his opponents. Should Geoff hurry up?
Tipping the Scales of Justice
Apr 30, 2014 • 68 min
Marika says her husband Joe’s habit of tipping housekeeping and service workers with coins is rude and contrary to the spirit of the gesture. Joe says, as long as he’s tipping, what’s the problem?
Honey Don’t
Apr 24, 2014 • 47 min
Lani says her husband Alistair insists on doing most of the household chores, and she appreciates his generous spirit. However, she says she’s tired of having to ask him to take out the garbage when she could very well do it herself! Is Alistair TOO…
Two’s Company
Apr 16, 2014 • 53 min
Judged by Guest Judge Jesse Thorn, and bailiffed by Jordan Morris! Margaret files suit against her male housemate and best friend, who’s lied to his family about living with a woman. She wants him to come clean!
The Perp Walk
Apr 9, 2014 • 65 min
Lisa says her boyfriend Mitch’s jaywalking is irritating and downright dangerous. Mitch says it’s a useful skill, to be honed and used when appropriate. Who’s right?
Visitation Rights
Apr 2, 2014 • 74 min
A man insists that his best friend abandon his daily routine and small-town life and visit him in the city once in awhile.
God Save the Teen
Mar 26, 2014 • 98 min
Callum is a teenager obsessed with British culture, and wants to go to university abroad. His older brother wants him to reconsider.
Arraigning Cats and Dogs
Mar 19, 2014 • 89 min
A couple clash over getting a pet. She wants a dog, he wants a cat. Who RULES and who DROOLS?
Sic Semper Dramatis
Mar 12, 2014 • 65 min
Will wants his brother Andrew to stop making scenes and acting like a reality TV star in public. NOTE: Some occasional bad language in this episode.
J’accuzi
Mar 5, 2014 • 60 min
Chas wants to put in a pool at the family homestead, Corbin says it’s a dangerous idea. Who’s right?
Honk If You Love Justice
Feb 26, 2014 • 61 min
Wes claims his friend Adam is honk-happy.
Science Friction
Feb 19, 2014 • 89 min
Should our defendant give sci-fi a try? This week, with expert witness Jane Espenson (Buffy, Battlestar Galatica, Torchwood, Once Upon a Time)!
A Trial of Two Cities
Feb 12, 2014 • 92 min
Philadelphia and Raleigh face off! Cousins Lara and Christine each claim her city is best. Who is RIGHT? We’re joined by expert witness JON WURSTER of Superchunk, The Mountain Goats and the late, great, BEST SHOW ON WFMU.
Command Quit
Feb 5, 2014 • 79 min
Has Quin gone overboard when it comes to playing video games?
Moped Operandi
Jan 29, 2014 • 71 min
Should Amanda live out her Roman Holiday dreams and buy a scooter?
Father Gnaws Beast
Jan 22, 2014 • 72 min
Sisters file suit against their meat-loving dad.
Namer vs. Namer
Jan 15, 2014 • 73 min
Josh brings the case against his wife Jackie. They each kept their respective surnames when they married, and now can’t decide on a last name for their future children. Should the kids take their mom or dad’s last name, combine them, or take on a…
The Department of Corrections
Jan 8, 2014 • 72 min
Tom brings the case against his wife Kira. He says Kira is obsessed with proper grammar, and she comes across as a know-it-all when she corrects his speech. Kira says she prides herself on correct language usage, and that Tom should do the same. Who’s…
Martial Law
Jan 1, 2014 • 70 min
Rodrigo brings the case against his friend and jiu jitsu classmate Matthew. Rodrigo claims Matthew has avoided taking the “No-Gi” classes at their Jiu Jitsu studio and needs to start challenging himself in his practice. Matthew says he’s tried the…
Kitchen Loco Parentis
Dec 24, 2013 • 73 min
Should a toddler be let loose in a kitchen?
The Judge John Hodgman Holiday Special
Dec 18, 2013 • 39 min
Judge Hodgman is visited by the spirits of litigants past.
Badgering the Waitress
Dec 11, 2013 • 65 min
Max says if he needs a server’s attention, he’s within his rights to flag someone down - but his friend Andy says he’s going about it all wrong. Who’s right?
Six Feet Plunder
Dec 4, 2013 • 56 min
A tale of Christmas tree liberation.
Case Your State
Nov 27, 2013
NOTE: This episode includes some bad language and M*ssholism. Sam brings the case against his longtime friend John. They both hail from cities in Massachusetts, but John says that Sam isn’t “really” from Massachusetts — he doesn’t have the attitude…
Resisting a Rest
Nov 21, 2013 • 66 min
Juliet brings the case against her fiance, Tom. Tom is a “disc ultimate” enthusiast. He’s sustained several injuries over the past few years playing the sport. Juliet says he should take a season to recover and prepare to play again. Tom says he’s…
The Right to Remain Silent
Nov 13, 2013 • 60 min
Does teenage Sophie need a push from Dad to get over her shyness?
Exit Partay
Oct 30, 2013 • 70 min
An introvert and extrovert face off - who gets to decide when to leave the party?
Criminal In Tent
Oct 25, 2013 • 66 min
How will these two young would-be homesteaders live? In a small wooden house, or a yurt?
May It Breeze the Court
Oct 16, 2013 • 59 min
This week: fan noise tears apart a marriage.
Strictly Courtroom
Oct 9, 2013 • 53 min
Ricardo brings the case against his girlfriend Paola. They both love to salsa dance, but Ricardo needs some work on technique. He’d like to perfect his skills out at the salsa clubs, but Paola says she’d rather teach him at home, where they can take…
Lingua Fracas
Oct 3, 2013 • 59 min
Doug brings the case against his best friend Ty. Ty insists on pronouncing foreign words with the proper accent when speaking in English. Doug says this is pretentious, and that Ty should just accept the common pronunciation of words when he’s Stateside.
Horseless Miscarriage of Justice
Sep 25, 2013 • 61 min
Gearhead Abraham brings the case against his sister Sonja: why won’t she take his advice when buying a car?
12 Angry Birds
Sep 19, 2013 • 71 min
Is Anna a gaming addict?
There’s No Crime Like the Present
Sep 11, 2013 • 64 min
Emily and Otto have a dispute about gift-giving - when is it required? Otto works long shifts in a remote location and says it’s difficult to find time to buy traditional presents. Emily still wants him to recognize holidays and birthdays. Can the…
Weight Weight… Don’t Judge Me!
Sep 5, 2013 • 68 min
Chad and Elizabeth like to challenge each other to the occasional friendly weight loss competition. But they differ on how to measure the losing winner. Can Judge Hodgman weigh the options?
Coast Mortem
Aug 29, 2013 • 66 min
A couple is split beween two coasts! Dan wants to move back to his home turf of Western Massachusetts, Jen wants to move to sunny LA. Guest bailiffed by Monte Belmonte!
Emergency Podcast System
Aug 21, 2013 • 47 min
A couple disagrees on how to implement a response to tornado warnings near their home.
Reckless Endungeonment
Aug 14, 2013 • 61 min
Ryan and Dan are role-playing friends with a disagreement - Ryan says Dan’s risky gameplay is making it less fun for everyone.
So Help You Pod, or Whatever
Aug 10, 2013 • 62 min
Aaron wants to move his beloved refurbished egg pod chair into the home he shares with his wife, Kara. Kara objects to the outsized piece of furniture and says it needs to stay in storage until the time and place are right. Who’s right? Who’s wrong….
Halal in the Family
Jul 24, 2013 • 58 min
Stephanie brings the case against her boyfriend, Dan. Her religious beliefs bar her from eating pork or keeping it in their shared home; she’d like Dan to follow the same restriction. He says that when he’s away from the home, he’d like to be able to…
Odor in the Court
Jul 17, 2013 • 62 min
Andrea says her boyfriend Christopher doesn’t shower or change his clothes often enough. Christopher says it’s his aesthetic, he doesn’t smell, and he’s happy the way he is! This episode with Jesse Thorn on the Judge’s bench!
Taxi Evasion
Jul 10, 2013 • 61 min
Marcelo brings the case against his girlfriend, Sam. When Sam takes off early from a night out, Marcelo would like her to take a cab home. Sam thinks he’s not respecting her ability to walk home smartly and safely. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?
Lawn and Order
Jul 3, 2013 • 50 min
Jumi brings the case against her husband, Josh. Josh thinks they need a riding mower to tame their front and backyards. Jumi says the idea is absurd and impractical. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Only one man can decide.
Shut Your Pie-Troll 2
Jun 26, 2013 • 54 min
Erin brings the case against her friend Ezra. Ezra hosts a “Bad Movie Night” at his house for their friends to watch movies, eat, and hang out. It’s a popular event, but Erin says that Ezra could make the night way more fun if he just took a few of…
Permanent Record
Jun 19, 2013 • 59 min
John brings the case against his girlfriend, Emily. She has a number of tattoos and wants her next tattooed piece to be on her wrist. John wants Emily to reconsider the tattoo’s placement. Can the Judge resolve an issue that’s needled them both?
Fitness for the Prosecution
Jun 12, 2013 • 58 min
The plaintiff, Melissa, wants her boyfriend Henry to participate in an obstacle course event with her best friends so they can share a bonding experience. Henry objects on numerous fronts!
Uniform Code of Podcast Justice
Jun 5, 2013 • 60 min
Paul brings the case against his friend Jeremy. Paul likes to wear jerseys and hats from his favorite team to sporting events, even when that team isn’t playing in the game. Jeremy says that wearing the gear isn’t in good taste. Who is right?
Court-o-Potty
May 29, 2013 • 51 min
Meg and Tony share a one-bathroom house in Portland. Should Meg be allowed a chamber pot for emergency situations? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.
A Danderous Precedent
May 22, 2013 • 46 min
Should allergy-prone Mike get allergy shots so his family can indulge their love of fuzzy wuzzy pets?
Veranda Rights
May 15, 2013 • 58 min
What is the appropriate porch furniture of the day? Judge John Hodgman decides.
Seating Arraignment
May 8, 2013 • 60 min
Chris brings the case against his sister-in-law, Jenna. For many years, their extended family has had kids and adults tables at holiday gatherings. Chris thinks that since the kids are all grown up, they should abandon the kids table. Jenna thinks the…
A Room With a Feud
May 1, 2013 • 63 min
This week, with guest bailiff TOM SCHARPLING of The Best Show on WFMU. Should this couple attempt an unorthodox living arrangement?
Dischord is Now in Session
Apr 24, 2013 • 55 min
Andrea and Scott bring their dispute before the Judge: must singalongs be conducted with careful attention to pitch and key? Expert witnesses Jonathan Coulton and David Rees weigh in.
Trivial Peer Suit
Apr 17, 2013 • 40 min
Steve says he’s been the acting team captain of his local trivia team, and wants to make it official! His teammate Claire begs to differ. Can the Judge resolve this trivial dispute?
To the Victor Goes the Spoiled
Apr 10, 2013 • 71 min
With Expert Witness Alton Brown! Natalie brings the case against her husband Hugo. She wants to throw food away when she decides it’s spoiled or too old. Hugo hates waste, and is aghast that Natalie throws away moldy but “perfectly…
The Birthday Suit
Apr 3, 2013 • 61 min
Aldo brings the case against his partner Sean. They decided to plan trips for each other’s birthdays, but make each destination a surprise. But the secrecy is making Aldo anxious, and now he wants to know where they’re going! Should Sean reveal their…
Gas, Grass or Justice
Mar 27, 2013 • 72 min
Ruthie brings the case against her boyfriend Chris. Chris promised to get his driver’s license years ago, but he’s still in the passenger’s seat.
Justice Abhors a Vacuum
Mar 20, 2013 • 64 min
Friends quarrel over a borrowed (and broken) shop vac and its more expensive replacement.
Courtlandia
Mar 13, 2013 • 42 min
Is hipster a dirty word? We’ll find out.
The Book Case
Mar 6, 2013 • 51 min
Is Jason a book hoarder, keeping unread books from being used and loved? Or will he work his way, steadily and surely, through the stacks?
Judge and Jewry
Feb 27, 2013 • 55 min
Rebecca brings the case against her sister Jessica — do their Jewish roots make them PART JEWISH?
All Dogs Go to Trial
Feb 20, 2013 • 67 min
Coming to you live and direct from SF Sketchfest! Brianne, Zach and their dog Shilo go to trial. Plus a musical performance from John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and live snap judgments!
Possessions in Nine-Tenths of a Car
Feb 13, 2013 • 51 min
Andrea brings the case against her friend Joe — she claims he’s taking a minimalist lifestyle to an extreme degree. Must Joe acquire some creature comforts?
Bench Warrant
Feb 6, 2013 • 52 min
Should a couple sit on the same side of the booth while brunching, or will Judge Hodgman mandate a great divide?
Polly Wanna Justice?
Jan 30, 2013 • 51 min
Kim and her husband Chris co-habitate with a pet parrot. The bird adores Kim but behaves badly around her husband and son. How far should they go to accomodate the parrot?
Bleached and Mounted Bones of Contention
Jan 23, 2013 • 73 min
Nick and Sara are a married couple who disagree on interior design — namely, should Nick be allowed to display a collection of bones and taxidermied animals within their home?
Rhapsody in Blue
Jan 16, 2013 • 66 min
Please note: explicit language in this episode! Eric and Elizabeth are a married couple who make their living doing performances together. They disagree on when it’s necessary and appropriate to use curse words in art. Elizabeth objects to their use,…
Grow v. Blade
Jan 9, 2013 • 47 min
Brad and Kyra disagree - when is the time to cut their toddler’s hair?
Coming Out of the Supply Closet
Jan 2, 2013 • 42 min
Ben and Sara are co-workers, friends, and most recently, romantically entangled. They’ve kept their office romance a secret for months, and Ben says it’s time to go public. Sara thinks it’s more fun to sneak around and wants to keep their…
The Chastity Bet
Dec 26, 2012 • 64 min
Jason and Kenan made a gentlemen’s agreement with several of their friends as teenagers regarding the advances of the opposite sex, but there’s one thing that was never clarified. Who can help them find the solution? None other than Judge John Hodgman.
Away With the Manger
Dec 19, 2012 • 59 min
Marisa brings the case against her husband Jay. They’ve blended atheist, Jewish and Catholic traditions for their household, but they’ve reached an impasse on holiday decorations. They both agreed to a Christmas tree, but Jay objects to a nativity…
Probable Claus
Dec 13, 2012 • 69 min
Judge John Hodgman decides Santa’s fate in a married couple’s household.
Thanks, But No Pranks
Dec 7, 2012 • 40 min
Patrick and Wyatt are housemates, and their shared house was caught up in a prank war. Neighbors from each house on their street pulled pranks on one another until one final act put Wyatt over the edge — and he took to social media to put a stop to…
The Statute of Physical Limitations
Nov 28, 2012 • 46 min
Shumanay has a chronic illness that’s limited her physical activity in the past, but she’s recently been able to take up running. Now she has her heart set on an endurance race to take full advantage of her newfound abilities. Her husband Jon objects…
Ipso Lacto
Nov 21, 2012 • 46 min
Justin actively avoids dairy, claiming to HATE cheese, butter, and cream. His friend Angela is irritated by the avoidance, alleges that Justin has consumed and enjoyed dairy in the past, and thinks he should own up. Who is right in this food fight?
Dog Duty
Nov 14, 2012 • 57 min
Zoe brings the case against her mom, Rochelle. They brought home a new puppy last summer and Zoe took the lead in training and caring for the dog until she left for college. Now Zoe is thousands of miles away, but wants to retain her say in the…
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Slob and B.F.F.-R.I.P.: Live at WNYC’s Greene Space
Nov 7, 2012 • 86 min
Our second live show at WNYC’s Greene Space, with musical performances from Jean Grae, Mela Machinko and DJ Mr. Len. Please note: this week’s episode contains some explicit language.
Sort Reform and The Right Not to Bare Arms: Live at WNYC’s Greene Space
Nov 1, 2012 • 91 min
This week: a very special live edition of Judge John Hodgman from WNYC’s Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Featuring musical sets from Jonathan Coulton!
Live Freon or Die
Oct 24, 2012 • 49 min
This week, daughter squares off against father in a temperature tiff! Olivia brings the case against her father Mike. Mike lives in Arizona where temperatures often soar, and he drives a car without air conditioning. Olivia believes this is a health…
The Obligatory Name Drop
Oct 17, 2012 • 47 min
Family-issued nicknames and a clash between two sisters! Evelyn hates the nickname that followed her into adulthood and demands that the family stop using it, but Frances loves her sister Evie (and the ability to use the name as she sees fit!). Who is…
Irre-console-able Differences
Oct 10, 2012 • 43 min
Jessica gave away most of her possessions when she left for the Peace Corps — including a video game system that went to her sister Eden. The system broke under Eden’s care and she says she’s not obligated to return a working system to Jessica. Is…
The Mother Tongue
Oct 3, 2012 • 48 min
Matthew and Y want to raise their children to be bilingual in English and in Y’s native language, Vietnamese. Matthew’s Vietnamese is pretty rusty, so he thinks Y should teach him and their children at the same time. Y thinks that Matthew needs to…
Passing the Bar
Sep 26, 2012 • 47 min
Erin brings the case against her co-worker Abby, whom she accuses of ducking out of pre-planned happy hour events.
Snooze Control
Sep 19, 2012 • 49 min
Ben brings the case against his wife Jenna, who insists on wringing every last bit of sleep she can before arising for work. Ben’s partial to a gentle wakeup and says his wife’s approach stresses him out. Who is right?
Cigarettiquette
Sep 12, 2012 • 50 min
YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE: This episode contains some talk that may not be appropriate for children, including discussion of smoking and drug use. Robert brings the case against his friend Bradley, who’s given up tobacco cigarettes for e-cigarettes. The…
The Split Screen Decision
Sep 6, 2012 • 50 min
Raj brings the case against his girlfriend Surita, claiming her high-falutin’ taste in movies is getting in the way of their shared enjoyment in entertainment.
Gavelbangers Ball
Aug 30, 2012 • 56 min
THIS WEEK: with guest bailiff Monte Bailiff Belmonte and a SECRET expert witness. Caroline brings this case against her boyfriend Will, who’s been trying to sell her on his favorite metal bands to no avail.
The Nominative Case
Aug 22, 2012 • 45 min
Jordan and his friend Charles bring an unresolved bet, instigated by a discussion of the DC comics villain Mr. Myxlptlk. Could Jordan’s friends trick him into say his own name backwards? namdgoH nhoJ egduJ rules!
Probable Cos-Play
Aug 15, 2012 • 42 min
Donald, Jessie and their son are planning a trip to a Star Wars convention for their family vacation. Donald thinks Jessie should him and their son Josh in costume; Jessie thinks she’s doing enough simply by attending. Who is right? This week: guest…
The Golden State Debate
Aug 8, 2012 • 48 min
Harry says his best friend Dan is spinning his wheels back in their hometown, and should come join him in Los Angeles. Should Dan venture to LA or stay put? Only one man can decide.
Night Food Court
Aug 1, 2012 • 46 min
Trips for late night fast food and fraternal bonding cause a rift in a relationship — and only one man can help repair it.
The Cluck Stops Here
Jul 25, 2012 • 44 min
Lauren foresees a Green-Acres type situation for her new suburban backyard, but her husband’s vision differs.
Call in the Family
Jul 18, 2012 • 37 min
Katy brings this case against her older brother Steve, who refuses to leave voicemails.
Antisocial Networking
Jul 4, 2012 • 40 min
Lauren brings this case against her friend work-spouse Mike. When is it rude to use your phone in the company of a friend? How much texting is too much? Only one man can decide!
Crumber vs. Crammer
Jun 27, 2012 • 47 min
Scott and Jennifer are a married couple who both admit they’re kind of messy — but who’s the real slob here?
A Quashed Plot Never Spoils
Jun 20, 2012 • 42 min
BE WARNED: If you’re sensitive to spoilers, be ready to turn down the volume! Andrew and Adam are roommates and avid media consumers. Andrew badgered Adam to start watching one of his own favorite shows, and Adam eventually gave in. However, Adam says…
Nature Versus Nerd-ture
Jun 14, 2012 • 47 min
Alex and Kristina are a couple of admittedly nerdy people, and they disagree about where to send their future children for summer camp — to nerd camp to indulge in whatever geeky pursuits they desire, or to a typical summer camp to play Capture the Flag.
My Dinner with Ennui
Jun 6, 2012 • 46 min
Holly and Todd are writing partners who meet at the same restaurants every week. Holly feels their habitual meals are stifling her creativity; Todd thinks it frees up his mind to focus on other things. Who is right?
Sibling Drivalry
May 31, 2012 • 47 min
Luis insists his big sister Alejandra monopolizes the use of their shared vehicle. Alejandra says Luis refuses rides and then pouts. Who is right?
Chevy Case
May 23, 2012 • 41 min
Patrick and his his girlfriend Hannah moved to Portland, Oregon last year and used Patrick’s trusty Camaro to get there. Hannah has since bought Patrick’s car from him to use on her commute to work, and sees it as a strictly utilitarian possession…
Spare the Hodg, Spoil the Child
May 16, 2012 • 44 min
Gail believes she and her nephew Ray are similarly sensitive kindred spirits. As a loving aunt, she thinks she should be able to comfort Ray when he’s upset, even over rule-breaking, and help him handle his feelings. Her sister Aimee believes Gail is…
Rashomom
May 2, 2012 • 46 min
Rebekah, her mother Denise and grandmother Gloria have a case regarding memory — specifically, is the memory of a child or an adult more reliable? Denise insists that a grey house stood next door to her childhood home; Gloria says that’s simply…
Judge John Hodgman 57: A Wing and A Player
Apr 25, 2012 • 48 min
Michael and Patrick have been best friends since high school. Michael likes to think of himself as Patrick’s wingman, helping alert him to interested ladies when they’re out together. Patrick thinks his friend lacks the subtlety to be a wingman and…
Early Man
Apr 18, 2012 • 37 min
Troy believes in never being late for an appointment, party, or movie — but in striving to avoid tardiness, he’s swung the other direction and arrives extra-early. His insistence on being early is driving his wife Carmen crazy. Should they stick to…
Battle Royale
Apr 11, 2012 • 43 min
Leeman and his wife Rachel are American citizens who have immigrated to Toronto for school and work. They’ve become permanent Canadian residents, but Rachel wants to go whole hog and become citizens. Leeman finds the idea of swearing loyalty to the…
Die Flederhaus
Apr 4, 2012 • 47 min
Two brothers, one dilapidated house, and a colony of bats - what could be more scary about this case? Noah and Adam have a bat problem, and they can’t agree on how to handle it. Should they run screaming, or man up when a bat comes their way? Only one…
Cannery Row
Mar 28, 2012 • 62 min
THIS WEEK: Special Expert Witness Alton Brown! Ara and her mom Julia enjoy some mother-daughter bonding time while canning, but Ara insists on following USDA safety manuals, books, and other advice to make sure their canned goods are 100% safe. Julia…
The Stick Shift Rift
Mar 21, 2012 • 39 min
Is not knowing how to drive a manual transmission in this day and age A CRIME? That’s the question for Cosmo and Jen, a married couple who own a manual and an automatic car, respectively.
The Wedding Clashers
Feb 22, 2012 • 38 min
John and Lindsay are a married couple with two weddings to attend on the same day — John’s childhood best friend’s and Lindsay’s cousin’s. Which argument will win? Family obligations, long-seated freindship, the better party? Only Judge Hodgman can…
Double Dog Dare
Feb 8, 2012 • 41 min
Marybeth and Paul are a couple of busy animal loving attorneys who already own a dog and a cat. Marybeth would like to add another dog to their family to help their current toy schnauzer, Olive, relax. Paul argues that with their busy schedule, and…
The Master’s Disaster
Jan 25, 2012 • 36 min
Jessie and Jason are a happily married couple with a scheduling conflict. Jason is in an intensive master’s program and works a full-time job, which leaves him with little to no time for household chores or time for his wife. Jason prefers to schedule…
The Wonderful, Terrible, Terrible Towel Trouble
Jan 12, 2012 • 38 min
Katie and Bobby are dating and are both fans of Pittsburgh Steelers football. Katie says she was born into the Steelers Nation, while Bobby came to fandom while dating Katie. Their issue is the treatment of the team’s signature “Terrible Towel”. Katie…
The Carry On Carryings On
Jan 4, 2012 • 39 min
Blair and her sister Lisa are frequent flyers. Blair never checks her bags due to the inconvenience of it, opting instead to carry them on. Since she’s only 5’1”, she often relies on the generosity of fellow passengers to…
The Clap Trap
Dec 22, 2011 • 45 min
Greg and Eric are longtime friends and sometime-bandmates. They disagree on one area of performance; should members of the band ever ask the audience to clap along to their music?
Apocalypse Row
Dec 14, 2011 • 37 min
Carrie and her husband Phillip are planning for the future. A collapse of civilazation under the coming apocalypse to be exact. Carrie and “Sarge” are at odds about where to best survive the end of days and bring the case to Judge John Hodgman.
The Bedding Crasher
Dec 8, 2011 • 35 min
When is it appropriate to ask to crash at a friend’s place? Should the practice be curtailed when one reaches a certain age or level of financial security? Chris and Emily bring this case against their friend Pat.
Triple Word Scorn
Dec 1, 2011 • 31 min
Jesse and Jessica are used to squaring off against one another when they play games like Scrabble & Hangman on their smartphones. In this episode of Judge John Hodgman their rivalry spills into the courtroom as they litigate their literary…
Driving Miss Drowsy
Nov 23, 2011 • 29 min
Austin brings the case against his good friend Ethan. A year ago, they drove cross-country from Santa Cruz, California to Brooklyn, New York. Austin says that during the trip, he experienced “car lag,” a variant form of jetlag. Ethan says the very…
Out of REC-order
Nov 9, 2011 • 37 min
Strife between two friends — over DVR recordings. If Anthony requests that Joseph record television programs for him on his personal DVR, is he obligated to come over and watch them?
The Abuse of Flower Power
Nov 2, 2011 • 38 min
Not in MY backyard! Julienne and Emily are neighbors and romantically involved. Julienne has created a garden space but wants to add a particular flower that Emily detests. Emily has threatened to never cross the picket fence again if they are…
Slash-Friction
Oct 26, 2011 • 37 min
What IS a horror movie? Bryan’s list of 100 horror movies is all about content. His friend Jay says it’s all about the audience’s reaction. Who is the master of the macabre? Only one justice of the deceased can decide!
Pepperoni Pauper
Oct 19, 2011 • 32 min
A young couple battle embarrassing behavior and bags of trash in search of unpeeled prize tickets for a shot at redemption. And a free slice of pizza. Or a free Coke.
Panta-Lunacy
Oct 12, 2011 • 39 min
Seth and Stephen are colleagues in a Broadway show. They bring a case of Lost and Found, Finders and Keepers, and Losers and Weepers.
Beard Science
Sep 28, 2011 • 38 min
Guest bailiffed by ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper! Friends Mike, Mike and Dan seek a ruling on a modified but highly charged game of beard chicken.
Unbanded Brothers
Sep 22, 2011 • 39 min
Brothers and bandmates Jack and Jeff bring this argument over tourdates, a wedding and being the boss of the band.
De Plane
Aug 31, 2011 • 35 min
Elisabeth and Melissa are good friends and enthusiastic travelers, who often journey together on planes and in cars across the country. While their traveling styles mesh for the most part, they are divided on a hot-button issue: the correct way to…
Hors d’oeuvres in the Court
Aug 19, 2011 • 33 min
Mike’s three children were enticed to try a foreign food — bacon-wrapped scallops — by an offer from their father of $5. However, Mike now claims that since the boys enjoyed the food, he no longer owes them compensation. Mike’s wife Ellen represents…
The Cow Beef
Jul 20, 2011 • 36 min
Ted brings this case against his father Paul, who has become obsessed with cows. Ted argues that his father’s cow collection and his inclination to randomly say the word cow, among other issues, indicate the need to tamp down the cow-talk. …
Garbage Man and Wife
Jul 6, 2011 • 37 min
Matt Haughey of Metafilter and his wife Kay split household chores right down the middle, except when it comes to garbage duty. Does the person taking out the trash have “garbage hands” that are only suitable to replace the trash bag and deal…
Ob-Law-Di, Ob-Law-Da
Jun 23, 2011 • 34 min
Pat and Joe come before the court with a case about that famous rock band, The Beatles. Pat claims that The White Album is one of The Beatles’ worst albums and has a scattered approach. Joe argues that the album benefits from its variance and is one…
Justice is Out There
Jun 16, 2011 • 33 min
Randi and Chris were gifted Mulder and Scully action figures for Christmas, but differ on their purpose. Should they be kept in their original packaging, to retain value (and for laughs)? Or should they be freed, to re-enact X-Files episodes and…
The Battle of the Baton
Jun 9, 2011 • 33 min
When Jake listens to his favorite classical music, he finds himself conducting furiously and with abandon. His wife Erica, an accomplished concert musician, says his flamboyant conducting makes a mockery of her life’s work. Must Jake cease his…
The Friendship Inquest
Jun 2, 2011 • 33 min
Friends Adam and Will have a dispute about social networking. Is it Adam’s responsibility as a young adult to get with the program and join the online social networking world, or is Will pushing his own life choices on his friend?
The Toot Dispute
May 25, 2011 • 32 min
Jason’s mom argues that whenever he passes gas, he should proffer an “excuse me” to whomever is present (according to general social etiquette). Jason says he’s an adult and as such, is allowed to do as he pleases. Should Jason’s mom butt…
The Girlfriend and the Grasshopper
May 18, 2011 • 33 min
Jeff says his live-in girlfriend Courtney habitually hides food from him. Courtney admits that she’s hidden food in the past, but only to save Jeff from his own ravenous tendencies, and that she has stopped the practice. Is Courtney a food-hoarder, or…
The Bedroom Three-way
May 11, 2011 • 35 min
College pals Corey, Tyler and Caitlyn are moving into a new apartment in the coming school year with three bedrooms: two small, one gloriously spacious. Who deserves the biggest room?
Arby’s-tration
May 4, 2011 • 30 min
Is it appropriate to ask a cab driver to take you through a drive-thru after a long night of drinking? Take a ride in the Justice Cab to find out.
Tips, Tricks and Justice
Apr 29, 2011 • 28 min
In this episode, we are joined by SPECIAL GUEST and EXPERT WITNESS Morgan Webb. John argues that using a strategy guide when playing a video game is cheating, pure and simple. His friend Josef argues that while it provides an advantage,…
You Say Tomato, I Say Justice
Apr 21, 2011 • 29 min
We have a pronunciation problem. Matt brings the case against his friend Josh, who he argues pronounces a number of words incorrectly. Affectations, shibboleths, and regionalisms: we’ve got it all.
An Appeel-ate Case Decision
Apr 14, 2011 • 29 min
Friends (and Canadian barristers) Nick and Phil bring their fruit-based case before the Judge: which gentleman’s technique for peeling a banana is correct?
The Ironman Trial-Athlon
Apr 6, 2011 • 31 min
Should an endurance event enthusiast (and former couch potato) be allowed to participate in an Ironman Triathlon against the wishes of his wife?
The Colbert Rapport
Mar 31, 2011 • 31 min
When is it appropriate to request a photo with a celebrity seen in the wild? Andrew and Britt bring this case of a Hollywood party, Stephen Colbert, and potential Facebook popularity before the judge.
Parents Just Don’t Understand
Mar 16, 2011 • 26 min
Should a father be able to compell his teenage daughter to watch classic films? Or does a 16-year-old deserve autonomy in her entertainment choices?
The Potluck Problem
Mar 8, 2011 • 37 min
Two best friends disagree on the morality of the potluck. One says it’s a great opportunity for everyone to pitch in. One says it’s a sign of a host who’s abdicated responsibility for the party. Only one man can decide who’s right.
Sesame Street Justice
Mar 2, 2011 • 46 min
A group of high school kids kidnapped their youth group leader’s life-size Ernie doll as a prank, but he was stolen from them before his safe return. Can they be held responsible for Ernie’s disappearance if they intended to return him?
Snob V. Slob
Feb 23, 2011 • 30 min
A fiancee demands that her sweetheart shape up and dress for a promotion, plus other clothing-related disputes.
The Tahitian Take-Out
Feb 16, 2011 • 22 min
A friends’ night out at a Polynesian restaurant, several Scorpion bowls and an abandoned bag of takeout are involved in this accusation of impropriety and substandard hygiene.
You Say Martucci, I Say Martucci
Feb 9, 2011 • 19 min
Sisters Carol and Michelle have a disagreement over the pronunciation of their last name, Martucci. Carol believes in the traditional Italian “Mar-too-CHEE” and Michelle thinks it honors their grandfather to pronounce the name in his preferred…
The Case of the Youthful Indiscretions
Jan 31, 2011 • 18 min
Brothers Evan and Michael battle it out: as a toddler, Michael stole Evans things, and gave them away at pre-school. Does Evan deserve an apology?
The Cone-tractual Dispute
Jan 21, 2011 • 29 min
The manufacture of a food truck awning leads to a Portland-infused nightmare.
The Parenthetical Petition
Jan 3, 2011 • 19 min
Recorded live on stage at The Talent Show in Brooklyn: a man believes parentheses have no place in fiction. His girlfriend disagrees.
To Tree Or Not To Tree
Dec 20, 2010 • 26 min
A married couple disagrees: when should the Christmas decorations go up? That is the question. Skakespeare.
The Lion’s Den
Dec 14, 2010 • 23 min
A married couple disagrees: what is a den?
The Lovely Couple
Dec 8, 2010 • 26 min
A married couple disagrees: is physical attractiveness a component of romantic love?
The Long-Necked Custody Battle
Nov 29, 2010 • 18 min
Best friends bought a robotic giraffe together in Japan. Now, with college (and their cohabitation) over, each wants the other to have it.
Judge Hodgman: Tear Down That Wall
Nov 23, 2010 • 21 min
Foy argues that breaking the fourth wall ruins film and theater. His friend Matt disagrees. Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.
Are Machine Guns Robots?
Nov 15, 2010 • 20 min
Two friends dispute whether machine guns are robots.
Dish Soap or Hand Soap?
Nov 8, 2010 • 13 min
Judge Hodgman settles a marital dispute: should the kitchen sink dispense dish soap or hand soap?