Question: In 1987, televangelist Jim Bakker admitted to having an affair with what former church secretary?
Last Question: What show featured a courtroom bailiff named Rusty and a court reporter named Doug Llewelyn?
Answer: The People’s Court
What you are about to witness is real. The participants are not actors. They are the actual people who have already either filed suit or been served a summons to appear in a California municipal court. Both parties in the suit have agreed to dismiss their court cases and have their disputes settled here, in our forum: The People’s Court.
Before Judge Judy and Judge Joe Brown, there was Judge Joe Wapner.
The People’s Court originally aired in 1981, with Judge Wapner as the judge for 12 years. Rusty Burrell was his bailiff, Jack Harrell was the announcer, and Doug Llewelyn was the host and court reporter, who would announce the matter of the dispute at the beginning of each “trial”. He would also interview the plaintiff and the defendant after the court ruling, to gauge their responses to the verdict.
At the end of each episode, Llewelyn would close out with the catchphrase: “Don’t take the law into your own hands: you take ’em to court.”
The cases often had pun-related names, such as this case – “When A Man Loves A Freebie”: