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What Happened to Harry Stone on Night Court?

His on-screen daughter will carry on his legacy.

Premiere Leak | NBC's Night Court

A new version of Night Court is coming to NBC. Not only does it feature Melissa Rauch as the main character, it also has John Larroquette reprising his role as Dan Fielding. But what happened to the iconic lead from the OG series, the zany Judge Harry T. Stone (Harry Anderson)? 

This new Night Court follows the story of Abby Stone (Rauch), the daughter of Harry T. Stone. In the show, Abby takes on the job as the new Judge of the night shift at the Manhattan Municipal Court. Although the daunting gig would intimidate and overwhelm many, Abby is determined to keep a positive attitude.

Like her father, Abby is known for being kind-hearted and always gives people the benefit of the doubt. So when she shows up at the door of her father’s old colleague, former prosecutor Dan Fielding, he lets her in right away as soon as he learns she's Harry Stone’s daughter. (You can watch this in the clip, above.) 

What happened to Harry Stone on Night Court?

In the clip, it's revealed that Judge Harry T. Stone has passed away.

“I was sorry to hear about your father. We lost touch over the years, but he was a great guy,” said Dan.

“I know. He felt the same way about you,” said Abby in an emotional moment.

As for the actor Harry Anderson, he unfortunately passed away in 2018 at the age of 65. He was survived by his wife and two children from a previous marriage, according to the New York Times.

How do I watch the new Night Court on NBC?

The new Night Court airs Tuesday at 8/7c on NBC. Episodes will be available for streaming the next day on Peacock.

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