Queens Supreme

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Queens Supreme
Queens Supreme.png
The show's title card.
Genre Dramedy
Created by Dan and Peter Thomas
Developed by Kevin Fox
Written by Keith Samples
Christopher Ambrose
Marjorie David
Kevin Fox
Stephen Godchaux
Mona Mansour
Linda McGibney
James D. Solomon
Directed by Keith Samples
Jace Alexander
Adam Bernstein
Bill D'Elia
Michael Fields
Stuart Gillard
Jefery Levy
John Patterson
Matthew Penn
David Platt
Tim Robbins
Paul Shapiro
Rick Wallace
Starring Oliver Platt
Robert Loggia
Annabella Sciorra
L. Scott Caldwell
Marcy Harriell
James Madio
Composer(s) Douglas J. Cuomo
Chris Hajian
Country of origin United States
Original language(s) English
No. of seasons 1
No. of episodes 13
Executive producer(s) Julia Roberts
Kevin Fox
Deborah Schindler
Aaron Spelling
Erwin Stoff
E. Duke Vincent
Marjorie David
Keith Samples
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
Producer(s) Stephen Godchaux
Steve Rose
Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas
Linda McGibney
Production location(s) Flushing, Queens,
New York
Long Island City, Queens,
New York
Cinematography Ron Fortunato
Tony C. Jannelli
Editor(s) James Y. Kwei
Vanessa Procopio
Tom Swartwout
Camera setup Chaim Kantor
Peter Nolan
Running time 60 minutes
(with commercials)
Production company(s) Shoelace Productions
Spelling Television
Red Om Films
Revolution Studios
Shadowland Productions
CBS Productions
Distributor CBS Television Distribution
Original network CBS
Original release January 10 – May 16, 2003
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Queens Supreme is an American courtroom dramedy television series which aired on CBS in January 2003. The series starred Oliver Platt as New York judge Jack Moran who, with his equally eccentric and colorful as colleagues, preside over court cases as the real-life Queens Supreme Court in Long Island City, Queens. The series had a strong cast and considerable financial backing, especially from Julia Roberts's Shoelace Productions, Spelling Television and Revolution Studios, however poor ratings forced its cancellation after three episodes.


The idea for the series came about when two New York attorneys, twin brothers Dan and Peter Thomas, were discussing courtroom stories based on their shared experiences in Queens while on a plane flight to California in 2001. One of the passengers, a Hollywood producer, was sitting next to them and mentioned that they could be the basis for a television series. Indeed, the producer brought the idea to screenwriter Kevin Fox who later successfully pitched it to CBS. Fox was initially hesitant in becoming involved, feeling there were too many courtroom dramas already, but agreed after spending time at the New York Supreme Court himself.

The project was helped along by Dan's wife Elaine Goldsmith-Thomas, head of Red Om Films (a subsidiary of Julia Roberts' production company Shoelace Productions) and a partner in Joe Roth's Revolution Studios, who was then looking for film and television products to develop. Her involvement was partially responsible in bringing such a high-profile cast and crew to the series.

The television pilot was filmed at both the Long Island City and New York State Supreme Courthouses by actor Tim Robbins in mid-August 2002 and 12 episodes were eventually ordered by the network. A midseason replacement for Robbery Homicide Division, Queens Supreme premiered on January 10, 2003, alongside Presidio Med in the prime-time Friday night timeslot.


  • Jack Moran (Oliver Platt) – a brilliant, cynical judge whose integrity and wisdom are often overshadowed by his non-conformist and occasionally bizarre courtroom behavior.
  • Judge Thomas O'Neill (Robert Loggia) – the highest-ranking judge at the courthouse, O'Neill serves as the voice of reason and often falls upon him to keep the peace among his colleagues.
  • Kim Vicidomini (Annabella Sciorra) – newly appointed to the courthouse, she is a young and ambitious judge who is both highly skilled and has political connections.
  • Rose Barnea (L. Scott Caldwell) – another senior judge, Barnea is hardworking and often brutally frank. She is particularly critical of Kim Vicidomini soon after her arrival.
  • Carmen Hui (Marcy Harriell) and Mike Powell (James Madio) – two helpful law clerks who assist the judges.


No. Title Original air date Prod.
code [1]
1 "Pilot" January 10, 2003 (2003-01-10) 100
2 "Supreme Heat" January 17, 2003 (2003-01-17) 103
3 "Flawed Heroes" January 24, 2003 (2003-01-24) 102
4 "One Angry Man" January 31, 2003 (2003-01-31) 101
5 "Mad About You" February 14, 2003 (2003-02-14) 104
6 "Permanent Markers" February 21, 2003 (2003-02-21) 105
7 "Let's Make a Deal" March 14, 2003 (2003-03-14) 106
8 "Things Change" March 21, 2003 (2003-03-21) 109
9 "Case by Case" April 11, 2003 (2003-04-11) 108
10 "The House Next Door" April 18, 2003 (2003-04-18) 107
11 "Words That Wound" May 2, 2003 (2003-05-02) 110
12 "That Voodoo That You Do" May 9, 2003 (2003-05-09) 111
13 "The Eyes Have It" May 16, 2003 (2003-05-16) 112


  1. ^ From the United States Copyright Office catalog: "Public Catalog - Copyright Catalog (1978 to present) - Basic Search". United States Copyright Office. Retrieved 2016-04-08. 


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