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Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017

1:12:19 | Oct 11th, 2017

"Crypto Facto" and Swift Justice, live at King's Place in London during the 2017 London Podcast Festival! With music from Serafina Steer! Thank you to Chad Coker for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge Jo...Show More

Live in Chicago at Very Very Fun Day 2017

1:05:21 | Jul 12th, 2017

"Seeking Redress" and Swift Justice recorded live from Maximum Fun's first ever Very Very Fun Day in Chicago. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae and musical guest Saba! Thank you to Jon Barr for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future...Show More

Amicus Grief

1:05:32 | Oct 22nd, 2014

Will brings the case against his friend Moby. Moby has constructed a "friendship and acquaintance theory" that helps her navigate the relationships in her life. She's entirely upfront about which people in her life are acquaintances, and which are fr...Show More

Double Histameanor

52:32 | Feb 13th

Britton files suit against her boyfriend, Jackson. Britton is allergic to cats and avocados, but she won’t cut them out of her life! Jackson is worried about her health and would like her to stay out of contact with allergens. Who's right? Who's wron...Show More

Throwin' Bows

46:54 | Feb 6th

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn stay in chambers this week because the docket needs clearing. They talk about the NYT Crossword, pasta, bathroom related chores, curling, coffee shop tipping and more!

Live From Vancouver 2019

1:15:36 | Jan 31st

This week's episode was recorded LIVE IN VANCOUVER! We hear the dispute LOVE DRACTUALLY and Swift Justice, with guests Louise Burns and Dave Shumka! Thank you to Andreas Meyer for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like...Show More

Contempt of Carport

57:18 | Jan 23rd

Gilly brings the case against her husband Steve. Gilly believes that the neighborhood they live in is in the suburbs, but Steve disagrees! Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Jane Hartung for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a futur...Show More

Spider Buddies

42:20 | Jan 16th

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about spiders, fortune cookies stashes, naming children, coffee intake, toothbrushes and more! Plus we hear from Kevin of Episode 376: Nein Tense of ...Show More

Quid Pro Ho Ho Ho

58:20 | Jan 10th

Ash-Lei files suit against her brother Josh. Their family does a gift exchange for their Ukrainian Christmas celebration every January. Josh has already opted out of participating in Western Christmas gift giving. He would also like to opt out of the...Show More

Small Names Court

52:36 | Jan 2nd

Mara brings the case against her brother Adam. They disagree on the proper way to pronounce their Italian surname. Mara uses a pronunciation that the rest of their family uses. But Adam uses the proper Italian pronunciation. Who's right? Who's wrong?...Show More

Wreathing Havoc

1:01:07 | Dec 20th, 2018

It’s our last episode of 2018! We’ll be off next week for the holidays. Paul files suit against his wife, Lizzie. Paul loves to decorate for Christmas but Lizzie doesn't. He wants to add more to their home in order to create some Christmas magic for ...Show More


57:27 | Dec 12th, 2018

Melissa brings the case against her father, Mark. She complains that in classic weird-dad fashion, Mark intentionally mispronounces words and brand names. Mark says his pronunciations aew how he's always said them! Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you...Show More

What An Age We Live In

44:20 | Dec 5th, 2018

This week, Judge John Hodgman clears the docket in his chambers with Bailiff Jesse Thorn! They talk about the "good spot" on the couch, the phrase "cash money," cleaning cast iron pans, responsible air conditioning usage, art repurposing, and a follo...Show More

Torch Reform

55:53 | Nov 28th, 2018

Spike brings the case against his wife, Ellie. Spike would like a kitchen blow torch but Ellie thinks it’s too dangerous! Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Mike McDavid for naming this week's case! To suggest a title for a future episode, like J...Show More

Pizza is a Gift

52:18 | Nov 21st, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket! They talk about door knocking vs handle jiggling, food storage, family dinner time, eating on public transit, sock folding, and ideal sleeping arrangem...Show More

Me-maw & Order

55:48 | Nov 14th, 2018

Julia brings the case against her mother, Donna. Growing up, Julia and her sister called their grandmother, "Mucca." But Donna believes it was originally "Monka" and will still refer to her that way. Julia wants Donna to stop saying Monka, but Donna ...Show More

Verdict Through the Grapevine

51:16 | Nov 7th, 2018

Stephanie brings the case against her husband, Ross. There is a grapevine growing on the house and around their balcony. Stephanie believes it’s hazardous and wants to get rid of it. But Ross says that it’s a cool feature and he wants it to stay. Who...Show More


51:48 | Oct 31st, 2018

Samantha brings the case against her sister Vanessa. They regularly do cosplay and attend steampunk conventions together. Several cons ago, Vanessa came up with the idea to use one of Samantha's dresses for a steampunk version of the Stephen King cha...Show More

Slunch Buggy No Punch Backs

50:25 | Oct 24th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week because the docket needs to be cleared! They discuss punching your fellow car passengers, laundry room etiquette, computer mice vs tablets, recycling, coffee house mugs, pebble ice,...Show More

R and Arbitration

55:46 | Oct 18th, 2018

Jeff brings the case against his girlfriend, Diana. He prefers to travel without a plan, leaving plenty of room for spontaneous adventures. Diana prefers to plan, leaving room for both adventure and relaxation. They're planning their next trip and ca...Show More

The JJHo Old Timey Newsreel

44:12 | Oct 10th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They rule on disputes having to do with podcast listening speeds, the definition of "barbeque," whether or not "pretty good" is a compliment, wearing headphones...Show More

Remodel Behavior

56:07 | Oct 3rd, 2018

Crystal brings the case against her husband Todd. She likes to do projects around their house. But she complains that when she's about halfway through a project, Todd tends to voice strong opinions that start to change the direction. She would like h...Show More

Requesting an Immediate Ingestion

50:38 | Sep 26th, 2018

Matthew brings the case against his wife, Angie. In their family, it's the rule that they all remain at the dinner table until everyone is done eating. But, Angie is a notorious slow eater. Matthew says he is constantly entertaining their small child...Show More

Classic Friendaround

52:34 | Sep 19th, 2018

Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns to the court to help Judge John Hodgman clear the docket! They talk about party hosting responsibilities, dad jokes, pet names, keeping the bathroom door open and Hogwarts house sorting. Plus much, much more!

Jerky Duty

57:11 | Sep 12th, 2018

Adara brings the case against her friend, Bobby. They host a radio show together and Bobby likes to do fake celebrity phone calls on air. Adara thinks that while it’s sometimes funny, it’s not always successful. She would like him to limit his fake c...Show More

Don't Call the Next Witness

52:07 | Sep 6th, 2018

Kirya brings the case against her mother, Tanja. Tanja hates talking on the phone. She doesn’t even have a phone anymore. But, Kirya is worried about Tanja’s safety and also wants to be able to call her. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Jack Ma...Show More

Race Closed

55:32 | Aug 30th, 2018

Keri brings the case against her boyfriend, Jim. Jim plays and streams car racing simulators. He’s developed an audience and has a bit of a following. But, Keri thinks all of this racing is cutting into their quality time. She would like to be able t...Show More


51:45 | Aug 22nd, 2018

Andrew brings the case against his dad, George. Andrew would like for George to come see him in Queens more often. But George says it’s too much of a trek from where he lives in New Jersey. Thank you to Andrew Scales for naming this week's case! To s...Show More

Waffle House Arrest

1:03:39 | Aug 16th, 2018

Shenlyn brings the case against her husband, Martin. Shenlyn loves to go out for breakfast with family and friends, but Martin prefers breakfast at home. He thinks that he can cook breakfast at home better and for less money. She wishes he would part...Show More

Nein Tense of the Law

55:08 | Aug 8th, 2018

Colleen brings the case against her husband, Kevin. They send their kids to a German language immersion school. Kevin has begun taking German language classes and wants to practice speaking it with the kids at home. But Colleen thinks that his terrib...Show More

Swipe Right to Remain Silent

54:29 | Aug 1st, 2018

Phillip brings the case against his girlfriend, Rachel. The two of them met on a dating app. Rachel wants to tell people they met another way, but Phillip thinks they should just be honest. With Guest Judge Cristela Alonzo! Thank you to Anne Mandola ...Show More

Statute of Celebrations

51:15 | Jul 25th, 2018

Rick brings the case against his wife, Sarah. When Sarah’s birthday month rolls around, she likes to plan different celebrations with various groups of people in her life. Rick thinks it’s too many birthday events and would like to set a two-celebrat...Show More

Much Ado About Clothing

53:52 | Jul 18th, 2018

Jason brings the case against his friend, Francisco. They run a community Shakespeare theatre group together. Jason would like to try doing more contemporary and experimental Shakespeare adaptations, but Francisco is opposed. With Summertime Funtime ...Show More

Edible Arraignments

54:21 | Jul 11th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman is away from the court on this week's episode. Bailiff Jesse Thorn is taking over judging duties, with friend of the court Jordan Morris serving as bailiff! Jennie brings the case against her husband, John. John has received a lot ...Show More

Into the Teal

47:21 | Jul 4th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They talk about bedroom wall colors, loud clappers, meat cooking utensils, holiday cards, locking doors, and millenials.

Live From Chicago 2018, Part 2

1:17:10 | Jun 27th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman is live in Chicago again, at Thalia Hall for the Onion Comedy and Arts Festival! "Amendment to the Constellation" plus Swift Justice disputes about dogs, farts and a special pair of newly married litigants! Plus, music from OHMME! ...Show More

The Booth, the Whole Booth, and Nothing But the Booth

53:33 | Jun 20th, 2018

Sophie is filing suit against her parents, Toby and Thor. If they are out to eat and seated at a table they don't like, Toby and Thor will ask to sit elsewhere. Sophie thinks that her parents should just deal with the table they've been given. Who's ...Show More

The Whistle Throne

53:29 | Jun 13th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket with special guest, Alison Becker! They talk about whistling, serving pizza at your wedding, the beginning of Spring, ordering food to go at a sit-down restauran...Show More

Live From Chicago, 2018

1:09:16 | Jun 6th, 2018

This week's episode was recorded live in Chicago at Thalia Hall, as part of The Onion Comedy & Arts Festival! Tune in for "Tilty or Not Tilty" plus Swift Justice disputes about bedtimes, an online boat game and watching crime dramas. Plus, music from...Show More

Dance Like No One is Showering

44:16 | May 30th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week, clearing that docket! They talk about disputes having to do with speakerphone, water conservation, soda fountains, Leap Day birthdays, mud rooms and hosting out of town guests.

Across State Felines

55:52 | May 23rd, 2018

Adrienne brings the case against her boyfriend, David. They are going to be attending graduate school in different states and cannot agree on how to handle custody of their two cats. Adrienne says it's more practical for David to take care of them bu...Show More

Wedding Clashers

56:44 | May 16th, 2018

Laura brings the case against her fiance, Zach. Laura would like to elope but Zach thinks that they should have a bigger, more traditional wedding. Who's right, who's wrong? Thank you to Nora McCaffrey Glaser for suggesting this week's title! To sugg...Show More

Eminent Bromain

49:49 | May 10th, 2018

Theresa brings the case against her brother, Paul. Paul insists on referring to her childhood bedroom as the "Guest Room." But Theresa thinks it should still be called "Theresa's Room." Who's right, who's wrong? Thank you to Tom Early for suggesting ...Show More

The Most Beautiful Man in Jurisprudence

59:03 | May 2nd, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket! Friend (enemy?) of the court, Elliott Kalan, joins them as they discuss tracking spouses on mobile apps, passing gas, setting clocks ahead, bedtimes an...Show More

Tambourine With the Evidence

49:20 | Apr 25th, 2018

This week on Judge John Hodgman, Anne brings the case against her husband, Mike. Mike travels internationally a lot for work. He likes to bring home a musical instrument from each trip as a souvenir. But, Anne thinks he doesn’t need to bring an instr...Show More

Yappy Trails

51:58 | Apr 18th, 2018

Thank you everyone who became a new or upgrading member during the 2018 MaxFunDrive! You helped us not only hit our goal of 25,000 new or upgrading members, but we also hit our stretch goal of 28,000 new or upgrading members! We are thrilled to have ...Show More

Beyond a Reasonable Bout

1:07:16 | Apr 11th, 2018

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Chips Annoy!

54:12 | Apr 4th, 2018

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Legal Jar Gone

50:57 | Mar 28th, 2018

Kit brings the case against his roommate Olivia. Olivia likes to keep and repurpose jars. Kit says Olivia’s collection has grown too large. But Olivia can’t part with them! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Eli Dennewitz, Steve Tedder & Alex Jam...Show More

Refrigerator Firefighter

48:46 | Mar 21st, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They talk about leaving hair dryers plugged in, splitting movie theater popcorn, auto insurance, when to wake up in the morning, and flamethrowers. Plus a dispute against t...Show More

Judge's Court, Judge's Rules

51:36 | Mar 14th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are clearing the docket this week! They talk about how to deal with merchandise one receives by mistake, whistling, naming babies, going out post-cardio exercise, and much more!

Undisclosed Financial Settlement of Catan

55:57 | Mar 7th, 2018

Randi brings the case against their girlfriend Lizzy. Lizzy has a growing board game collection and Randi would like her to pare it down. Lizzy says her collection is not disrupting anything. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Adam Capybara, Tom ...Show More

Shut Your Spy Hole!

56:03 | Feb 28th, 2018

TJ brings the case against his wife Rachel. TJ has set up a few security cameras in their home. He likes being able to see the kids without bothering Rachel. But she doesn’t like feeling watched. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Joel Martin for...Show More

The Battlestar Galactist Generation

48:49 | Feb 21st, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week so they can clear the docket. They talk about strangers on the subway reading Vacationland whilst behaving badly, cheating in school, and public shaming. Plus! What is the minimum p...Show More

Tux Evasion

1:01:01 | Feb 15th, 2018

Rebecca brings the case against her teenage son, Parrish. Parrish is a senior in high school and he refuses to go to his senior prom. Rebecca doesn't want him to miss out on this once in a lifetime event. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Alliso...Show More

Duplo Jeopardy

57:25 | Feb 8th, 2018

Caleb brings the case against his friend, Ryan. Caleb is ready to get rid of his Lego collection, but Ryan thinks he should keep it in storage. Ryan says that even though Caleb thinks he’s ready to let it go, he will later regret parting with these s...Show More

Transcendental Irritation

55:09 | Jan 31st, 2018

Liz brings the case against her coworker, John. John likes to meditate in their department’s workspace. But Liz thinks he needs to find a new place! Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Regan Blanchard for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a...Show More

Moral High Ground vs. Moral Pit

40:05 | Jan 24th, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week! They talk about diet sodas, fruity teas, shower maintenance while staying with in-laws, and bedsheet changing. Plus a listener letter about ATMs!

Live From San Francisco Sketchfest, 2018

1:01:55 | Jan 18th, 2018

"Statute Arf Limitations" and Swift Justice, recorded live at San Francisco Sketchfest! With special guests Merrill Garbus and Nate Brenner of Tune-Yards, with a dispute of their own! Thank you to Eric Ray for suggesting this week's title! To suggest...Show More

Check Pleas

53:12 | Jan 10th, 2018

Samantha files suit against her mother, Tina. When they go out together, Tina always insists on paying. Samantha says that she is an adult who works full-time, and she’s happy to pitch in. But Tina just wants to take care of her daughter! Who’s right...Show More

Chandler Braggin' on Beeps

56:05 | Jan 3rd, 2018

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn kick off 2018 in chambers and ready to clear the docket! They talk about listening to songs on repeat, work attire, suitcase storage, a New England donut and coffee chain, and more!

Coq Au Ban

54:55 | Dec 27th, 2017

Gideon brings the case against his wife, Cynthia. He wants their family's chickens to be free range, but Cynthia says they have destroyed her garden. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Jesse Madsen for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a t...Show More

Lodging: A Complaint

58:51 | Dec 21st, 2017

Katie brings the case against her husband, Briton. Briton doesn’t like spending the night at Katie’s parents’ house when they visit. But she likes staying there, especially over Christmas. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Chris Hemedinger for s...Show More

Seating Arraignments

57:55 | Dec 14th, 2017

Elizabeth files suit against her friend, Zach. They spend a lot of time together watching TV at Zach’s apartment. But Elizabeth is unhappy with his living room seating arrangement. She would like him to add a chair, but he says the couch he has is en...Show More

Ayn Rand Out!

44:41 | Dec 6th, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket. They rule on cases regarding sides of the bed, TSA Precheck, Star Wars viewing habits and more! Plus a visit from the ghost of a certain Objectivist author and ...Show More

Grouse Negligence

56:14 | Nov 29th, 2017

Kasey brings the case against her husband, Josh. Josh is an avid hunter and would like to go as much as he can during the season. But Kasey wants him to be more available during this time to help with her business. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank yo...Show More

Marco? Justice!

54:24 | Nov 22nd, 2017

Nate brings the case against his wife, Pam. They have just bought their first house and Pam wants to have a swimming pool installed. Nate says pools are too expensive and time consuming to maintain. Thank you to Sandra Macke for suggesting this week'...Show More

Phantom Stereo Repair Shop

49:22 | Nov 15th, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers this week to clear the docket. They talk about vacuum repairs, scrambled eggs, going away parties and more! Plus a spoooooky listener letter about the devil. Music in this episode: "This...Show More

Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017, Part 2

1:16:28 | Nov 8th, 2017

"Scarflaw" and Swift Justice, live from the London Podcast Festival! Plus, music from Barbarossa! Thank you to Mike Brady, Aaron Campbell & Hilary Lozar for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgma...Show More

Bonus Episode: Jesse Thorn Interviews John Hodgman for Bullseye

59:58 | Nov 3rd, 2017

Judge John Hodgman sat down with Bailiff Jesse Thorn for NPR's Bullseye to discuss his newest book Vacationland: True Stories from Painful Beaches. The interview won't air for another few days but we are delighted to share an extended version with ou...Show More

Turing Testimony

1:00:05 | Nov 1st, 2017

Sharmain brings the case against her friend Philippa. She says that Philippa has been spending too much time texting on an app with an Artificial Intelligent friend. But, Philippa doesn’t think it’s such a big deal. Thank you to HW Peterson, Rob Wate...Show More

Public Befriender

1:00:53 | Oct 25th, 2017

Heather brings the case against her husband, Larry. Heather says that when they are out running errands, Larry spends too much time chatting with whomever he makes eye contact. Larry wants Heather to embrace people in her community more freely. Thank...Show More

Pro Patink All the Way

48:43 | Oct 18th, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers to clear the docket! They discuss cases about word pronunciation, sharing the road, style choices and more! Plus letters about pets and world capitals!

A Podcast for the Problemless

50:34 | Oct 4th, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week! They clear the docket with Deputy Judge Jonathan Coulton. The team rules on disputes regarding flip flops, hotel toiletries, whistling and more. Plus, the judge makes a big announc...Show More

Live From Brooklyn , NY 2017

1:17:45 | Sep 27th, 2017

"Statute of Imitations" and Swift Justice live at The Bell House in Brooklyn, NY! Plus, music from Carsie Blanton! Carsie's raising money on Kickstarter to fund her game, The F'ing Truth! Visit for more info. Thank you to Amy Grzybi...Show More

Planted Evidence

47:47 | Sep 20th, 2017

Max files suit against his mother, Mercedes. When Mercedes sees a plant she likes out in the world, she takes a clipping home to plant in her garden. Max says this is stealing but Mercedes disagrees. She thinks plants in public spaces are fair game! ...Show More

He Bed, She Bed

46:06 | Sep 6th, 2017

Tom brings the case against his wife, Myranda. Myranda complains that Tom’s snoring and other nighttime habits keep her awake. She wants to start sleeping in a separate bedroom, but Tom is opposed. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Tim Mallos fo...Show More

Fudgie the Bail

55:10 | Aug 30th, 2017

Kate brings the case against her husband, Aaron. Aaron insists on baking cakes for every birthday party or special event. Kate would rather he focus his energy on helping her with their two young kids instead of baking elaborate cakes. Who's right? W...Show More

Little Weirdsies

51:38 | Aug 23rd, 2017

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket, with the help of Guest Deputy Judge Linda Holmes (NPR's Pop Culture Happy Hour)! The tribunal rules on disputes regarding drinking old water, potlucks, flaky friends and more!

Sport Reform

59:35 | Aug 16th, 2017

Karen brings the case against her husband, Tom. Tom has been teaching their 8 year old son about faking injuries on the soccer field. Karen doesn't think this is okay but Tom says this is an accepted part of the game! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Nap Judgment

57:20 | Aug 9th, 2017

Ann files suit against her husband, Stephen. When they travel, Ann wants to keep a regular sleeping schedule to avoid grogginess. But, Stephen thinks the point of vacation is to relax! He wants the flexibility to sleep in. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? W...Show More

Burden of Pooch

53:17 | Aug 3rd, 2017

Kate brings the case against her husband, Rob. Rob had a childhood dream of getting an Old English Sheepdog. Now they have one, and Kate says she is doing the majority of the dog care. She wants Rob to become dog's best friend. Who’s right? Who’s wro...Show More

Buffalo Wild Writs

57:03 | Jul 26th, 2017

Rowena brings the case against her boss, Glen. When they travel for work, Glen likes to eat at the same chain restaurants. But, Rowena wants to branch out! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Matthew Melton for suggesting this week's title! To sug...Show More

Muzzbarketing and Morning Beverages

48:44 | Jul 19th, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket on this week's episode. They discuss cases regarding old t-shirts, twins sharing a room, morning coffee and more! Plus, follow up letters about Thurl Ravenscroft!

Might as Well Judge

55:30 | Jul 6th, 2017

Jackson brings the case against his friend, Jesse. They are at odds about the merits of Van Halen bassist Michael Anthony. Jesse insists Michael Anthony is an unsung genius. Jackson disagrees and wants to put this debate to rest. Who’s right? Who’s w...Show More

Common Law Carriage

54:06 | Jun 28th, 2017

Blythe brings the case against her boyfriend Mac. Mac thinks he should have free rein to borrow Blythe’s car. But Blythe wants him to ask for her permission each time. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Jake Forbes for suggesting this week's titl...Show More


55:45 | Jun 21st, 2017

Luke brings the case against his fiancee, Quay. They are planning their destination wedding and have a limited number of on-site cabins available. Luke would like to split the cabins 50-50. But, Quay says they should be allocated proportionally, so t...Show More

Deep in the Misanthropy Hole

49:56 | Jun 14th, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn return to chambers this week to clear the docket. They discuss eggshell disposal, baseball team allegiance, white lies and more! Plus some follow up letters about cats!

Live From SF Sketchfest 2017

1:14:35 | Jun 7th, 2017

"Hieronymous Quash" and "Property Bothers" recorded in front of a live audience at San Francisco Sketchfest 2017! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from special guest Sara Watkins! Sara's on tour this summer! Check out her dates and music at SaraWatkins....Show More

Scaritime Law

59:57 | May 31st, 2017

Ethan brings the case against his girlfriend Jayna. Ethan would like to spend one night on the Queen Mary ocean liner. But, reports of ghosts aboard the ship have made Jayna apprehensive about being there at night. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Expert Wi...Show More

Vehicular Man-Squatter

58:08 | May 24th, 2017

Ri brings the case against his brother Jan. Jan has been living in his car for the last several months. Ri thinks Jan needs to find an apartment of his own. But, Jan is happy with his current situation. Who’s right? Who’s wrong? Thank you to Rick Gut...Show More

Sisterhood of the Gaveling Pants

53:23 | May 17th, 2017

Zoe brings the case against her sister, Mara. Zoe has accused Mara of stealing her clothes and she would like them back. Mara thinks Zoe should be more willing to share. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you to Mike Frost & Steve Watts for suggesting t...Show More

New Schemes to Violate the Social Contract

47:41 | May 10th, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week to clear the docket! They discuss disputes about children in bars, wearing sweatpants to work, movie theater garbage and more! Plus a listener letter about virtual reality and the R...Show More

Live From the London Podcast Festival

40:18 | May 3rd, 2017

"Pleading the Fifth" and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the London Podcast Festival at King's Place. We also hear from Dan Schreiber and Anna Ptaszynski, from QI and the No Such Thing as a Fish podcast, with a dispute regarding fa...Show More

In Flagrante Delicto

47:27 | Apr 26th, 2017

Sarah brings the case against her husband, Eric. Eric likes wearing pants that are decorated to look like the American flag. But, Sarah thinks he wears the pants at inappropriate times. Thank you to Dan Kane for suggesting this week's title! To sugge...Show More

Justice Extruded is Justice Denied

53:38 | Apr 19th, 2017

Micah brings the case against his girlfriend Jenny. Micah would like to buy a 3D printer for their home. Jenny thinks their apartment is too small. She thinks he should wait until they move into a bigger place. Thank you to Tom Brinton for suggesting...Show More

Live From Washington, DC

1:12:04 | Apr 12th, 2017

"Rabius Corpus" and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the Howard Theatre in Washington, DC on September 21, 2016. Plus, Ray Suarez with an expert testimony and music from the Dom Flemons Trio! Thank you to Rachel Kartch for suggestin...Show More

Too Many Cooks Spoil the Borth

41:40 | Apr 5th, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back in chambers this week to clear the docket! Guest Kurt Braunohler joins them to discuss cases regarding tacos, culture recommendations, a dispute against the Judge himself and more! Thank you to ever...Show More


1:02:22 | Mar 29th, 2017

Xander brings the case against his twin brother, Brendan. They don’t know for certain if they are fraternal or identical twins. Xander wants to take a zygosity test to find the answer. But, Brendan is opposed! Who's right? Who's wrong? The #MaxFunDri...Show More

In-lawful Gathering

1:13:15 | Mar 23rd, 2017

Reuben brings the case against his wife, Megan. They live in a small neighborhood near several family members. They have dinner with the extended family five nights a week, with family members rotating cooking responsibilities. Reuben wants to opt ou...Show More

The Emoluments Pause

58:57 | Mar 15th, 2017

Tamara brings the case against her husband, Aaron. Tamara says their kids have too many toys with nowhere to store them. She wants to put a moratorium on incoming gifts for one year. Aaron thinks this is too extreme. Thank you to Mike Bruni for sugge...Show More

Oculus Miffed

48:02 | Mar 9th, 2017

Matt brings the case against his girlfriend, Amber. Matt wants to convert their master bedroom into a virtual reality room. But Amber would rather keep the bedroom the way it is. Thank you to Craig Eliason for suggesting this week's title! To suggest...Show More

Live From Philadelphia, PA 2016

1:31:27 | Mar 1st, 2017

"Un Chien En Deluge" and Swift Justice taped in front of a live audience at the Trocadero Theatre in Philadelphia, PA on September 20, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn catch up with Robert Hicks o...Show More

Married to the Ghost of George Washington

38:35 | Feb 22nd, 2017

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers and clearing the docket this week. They rule on properly making the bed, whether or not a 12 year old should be able to get her ears pierced and more! Plus listener letters in response to Ep...Show More

Robe Hate Court

57:02 | Feb 16th, 2017

Snowflake brings the case against her husband, Oge. Oge has worn the same bathrobe for the last 25 years and Snowflake would like him to get rid of it. Oge says it’s a perfectly good robe and he wants to keep it. Who's right? Who's wrong? Thank you t...Show More

When I Say Justice, You Say Served

56:15 | Feb 8th, 2017

Chelsey brings the case against her partner, Kevin. Kevin refuses to join in during audience participation portions of live shows. Chelsey thinks it’s part of the deal they make as audience members. But, Kevin doesn’t enjoy becoming part of the show....Show More

Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016 Part 2

1:32:27 | Feb 2nd, 2017

Caution: There are unbleeped swear words that happen during the musical portions of this episode. If you are listening with kids, keep that in mind. "Good Coif, Bad Coif" and "Silence of the Jams," taped in front of a live audience at the Bell House ...Show More

First Come, First Seat, Third Served

46:21 | Jan 25th, 2017

We are in chambers this week while Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket! They settle disputes regarding second screening while watching TV with your partner, the past tense of "text," seating in casual restaurants and more! Plu...Show More

Witnessing the Badger

53:25 | Jan 19th, 2017

Tobyas brings the case against his wife Rachel. Rachel catches and rescues animals in distress and Tobyas would like her to stop. She thinks it’s important to be compassionate. But, he is concerned with the risks involved now that they have a baby. W...Show More

The Hallowed Y'alls of Justice

52:46 | Jan 11th, 2017

Alexandra brings the case against her mother, Dale. Whenever Dale travels, she likes to adopt the local accent in conversation with those around her. Alexandra is embarrassed every time she does this and wishes she would stop. Who's right? Who's wron...Show More

Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016

1:24:09 | Jan 5th, 2017

Caution: There are unbleeped swear words that happen during the musical portions of this episode. If you are listening with kids, keep that in mind. "Shut Your Drawer Hole" and "The Most Important Trial of the Day," taped in front of a live audience ...Show More

Woodsy Bob Newhart

56:17 | Dec 29th, 2016

This week, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket with the help of Deputy Judge Nick Offerman! The Judge, Bailiff and Deputy Judge rule on cocktail drinking etiquette, mail protocol and more! Plus some listener letters regarding ...Show More

Conifer Emptor

55:55 | Dec 21st, 2016

Michael brings the case against his husband, Matthew. For the last several years, the two of them have used an artificial Christmas tree during the holiday season. Matthew prefers live trees and would like to introduce one to their home but Michael i...Show More

First Whirlpool Problems

54:13 | Dec 15th, 2016

Courtney brings the case against her husband, Josh. They want to get a hot tub for their home but cannot agree on which type to buy. Josh wants a charming, wood fired cedar tub. Courtney wants a more practical standard fiberglass tub. Who’s right, wh...Show More

A Jury of Your Tears

57:56 | Dec 7th, 2016

Donny brings the case against his roommate, Glenn. Glenn tends to cook quesadillas in their shared New York City apartment several times a week. Donny finds that the smell of peppers and onions is too powerful to handle and wants Glenn to vary his co...Show More

Live From Boston, MA 2016

1:40:37 | Dec 1st, 2016

"Sole Custody" and "Law and Gag Order," taped in front of a live audience in Boston, MA on September 18, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Swift Justice, Expert Witness Ken Reid of TV Guidance Counselor and songs from Juliana Hatfield! Than...Show More

Are We Fair Yet?

50:51 | Nov 23rd, 2016

Jeff brings the case against his girlfriend, Megan. When they go on road trips, Megan thinks they need to equally split driving responsibilities, even though she doesn’t enjoy driving. Jeff is happy to drive long distances, and doesn’t think splittin...Show More

A Betrayal of Crust

51:43 | Nov 17th, 2016

Sam brings the case against his wife, Valerie. They gave Sam’s mother a Pie-of-the-Month subscription for her birthday last year, but were secretly baking the pies themselves. Sam’s mom still doesn’t know they are the bakers behind her beloved pies. ...Show More

Grass Action Lawsuit

51:28 | Nov 9th, 2016

Daniel brings the case against his fiancee, Bernadette. They cannot decide what type of yard they will have in their future home. Daniel would like a large, green lawn but Bern thinks that's too suburban and boring. She prefers a yard full of wildflo...Show More

Hostile Fitness

49:35 | Nov 2nd, 2016

Heather brings the case against her husband, Joe. Joe is too competitive with Heather’s mother when she initiates challenges with him through a fitness tracking app they both use. Because of this, he has chosen to opt out of her challenges. Heather t...Show More

Live From Turners Falls, MA 2016

1:33:55 | Oct 28th, 2016

"May It Please The Shorts" and "Amphibious Corpus," taped in front of a live audience at Shea Theater in Turners Falls, MA during the 2016 Tour of Live Justice! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn also catch up with friends of the court, Monte...Show More

Pile of Pits

52:11 | Oct 19th, 2016

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are back from their tour and clearing the docket. They will rule on litterbugs, reimbursing family members and more. Plus, another edition of “Status Conference!” The Judge and Bailiff catch up with Becky an...Show More

Live from Portland, Maine 2016

1:34:29 | Oct 12th, 2016

"Text of Kin" and "Triple Word Scorn," taped in front of a live audience in Portland, ME during the 2016 Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from Joel Mann and David Raitt! Thank you to Thomas Nohalty and Alison Kothe Nihlean for sugg...Show More

Separation of Church and Date

53:46 | Oct 5th, 2016

Chris brings his girlfriend, Sandra, to court over their disagreement about what counts as going to church. He has agreed to attend church services with her a few times a year but thinks that going to weddings with specific religious elements should ...Show More

Improvable Cause

50:13 | Sep 29th, 2016

Madeline files suit against her friend, Jason. They formed an improv group together and Madeline would love to perform a type of improv that is a little out of the box and not normally done in their hometown of Chicago. Jason insists that this form i...Show More

Blind Justice

40:39 | Sep 21st, 2016

Judge John Hodgman is in chambers this week with his Summertime Funtime Tribunal! Monte Belmonte and Joel Mann help the judge rule on gum etiquette, condiment sharing, hot chocolate labeling and more! Plus a listener-provided explanation of Cincinnat...Show More

Feast and Desist

54:50 | Sep 14th, 2016

Kandace brings the case against her fiance, Weston. For the last few years, the two of them have hosted their friends for an annual Thanksgiving-themed dinner party. This year, Weston would like for someone else to take charge. But Kandace loves to h...Show More

Mommy Nearest

48:44 | Sep 8th, 2016

Julie is filing suit against her mother, Amy. Amy has begun attending the same gym and workout class as Julie. Julie, however, wishes for her exercise time to remain her own, free from her mother. With Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte! Thanks to Eric Rap...Show More

Hallmark of Justice

47:34 | Aug 31st, 2016

Judy files suit against her husband, Jayson, because he has stopped giving her Mother's Day cards. Jayson argues that she’s not his mother, so he shouldn’t be held responsible. Judy believes he should be setting a good example for their kids and woul...Show More

Motion to Strike a Pose

55:08 | Aug 24th, 2016

Justin files suit against his fiancee, Sarah. They are recently engaged and Sarah would like to take professionally shot engagement photos. Justin thinks engagement photos are silly and he is opposed to the idea. With Guest Bailiffs Dave Shumka and G...Show More

This is the Sound of a Raffle

46:27 | Aug 17th, 2016

Stephanie files suit against her friend Sewit. They are both members of a Las Vegas community service group that often uses raffles for fundraising. Stephanie thinks members of their group should be prohibited from entering the raffles, but Sewit has...Show More

Big Chomp

57:26 | Aug 10th, 2016

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket on this week's episode. They rule on dish washing, unusual names, roommate parking disputes and more!

On Advice of Console

59:02 | Aug 3rd, 2016

On Judge John Hodgman this week, Tarah brings her husband, Jason, to court over their disagreement about video game consoles. Tarah would like to buy a console for their two kids, but Jason is strongly opposed. Who's right? Who's wrong?  With Summert...Show More

Divan Judgment

57:55 | Jul 27th, 2016

Glenys files suit against her husband, Jim. Glenys would like to buy a couch for their living room but Jim thinks couches are too uncomfortable. He thinks a daybed is a better solution for living room seating. With Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!  Tick...Show More

The Night to Remain Silent

58:36 | Jul 14th, 2016

Ian files suit against his girlfriend, N’Jameh, over her habit of memorizing her lines at bedtime. N'Jameh has found in her acting experience, memorizing her lines as she falls asleep is the best way for her to remember. Ian, however, finds it too ha...Show More

Object the Halls With Boughs of Justice

1:02:46 | Jul 6th, 2016

It's Christmas in July! Mark and Hal of Maximum Fun's own We Got This released an episode naming a popular Christmas movie as the definitive best Christmas movie. Mark regrets the choice and has tried several times to convince Hal to re-evaluate. Whi...Show More

Assault and Hey Batter Battery

1:01:46 | Jun 29th, 2016

Naomi brings the case against her husband, Spencer. She’s embarrassed by his loud and incessant heckling at baseball games. It’s fun for him and he thinks major league players are fair game. Who's right? Who's wrong?  Tickets for the Judge John Hodgm...Show More

Deadly Poke Bush

47:06 | Jun 22nd, 2016

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week as they clear the docket! They discuss how to handle dropped silverware in restaurants, whether or not you should bring an open bottle of wine to a gathering, a contentious game of ...Show More

Exit, Stage Fright

52:09 | Jun 16th, 2016

Tom brings the case against his friend Trinity. Trinity longs to be discovered and believes she was “born for the theater.” Despite her enthusiasm for theater and performing, she refuses to try out community theater. He thinks she should get over her...Show More

Dad Nauseum

1:01:01 | Jun 8th, 2016

Daniel brings the case against his dad, Kevin. He says Kevin overuses the same joke with service industry workers, which the rest of the family finds embarrassing. Kevin thinks it's a funny joke that brightens people's day. Who's right, who's wrong? ...Show More

Paw and Order

1:08:58 | Jun 2nd, 2016

Martha brings the case against her boyfriend, Chase. She says Chase is set on taking their cats outside on leashes, but she thinks they should stay indoors. Chase says the cats have expressed interest in the outdoors and would benefit from a safe and...Show More

In Combat Chambers

44:08 | May 25th, 2016

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn are in chambers this week, discussing listening to Hamilton before seeing the show, the famous noise from Law and Order, the sporty merits of cheer leading and more! Plus, some letters in response to Episode...Show More

Capital T and That Rhymes With P and That Stands for Justice

44:55 | May 18th, 2016

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear the docket and rule on pizza ordering, when to watch the next season of Game of Thrones, cereal dust, learning to drive as an adult and more. Tickets are on sale now for Judge John Hodgman's East Coast...Show More

Grand Theft Risotto

58:01 | May 11th, 2016

Mike brings the case against his mom, Maribeth. He says Maribeth knowingly took her daughter-in-law's recipes for a family cookbook and passed them off as her own. Maribeth says that the attribution was implied and there was no wrongdoing.

All Laws Are Off

45:23 | May 5th, 2016

Judge John Hodgman rules on overfilling ice cube trays, the best spelling of Elliot for a baby, dog park etiquette, podcast recommendations and more.

Livin' That CALI415 Life

40:26 | Apr 29th, 2016

SPONSORED BONUS EPISODE: Judge John Hodgman, Bailiff Jesse Thorn and Expert Witness and Automotive Enthusiast Rhea Butcher clear an all-automobile-related docket in a bonus episode of Judge John Hodgman sponsored by Chevrolet. They'll weigh in on whe...Show More

No Acquitting for Taste

53:13 | Apr 27th, 2016

Abtin brings the case against his girlfriend Kelsey over the decor in their new apartment. Abtin wants to go modern and classy. Kelsey says that would be boring and wants furnishings that are more quirky and unique.

In Moto Parentis

58:11 | Apr 20th, 2016

Leigh files suit against her son Duncan. Duncan is ready to take to the open road on a motorcycle. His parents aren't fans of the idea, and want him to wait until he's older and can shoulder the cost and risk on his own.

Jesse Finds a Crux

47:34 | Apr 13th, 2016

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear out the docket on free refills, open mics (or is it open MIKES?), canoe weekends and what to do if your friend recommends a book he hasn't actually read.

Baggage Claims

47:12 | Apr 6th, 2016

Ty files suit against her partner Zach. Zach is obsessed with earning and using airline points and miles. Ty also likes to travel, but she wants to give up the crazy schemes and choose their vacation destinations and itineraries the "normal" way. Who...Show More

Anecdontal Evidence

50:28 | Mar 31st, 2016

With expert witness Teresa McElroy of Shmanners! Bob brings the case against his fiancee Alessandra. They have a "no boring stories" policy when they are at home together. Now Alessandra wants an exception for stories about the workplace. Should they...Show More

Greasy Rider

1:17:17 | Mar 23rd, 2016

With Special Expert Witness Alton Brown! Stephanie brings the case against her partner Jeff, who works as a chef. Jeff will often leave his smoky and bacon-y aprons and detritus in his car. Stephanie thinks that the car should remain neat and clean; ...Show More

Decease and Desist

1:23:38 | Mar 16th, 2016

We premiere a new segment this week, Status Conference, plus a dad goes on trial. Marc brings the case against his wife Polly. They had a beloved dog who passed away several years ago. Marc would like to assemble and prepare a display of the skeleton...Show More

The Cradle of Pizza Civilization

41:30 | Mar 9th, 2016

Judge Hodgman fills us in on the birthplace of Italian-American pizza, garbage and breezeways, the adventures of Alex Vennenzula, and more.

Wrecks Libris

1:01:32 | Mar 2nd, 2016

Jeanna files suit against her husband Craig. She insists that Craig mishandles books, by dogearing the pages and using them as doorstops around the house.

Phone of Contention

52:49 | Feb 25th, 2016

Must a stay-at-home dad be obliged to answer calls and texts?

A Toast to Serra Angels

48:34 | Feb 17th, 2016

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse rule on toaster ovens, purchasing "singles" in card games and whether a couple should go for the animal trifecta - two puppies and a kitten.

The Glass-Action Lawsuit

57:04 | Feb 10th, 2016

Dan files suit against his girlfriend Jessica. Jessica has a pair of low-grade prescription glasses. She prefers not to wear them, claiming they are not attractive. Dan says she's missing out on life by refusing to wear the glasses. Who's right? Who'...Show More

Bros Before Globes

58:23 | Feb 3rd, 2016

Should a globe-trotting pal be forced to come home every once in a while?

Miami Memories

51:54 | Jan 29th, 2016

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse address airplane etiquette, the importance of Hamilton, swear words and more! There's no explicit content in this one, but you may not want kids listening to it all the same.

Live from SF Sketchfest 2016

1:33:21 | Jan 21st, 2016

"Beyond a Reasonable Drought" and "A Portrait of the Artist as a Weird Dad", taped in front of a live audience at SF Sketchfest 2016! Plus, Swift Justice and songs from special guest Thao Nguyen of Thao and the Get Down Stay Down. Look out for Thao's...Show More

Commedia della Morte

56:57 | Jan 13th, 2016

Jesse brings the case against his dad, Joseph. Joseph insists that his children hire a mime for his funeral (when the time comes). Jesse insists that a funeral is a time for grieving, not miming.

The Nog Tank

50:52 | Jan 7th, 2016

Judge Hodgman and Jesse clear the docket on shouting at drive thrus, ski trips, subway turtles and more, and also set the record straight on Sha-Na-Na.

The Long-Sleeved Arm of the Law

51:43 | Dec 30th, 2015

Blair brings the case against her husband Jon. In hot weather, Jon would like to wear one of his few treasured tank tops to cool off and feel the breeze. Blair thinks that tank tops on men look terrible and expose their sweaty arms to the masses.

Guilty as Charred

55:32 | Dec 24th, 2015

Simone brings the case against her husband, Julian. They're currently living abroad in Portugal, on the island of Madeira. They've enjoyed adapting to the customs of their new home, but Julian can't get used to their special built-in grill. Simone sa...Show More

Hockey Dockey Christmas

39:20 | Dec 17th, 2015

Dramatic sneezing, toothpaste storage in the shower, ugly Christmas plates, and British vs. American PCs. Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket.

Textual Harassment

54:05 | Dec 10th, 2015

When Hector wants to get a hold of his friend Molly, he'll send her repeated texts or emails, with just the word "hi" or an emoji. Molly says his digital poking has become a stressor in her life. Can Judge Hodgman help these pals resolve their disput...Show More

Pedantry of My Own

45:13 | Dec 2nd, 2015

Judge Hodgman's coda to the "A Hot Dog is Not a Sandwich" debate, plus rulings on wedding photography, urinating in public showers, pillow borrowing, and how to credit others' work on the internet.

Trial By Kombat

53:48 | Nov 25th, 2015

Laura has refused to play Mortal Kombat with her boyfriend Austin since he began doing extensive research and practice outside of their video game sessions. Should Austin come back down to her level so they can play a beloved game together? CAN he ev...Show More

A Little Dockey

42:40 | Nov 18th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket, taking on the right way to share a suitcase, how to order at restaurants without infuriating your server, and "The Game".

Grime and Punishment

56:18 | Nov 11th, 2015

Guest Bailiff David Rees joins us to talk about whether or not a married couple should hire a housecleaner. GOING DEEP with David Rees returns for its second season tonight on the Esquire Network!

Shut Your Pious Hole

53:02 | Nov 6th, 2015

Libby brings the case against her husband Aaron. Aaron is a minister by occupation, and thinks he should always be upfront about his job when meeting new people. Libby says he should play it cool till he gets to know them a bit better. Who's right? W...Show More

The Slight Freaks

1:05:16 | Oct 30th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Elliott Kalan of the Flop House clear out the docket, ruling on how to talk to a robot, the rights and privileges of toys, the appropriate way to introduce your kids to team sports, and more.

Oh, Goodie

46:37 | Oct 21st, 2015

Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn clear out the docket, addressing issues of late-night hot tubbing, cuddling in theaters, rug placement and taking photos with Wayne Gretzky.

The Hard of Hearing

57:39 | Oct 14th, 2015

Reed's dad Bruce has suffered some hearing loss - must he try hearing aids? How about an ear trumpet? Find out when Judge John Hodgman rules!

It May or May Not Take a Village

52:22 | Oct 7th, 2015

Switcheroo week! One Bad Mother hosts Biz Ellis and Theresa Thorn are guest hosting Judge John Hodgman this week. You'll find John Hodgman over at the RISK! podcast. Judge Biz and Bailiff Theresa decide: should a couple with a baby seek out other you...Show More

Rewind is a Sometimes Command

49:49 | Sep 30th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Paul F. Tompkins clear out the docket!

Feliz Gravitas

58:33 | Sep 23rd, 2015

Featuring Guest Bailiff Paul F. Tompkins! Siblings Rolland and Nyssa want to reboot the family Christmas. How should they go about it?

No-show Contendere

1:01:54 | Sep 17th, 2015

Ted brings the case against his good friend Chris. They will make plans, but Chris will suddenly become unreachable when it comes time to meet up. Ted's calls and texts go unanswered. Ted says Chris needs to step up and let him know when his plans ha...Show More

A Nothingburger Sort of Thing to Do

45:33 | Sep 10th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Guest Bailiff Jean Grae take on the proper way to do the YMCA dance, marriage proposals, and more.

Go Set a Tip Jar

51:26 | Sep 2nd, 2015

Two friends co-host a literary reading series as a labor of love. Should they begin to seek donations?

Justice De-furred

46:41 | Aug 29th, 2015

Is fresh best? How often should pet-soiled sheets be washed?

Waiting for the Drop

45:44 | Aug 20th, 2015

Listen in as Judge John rules on metal meat utensils, 40 year olds listening to EDM, Vlad the Impaler-based religions, and the proper order to listen to podcasts. This week with Bailiff Jesse Thorn!

Eminent Toe-main

47:02 | Aug 12th, 2015

What's "public" and what's "private" space? A woman agrees to refrain from wearing a certain pair of shoes in public, but finds the terms unclear.

I Want My nth TV

51:17 | Aug 5th, 2015

Caroline brings the case against her husband Steve. They cannot agree -- how many TVs is TOO many? Caroline thinks it's best to minimize TV watching, and that a single TV is most appropriate. Steve says it can't hurt to have a few extra screens as lo...Show More

Good Time Summertime Docket Clearin'

34:53 | Jul 30th, 2015

Judge Hodgman is assisted by Summertime Bailiff Monte Belmonte, taking on questions of broccoli-chomping, accidental raccoonslaughter, game night disputes, and the best construction of jokes.

Axed and Answered

50:52 | Jul 22nd, 2015

Should Adrian be allowed to purchase an artisanal axe, flouting house rules about weapons?

Troll-o Contendere

1:01:42 | Jul 15th, 2015

When someone posts something offensive or wrong on social media, should you call them out?

Battle of the Podcast Stars

47:22 | Jul 2nd, 2015

That's my verdict, that's my ruling! Judge John Hodgman rules on dressing cats in shirts, obnoxious behavior at Mexican restaurants, and more.

An Alchemic Clark Bar of Delight

40:27 | Jun 24th, 2015

Judge Hodgman tells us what's wrong and what's right! Is ice cream actually "candy"? Should you go to your mom's 60th birthday party? Is it ok to leave used snot rags lying around?

Great Balls of Ire

49:04 | Jun 18th, 2015

Aron and Molly's yard is littered with balls kicked over from the park next door. They can't agree on how best to return the balls and appease the kids.

The Santa Suit

49:20 | Jun 11th, 2015

Parents listening with children, know that this case involves Santa Claus! Catch our drift? Andy brings the case against his wife Virginia. Andy wants to share the spirit of Christmas and Santa all year long. Virginia wants to restrict it to the holi...Show More

Just the Two of Us

41:36 | Jun 4th, 2015

Judge Hodgman rules on indiscriminate hot-saucing, Vegas buffet etiquette, civic responsibility and more. Plus an update on the Brocavores from Episode 167!

Reduce, Reuse, Accuse

59:05 | May 28th, 2015

How should a couple catch a recycling bin thief?

The Downer Party

59:57 | May 20th, 2015

Is it possible to live a birthday-free life? Is it possible to acknowledge being another year older without all the birthday trappings? A couple brings their case before the judge.

Judgin' Like It's 1992

37:59 | May 13th, 2015

Bailiff Jesse returns to the courtroom! Judge Hodgman rules on the Oxford comma, Hawaiian short pants, and tries not to hurt anyone's "Disney feelings".

Kung Fu Fighting with Jean Grae

59:56 | May 6th, 2015

Guest Bailiff Jean Grae returns to help Judge Hodgman clear out the docket, ruling on teenage liars, snuggling with teddy bears, sopping up messes with toilet paper, and more.

Sunrise Upset

1:11:54 | Apr 29th, 2015

Colin enjoys rising with the sun each day, but is it an impractical habit? Guest starring Jean Grae as the Bailiff!

The Defense Rests

1:03:28 | Apr 22nd, 2015

When is it OK to leave your own party early and retire to bed?

Moon and Stars

45:41 | Apr 16th, 2015

Judge Hodgman rules on busted doors, schoolbus naming, and whether or not cereal is a soup. Plus a Hodgman Dubbel update!

Schnapp Judgment

1:00:23 | Apr 9th, 2015

Is Jonas a snob for preferring more expensive liquor?

The Puck Stops Here

1:02:47 | Apr 1st, 2015

Should Scott get back out on the ice and play beer league hockey with his friend, or is he TOO OLD?

Habeas Spiritus

1:17:25 | Mar 26th, 2015

Should Anton give psychics a chance? This week, with expert witness Carrie Poppy of Oh No! Ross and Carrie!

Impersona Non Grata

1:04:48 | Mar 18th, 2015

A man starts a Hulk parody account of a friend on Twitter. Is it funny, unoriginal or just STRAIGHT UP IMPERSONATION?

Sweet Relish

46:23 | Mar 11th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear out the docket with gusto, answering questions about pickle relish, Pee-wee, apartment tours, and the difference between Jim Varney and Verne Troyer.

Bigfoot II

54:22 | Mar 4th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse tackle the reuse of ziptop bags, sleeping in jeans, Luddites, and creative work in today's docket clearing. Plus, Judge Hodgman admits to some monstrous behavior.


1:04:22 | Feb 26th, 2015

How many socks is TOO many socks?

Spit Decision (Live from SF Sketchfest)

1:25:45 | Feb 19th, 2015

This week, our live show from SF Sketchfest, including "Justice in Thirty Minutes or Less", "Spit Decision" and music from John Vanderslice and A-1.

The Hodgman Dubbel

47:36 | Feb 11th, 2015

Judge Hodgman weighs in on loud popcorn eating, anniversaries, fedoras, and selects the best drawings of his proposed Double-Ended Unicycle.

Mi Casa Es Shoeless Casa

1:14:01 | Feb 5th, 2015

A wife thinks her husband is too strict about their no-shoe policy inside the home.

The Grandfather Claws

57:20 | Jan 28th, 2015

Should an elderly cat be treated as a family member?

Do You Want to Hoard Some Snowglobes?

1:09:09 | Jan 21st, 2015

A man wants to dedicate a room of his house to the movie Frozen; his husband objects. With special expert witnesses Robert Lopez and Kristen Anderson-Lopez!

The Secret Room of Chambers

56:21 | Jan 14th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse are rarin' to clear out the docket & follow up with the brothers from "Wake Me Up Before You Go, Bro"!

Novus Annus, Novum Judicium

34:15 | Jan 8th, 2015

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse ring in the new year with some docket clearing.


48:32 | Dec 31st, 2014

A man suggested that his friend read a very long series of fantasy novels, but isn't satisfied with the pace of her reading.

Pizza Parley

1:00:58 | Dec 24th, 2014

A man seeks to enforce a contract regarding pizza toppings.

It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chambers

56:49 | Dec 17th, 2014

We address winter holiday disputes in this all-docket episode (with a special surprise appearance from a past guest).

I Pledge a Grievance to the Flag

1:11:12 | Dec 11th, 2014

Should a couple install a sports team's flag outside their home?

Cease and De-Thrift

1:04:19 | Dec 3rd, 2014

Should Alex relinquish his beloved "grandpa shoes", purchased secondhand?

The Commune-ish Manifesto

1:04:14 | Nov 26th, 2014

Two families live together in a communal household, but they have trouble explaining it outsiders. Should they pretend to be related, or be honest and embrace the weirdness?

Campering with the Evidence

55:55 | Nov 19th, 2014

Dale wants to build a camping trailer, but her husband Shawn objects.

Return to Chambers

38:02 | Nov 13th, 2014

Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse clear the docket (be forewarned: there's nightmare gerbil talk).

Vehicular Hound Inside

1:06:15 | Nov 5th, 2014

Should an ailing dog be given free reign when riding in the car?

Clearing the Docket

28:26 | Oct 29th, 2014

Bailiff Jesse and Judge John Hodgman return to chambers to clear out the docket. WHERE CAN I SEE JUDGE HODGMAN IN REAL LIFE? Great question! Judge Hodgman is out on the road right now, touring the Midwest and Northeast United States! Chicago! Milwauk...Show More


1:13:08 | Oct 15th, 2014

Judge John Hodgman clears the docket with some special guests from Song Exploder, The Memory Palace and My Brother, My Brother and Me in celebration of MaxFunWeek.

In Chambers

45:28 | Oct 1st, 2014

Judge Hodgman & Bailiff Jesse clear the docket, read pedantic letters, and talk about starting a horror movie club.


1:05:55 | Sep 24th, 2014

Home renovation gone wrong (or has it?)!

The Burden of Goof

1:01:27 | Sep 17th, 2014

Michelle's fiance is a prankster and has taken things too far! Will the judge crack down on the goofs?

Failure to Appear

1:07:27 | Sep 10th, 2014

An American graduate student wants her dad to visit her in Norway, the land of trolls.

Unreasonable Scorch and Leisure

1:07:43 | Aug 22nd, 2014

Steffen protests: too many pool parties!

Gross Misconduct

1:02:03 | Aug 15th, 2014

A woman takes her mother to court over fingernail clipping in public.

Daily Security Beefing

1:05:33 | Aug 6th, 2014

Jake and Janey have taken safety measures to protect their home since a spate of break-ins have happened in their neighborhood. But they disagree about which measures are most effective.

The Leisure Suit

1:06:27 | Jul 30th, 2014

Stacey brings the case against her boyfriend Greg. When they go on trips together, Greg likes to dawdle and take his time getting on the road. Stacey wants to get out bright and early.

Monte Belmonte Python

1:03:52 | Jul 25th, 2014

Beth loves animals and wants to get a pet snake, but her husband is opposed to slithery things.


1:20:59 | Jul 17th, 2014

A couple plans to move out to the country, and can't agree on whether or not they should allow hunting on the new property.

Queasy Rider

1:15:14 | Jul 9th, 2014

BUZZ MARKETING BAN LIFTED: Katie wants her boyfriend Dallas to go on her favorite ride at Disneyland. With Special Expert Witness Mark Gagliardi!


1:15:00 | Jul 2nd, 2014

Two brothers have decided to live off the land for a year, but they can't agree on some of the tiny details of their plan.

My Legal Pony

1:13:27 | Jun 25th, 2014

Becky says her friend Nancy's Shetland ponies are ill-mannered. Nancy disagrees and says they're perfect just as they are. Who's right?

Wake Me Up Before You Go, Bro

1:22:02 | Jun 18th, 2014

Declan wants his older brother Taran to stop using him as his personal alarm clock.

O Brother, Where Parked Thou?

1:05:11 | Jun 12th, 2014

Stephanie brings the case against her brother Mitch. They live at home with their parents and can't agree - who should get the coveted driveway spot and who should trudge through the mud to get to their car?

Backseat Jiver

1:12:11 | Jun 4th, 2014

Zaki always controls the stereo on long car rides, and Michelle wants to get in on the action. Who gets to choose the audio playlist on a road trip, the driver or the passenger?

Laissez Hair

1:17:19 | May 28th, 2014

Leala's husband acts as her in-house hairdresser and helps her dye her hair each month. Now he wants to retire the gloves and send her to the salon.

Cold Case

1:22:08 | May 22nd, 2014

Should a couple in Berlin install an air conditioner in their new apartment? Dominik enjoys the heat, while Laura prefers a cooler climate.

The French Correction

1:31:20 | May 15th, 2014

Two Quebecers quarrel: should they speak English or French when they're out and about in their hometown of Montreal? With expert witness Jonathan Goldstein, host of CBC's WireTap!

The Waiting Game

1:03:07 | May 8th, 2014

Mollie says that her husband Geoff spends way too much time on his turns during board games, plotting the perfect move to crush his opponents. Should Geoff hurry up?

Tipping the Scales of Justice

1:08:36 | Apr 30th, 2014

Marika says her husband Joe's habit of tipping housekeeping and service workers with coins is rude and contrary to the spirit of the gesture. Joe says, as long as he's tipping, what's the problem?

Honey Don't

47:16 | Apr 24th, 2014

Lani says her husband Alistair insists on doing most of the household chores, and she appreciates his generous spirit. However, she says she's tired of having to ask him to take out the garbage when she could very well do it herself! Is Alistair TOO ...Show More

Two's Company

53:06 | Apr 16th, 2014

Judged by Guest Judge Jesse Thorn, and bailiffed by Jordan Morris! Margaret files suit against her male housemate and best friend, who's lied to his family about living with a woman. She wants him to come clean!

The Perp Walk

1:05:43 | Apr 9th, 2014

Lisa says her boyfriend Mitch's jaywalking is irritating and downright dangerous. Mitch says it's a useful skill, to be honed and used when appropriate. Who's right?

Visitation Rights

1:14:22 | Apr 2nd, 2014

A man insists that his best friend abandon his daily routine and small-town life and visit him in the city once in awhile.

God Save the Teen

1:38:07 | Mar 26th, 2014

Callum is a teenager obsessed with British culture, and wants to go to university abroad. His older brother wants him to reconsider.

Arraigning Cats and Dogs

1:29:09 | Mar 19th, 2014

A couple clash over getting a pet. She wants a dog, he wants a cat. Who RULES and who DROOLS?

Sic Semper Dramatis

1:05:10 | Mar 12th, 2014

Will wants his brother Andrew to stop making scenes and acting like a reality TV star in public. NOTE: Some occasional bad language in this episode.


1:00:02 | Mar 5th, 2014

Chas wants to put in a pool at the family homestead, Corbin says it's a dangerous idea. Who's right?

Honk If You Love Justice

1:01:20 | Feb 26th, 2014

Wes claims his friend Adam is honk-happy.

Science Friction

1:29:18 | Feb 19th, 2014

Should our defendant give sci-fi a try? This week, with expert witness Jane Espenson (Buffy, Battlestar Galatica, Torchwood, Once Upon a Time)!

A Trial of Two Cities

1:32:10 | Feb 12th, 2014

Philadelphia and Raleigh face off! Cousins Lara and Christine each claim her city is best. Who is RIGHT? We're joined by expert witness JON WURSTER of Superchunk, The Mountain Goats and the late, great, BEST SHOW ON WFMU.

Command Quit

1:19:43 | Feb 5th, 2014

Has Quin gone overboard when it comes to playing video games?

Moped Operandi

1:11:22 | Jan 29th, 2014

Should Amanda live out her Roman Holiday dreams and buy a scooter?

Father Gnaws Beast

1:12:23 | Jan 22nd, 2014

Sisters file suit against their meat-loving dad.

Namer vs. Namer

1:13:48 | Jan 15th, 2014

Josh brings the case against his wife Jackie. They each kept their respective surnames when they married, and now can't decide on a last name for their future children. Should the kids take their mom or dad's last name, combine them, or take on a bra...Show More

The Department of Corrections

1:12:42 | Jan 8th, 2014

Tom brings the case against his wife Kira. He says Kira is obsessed with proper grammar, and she comes across as a know-it-all when she corrects his speech. Kira says she prides herself on correct language usage, and that Tom should do the same. Who'...Show More

Martial Law

1:10:58 | Jan 1st, 2014

Rodrigo brings the case against his friend and jiu jitsu classmate Matthew. Rodrigo claims Matthew has avoided taking the "No-Gi" classes at their Jiu Jitsu studio and needs to start challenging himself in his practice. Matthew says he's tried the cl...Show More

Kitchen Loco Parentis

1:13:10 | Dec 24th, 2013

Should a toddler be let loose in a kitchen?

The Judge John Hodgman Holiday Special

39:02 | Dec 18th, 2013

Judge Hodgman is visited by the spirits of litigants past.

Badgering the Waitress

1:05:30 | Dec 11th, 2013

Max says if he needs a server's attention, he's within his rights to flag someone down - but his friend Andy says he's going about it all wrong. Who's right?

Six Feet Plunder

56:43 | Dec 4th, 2013

A tale of Christmas tree liberation.

Case Your State

0:00 | Nov 27th, 2013

NOTE: This episode includes some bad language and M*ssholism. Sam brings the case against his longtime friend John. They both hail from cities in Massachusetts, but John says that Sam isn't "really" from Massachusetts -- he doesn't have the attitude ...Show More

Resisting a Rest

1:06:17 | Nov 22nd, 2013

Juliet brings the case against her fiance, Tom. Tom is a "disc ultimate" enthusiast. He's sustained several injuries over the past few years playing the sport. Juliet says he should take a season to recover and prepare to play again. Tom says he's ru...Show More

The Right to Remain Silent

1:00:41 | Nov 13th, 2013

Does teenage Sophie need a push from Dad to get over her shyness?

Exit Partay

1:10:02 | Oct 30th, 2013

An introvert and extrovert face off - who gets to decide when to leave the party?

Criminal In Tent

1:06:54 | Oct 25th, 2013

How will these two young would-be homesteaders live? In a small wooden house, or a yurt?

May It Breeze the Court

59:12 | Oct 16th, 2013

This week: fan noise tears apart a marriage.

Strictly Courtroom

53:00 | Oct 9th, 2013

Ricardo brings the case against his girlfriend Paola. They both love to salsa dance, but Ricardo needs some work on technique. He'd like to perfect his skills out at the salsa clubs, but Paola says she'd rather teach him at home, where they can take ...Show More

Lingua Fracas

59:52 | Oct 3rd, 2013

Doug brings the case against his best friend Ty. Ty insists on pronouncing foreign words with the proper accent when speaking in English. Doug says this is pretentious, and that Ty should just accept the common pronunciation of words when he's States...Show More

Horseless Miscarriage of Justice

1:01:49 | Sep 25th, 2013

Gearhead Abraham brings the case against his sister Sonja: why won't she take his advice when buying a car?

12 Angry Birds

1:11:04 | Sep 19th, 2013

Is Anna a gaming addict?

There's No Crime Like the Present

1:04:08 | Sep 11th, 2013

Emily and Otto have a dispute about gift-giving - when is it required? Otto works long shifts in a remote location and says it's difficult to find time to buy traditional presents. Emily still wants him to recognize holidays and birthdays. Can the Ju...Show More

Weight Weight... Don't Judge Me!

1:08:31 | Sep 5th, 2013

Chad and Elizabeth like to challenge each other to the occasional friendly weight loss competition. But they differ on how to measure the losing winner. Can Judge Hodgman weigh the options?

Coast Mortem

1:06:00 | Aug 29th, 2013

A couple is split beween two coasts! Dan wants to move back to his home turf of Western Massachusetts, Jen wants to move to sunny LA. Guest bailiffed by Monte Belmonte!

Emergency Podcast System

47:30 | Aug 21st, 2013

A couple disagrees on how to implement a response to tornado warnings near their home.

Reckless Endungeonment

1:01:12 | Aug 14th, 2013

Ryan and Dan are role-playing friends with a disagreement - Ryan says Dan's risky gameplay is making it less fun for everyone.

So Help You Pod, or Whatever

1:02:56 | Aug 10th, 2013

Aaron wants to move his beloved refurbished egg pod chair into the home he shares with his wife, Kara. Kara objects to the outsized piece of furniture and says it needs to stay in storage until the time and place are right. Who's right? Who's wrong. ...Show More

Halal in the Family

58:10 | Jul 24th, 2013

Stephanie brings the case against her boyfriend, Dan. Her religious beliefs bar her from eating pork or keeping it in their shared home; she'd like Dan to follow the same restriction. He says that when he's away from the home, he'd like to be able to...Show More

Odor in the Court

1:02:49 | Jul 17th, 2013

Andrea says her boyfriend Christopher doesn't shower or change his clothes often enough. Christopher says it's his aesthetic, he doesn't smell, and he's happy the way he is! This episode with Jesse Thorn on the Judge's bench!

Taxi Evasion

1:01:57 | Jul 10th, 2013

Marcelo brings the case against his girlfriend, Sam. When Sam takes off early from a night out, Marcelo would like her to take a cab home. Sam thinks he's not respecting her ability to walk home smartly and safely. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Lawn and Order

50:17 | Jul 3rd, 2013

Jumi brings the case against her husband, Josh. Josh thinks they need a riding mower to tame their front and backyards. Jumi says the idea is absurd and impractical. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Shut Your Pie-Troll 2

54:35 | Jun 26th, 2013

Erin brings the case against her friend Ezra. Ezra hosts a "Bad Movie Night" at his house for their friends to watch movies, eat, and hang out. It's a popular event, but Erin says that Ezra could make the night way more fun if he just took a few of h...Show More

Permanent Record

59:00 | Jun 19th, 2013

John brings the case against his girlfriend, Emily. She has a number of tattoos and wants her next tattooed piece to be on her wrist. John wants Emily to reconsider the tattoo's placement. Can the Judge resolve an issue that's needled them both?

Fitness for the Prosecution

58:35 | Jun 12th, 2013

The plaintiff, Melissa, wants her boyfriend Henry to participate in an obstacle course event with her best friends so they can share a bonding experience. Henry objects on numerous fronts!

Uniform Code of Podcast Justice

1:00:56 | Jun 5th, 2013

Paul brings the case against his friend Jeremy. Paul likes to wear jerseys and hats from his favorite team to sporting events, even when that team isn't playing in the game. Jeremy says that wearing the gear isn't in good taste. Who is right?


51:26 | May 29th, 2013

Meg and Tony share a one-bathroom house in Portland. Should Meg be allowed a chamber pot for emergency situations? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

A Danderous Precedent

46:24 | May 22nd, 2013

Should allergy-prone Mike get allergy shots so his family can indulge their love of fuzzy wuzzy pets?

Veranda Rights

58:53 | May 15th, 2013

What is the appropriate porch furniture of the day? Judge John Hodgman decides.

Seating Arraignment

1:00:56 | May 8th, 2013

Chris brings the case against his sister-in-law, Jenna. For many years, their extended family has had kids and adults tables at holiday gatherings. Chris thinks that since the kids are all grown up, they should abandon the kids table. Jenna thinks th...Show More

A Room With a Feud

1:03:43 | May 1st, 2013

This week, with guest bailiff TOM SCHARPLING of The Best Show on WFMU. Should this couple attempt an unorthodox living arrangement?

Dischord is Now in Session

55:51 | Apr 24th, 2013

Andrea and Scott bring their dispute before the Judge: must singalongs be conducted with careful attention to pitch and key? Expert witnesses Jonathan Coulton and David Rees weigh in.

Trivial Peer Suit

40:28 | Apr 17th, 2013

Steve says he's been the acting team captain of his local trivia team, and wants to make it official! His teammate Claire begs to differ. Can the Judge resolve this trivial dispute?

To the Victor Goes the Spoiled

1:11:32 | Apr 10th, 2013

With Expert Witness Alton Brown! Natalie brings the case against her husband Hugo. She wants to throw food away when she decides it's spoiled or too old. Hugo hates waste, and is aghast that Natalie throws away moldy but "perfectly usable" items. Who...Show More

The Birthday Suit

1:01:52 | Apr 3rd, 2013

Aldo brings the case against his partner Sean. They decided to plan trips for each other's birthdays, but make each destination a surprise. But the secrecy is making Aldo anxious, and now he wants to know where they're going! Should Sean reveal their...Show More

Gas, Grass or Justice

1:12:36 | Mar 27th, 2013

Ruthie brings the case against her boyfriend Chris. Chris promised to get his driver's license years ago, but he's still in the passenger's seat.

Justice Abhors a Vacuum

1:04:30 | Mar 20th, 2013

Friends quarrel over a borrowed (and broken) shop vac and its more expensive replacement.


42:17 | Mar 13th, 2013

Is hipster a dirty word? We'll find out.

The Book Case

51:13 | Mar 6th, 2013

Is Jason a book hoarder, keeping unread books from being used and loved? Or will he work his way, steadily and surely, through the stacks?

Judge and Jewry

55:51 | Feb 27th, 2013

Rebecca brings the case against her sister Jessica -- do their Jewish roots make them PART JEWISH?

All Dogs Go to Trial

1:07:26 | Feb 20th, 2013

Coming to you live and direct from SF Sketchfest! Brianne, Zach and their dog Shilo go to trial. Plus a musical performance from John Darnielle of The Mountain Goats and live snap judgments!

Possessions in Nine-Tenths of a Car

51:31 | Feb 13th, 2013

Andrea brings the case against her friend Joe -- she claims he's taking a minimalist lifestyle to an extreme degree. Must Joe acquire some creature comforts?

Bench Warrant

52:02 | Feb 6th, 2013

Should a couple sit on the same side of the booth while brunching, or will Judge Hodgman mandate a great divide?

Polly Wanna Justice?

51:35 | Jan 30th, 2013

Kim and her husband Chris co-habitate with a pet parrot. The bird adores Kim but behaves badly around her husband and son. How far should they go to accomodate the parrot?

Bleached and Mounted Bones of Contention

1:13:22 | Jan 23rd, 2013

Nick and Sara are a married couple who disagree on interior design -- namely, should Nick be allowed to display a collection of bones and taxidermied animals within their home?

Rhapsody in Blue

1:06:09 | Jan 16th, 2013

Please note: explicit language in this episode! Eric and Elizabeth are a married couple who make their living doing performances together. They disagree on when it's necessary and appropriate to use curse words in art. Elizabeth objects to their use,...Show More

Grow v. Blade

47:19 | Jan 9th, 2013

Brad and Kyra disagree - when is the time to cut their toddler's hair?

Coming Out of the Supply Closet

42:40 | Jan 2nd, 2013

Ben and Sara are co-workers, friends, and most recently, romantically entangled. They've kept their office romance a secret for months, and Ben says it's time to go public. Sara thinks it's more fun to sneak around and wants to keep their relationshi...Show More

The Chastity Bet

1:04:24 | Dec 26th, 2012

Jason and Kenan made a gentlemen's agreement with several of their friends as teenagers regarding the advances of the opposite sex, but there's one thing that was never clarified. Who can help them find the solution? None other than Judge John Hodgma...Show More

Away With the Manger

59:23 | Dec 19th, 2012

Marisa brings the case against her husband Jay. They've blended atheist, Jewish and Catholic traditions for their household, but they've reached an impasse on holiday decorations. They both agreed to a Christmas tree, but Jay objects to a nativity sc...Show More

Probable Claus

1:09:05 | Dec 13th, 2012

Judge John Hodgman decides Santa's fate in a married couple's household.

Thanks, But No Pranks

40:10 | Dec 7th, 2012

Patrick and Wyatt are housemates, and their shared house was caught up in a prank war. Neighbors from each house on their street pulled pranks on one another until one final act put Wyatt over the edge -- and he took to social media to put a stop to ...Show More

The Statute of Physical Limitations

46:25 | Nov 28th, 2012

Shumanay has a chronic illness that's limited her physical activity in the past, but she's recently been able to take up running. Now she has her heart set on an endur