Judge Joseph Wapner

Biography

As the forerunner of dozens of television court judges, from Judge Judy Sheindlin to Judge Joe Brown, Joseph A. Wapner presided over one of television's most popular reality series -- The People's Court -- for 12 years. Though the program did not officially constitute the first "reality-based" courtroom drama on the glitter box (such 1950s dramas as Traffic Court and Famous Jury Trials had...