What Is the Premise of "Judging Amy"?


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The television series "Judging Amy" focuses on a mother and daughter who live in Hartford, Connecticut. Episode plots generally involved cases covered by the title character in district court, as well as her personal interactions and struggles with her family.

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In "Judging Amy," Amy Brenneman plays the titular character, Amy Gray, a divorced family court judge who moves back to Connecticut. Amy's mother, Maxine Gray, is played by Tyne Daly in the series. The mother-daughter interactions between the two form the basis of much of the show's drama. Amy also has a younger brother, Vincent, played by Dan Futterman, a former child prodigy with whom Amy has a very close relationship. Other recurring characters include Kyle McCarty, played by Kevin Rahm, and Donna Kozlowski, played by Jillian Armenante.

The series, which ran from 1999 to 2005, was an episodic drama. Each episode featuring a different theme or case, typically involving Amy or her mother. At the end of the series's sixth season, Amy quits her job to run for the U.S. Senate. This plotline was never developed, however, as the show was canceled prior to the seventh season. The show's finale included Maxine's remarriage, Vincent getting a job as a writing teacher and Amy acknowledging her attraction to her friend, Bruce.

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