Judge John Hodgman

By John Hodgman and Maximum Fun

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John Hodgman's Today in the Past podcast is now The Judge John Hodgman Podcast. Have your pressing issues decided by Famous Minor Television Personality John Hodgman, Certified Judge. If you'd like John Hodgman to solve your pressing issue, simply email it, along with your phone number, to hodgman@maximumfun.org. THAT IS ALL.

Episode Date
The Booth, the Whole Booth, and Nothing But the Booth
53:33

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 right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Ian Brodie for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 20, 2018
The Whistle Throne
53:29

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 restaurant, and eating bacon with a fork!

Alison Becker is one of the stars of Maximum Fun's brand new scripted serial podcast, BUBBLE! Make sure to check it out now, wherever you listen to podcasts.

Jun 13, 2018
Live From Chicago, 2018
01:09:16

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 Sima Cunningham and Macie Stewart of OHMME!

Thank you to Logan Green for suggesting the title "Tilty or Not Tilty"! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

 

Jun 06, 2018
Dance Like No One is Showering
44:16

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.

May 30, 2018
Across State Felines
55:52

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 but David thinks Adrienne will
miss them too much. Who's right, who's wrong?

Thank you to Charles Louis Richter for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 23, 2018
Wedding Clashers
56:44

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 suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Music in this week's episode:
Faceoff Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/3.0/

May 16, 2018
Eminent Bromain
49:49

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 this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 10, 2018
The Most Beautiful Man in Jurisprudence
59:03

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 and using kitchen appliances in the bedroom.

May 02, 2018
Tambourine With the Evidence
49:20

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 instrument home from each country he visits. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Rick Fravel for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 25, 2018
Yappy Trails
51:58

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This week on Judge John Hodgman, Chase brings the case against his father, Chris. When they go hiking, Chris likes to use that time to chat with his kid. But, Chase likes to quietly enjoy his surroundings. He would like his dad to give him the serenity he desires. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Matthew Batters for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 18, 2018
Beyond a Reasonable Bout
01:07:16

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This week on Judge John Hodgman, Brandon files suit against his wife, Marie. A few months ago, Brandon won his first and only amateur boxing match. He’s starting to get the itch to compete again but Marie is opposed! Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Ryan Stratton for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 11, 2018
Chips Annoy!
54:12

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This week on Judge John Hodgman, Jeremy files suit against his partner, Christine. He says that when Christine bakes chocolate chip cookies, she bakes them for too long. Christine says that her cookies are always perfectly done! Who’s right? Who’s wrong? With Expert Witness, Alton Brown!

Plus, Alton sticks around after the case to help us clear a miniature docket with food related disputes.

Apr 04, 2018
Legal Jar Gone
50:57

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 James for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 28, 2018
Refrigerator Firefighter
48:46

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 the city of Seattle with special, expert testimony from friend of the court John Roderick!

Mar 21, 2018
Judge's Court, Judge's Rules
51:36

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!

Mar 14, 2018
Undisclosed Financial Settlement of Catan
55:57

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 Brinton, and Brad Daniels for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 07, 2018
Shut Your Spy Hole!
56:03

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 suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 28, 2018
The Battlestar Galactist Generation
48:49

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 percentage that is an acceptable restaurant tip? What is ok to eat in the car? Should a couple of new parents hire a professional photographer to take photos of their baby?

Feb 21, 2018
Tux Evasion
01:01:01

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 Allison Peltzman for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 15, 2018
Duplo Jeopardy
57:25

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 sets. Who's right? Who's wrong? With Expert Witness Seth Mnookin!

Thank you to Jonathan Reiter for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Feb 08, 2018
Transcendental Irritation
55:09

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 title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 31, 2018
Moral High Ground vs. Moral Pit
40:05

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!

 

Jan 24, 2018
Live From San Francisco Sketchfest, 2018
01:01:55

"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 a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 18, 2018
Check Pleas
53:12

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? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Andrew McNair & Craig Eliason for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jan 10, 2018
Chandler Braggin' on Beeps
56:05

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!

Jan 03, 2018
Coq Au Ban
54:55

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 title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Dec 27, 2017
Lodging: A Complaint
58:51

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 suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Dec 21, 2017
Seating Arraignments
57:55

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 enough!

Thank you to Graham Stanton & Felipe Sobreiro for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Dec 14, 2017
Ayn Rand Out!
44:41

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 a follow up letter from Philippa of the case "Turing Testimony" about Tinothy!

Tickets are still on sale for Judge John Hodgman at San Francisco Sketchfest! LIVE Bay Area justice will be dispensed on Thursday January 11, 2018 at the Castro Theatre. More info can be found at SFsketchfest.com!

If you have a dispute for the live show, we want to hear it! Submit it at MaximumFun.org/JJHo!

Dec 06, 2017
Grouse Negligence
56:14

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 you to Ryan Stratton for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 29, 2017
Marco? Justice!
54:24

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's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 22, 2017
Phantom Stereo Repair Shop
49:22

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 House" Kevin MacLeod (incompetech.com)
Licensed under Creative Commons: By Attribution 3.0 License
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Nov 15, 2017
Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017, Part 2
01:16:28

"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 Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 08, 2017
Bonus Episode: Jesse Thorn Interviews John Hodgman for Bullseye
59:58

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 our JJHo listeners now. We hope you enjoy it!

You can catch Bullseye With Jesse Thorn every week on MaximumFun.org, or wherever you download podcasts. Vacationland is available in stores now. Visit bit.ly/painfulbeaches for more information.

Nov 03, 2017
Turing Testimony
01:00:05

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 Waters & Patrick Reilly for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Nov 01, 2017
Public Befriender
01:00:53

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 you to Tim Mallos for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 25, 2017
Pro Patink All the Way
48:43

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!

Oct 18, 2017
Live from the London Podcast Festival 2017
01:12:19

"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 John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Oct 11, 2017
A Podcast for the Problemless
50:34

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 announcement about future disputes, we hear a correction to the record from past guest John Darnielle, and we say a fond farewell to our summertime engineer, Joel Mann at WERU Community Radio.

Oct 04, 2017
Live From Brooklyn , NY 2017
01:17:45

"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 TheFingTruth.com for more info.

Thank you to Amy Grzybinski for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 27, 2017
Planted Evidence
47:47

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! Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Alex Callard & Megan Hodgkiss for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 20, 2017
He Bed, She Bed
46:06

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 for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Sep 06, 2017
Fudgie the Bail
55:10

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? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Jesse Madsen for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 30, 2017
Little Weirdsies
51:38

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!

Aug 23, 2017
Sport Reform
59:35

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?

Aug 16, 2017
Nap Judgment
57:20

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? With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Thank you to Stephen Lipenta for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Aug 09, 2017
Burden of Pooch
53:17

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 wrong? With the return of Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Follow us on Instagram @judgejohnhodgman for photos from this episode!

Thank you to Felipe Sobreiro for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly
put out a call for submissions.

Aug 03, 2017
Buffalo Wild Writs
57:03

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 suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 26, 2017
Muzzbarketing and Morning Beverages
48:44

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!

Jul 19, 2017
Live in Chicago at Very Very Fun Day 2017
01:05:21

"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 episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jul 12, 2017
Might as Well Judge
55:30

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 wrong? With Expert Witness John Darnielle!

Thank you to Adam Capybara, Mike Kennedy, and Chris Rini for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

 

Jul 06, 2017
Common Law Carriage
54:06

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 title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 28, 2017
Innjustice
55:45

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 the two of them have an equal percentage of guests in off-site hotels. Who’s right? Who’s wrong?

Thank you to Travis Marttila for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 21, 2017
Deep in the Misanthropy Hole
49:56

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!

Jun 14, 2017
Live From SF Sketchfest 2017
01:14:35

"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.com!

Thank you to Julia Skochko and Jenn MacGillivray for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Jun 07, 2017
Scaritime Law
59:57

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 Witness Carrie Poppy (Oh No, Ross and Carrie) helps the judge decide!

Thank you to Maggie Colvett for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 31, 2017
Vehicular Man-Squatter
58:08

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 Gutierrez for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 24, 2017
Sisterhood of the Gaveling Pants
53:23

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 this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

May 17, 2017
New Schemes to Violate the Social Contract
47:41

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 Renaissance Faire! 

May 10, 2017
Live From the London Podcast Festival
40:18

"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 fact-finding for their own show. Plus, music from Emmy the Great!

Thank you to Megan Hodgkiss for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out
a call for submissions.

May 03, 2017
In Flagrante Delicto
47:27

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 suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 26, 2017
Justice Extruded is Justice Denied
53:38

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 this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Apr 19, 2017
Live From Washington, DC
01:12:04

"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 suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a
call for submissions.

Apr 12, 2017
Too Many Cooks Spoil the Borth
41:40

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 everyone who donated during the MaxFunDrive!

Apr 05, 2017
DNA NDA
01:02:22

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?

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Thank you to Brianne Sherman for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put out a call for submissions.

Mar 29, 2017
In-lawful Gathering
01:13:15

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 out of the family dinner co-op but Megan likes the arrangement.

It's the first week of the #MaxFunDrive 2017! Judge John Hodgman is supported in huge part by your donations. You can become a Maximum Fun member at MaximumFun.org/donate.

Thank you to Rich Davis for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We are regularly put out a call
for submissions.

Mar 23, 2017
The Emoluments Pause
58:57

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 suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Mar 15, 2017
Oculus Miffed
48:02

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 a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Mar 09, 2017
Live From Philadelphia, PA 2016
01:31:27

"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 of the Mütter Museum and Nick and Sara from Episode 94: Bleached and Mounted Bones of Contention. And songs from Cynthia Hopkins!

Thank you to Nick Marritz for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Mar 01, 2017
Married to the Ghost of George Washington
38:35

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 Episode 292: Conifer Emptor.

Feb 22, 2017
Robe Hate Court
57:02

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 to Andrew McNair & Brick Sprickly for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We
regularly put a call for submissions.

Feb 16, 2017
When I Say Justice, You Say Served
56:15

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. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Eli Dennewitz for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Feb 08, 2017
Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016 Part 2
01:32:27

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 in Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn also catch up with Dave King, a friend of the show and listener who lived in Antarctica. Plus, beloved Guest Bailiff Jean Grae joins the show as musical guest AND Expert Witness. And the return of PitchBlak Brass Band!

Feb 02, 2017
First Come, First Seat, Third Served
46:21

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! Plus listener letters about the U.S. Postal Service!

Jan 25, 2017
Witnessing the Badger
53:25

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. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Jessica White for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Jan 19, 2017
The Hallowed Y'alls of Justice
52:46

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 wrong?

Thank you to David Dwyer for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call
for submissions.

Jan 11, 2017
Live From Brooklyn, NY 2016
01:24:09

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 at one of two live shows in Brooklyn, NY on September 19, 2016 during the Tour of Live Justice! Plus, Judge John Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse Thorn catch up with Jenny and Erin from Episode 186: The Commune-ish Manifesto and songs from PitchBlak Brass Band!

Thank you to Sarahjane Dube and Teddy Hose for suggesting this week's titles! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Jan 05, 2017
Woodsy Bob Newhart
56:17

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 previous episodes.

Dec 29, 2016
Conifer Emptor
55:55

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 is strongly against the idea. Who’s right, who’s wrong?

We need cases for JJHo at SF Sketchfest and at Very Very Fun Day in Chicago! To submit a case for either live show, visit maximumfun.org/jjho!

Thank you to Rob Calabrese for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Dec 21, 2016
First Whirlpool Problems
54:13

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, who’s wrong?

Tickets for Judge John Hodgman at San Francisco Sketchfest can be found at bit.ly/JUDGMENTBYTHEBAY! Click here for tickets to Maximum Fun's Very Very Fun Day!

We need cases for JJHo at SF Sketchfest and at Very Very Fun Day in Chicago! To submit a case for either live show, visit MaximumFun.org/jjho!

Thank you to Anne Mandola Jones for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Dec 15, 2016
A Jury of Your Tears
57:56

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 cooking routine. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae! 

Judge John Hodgman is coming to San Francisco Sketchfest in January and Very Very Fun Day in Chicago in February! For ticket information, visit maximumfun.org and check out the right  sidebar or visit johnhodgman.com/tour. To submit a case for either show, visit maximumfun.org/jjho!

Thank you to Paul Ruh & Tom Brinton for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Dec 07, 2016
Live From Boston, MA 2016
01:40:37

"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!

Thank you to Stephen Coughlin and Michael Toscano for suggesting this week's titles! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Dec 01, 2016
Are We Fair Yet?
50:51

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 splitting is necessary. With Guest Bailiff Jean Grae!

Thank you to Ryan Byers for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Nov 23, 2016
A Betrayal of Crust
51:43

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. Valerie wants to tell her the truth, but Sam thinks they should keep it a secret. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Thank you to Craig Price for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Nov 17, 2016
Grass Action Lawsuit
51:28

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 wildflowers and vegetables.

Thank you to Jennifer Small for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Nov 09, 2016
Hostile Fitness
49:35

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 thinks these fitness challenges are a good way for them to be in touch and wants him to play along.


Thank you to Jon Barr for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Nov 02, 2016
Live From Turners Falls, MA 2016
01:33:55

"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 Belmonte and Emily Brewster! Plus, the return of Swift Justice and songs from Zara Bode of The Sweetback Sisters!

Oct 28, 2016
Pile of Pits
52:11

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 and Nancy from Episode 166: My Legal Pony.

Oct 19, 2016
Live from Portland, Maine 2016
01:34:29

"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 suggesting this week's titles!

Oct 12, 2016
Separation of Church and Date
53:46

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 count. Sandra disagrees. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

Thank you to Alex Pang for suggesting this week's title! To suggest a title for a future episode, like Judge John Hodgman on Facebook. We regularly put a call for submissions.

Oct 05, 2016
Improvable Cause
50:13

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 is silly and he is strongly opposed.

Sep 29, 2016
Blind Justice
40:39

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 Cincinnati style chili.

Sep 21, 2016
Feast and Desist
54:50

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 host and doesn’t want to give up control of the event. With Summertime Funtime Bailiff Monte Belmonte! 

Thanks Kimberly Mayhall for naming this week's episode!

If you are in or near London, make sure to check out Judge John Hodgman, as well as other Maximum Fun shows Bullseye, International Waters and Beef & Dairy Network at the LONDON PODCAST FESTIVAL September 22-26!

 

Sep 14, 2016
Mommy Nearest
48:44

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 Rapp for naming this week's episode!

Sep 08, 2016
Hallmark of Justice
47:34

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 would like to feel appreciated. Who's right? Who's wrong?

With Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte! 

Aug 31, 2016
Motion to Strike a Pose
55:08

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 Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself!

Do you live in Portland (Maine), Boston, Turners Falls, Brooklyn, Philadelphia, Washington DC or London? Do you have a dispute you'd like to try before Judge John Hodgman LIVE? Submit your case at maximumfun.org/jjho! No case too big or too small! If the show in your city is sold out and you don't have a ticket, don't worry. We will make sure you can get in and see the show! 

Aug 24, 2016
This is the Sound of a Raffle
46:27

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 no problem with it.

With Guest Bailiffs Dave Shumka and Graham Clark of Stop Podcasting Yourself!

Do you live in Portland (Maine), Boston, Turners Falls, Brooklyn, Philadelphia or London? Do you have a dispute you'd like to try before Judge John Hodgman LIVE? Submit your case at maximumfun.org/jjho! No case too big or too small!

Aug 17, 2016
Big Chomp
57:26

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! 

 

Aug 10, 2016
On Advice of Console
59:02

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 Summertime Funtime Guest Bailiff Monte Belmonte!

Tickets are still available for the Judge John Hodgman Live Justice tour of the East Coast and London in September! For ticket links and more info, visit MaximumFun.org and check the right side of the page, or JohnHodgman.com/Tour

To submit a case for either the live shows or the podcast visit MaximumFun.org/JJHo!

Aug 03, 2016
Divan Judgment
57:55

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! 

Tickets for the Judge John Hodgman Live Justice Tour are still available! Go to MaximumFun.org or JohnHodgman.com/Tour for links and information!

Jul 27, 2016
The Night to Remain Silent
58:36

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 hard to sleep when she does this and wishes for the bedroom to be a work-free zone. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

 

Jul 14, 2016
Object the Halls With Boughs of Justice
01:02:46

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. While Mark seeks to get the decision reversed, Hal would like to prohibit Mark from bringing it up again. Who's right? Who's wrong? 

If you want to listen to the We Got This episodes referenced, they are Episode #43 "Best Christmas Movie," and Episode #52 "The One Year Anniversary Spectacular."

You can still buy tickets for the Judge John Hodgman: Live Justice tour! Check out MaximumFun.org or JohnHodgman.com/Tour for links and more information!

Jul 06, 2016
Assault and Hey Batter Battery
01:01:46

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 Hodgman Live Justice Tour are selling quickly! Check out MaximumFun.org or JohnHodgman.com/Tour for ticket links and more information!

 

Jun 29, 2016
Deadly Poke Bush
47:06

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 Trivial Pursuit, and more!

Tickets are selling out quickly for Judge John Hodgman's Tour of Live Justice! Get them while you can at MaximumFun.org or JohnHodgman.com/tour!

Jun 22, 2016
Exit, Stage Fright
52:09

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 fear and go for it. Who's right? Who's wrong?

With expert witness Andrew from Judge John Hodgman Episode 151: Sic Semper Dramatis

Tickets are running out for the Judge John Hodgman: Live Justice Tour! Get them while you still can. Information can be found at MaximumFun.org or JohnHodgman.com/tour.

Time is also running out to purchase a Kung Pao Finance Factory t-shirt! You have through June 22 to buy one here. Don't know what Kung Pao Finance Factory means? Listen to last week's episode to find out!

Jun 16, 2016
Dad Nauseum
01:01:01

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? 

You can buy the shirt inspired by this episode FOR A LIMITED TIME here! Tickets for the Judge John Hodgman: Live Justice tour are still available. Check the sidebar on the right side of MaximumFun.org for ticket links and more information. 

Jun 08, 2016
Paw and Order
01:08:58

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 supervised adventure.

Plus the debut of our segment, "Jesse and Me Talk Good," with Merriam-Webster's Emily Brewster. Emily talks to Judge Hodgman and Bailiff Jesse about Merriam-Webster's announcement that a hot dog IS a sandwich!

Tickets for the Judge John Hodgman: Live Justice tour of the Northeast and London are on sale now! Check out the right hand side of MaximumFun.org for details.

Jun 02, 2016
In Combat Chambers
44:08

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 258, In Moto Parentis.

Tickets are still available for Judge John Hodgman's East Coast tour! Get 'em while you still can. More info at MaximumFun.org.

May 25, 2016
Capital T and That Rhymes With P and That Stands for Justice
44:55

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 tour! More information at MaximumFun.org.

May 18, 2016
Grand Theft Risotto
58:01

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.

May 11, 2016
All Laws Are Off
45:23

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

May 05, 2016
Livin' That CALI415 Life
40:26

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 whether you can avoid being a jerk with a vanity plate, how to decide whose car to drive to the malt shop, new-car advice, and more.

Apr 29, 2016
No Acquitting for Taste
53:13

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.

Apr 27, 2016
In Moto Parentis
58:11

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.

Apr 20, 2016
Jesse Finds a Crux
47:34

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.

Apr 13, 2016
Baggage Claims
47:12

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's right? Who's wrong?

Apr 06, 2016
Anecdontal Evidence
50:28

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 change the rules? Only one man can decide.

Mar 31, 2016
Greasy Rider
01:17:17

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; Jeff says the mess is manageable, and comes with the job. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Mar 23, 2016
Decease and Desist
01:23:38

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 in memory of their pet. Polly thinks this is weird and gross. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Mar 16, 2016
The Cradle of Pizza Civilization
41:30

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

Mar 09, 2016
Wrecks Libris
01:01:32

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. 

Mar 02, 2016
Phone of Contention
52:49

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

Feb 25, 2016
A Toast to Serra Angels
48:34

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.

Feb 17, 2016
The Glass-Action Lawsuit
57:04

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's wrong?

Feb 10, 2016
Bros Before Globes
58:23

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

Feb 03, 2016
Miami Memories
51:54

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.

Jan 29, 2016
Live from SF Sketchfest 2016
01:33:21

"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 new record and tourdates at the band's site. A MAN ALIVE is out March 4th!

Please note that this week's episode includes bleeped swearing.

Jan 21, 2016
Commedia della Morte
56:57

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. 

Jan 13, 2016
The Nog Tank
50:52

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.

Jan 07, 2016
The Long-Sleeved Arm of the Law
51:43

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. 

Dec 30, 2015
Guilty as Charred
55:32

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 says they should do as the Portuguese do and figure out how to take advantage of this beautiful piece of equipment. Julian thinks they should just buy a hibachi. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Dec 24, 2015
Hockey Dockey Christmas
39:20

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

Dec 17, 2015
Textual Harassment
54:05

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 dispute?

Dec 10, 2015
Pedantry of My Own
45:13

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.

Dec 02, 2015
Trial By Kombat
53:48

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 even do so? Guest Bailiffed by David Rees!

Nov 25, 2015
A Little Dockey
42:40

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".

Nov 18, 2015
Grime and Punishment
56:18

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!

Nov 11, 2015
Shut Your Pious Hole
53:02

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? Who's wrong?

Nov 06, 2015
The Slight Freaks
01:05:16

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.

Oct 30, 2015
Oh, Goodie
46:37

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.

Oct 21, 2015
The Hard of Hearing
57:39

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!

Oct 14, 2015
It May or May Not Take a Village
52:22

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 young parents? Or are their old (non-parent) friends sufficient?

Oct 07, 2015
Rewind is a Sometimes Command
49:49

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

Sep 30, 2015
Feliz Gravitas
58:33

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

Sep 23, 2015
No-show Contendere
01:01:54

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 have changed. Chris says the plans weren't firm, so he's not entirely in the wrong. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Sep 17, 2015
A Nothingburger Sort of Thing to Do
45:33

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

Sep 10, 2015
Go Set a Tip Jar
51:26

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

Sep 02, 2015
Justice De-furred
46:41

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

Aug 29, 2015
Waiting for the Drop
45:44

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!

Aug 20, 2015
Eminent Toe-main
47:02

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.

Aug 12, 2015
I Want My nth TV
51:17

 

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 long as you don't go overboard. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Aug 05, 2015
Good Time Summertime Docket Clearin'
34:53

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.

Jul 30, 2015
Axed and Answered
50:52

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

Jul 22, 2015
Troll-o Contendere
01:01:42

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

Jul 15, 2015
Battle of the Podcast Stars
47:22

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

Jul 02, 2015
An Alchemic Clark Bar of Delight
40:27

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?

Jun 24, 2015
Great Balls of Ire
49:04

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.

Jun 18, 2015
The Santa Suit
49:20

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 holiday season. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Jun 11, 2015
Just the Two of Us
41:36

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

Jun 04, 2015
Reduce, Reuse, Accuse
59:05

How should a couple catch a recycling bin thief?

May 28, 2015
The Downer Party
59:57

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.

May 20, 2015
Judgin' Like It's 1992
37:59

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". 

May 13, 2015
Kung Fu Fighting with Jean Grae
59:56

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.

May 06, 2015
Sunrise Upset
01:11:54

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

Apr 29, 2015
The Defense Rests
01:03:28

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

Apr 22, 2015
Moon and Stars
45:41

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

Apr 16, 2015
Schnapp Judgment
01:00:23

Is Jonas a snob for preferring more expensive liquor?

Apr 09, 2015
The Puck Stops Here
01:02:47

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

Apr 01, 2015
Habeas Spiritus
01:17:25

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

Mar 26, 2015
Impersona Non Grata
01:04:48

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

Mar 18, 2015
Sweet Relish
46:23

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.

Mar 11, 2015
Bigfoot II
54:22

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.

Mar 04, 2015
Legalhosen
01:04:22

How many socks is TOO many socks?

Feb 26, 2015
Spit Decision (Live from SF Sketchfest)
01:25:45

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.

Feb 19, 2015
The Hodgman Dubbel
47:36

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

Feb 11, 2015
Mi Casa Es Shoeless Casa
01:14:01

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

Feb 05, 2015
The Grandfather Claws
57:20

Should an elderly cat be treated as a family member?

Jan 28, 2015
Do You Want to Hoard Some Snowglobes?
01:09:09

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!

Jan 21, 2015
The Secret Room of Chambers
56:21

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"!

Jan 14, 2015
Novus Annus, Novum Judicium
34:15

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

Jan 08, 2015
TL;DNR
48:32

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

Dec 31, 2014
Pizza Parley
01:00:58

A man seeks to enforce a contract regarding pizza toppings.

Dec 24, 2014
It's Beginning to Look a Lot Like Chambers
56:49

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

Dec 17, 2014
I Pledge a Grievance to the Flag
01:11:12

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

Dec 11, 2014
Cease and De-Thrift
01:04:19

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

Dec 03, 2014
The Commune-ish Manifesto
01:04:14

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?

Nov 26, 2014
Campering with the Evidence
55:55

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

Nov 19, 2014
Return to Chambers
38:02

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

Nov 13, 2014
Vehicular Hound Inside
01:06:15

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

Nov 05, 2014
Clearing the Docket
28:26

Bailiff Jesse and Judge John Hodgman return to chambers to clear out the docket.

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Oct 29, 2014
Amicus Grief
01:05:32

 

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 friends. She says it helps her maintain better relationships. Will thinks Moby has gone overboard with the theory, and it's alienating her from other people. Who's right? Who's wrong?

Oct 22, 2014
MaxFunWeek
01:13:08

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.

Oct 15, 2014
Hear She, Shear He
47:50

Is a man entitled to a beard?

Oct 08, 2014
In Chambers
45:28

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

Oct 01, 2014
D-I-Why?!
01:05:55

Home renovation gone wrong (or has it?)!

Sep 24, 2014
The Burden of Goof
01:01:27

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

Sep 17, 2014
Failure to Appear
01:07:27

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

Sep 10, 2014
Unreasonable Scorch and Leisure
01:07:43

Steffen protests: too many pool parties!

Aug 22, 2014
Gross Misconduct
01:02:03

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

Aug 15, 2014
Daily Security Beefing
01:05:33

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. 

Aug 06, 2014
The Leisure Suit
01:06:27

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.

Jul 30, 2014
Monte Belmonte Python
01:03:52

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

Jul 25, 2014
Hunter-Gaveler
01:20:59

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. 

Jul 17, 2014
Queasy Rider
01:15:14

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

Jul 09, 2014
Brocavore
01:15:00

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.

Jul 02, 2014
My Legal Pony
01:13:27

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?

Jun 25, 2014
Wake Me Up Before You Go, Bro
01:22:02

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

Jun 18, 2014
O Brother, Where Parked Thou?
01:05:11

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?

Jun 12, 2014
Backseat Jiver
01:12:11

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?

Jun 04, 2014
Laissez Hair
01:17:19

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. 

May 28, 2014
Cold Case
01:22:08

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

May 22, 2014
The French Correction
01:31:20

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!

May 15, 2014
The Waiting Game
01:03:07

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?

May 08, 2014
Tipping the Scales of Justice
01:08:36

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?

Apr 30, 2014
Honey Don't
47:16

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 chivalrous?

Apr 24, 2014
Two's Company
53:06

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!

Apr 16, 2014
The Perp Walk
01:05:43

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?

Apr 09, 2014
Visitation Rights
01:14:22

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

Apr 02, 2014
God Save the Teen
01:38:07

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

Mar 26, 2014
Arraigning Cats and Dogs
01:29:09

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

Mar 19, 2014
Sic Semper Dramatis
01:05:10

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.

Mar 12, 2014
J'accuzi
01:00:02

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

Mar 05, 2014
Honk If You Love Justice
01:01:20

Wes claims his friend Adam is honk-happy.

Feb 26, 2014
Science Friction
01:29:18

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

Feb 19, 2014
A Trial of Two Cities
01:32:10

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.

Feb 12, 2014
Command Quit
01:19:43

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

Feb 05, 2014
Moped Operandi
01:11:22

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

Jan 29, 2014
Father Gnaws Beast
01:12:23

Sisters file suit against their meat-loving dad.

Jan 22, 2014
Namer vs. Namer
01:13:48

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 brand new appellation? Only one man can decide.

Jan 15, 2014
The Department of Corrections
01:12:42

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's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Jan 08, 2014
Martial Law
01:10:58

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 classes but can't spend all his free time practicing. Is Matthew wimping out? Only one man can decide.

Jan 01, 2014
Kitchen Loco Parentis
01:13:10

Should a toddler be let loose in a kitchen?

Dec 24, 2013
The Judge John Hodgman Holiday Special
39:02

Judge Hodgman is visited by the spirits of litigants past.

Dec 18, 2013
Badgering the Waitress
01:05:30

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?

Dec 11, 2013
Six Feet Plunder
56:43

A tale of Christmas tree liberation.

Dec 04, 2013
Case Your State
0

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 and spirit. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

Nov 27, 2013
Resisting a Rest
01:06:17

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 running out of time and needs to get back in the game.

Nov 22, 2013
The Right to Remain Silent
01:00:41

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

Nov 13, 2013
Exit Partay
01:10:02

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

Oct 30, 2013
Criminal In Tent
01:06:54

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

Oct 25, 2013
May It Breeze the Court
59:12

This week: fan noise tears apart a marriage.

Oct 16, 2013
Strictly Courtroom
53:00

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 it at their own pace. Where should they make their moves? Only one man can decide.

Oct 09, 2013
Lingua Fracas
59:52

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 Stateside.

Oct 03, 2013
Horseless Miscarriage of Justice
01:01:49

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

Sep 25, 2013
12 Angry Birds
01:11:04

Is Anna a gaming addict?

Sep 19, 2013
There's No Crime Like the Present
01:04:08

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 Judge resolve their problem at present?

Sep 11, 2013
Weight Weight... Don't Judge Me!
01:08:31

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?

Sep 05, 2013
Coast Mortem
01:06:00

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!

Aug 29, 2013
Emergency Podcast System
47:30

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

Aug 21, 2013
Reckless Endungeonment
01:01:12

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

Aug 14, 2013
So Help You Pod, or Whatever
01:02:56

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. Only one  man can decide.

Aug 10, 2013
Halal in the Family
58:10

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 eat what he wants. Who is right? This week, with guest Judge Jesse Thorn and guest Bailiff Jordan Morris.

Jul 24, 2013
Odor in the Court
01:02:49

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!

Jul 17, 2013
Taxi Evasion
01:01:57

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?

Jul 10, 2013
Lawn and Order
50:17

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.

Jul 03, 2013
Shut Your Pie-Troll 2
54:35

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 her suggestions. Who is right?

Jun 26, 2013
Permanent Record
59:00

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?

Jun 19, 2013
Fitness for the Prosecution
58:35

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!

Jun 12, 2013
Uniform Code of Podcast Justice
01:00:56

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?

Jun 05, 2013
Court-o-Potty
51:26

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.

May 29, 2013
A Danderous Precedent
46:24

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

May 22, 2013
Veranda Rights
58:53

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

May 15, 2013
Seating Arraignment
01:00:56

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 the table should retain its sovereignty. Who's right? Who's wrong? Only one man can decide.

May 08, 2013
A Room With a Feud
01:03:43

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

May 01, 2013
Dischord is Now in Session
55:51

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.

Apr 24, 2013
Trivial Peer Suit
40:28

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?

Apr 17, 2013
To the Victor Goes the Spoiled
01:11:32

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 is right? Who is wrong?

Apr 10, 2013
The Birthday Suit
01:01:52

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 itinerary, or must Aldo wait for his birthday surprise? This week, with Bailiff Jesse Thorn and Monte Belmonte!

Apr 03, 2013
Gas, Grass or Justice
01:12:36

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.

Mar 27, 2013
Justice Abhors a Vacuum
01:04:30

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

Mar 20, 2013
Courtlandia
42:17

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

Mar 13, 2013
The Book Case
51:13

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?

Mar 06, 2013
Judge and Jewry
55:51

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

Feb 27, 2013
All Dogs Go to Trial
01:07:26

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!

Feb 20, 2013
Possessions in Nine-Tenths of a Car
51:31

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?

Feb 13, 2013
Bench Warrant
52:02

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

Feb 06, 2013
Polly Wanna Justice?
51:35

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?

Jan 30, 2013
Bleached and Mounted Bones of Contention
01:13:22

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?

Jan 23, 2013
Rhapsody in Blue
01:06:09

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, and Eric thinks they can add necessary emphasis to his songwriting. Who is right, and who is wrong?

Jan 16, 2013
Grow v. Blade
47:19

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

Jan 09, 2013
Coming Out of the Supply Closet
42:40

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 relationship a covert operation.

Jan 02, 2013
The Chastity Bet
01:04:24

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 Hodgman.

Dec 26, 2012
Away With the Manger
59:23

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 scene for both religious and aesthetic reasons. Should Marisa be allowed to display a traditional nativity scene?

Dec 19, 2012
Probable Claus
01:09:05

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

Dec 13, 2012
Thanks, But No Pranks
40:10

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 the practical jokes. Patrick thinks Wyatt overreacted, and wants to rev up the prank war again.

Dec 07, 2012
The Statute of Physical Limitations
46:25

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 endurance race to take full advantage of her newfound abilities. Her husband Jon objects to her participation. Jon worries about the risks to her health, and thinks she should save her energy for a more worthy form of exercise. Should Shumanay run the endurance race?

Nov 28, 2012
Ipso Lacto
46:53

Justin actively avoids dairy, claiming to HATE cheese, butter, and cream. His friend Angela is irritated by the avoidance, alleges that Justin has consumed and enjoyed dairy in the past, and thinks he should own up. Who is right in this food fight?

Nov 21, 2012
Dog Duty
57:40

Zoe brings the case against her mom, Rochelle. They brought home a new puppy last summer and Zoe took the lead in training and caring for the dog until she left for college. Now Zoe is thousands of miles away, but wants to retain her say in the puppy's day-to-day life. Her mom says Zoe needs to stop meddling from afar.

Nov 14, 2012
A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Slob and B.F.F.-R.I.P.: Live at WNYC's Greene Space
01:26:06

Our second live show at WNYC's Greene Space, with musical performances from Jean Grae, Mela Machinko and DJ Mr. Len. Please note: this week's episode contains some explicit language.

Nov 07, 2012
Sort Reform and The Right Not to Bare Arms: Live at WNYC's Greene Space
01:31:19

This week: a very special live edition of Judge John Hodgman from WNYC's Jerome L. Greene Performance Space. Featuring musical sets from Jonathan Coulton!

Nov 01, 2012
Live Freon or Die
49:28

This week, daughter squares off against father in a temperature tiff! Olivia brings the case against her father Mike. Mike lives in Arizona where temperatures often soar, and he drives a car without air conditioning. Olivia believes this is a health hazard and disapproves of her father's homemade solutions to cool his vehicle, citing specific times when his efforts have embarrassed him. Mike contends plenty of people have survived without air conditioning in the past and claims he enjoys employing his improvised fixes. Who is right in this coolness quarrel? Judge John Hodgman will decide.

Oct 24, 2012
The Obligatory Name Drop
47:53

Family-issued nicknames and a clash between two sisters! Evelyn hates the nickname that followed her into adulthood and demands that the family stop using it, but Frances loves her sister Evie (and the ability to use the name as she sees fit!). Who is right?

Oct 17, 2012
Irre-console-able Differences
43:08

Jessica gave away most of her possessions when she left for the Peace Corps -- including a video game system that went to her sister Eden. The system broke under Eden's care and she says she's not obligated to return a working system to Jessica. Is restitution due?

Oct 10, 2012
The Mother Tongue
48:40

Matthew and Y want to raise their children to be bilingual in English and in Y's native language, Vietnamese. Matthew's Vietnamese is pretty rusty, so he thinks Y should teach him and their children at the same time. Y thinks that Matthew needs to study on his own until he can keep up. Who is right?

Oct 03, 2012
Passing the Bar
47:15

Erin brings the case against her co-worker Abby, whom she accuses of ducking out of pre-planned happy hour events.

Sep 26, 2012
Snooze Control
49:03

Ben brings the case against his wife Jenna, who insists on wringing every last bit of sleep she can before arising for work. Ben's partial to a gentle wakeup and says his wife's approach stresses him out. Who is right?

Sep 19, 2012
Cigarettiquette
50:10

YOUR ATTENTION, PLEASE: This episode contains some talk that may not be appropriate for children, including discussion of smoking and drug use. Robert brings the case against his friend Bradley, who's given up tobacco cigarettes for e-cigarettes. The electronic cigarettes are technically allowed where "real" smoking isn't -- so where is it "appropriate" to smoke them?

Sep 12, 2012
The Split Screen Decision
50:07

Raj brings the case against his girlfriend Surita, claiming her high-falutin' taste in movies is getting in the way of their shared enjoyment in entertainment.

Sep 06, 2012
Gavelbangers Ball
56:55

THIS WEEK: with guest bailiff Monte Bailiff Belmonte and a SECRET expert witness. Caroline brings this case against her boyfriend Will, who's been trying to sell her on his favorite metal bands to no avail.

Aug 30, 2012
The Nominative Case
45:26

Jordan and his friend Charles bring an unresolved bet, instigated by a discussion of the DC comics villain Mr. Myxlptlk. Could Jordan's friends trick him into say his own name backwards? namdgoH nhoJ egduJ rules!

Aug 22, 2012
Probable Cos-Play
42:38

Donald, Jessie and their son are planning a trip to a Star Wars convention for their family vacation. Donald thinks Jessie should him and their son Josh in costume; Jessie thinks she's doing enough simply by attending. Who is right? This week: guest bailiffed by Monte Belmonte!

Aug 15, 2012
The Golden State Debate
48:04

Harry says his best friend Dan is spinning his wheels back in their hometown, and should come join him in Los Angeles. Should Dan venture to LA or stay put? Only one man can decide.

Aug 08, 2012
Night Food Court
46:31

Trips for late night fast food and fraternal bonding cause a rift in a relationship -- and only one man can help repair it.

Aug 01, 2012
The Cluck Stops Here
44:35

Lauren foresees a Green-Acres type situation for her new suburban backyard, but her husband's vision differs.

Jul 25, 2012
Call in the Family
37:08

Katy brings this case against her older brother Steve, who refuses to leave voicemails.

Jul 18, 2012
Antisocial Networking
40:20

Lauren brings this case against her friend work-spouse Mike. When is it rude to use your phone in the company of a friend? How much texting is too much? Only one man can decide!

Jul 04, 2012
Crumber vs. Crammer
47:08

Scott and Jennifer are a married couple who both admit they're kind of messy -- but who's the real slob here?

Jun 27, 2012
A Quashed Plot Never Spoils
42:10

BE WARNED: If you're sensitive to spoilers, be ready to turn down the volume! Andrew and Adam are roommates and avid media consumers. Andrew badgered Adam to start watching one of his own favorite shows, and Adam eventually gave in. However, Adam says an off-hand comment from Andrew -- spoiler alert! -- ruined one of the character's story arcs for his friend. Should Andrew be held responsible for ruining his friend's viewing experience?

Jun 20, 2012
Nature Versus Nerd-ture
47:11

Alex and Kristina are a couple of admittedly nerdy people, and they disagree about where to send their future children for summer camp -- to nerd camp to indulge in whatever geeky pursuits they desire, or to a typical summer camp to play Capture the Flag.

Jun 14, 2012
My Dinner with Ennui
46:59

Holly and Todd are writing partners who meet at the same restaurants every week. Holly feels their habitual meals are stifling her creativity; Todd thinks it frees up his mind to focus on other things. Who is right?

Jun 06, 2012
Sibling Drivalry
47:27

Luis insists his big sister Alejandra monopolizes the use of their shared vehicle. Alejandra says Luis refuses rides and then pouts. Who is right?

May 31, 2012
Chevy Case
41:03

Patrick and his his girlfriend Hannah moved to Portland, Oregon last year and used Patrick's trusty Camaro to get there. Hannah has since bought Patrick's car from him to use on her commute to work, and sees it as a strictly utilitarian possession – car washing is unnecessary. Patrick is rankled by her lack of care for the Camaro's appearance and thinks she should show some pride of ownership. Who is right?

May 23, 2012
Spare the Hodg, Spoil the Child
44:45

Gail believes she and her nephew Ray are similarly sensitive kindred spirits. As a loving aunt, she thinks she should be able to comfort Ray when he's upset, even over rule-breaking, and help him handle his feelings. Her sister Aimee believes Gail is unnecessarily coddling Ray and encouraging him to become an overly emotional child. Who is right? Only Judge John Hodgman can decide!

May 16, 2012
Rashomom
46:24

Rebekah, her mother Denise and grandmother Gloria have a case regarding memory -- specifically, is the memory of a child or an adult more reliable?  Denise insists that a grey house stood next door to her childhood home; Gloria says that's simply not true, and that the house must be a figment of Denise's imagination. Rebekah's been dragged in to adjudicate their dispute before, but she's got issues of her own with her mom's recollections of past events.  Who is right, who is wrong, who can even remember? We turn to the man who never forgets, Judge John Hodgman, to decide.

May 02, 2012
Judge John Hodgman 57: A Wing and A Player
48:23

Michael and Patrick have been best friends since high school. Michael likes to think of himself as Patrick's wingman, helping alert him to interested ladies when they're out together. Patrick thinks his friend lacks the subtlety to be a wingman and also misjudges politeness for romantic interest. Is Michael helping his friend find love and happiness, or is he steering him in the wrong direction? Only the Judge can decide.

Apr 25, 2012
Early Man
37:02

Troy believes in never being late for an appointment, party, or movie -- but in striving to avoid tardiness, he's swung the other direction and arrives extra-early. His insistence on being early is driving his wife Carmen crazy. Should they stick to their early bird ways, or should Troy live a little less by the clock?

Apr 18, 2012
Battle Royale
43:08

Leeman and his wife Rachel are American citizens who have immigrated to Toronto for school and work. They've become permanent Canadian residents, but Rachel wants to go whole hog and become citizens. Leeman finds the idea of swearing loyalty to the monarchy ideologically troubling. Should they form a united front and become citizens together?

Apr 11, 2012
Die Flederhaus
47:32

Two brothers, one dilapidated house, and a colony of bats - what could be more scary about this case? Noah and Adam have a bat problem, and they can't agree on how to handle it. Should they run screaming, or man up when a bat comes their way? Only one man can decide!

Apr 04, 2012
Cannery Row
01:02:06

THIS WEEK: Special Expert Witness Alton Brown! Ara and her mom Julia enjoy some mother-daughter bonding time while canning, but Ara insists on following USDA safety manuals, books, and other advice to make sure their canned goods are 100% safe. Julia says Ara's meticulous methods are driving her nuts, and they should rely on her own tried-and-true methods. WHO IS RIGHT?

Mar 28, 2012
The Stick Shift Rift
39:41

Is not knowing how to drive a manual transmission in this day and age A CRIME? That's the question for Cosmo and Jen, a married couple who own a manual and an automatic car, respectively.

Mar 21, 2012
The Wedding Clashers
38:33

John and Lindsay are a married couple with two weddings to attend on the same day -- John's childhood best friend's and Lindsay's cousin's. Which argument will win? Family obligations, long-seated freindship, the better party? Only Judge Hodgman can decide.

Feb 22, 2012
Double Dog Dare
41:15

Marybeth and Paul are a couple of busy animal loving attorneys who already own a dog and a cat. Marybeth would like to add another dog to their family to help their current toy schnauzer, Olive, relax. Paul argues that with their busy schedule, and the already antsy Olive, another dog would only exacerbate the situation. Can Judge Hodgman resolve the pair’s puppy problem?

Feb 08, 2012
The Master's Disaster
36:33

Jessie and Jason are a happily married couple with a scheduling conflict. Jason is in an intensive master's program and works a full-time job, which leaves him with little to no time for household chores or time for his wife. Jason prefers to schedule his classes in sixteen-week blocks, leaving a "summer vacation" of sorts. His wife prefers that he space out his classes so that she has someone to compliment her changing hairstyles or fix a doorknob. Can Judge Hodgman find a suitable arrangement?

Jan 25, 2012
The Wonderful, Terrible, Terrible Towel Trouble
38:27

Katie and Bobby are dating and are both fans of Pittsburgh Steelers football. Katie says she was born into the Steelers Nation, while Bobby came to fandom while dating Katie. Their issue is the treatment of the team's signature "Terrible Towel". Katie says it should be treated with the utmost respect as an emblem of the team; Bobby says once it's purchased, you can do with it what you please, whether that's wiping chairs or your feet. Who is right, and who is wrong? Only one man can decide.

Jan 12, 2012
The Carry On Carryings On
39:09

Blair and her sister Lisa are frequent flyers.  Blair never checks her bags due to the inconvenience of it, opting instead to carry them on.  Since she’s only 5’1”, she often relies on the generosity of fellow passengers to help maneuver her bags into the overhead compartment.  Her sister Lisa feels that Blair and people like her abuse the convenience of a carry-on -- in short, if you’re unable to completely manage your belongings on the plane, you should have to check them.  Who is right?

Jan 04, 2012
The Clap Trap
45:45

Greg and Eric are longtime friends and sometime-bandmates.  They disagree on one area of performance; should members of the band ever ask the audience to clap along to their music?

Dec 22, 2011
Apocalypse Row
37:19

Carrie and her husband Phillip are planning for the future. A collapse of civilazation under the coming apocalypse to be exact. Carrie and "Sarge" are at odds about where to best survive the end of days and bring the case to Judge John Hodgman. 

Dec 15, 2011
The Bedding Crasher
35:03

When is it appropriate to ask to crash at a friend's place? Should the practice be curtailed when one reaches a certain age or level of financial security? Chris and Emily bring this case against their friend Pat.

Dec 08, 2011
Triple Word Scorn
31:19

Jesse and Jessica are used to squaring off against one another when they play games like Scrabble & Hangman on their smartphones. In this episode of Judge John Hodgman their rivalry spills into the courtroom as they litigate their literary license.  Please use JUSTICE in a sentence!

Dec 01, 2011
Driving Miss Drowsy
29:43

Austin brings the case against his good friend Ethan. A year ago, they drove cross-country from Santa Cruz, California to Brooklyn, New York. Austin says that during the trip, he experienced "car lag," a variant form of jetlag. Ethan says the very idea is absurd. The argument has driven a wedge into their friendship.

Nov 23, 2011
Out of REC-order
37:15

Strife between two friends -- over DVR recordings.  If Anthony requests that Joseph record television programs for him on his personal DVR, is he obligated to come over and watch them?

Nov 09, 2011
The Abuse of Flower Power
38:24

Not in MY backyard! Julienne and Emily are neighbors and romantically involved. Julienne has created a garden space  but wants to add a particular flower that Emily detests. Emily has threatened to never cross the picket fence again if they are brought in. Who'll win the war of the roses?

Nov 02, 2011
Slash-Friction
37:07

What IS a horror movie? Bryan's list of 100 horror movies is all about content. His friend Jay says it's all about the audience's reaction. Who is the master of the macabre? Only one justice of the deceased can decide!

Oct 26, 2011
Pepperoni Pauper
32:38

A young couple battle embarrassing behavior and bags of trash in search of unpeeled prize tickets for a shot at redemption. And a free slice of pizza. Or a free Coke.

Oct 19, 2011
Panta-Lunacy
39:16

Seth and Stephen are colleagues in a Broadway show.  They bring a case of Lost and Found, Finders and Keepers, and Losers and Weepers.

Oct 12, 2011
Beard Science
38:20

Guest bailiffed by ABC News Senior White House Correspondent Jake Tapper! Friends Mike, Mike and Dan seek a ruling on a modified but highly charged game of beard chicken.

Sep 28, 2011
Unbanded Brothers
39:10

Brothers and bandmates Jack and Jeff bring this argument over tourdates, a wedding and being the boss of the band.

Sep 22, 2011
De Plane
35:57

Elisabeth and Melissa are good friends and enthusiastic travelers, who often journey together on planes and in cars across the country. While their traveling styles mesh for the most part, they are divided on a hot-button issue: the correct way to de-plane once you've arrived at your destination. Elisabeth, who prefers to take the aisle seat, believes that the aisle-sitter bears some burden of judgment, and may choose to wait a reasonable amount of time before stepping into the aisle, without asking permission of his or her seatmates. Melissa, on the other hand, is frequently a window-seater, and believes that people should abide by the "row by row" rule as a general rule.

WHO IS RIGHT, and WHO IS WRONG? Only Judge Hodgman can decide.

Aug 31, 2011
Hors d'oeuvres in the Court
33:49

Mike's three children were enticed to try a foreign food -- bacon-wrapped scallops -- by an offer from their father of $5. However, Mike now claims that since the boys enjoyed the food, he no longer owes them compensation. Mike's wife Ellen represents the boys in court.

Aug 19, 2011
The Cow Beef
36:30

Ted brings this case against his father Paul, who has become obsessed with cows.  Ted argues that his father's cow collection and his inclination to randomly say the word cow, among other issues, indicate the need to tamp down the cow-talk.  Paul argues that his obsession is merited, because "cows are our most important animal friends."

Jul 20, 2011
Garbage Man and Wife
37:30

Matt Haughey of Metafilter and his wife Kay split household chores right down the middle, except when it comes to garbage duty.  Does the person taking out the trash have "garbage hands" that are only suitable to replace the trash bag and deal with all matters dirty?  Judge John Hodgman decides!

Jul 06, 2011
Ob-Law-Di, Ob-Law-Da
34:13

Pat and Joe come before the court with a case about that famous rock band, The Beatles. Pat claims that The White Album is one of The Beatles' worst albums and has a scattered approach. Joe argues that the album benefits from its variance and is one of their best works.

Jun 24, 2011
Justice is Out There
33:24

Randi and Chris were gifted Mulder and Scully action figures for Christmas, but differ on their purpose. Should they be kept in their original packaging, to retain value (and for laughs)? Or should they be freed, to re-enact X-Files episodes and general playtime?

Jun 17, 2011
The Battle of the Baton
33:37

When Jake listens to his favorite classical music, he finds himself conducting furiously and with abandon.  His wife Erica, an accomplished concert musician, says his flamboyant conducting makes a mockery of her life's work. Must Jake cease his carefree conducting style?

Jun 10, 2011
The Friendship Inquest
33:38

Friends Adam and Will have a dispute about social networking.  Is it Adam's responsibility as a young adult to get with the program and join the online social networking world, or is Will pushing his own life choices on his friend?

Jun 02, 2011
The Toot Dispute
32:29

Jason's mom argues that whenever he passes gas, he should proffer an "excuse me" to whomever is present (according to general social etiquette).  Jason says he's an adult and as such, is allowed to do as he pleases.  Should Jason's mom butt out, or should be held to her standards?

May 25, 2011
The Girlfriend and the Grasshopper
33:21

Jeff says his live-in girlfriend Courtney habitually hides food from him. Courtney admits that she's hidden food in the past, but only to save Jeff from his own ravenous tendencies, and that she has stopped the practice. Is Courtney a food-hoarder, or is Jeff a food-stealer?

May 18, 2011
The Bedroom Three-way
35:56

College pals Corey, Tyler and Caitlyn are moving into a new apartment in the coming school year with three bedrooms: two small, one gloriously spacious. Who deserves the biggest room?

May 11, 2011
Arby's-tration
30:34

Is it appropriate to ask a cab driver to take you through a drive-thru after a long night of drinking? Take a ride in the Justice Cab to find out.

May 04, 2011
Tips, Tricks and Justice
28:43

In this episode, we are joined by SPECIAL GUEST and EXPERT WITNESS Morgan Webb.  John argues that using a strategy guide when playing a video game is cheating, pure and simple.  His friend Josef argues that while it provides an advantage, it's not out of line to use a guide and constitutes no cheating.

Apr 29, 2011
You Say Tomato, I Say Justice
29:56

We have a pronunciation problem. Matt brings the case against his friend Josh, who he argues pronounces a number of words incorrectly. Affectations, shibboleths, and regionalisms: we've got it all.

Apr 21, 2011
An Appeel-ate Case Decision
29:42

Friends (and Canadian barristers) Nick and Phil bring their fruit-based case before the Judge: which gentleman's technique for peeling a banana is correct?

Apr 14, 2011
The Ironman Trial-Athlon
31:54

Should an endurance event enthusiast (and former couch potato) be allowed to participate in an Ironman Triathlon against the wishes of his wife?

Apr 06, 2011
The Colbert Rapport
31:22

 

When is it appropriate to request a photo with a celebrity seen in the wild? Andrew and Britt bring this case of a Hollywood party, Stephen Colbert, and potential Facebook popularity before the judge.

Apr 01, 2011
Parents Just Don't Understand
26:30

Should a father be able to compell his teenage daughter to watch classic films? Or does a 16-year-old deserve autonomy in her entertainment choices?

Mar 16, 2011
The Potluck Problem
37:58

Two best friends disagree on the morality of the potluck. One says it's a great opportunity for everyone to pitch in. One says it's a sign of a host who's abdicated responsibility for the party. Only one man can decide who's right.

Mar 09, 2011
Sesame Street Justice
46:51

A group of high school kids kidnapped their youth group leader's life-size Ernie doll as a prank, but he was stolen from them before his safe return.  Can they be held responsible for Ernie's disappearance if they intended to return him?

Mar 02, 2011
Snob V. Slob
30:03

A fiancee demands that her sweetheart shape up and dress for a promotion, plus other clothing-related disputes.

Feb 24, 2011
The Tahitian Take-Out
22:22

A friends' night out at a Polynesian restaurant, several Scorpion bowls and an abandoned bag of takeout are involved in this accusation of impropriety and substandard hygiene.

Feb 16, 2011
You Say Martucci, I Say Martucci
19:49

Sisters Carol and Michelle have a disagreement over the pronunciation of their last name, Martucci. Carol believes in the traditional Italian "Mar-too-CHEE" and Michelle thinks it honors their grandfather to pronounce the name in his preferred fashion, "Mar-too-SEE".

Feb 09, 2011
The Case of the Youthful Indiscretions
18:18

Brothers Evan and Michael battle it out: as a toddler, Michael stole Evans things, and gave them away at pre-school. Does Evan deserve an apology?

Jan 31, 2011
The Cone-tractual Dispute
29:43

The manufacture of a food truck awning leads to a Portland-infused nightmare.

Jan 21, 2011
The Parenthetical Petition
19:14

Recorded live on stage at The Talent Show in Brooklyn: a man believes parentheses have no place in fiction. His girlfriend disagrees.

Jan 03, 2011
To Tree Or Not To Tree
26:29

A married couple disagrees: when should the Christmas decorations go up? That is the question. Skakespeare.

Dec 20, 2010
The Lion's Den
23:47

A married couple disagrees: what is a den?

Dec 14, 2010
The Lovely Couple
26:07

A married couple disagrees: is physical attractiveness a component of romantic love?

Dec 08, 2010
The Long-Necked Custody Battle
18:41

Best friends bought a robotic giraffe together in Japan. Now, with college (and their cohabitation) over, each wants the other to have it.

Nov 30, 2010
Judge Hodgman: Tear Down That Wall
21:55

Foy argues that breaking the fourth wall ruins film and theater.  His friend Matt disagrees.  Only Judge John Hodgman can decide.

Nov 23, 2010
Are Machine Guns Robots?
20:55

Two friends dispute whether machine guns are robots.

Nov 15, 2010
Dish Soap or Hand Soap?
13:56

Judge Hodgman settles a marital dispute: should the kitchen sink dispense dish soap or hand soap?

Nov 08, 2010