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Christine Sullivan: Sweet Defense, Killer Instinct

Christine Sullivan was a character on the popular television show Night Court, which aired from 1984 to 1992. She was played by actress Markie Post.

As a public defender and Judge Harry Stone’s love interest on the 80s sitcom Night Court, Christine Sullivan made quite an impression during her 130 episode run. Though intelligent and dedicated to her work, Christine wasn’t just some uptight lawyer – her passionate courtroom battles for her clients’ rights made for some of the show’s most intense and dramatic moments.

But Christine had a softer side too, especially when it came to her on-again, off-again romance with Judge Harry. The chemistry between them was palpable, though Christine often struggled with Harry’s difficulty committing to their relationship. Their push-and-pull added both humor and heart to the show.

In fact that tension really helped keep the show ticking along for all the years it did. According to some sources, the showrunners initially planned to have Harry and Christine get married at the end of the eighth season … and then end the series itself.

Instead, the show came back for a ninth season, with Harry and Christine remaining star-crossed. At the very end, Christine headed off to Washington after being elected to Congress. The audience is left to wonder of those two crazy kids will ever get together.

In the role, Markie Post struck the perfect balance between Christine’s strength and vulnerability. Her comedic timing was sharp, but she also handled weighty dramatic scenes adeptly. It’s no wonder both fans and critics praised Post’s nuanced performance.

By bringing to life such a complex, dynamic character, Post helped make Night Court one of the most beloved sitcoms of its era. As Christine Sullivan, she provided the perfect complement to Judge Harry while also standing firmly on her own two feet. Their tumultuous relationship gave the show its heartbeat, anchored by Post’s pitch-perfect performance.

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