Snap Judgment (TV program)

Snap Judgment is an American daily[1] legal comedy television program which aired on CourtTV from 1999 to 2000. The program was hosted by commentator Lionel, and was created by Lizz Winstead.[2]

Snap Judgment
Created byLizz Winstead
Written by
  • Barry Lank
  • Bruce Cherry
  • Charles Ezell
Presented byLionel
Country of originUnited States
Original language(s)English
Executive producer(s)
  • Lizz Winstead
  • Naomi Boak
  • Emily Benton
Running time30 min
Original networkCourtTV
Original releaseApril 1, 1999 (1999-04-01) 
2000 (2000)

Court TV described it as "an irreverent, satirical and 'judicially incorrect' look at the absurdities that exist in all areas of the legal system."[2]

According to a review in the New York Observer, "Snap Judgment, hosted by the AM radio personality currently known as Lionel, is a novelty for Court TV, a satirical examination of the process it otherwise treats so reverently. The show contains court testimony from absurd lawsuits and profiles of obscure players in the legal profession."[3] According to The New York Times, "Shown on weeknights, the show features Lionel offering sardonic commentary on legal events in the news and video excerpts from trials, often from small-claims courts. An "expert" then joins Lionel in analyzing the cases. One recent case: a fight between two neighbors over injury to a chicken that inspired producers to book the Chicken Man, whose usual job is on-street promotion for poultry dinners."[4]


  • Lizz Winstead – Creator, Executive Producer[5]
  • Barry Lank – Head Writer
  • Bruce Cherry – Writer
  • Charles Ezell – Writer
  • Naomi Boak, Emily Benton – Executive Producers[5]


  1. Naomi Boak. "Naomi Boak – LinkedIn". LinkedIn. Retrieved 22 September 2010.
  2. "Court TV Adds the Irreverence of Lionel to Evening Schedule With Snap Judgment" (Press release). Court TV. March 24, 1999. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  3. Colton, Michael; Bogdanovich, Peter (April 4, 1999). "Lizz Winstead Returns … and So Does Marv". New York Observer. Archived from the original on September 8, 2010. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  4. Stamler, Bernard (May 30, 1999). "Law Lite". The New York Times. Retrieved 2010-09-24.
  5. "Snap Judgment at". Retrieved 22 September 2010.
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