“Night Court” was by no means John Larroquette’s first breakout situation comedy. His very first television appearance was on an episode of the classic NBC show Sanford and Son. He also appeared in other classic sitcoms of the era, including Three’s Company and Mork & Mindy. Given that and the popularity of his character, Dan Fielding, it’s not too surprising that Larroquette went straight into his own sitcom, The John Larroquette Show, shortly after the end of Night Court.
The show, which aired on NBC and premiered in the fall of 1993, revolved around the character of John Hemingway, played by Larroquette, a bus depot manager in St. Louis. Topics typically included restoring alcoholic Hemingway’s sobriety and becoming a member of Alcoholics Anonymous, which Larroquette is familiar with (via Westword).
“The John Larroquette Show” struggled to attract viewers. Though its premise was retooled somewhat after the end of its first season to lighten the show’s atmosphere, it only managed to survive for two more seasons. It was abruptly canceled just a month after its fourth season in 1996.
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