Judge Jeanine Pirro
Also known asJudge Pirro
GenreCourt show
StarringJeanine Pirro
Narrated byWilliam Price (seasons 2-3)
Theme music composerNorman Arnold
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons3
No. of episodes382
Executive producers
Camera setupMultiple
Production companyTelepictures Productions
Original release
NetworkThe CW
(Season 1)
(Seasons 2-3)
ReleaseSeptember 22, 2008 (2008-09-22) –
May 25, 2011 (2011-05-25)
Judge Mathis

Judge Jeanine Pirro (known simply as Judge Pirro since the premiere of its second season) is an American arbitration-based reality court show, presided over by retired Westchester County, New York, District Attorney Jeanine Pirro. The series debuted on The CW on September 22, 2008 and ended in May 2011.[1][2]


As with other court shows, such as Judge Mathis and Judge Judy, a former judge serves as neutral arbitrator, and awards the litigants monetary judgments, of up to $5000, which is paid in full by the program's producers. However, this program dealt more with the emotional aspect of each case, which was one of the show's benchmarks.[3][4]


Jeanine Pirro

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

Upon its premiere, Judge Pirro was made part of The CW Daytime programming block; meaning that, while technically a syndicated series, it only aired on CW affiliates.[5] Following its first season, The Tyra Banks Show was pulled from national syndication and took over Judge Pirro's place in the CW Daytime lineup, resulting in the series moving to Fox-owned stations, along with regular syndication outside of Fox O&O markets.[5]

In the spring of 2011, due to low ratings, Judge Pirro was cancelled, ending its run in May.[2] Also, in 2011, shortly before the show's cancellation, it was nominated for its second Daytime Emmy Award following a 2010 nomination and won the Daytime Emmy Award for Outstanding Legal/Courtroom Program.[citation needed]

Notable appearances

Some reality television stars, along with a wrestler, appeared on the show during its run.

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


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


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