March 03, 2003 12:00 PM

Judith Sheindlin is the center-of-attention type, so it’s fitting that she stars in the most-popular of the court shows. Now in her seventh season, Judge Judy is as brusque, imperious and egotistical as ever. “There is nobody better at making somebody who’s lying look foolish,” she boasted (with justification) on a recent episode. Sometimes you wish this queen of mean would get her comeuppance, but boring she will never be.

VERDICT: Harsh but effective.

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