Judge Joe Brown

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Date of Birth July 5, 1947
Place of Birth Washington, DC
Age 73 years old
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Judge Joe Brown is an American arbitration-based reality court show starring former Shelby County, Tennessee criminal court judge Joseph B. Brown. It premiered on September 14, 1998 and ran through the 2012–13 television season for a total of fifteen seasons. Joe Brown was the second highest paid daytime television personality behind Judge Judy during the time the show was running. During the entirety of his series run, he was the longest serving African American television arbitrator; this record is now held by Greg Mathis of Judge Mathis, which premiered the year after Brown's program and is still on the air into its 20th season as of 2018. The first-run syndication series entered its fifteenth and final season on September 10, 2012, also regularly airing in high-definition for the first time beginning in that same season as well.

Genre: Reality court show
Starring: Judge Joe Brown, Holly Evans (1998-2006), Sonia Montejano (2006-2013), Jacque Kessler (1998-2010), Jeanne Zelasko (2010-2013)
Narrated by: Ben Patrick Johnson (1998-2005), Rolanda Watts (2005-2013)
Theme music composer: John Nordstrom
Country of origin: United States
Original language(s): English
No. of seasons: 15
No. of episodes: 3,000+
Location(s): Sunset Bronson Studios, Hollywood, California
Running time: 30 minutes
Production company(s): Big Ticket Television
Distributor: Worldvision Enterprises, (1998–1999), (season 1), Paramount Domestic Television, (1999–2006), (seasons 2-8), CBS Paramount Domestic Television, (2006–2007), (seasons 9-10), CBS Television Distribution, (2007–2013), (seasons 10-15)
Original network: First-run syndication
Picture format: 480i (SDTV) (1998-2012), 1080i (HDTV) (2012-2013)
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About Judge Joe Brown

Famous as the star of the television court program the Judge Joe Show, he is also known for his work in the Criminal Court of Shelby County, Tennessee. He rose to national fame while serving as the judge during the final appeal of convicted Martin Luther King, Jr. assassin James Earl Ray.

Before Fame

He received both his undergraduate degree in political science and his J.D. from the University of California, Los Angeles. Early in his legal career, he achieved the distinction of being the first Memphis prosecutor of African descent.


He was the first black judge to preside in a court television show: he paved the way for future generations of TV judges like Greg Mathis. In 2014, he launched an unsuccessful campaign for District Attorney of Shelby County, Tennessee.

Family Life

Born in Washington, D.C., and raised in Los Angeles, California, he also spent a significant portion of his life in Tennessee. Before ending in divorce, his first marriage produced two sons.


His courtroom set stood right beside Judge Judy's, at the Sunset Bronson Studios in Los Angeles.

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