Wednesday, August 31, 2011

Judging Mom

For the past few weeks I've been recording and watching re-runs of a TV series called Judging Amy.  It aired on CBS from 1999 to 2005.  I don't remember watching more than a few episodes back then.  I'm pretty sure that on the rare occasion that I did watch TV, it was a Disney movie or Teletubbies.  Remember them?

I love this show.  It's about a judge (Amy Brenneman) who is a single mom to a young daughter.  They live with Amy's mom (Tyne Daly) who is a social worker.  Each episode involves some kind of dispute in Amy's courtroom, as well as a situation that Tyne Daly is dealing with.  They both specialize in juvenile issues, which has a lot of appeal for me since I tend to specialize in those, too;)

There are some other extended family members in the series.  It's fascinating and entertaining to watch the interaction between all of them, especially the mother/daughter relationships.  I also love the close relationship Amy has with her younger brother because it reminds me of the one I have with mine. 

I like that no matter what societal ills they may face during the day, they all have one another to come home to.  Not that they always get along, in fact they frequently do not.  But, that they can deal with huge issues and solve them in an hour, usually with common sense (this is television after all), is refreshing.

And that Amy, a judge for heaven's sake, still learns so much about life from her mother, this older and wiser woman that she is so fortunate to have in her life each day.  I envy her a bit.  Especially on the days that I'm struggling with one issue or another and want to wail, "Why can't someone just tell me what to doooo!" 

Amy's lectures to the courtroom are logical and reasonable, delivered with coolness and acumen.  I wish I could do as well explaining things to certain people in my household.  But then, Amy does have a scriptwriter.

There is one tip that I've learned from her that has proven to be useful.  Yesterday, things got a bit heated with certain members of my household. I found myself raising my hand and calmly but firmly advising, "Let's take a five minute recess break, and then reconvene at the kitchen table."  Someone whispered, "She's been watching Judging Amy again."

Just wait.  I'm sure ebay sells gavels. And, maybe black robes?


9 comments:

Mari said...

I've never seen this show. I'm going to have to look for it!

Mereknits said...

Karen you are so cute. I have never seen this show, but I had always heard it was good. If it helps calm things at home, I may just find those reruns and tape them.
Have a great day,
Meredith

Brittanie said...

I remember watching this show. I don't know if I made through all seasons though. :)

Becky said...

a lot of things can be cured with a little recess

Becky said...

if it looks like i'm typing with one hand because i'm holding a smoothie with the other ... well ... nevermind

Rizzi said...

HI KAREN,
I LOVE JUDGING AMY, AND I LOVE TYNE DALY. I USED TO WATCH THIS SHOW MANY YEARS AGO WHEN IT FIRST CAME ON, JACKIE LOVES IT TOO. HOPE ALL IS WELL, HAVE A GREAT WEEK, LOVE YA,
LOVE, AUNT RIZ

Susanne said...

You crack me up. I can just see you banging that gavel on the kitchen table and presiding over the discussions. You'll have to remodel that kitchen again though to raise your chair a bit above the others. :v)

Bee Jay said...

I loved that show when it was our TV a few years ago. They bring back such useless ancient shows on many TV channels - especially when the ratings are not important - I just wish Judging Amy would come back at least on one of these - I just loved it! Bring it on! Blessings!

Country Dreaming said...

Way too funny. When you get the gavel and the robe--take a picture
to show us! :)


Melinda