Episodes of "The Judge Mathis Show" are generally about small claims court cases. Both parties in each case have agreed to bring their dispute in front of Judge Greg Mathis. The judge settles legal disputes in the hour-long episodes of this reality-based TV series.
The syndicated show made its debut in 1998. As of 2015, "Judge Mathis" is entering its 15th season. What sets the show apart from others in the genre is Judge Mathis' past. When he was a young man, he got in a lot of trouble and then turned his life around to eventually become a judge.