Real Lawyer Reacts to The Simpsons (Itchy & Scratchy Trial)

29 aug. 2019
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Don’t have a cow, man. Lionel Hutz was right.
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The Simpsons is one of my favorite shows of all time. And this is one of the best episodes. Chester J. Lampwick claims he invented Itchy & Scratchy (and the whole concept of cartoon violence). With the help of Bart and Lisa, he files suit against Itchy & Scratchy Studios and Roger Meyers Jr., the head of the studio. Obviously, they hire Lionel Hutz to litigate....
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I get asked a lot about whether being a practicing attorney is like being a lawyer on TV. I love watching legal movies and courtroom dramas. It's one of the reasons I decided to become a lawyer. But sometimes they make me want to pull my hair out because they are ridiculous.
Today I'm taking a break from representing clients and teaching law students how to kick ass in law school to take on lawyers in the movies and on TV. While all legal movies and shows take dramatic license to make things more interesting (nobody wants to see hundreds of hours of brief writing), many of them have a grain of truth.
This is part of a continuing series of "Lawyer Reaction" videos. Got a legal movie or TV show you'd like me to critique? Let me know in the comments!
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  • Show the trial of Kirk and Bones in Star Trek 5

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  • One objection: the contract between Abe Simpson and the hobo was not eighty years old, it was around fifty because that episode is from 1996.

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  • "But it's my show and I can do whatever I want." 20th Century Fox TV: See you in court!

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  • 12:21 literally the trump administration as of now

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  • Objection! That is not a good grade because you play favorites on this show

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  • When did Ryan Renolds become a lawyer?!

    Rob HowdleRob HowdleDag geleden
  • And now you can have trial by politics, where you get an angry crowd with guns to threaten local officials and get what ever they want

    Ronald LoganRonald LoganDag geleden
  • After so many news about the real Richard Liebowitz , do you still believe that Lionel Hutz is unrealistically bad? When presented with this new evidence, would you change your rating to a full A; not an A+, but an honest A?

    Andrei NeacsuAndrei NeacsuDag geleden
  • I'd agree with A-. They address the substance with detail and accuracy, and parody the process in a way that shows they understand it.

    Maxwell SchmidtMaxwell SchmidtDag geleden
  • OBJECTION! How did Scratchy get added to the mix? That question raised the stage for a lot of possibilities in which her could’ve been legally cheated out of the right for this character

    שחר אטדגישחר אטדגיDag geleden
  • Objection she was just itchy

    Anabella SheelerAnabella SheelerDag geleden
  • I would like to see your take on other Simpsons law issues. For instance, the episode Bart get hit by a Car. I know that such episodes are no so packed with legal issues, but you could take several episodes.

    Juan Manuel RodriguezJuan Manuel RodriguezDag geleden
  • "Mr. Hutz, do you realize you're not wearing any pants?"

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  • 1:16 disney... you mean warner brothers, its based off tom and jerry

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  • So no such thing as intellectual property then?

    B. W.B. W.2 dagen geleden
  • Has this guy reacted to the Giant blue chicken lawyer from Futurama?

    Peterson Family AdventuresPeterson Family Adventures2 dagen geleden
  • Thank god I chose the profession of accountant vs lawyer! My head would be spinning over all the laws and loopholes we have in our really messed up justice system. BTW the liberals are going WAY too far with their agenda today

    E FE F2 dagen geleden
  • Wait a minute that bum sounds like Kirk Douglas. Yes! I was correct! I was also correct about the grade you were going to give. ;)

    Dan KellyDan Kelly2 dagen geleden
  • Look at that face you must have Irish and/or Scottish ancestry.

    Dan KellyDan Kelly2 dagen geleden
  • Favorite lawyer joke on The Simpsons: "I move for a bad court thingy." "You mean a mistrial?" "Yeah! That's why you're the judge and I'm the law talkin' guy." "The lawyer." "Right"

    Ike KingIke King3 dagen geleden
  • Classical Liberalism: the ideology that inspired our Constitutional rights, Women's Suffrage, Abolition, and the concept of Democracy.

    Annalisa SauterAnnalisa Sauter3 dagen geleden
  • Pretty sure itchy and scratchy are supposed to represent Tom and Jerry, which are a Hanna Barbera (MGM) property, not Disney.

    BendirvalBendirval3 dagen geleden
  • I love how when Chief Wiggum was called out in the 4th breaking moment you can even see him looking at the guy like "Wait, what did he say?"

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  • Hey LegalEagle do a video of you singing the amendment song

    KiritoIsAlwaysRightKiritoIsAlwaysRight4 dagen geleden
  • “Its a stand in for a more violent Disney” Have you seen old Disney movies? They are very dark and violent.

    Bone_knapperBone_knapper4 dagen geleden
  • If artists don't want people to photograph statues, stop placing them in public places...

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  • Bob Lobb Law Attorney at Law.

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  • Thank goodness gawker is gone

    Martian BuddyMartian Buddy4 dagen geleden
  • ©

    Jason WhitmanJason Whitman5 dagen geleden
  • The postal service also used the Statue of Liberty in Vegas rather than the real one and was sued by the designer of the Vegas Lady Liberty.

    Rick JRick J5 dagen geleden
  • Objection! 15:54 That’s not entirely accurate. A few years ago there was an attempt by the Agatha Christie estate to publish a new Poirot novel simply to keep the character out of public domain, and a few years before that Harper Lee published a sequel to “To Kill a Mockingbird” because that book was entering public domain. See, works featuring a character can be eligible but cannot be featured in new media until the character themselves enters, which isn’t until all registered works featuring that character are eligible. This is also why Murder on the Orient Express and Death on the Nile got remade, and why there’s nine Hellraiser sequels- copyright retention. The other reason copyright law keeps getting more archaic is Disney. The Copyright Act is pejoratively referred to as the Mickey Mouse Act because so much of the lobbying around it is by Disney’s near mythic legal department. There’s an entire team whose sole purpose is to ensure Mickey Mouse and related characters never enter public domain.

    James A. FranklinJames A. Franklin5 dagen geleden
  • Ah yes, Frank Gaylord.

    Kevin BorosKevin Boros5 dagen geleden
  • I heard that Jackie Gleason considered suing "The Flintstones" for blatantly copying "The Honeymooners," but he decided against it because he didn't want to be forever remembered as the guy who killed "The Flintstones."

    Shawn ParksShawn Parks5 dagen geleden
  • OBJECTION! While yes, the copyright would be expired by 2020, rendering the copyright issue moot, would there not be a possible argument over trademark? Mascots can be trademarked, and if the creator was indeed threatened with "an anvil dropped on his head", would he not have an argument to the trademark, despite not having filed one, due to feeling threatened out of it?

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  • What enforces civil discovery?

    Brendan RBrendan R5 dagen geleden
  • "you don't need to petition the government for copyright..." NLworld logo pops up

    Brendan RBrendan R5 dagen geleden
  • ANTIFA is clearly a copyright violation of Tom & Jerry, Itchy & Scratchy, The Roadrunner, SMokey the Bear villains starting fires in forest, and their biggest violation was from "Be Cool About Fire Safety" PSAs. Also, Goebbel's collection of radio broadcasts, Red Dawn, and the video game "Rush n' Attack".

    DickDicksteinDickDickstein6 dagen geleden
  • My favorite character was always groundskeeper willie

    Gibran MartinezGibran Martinez6 dagen geleden
  • I object! You know good and well there are ways to hide the fact you knew you had evidence!

    RC CRAWLRC CRAWL6 dagen geleden
  • This Friday, I'm going to review the adult animated show called Tripping the Rift! I don't think NLworld will be happy about this one...

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  • R.I.P Phil Hartman (Lionel Hutz)

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  • Gaylord v. United States

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  • I love how blue haired lawyer just slaps his face when Rodger goes on his rant

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  • I still love the simpsons

    causeitiscauseitis7 dagen geleden
    • I couldn't agree more. It's so genius.

      Alex DiazAlex Diaz9 uur geleden
  • Two thinks you didn't show or bring up. 1) Why is Bart testifying after the defense closing argument? 2) They did authenticate the slide Bart showed i court. Bart took off the back covering and it said "To Roger Myers. Keep drawing. "Your moxie more than makes up for your lack of talent. Your pal, ChesterJ. Lampwick. September 3, 1919 ". Wouldn't that authenticate it? (again ignoring when in the trial it was discovered)

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  • Producer : joseph kennedy. Lol

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  • I never really watched this channel I didn’t think I would like it I was wrong good video

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  • This episode is a shot at disney for muscleing the US government into extending copyright protection to 75 years instead of 50. Mickey Mouse was going to enter public domain in 1998. We'll see if Disney decides to change the law again in a few years.

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  • Cape Feare: "doesn't your tattoo say 'Die Bart Die?'' "What? Oh no, that's German! 'The Bart, The!'"

    Craig SimpsonCraig Simpson7 dagen geleden
  • i love the simsons and i love lawyers so this is cool

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  • Now you are shilling password protection?

    Shane JensonShane Jenson8 dagen geleden
  • objection: I'm a blind squirrel and i want you to help me find my nut.... daddy

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  • Crowdfunding law fees are common as dirt now. Heck the outgoing president of the United States is doing it 🤣

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  • "Who is the voice of Chester Lampwick?" Ah, classic Simpsons, when celebrity cameos were written to serve a function of the story, rather than to just exist as obvious cameos. It never even occurred to me that Chester was voiced by a celebrity, even after all these years. I didn't recognize his voice, so I just assumed it was one of the regular voice actors. A lot of these similar cameos I've missed over the years, and DEFINITELY upon initial viewing as a child.

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    • It really is a shame to see how terrible the show has gotten.

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  • Leagle Eagle is a blithering idiot.

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  • Here's a video suggestion How about you react to goofy's trial?

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  • I'm sure you have seen Boston legal, but I would like to see you react to it (any episode, I remember it being a fun show)

    Felipe RodriguezFelipe Rodriguez11 dagen geleden
  • Who else sang along to the WHOLE amendment song? No? Just me?

    maryann martinezmaryann martinez11 dagen geleden
  • Lionel Hutz is legit the best-worst lawyer ever

    Nikki GallagherNikki Gallagher11 dagen geleden
  • As a straight male, you'd definitely be my number 1 crush if were gay/a girl.

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  • wow

    Evaldukas OldEvaldukas Old11 dagen geleden
  • I appreciate the closed-captioning.

    Severin .WolfSeverin .Wolf11 dagen geleden
  • Objection! Chester and Grandpa would have to show an intention to create legal relations between them when exchanging corn muffins for painting the chicken coop. It appears they are friends. The presumption (in English common law anyway) is friends generally do not have this intention so while there appears to be a good offer and acceptance plus consideration, Grandpa's claim seems to fall over.

    Ben HoffmanBen Hoffman11 dagen geleden
  • Question: If someone steals a creative work whilst it is in copyright can they be sued once it is out of copyright.

    TheRuthPoTheRuthPo12 dagen geleden
  • "Itchy and Scratchy is a much more violent version of the Disney Corporation" Objection! I am almost certainly sure it is a Parody of Tom and Jerry created by Hanna Barbera.

    Chandler BurseChandler Burse12 dagen geleden
  • The copyright stunt Saul Goodman pulls on Kimberly in BCS Season 4 would be sweet to review. Then again any new episodes on Better Call Saul would be great, AMIRITE?

    SleekStratosSleekStratos12 dagen geleden
  • So what happens when the other guy has 10 High Priced Lawyers

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  • Simpson Ay

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  • "Link in the doobly doo". Nice Vlog Brothers shoutout!

    Kyle RKyle R13 dagen geleden
  • It needs to be said over and over, the writers for The Simpsons are geniuses. They added all this in because they did the research and understood everything enough to make an episode that follows proper laws. It's why they predict future events time and time again.

    Moses RodriguezMoses Rodriguez13 dagen geleden
  • Bum played by Kirk Douglas.

    Jojo Crazy CatJojo Crazy Cat13 dagen geleden
  • Excellent video. RIP Phil Hartman.

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  • Objection. The lawyer grading this is partial to said show he is grading and shows favortism

    Thunder CloudThunder Cloud13 dagen geleden
  • "Can't steal ideas". That's fine. The US is on one end, China is on the other and there's a whooooole horse shoe in between.

    Ill Will BillIll Will Bill14 dagen geleden
  • This episode was inspired by the controversy involving Oswald The Rabbit and the Universal Studios lawsuit over the creation of Mickey Mouse. Funny enough though it was actually Disney's Oswald that was the character which was legally stolen from him and Universal were subsequently suing him because they perceived his new character of Mickey Mouse to be far too similar to Oswald. Disney learnt he needed to protect himself legally and that was when he decided to found the Walt Disney Company and Walt Disney Pictures. So the story is correct, but it was Disney that was actually robbed of a character and nearly had Mickey Mouse robbed from him too.

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  • OBJECTION what does objection mean?

    NOW THATS EPICNOW THATS EPIC14 dagen geleden
  • Disney didn't make Tom and Jerry Hanna-Barbera did

    David LarimerDavid Larimer14 dagen geleden
  • Objection, if they are trying to say that Itchy was created in 1928, then the copy write would still be valid. They would have to prove the authenticity of the cartoon before 1923 the invalidate the copy write.

    Psych CowPsych Cow14 dagen geleden
  • This is the second time I’ve heard LegalEagle talk about scènes à faire, and the first time I’ve heard him talk about it for reasons that didn’t have to do with werewolf porn.

    WarioNumberOneWarioNumberOne14 dagen geleden
  • Missing wall @ 6:25

    Rupert KennedyRupert Kennedy14 dagen geleden
  • Me: Steals James Bond. Me: Gets arrested for kidnapping Daniel Craig. Me: "Oh."

    ian davisian davis15 dagen geleden
  • My father's name is Bill, and he worked on Capitol Hill.

    Mike DonovanMike Donovan15 dagen geleden
  • Awesome! Lionel Hutz is my favourite character

    donkeyfacekilla1donkeyfacekilla115 dagen geleden
  • Oh yay, thanks NLworld for autoplaying yet another channel I have REPEATEDLY removed from my feed. How much are you paying them to override my decisions on my account?

    Long WangLong Wang15 dagen geleden
  • "the rules of civil discovery require you to turn it over" "What?" -hillary clinton in the middle of smashing cellphones with a hammer and using bleachbit to erase her emails

    AngusAngus17 dagen geleden
  • At least when you go to hell, you have plenty of lawyers to choose from

    KevZen2000KevZen200017 dagen geleden
  • Weird I thought the hobo was gonna be George Carlin then later the defendant sounds like george Carlin

    Justin JenningsJustin Jennings17 dagen geleden
  • " [ I invented ] the idea of cartoon violence" or say .... "the idea of M/F A/B/O" ????

    cactus ccactus c18 dagen geleden
  • Oh, Phil... we miss you... and your Lionel Hutz... :--*(

    Dane YoussefDane Youssef18 dagen geleden
  • Wait, the amendment song was for the Simpsons??? They showed that to us in 2nd grade to teach us about the amendment system. Obviously they omitted the violence 😂.

    georgia kimbellgeorgia kimbell18 dagen geleden
  • This episode also lightly pokes fun at the Walt Disney vs Ub Iwerks case. Iwerks designed the studio's first character Oswald the Lucky Rabbit and all the early Mickey Mouse characters including Minnie, Pete and Mortimer (Mickey's rival).

    B. ThayerB. Thayer18 dagen geleden
  • The Simpsons writers weren't paid enough in the 90s. One of the best series ever. I'd rather watch an episode from the 90s I've seen 6 times rather than an episode from late 00s onwards. For example, that episode where they went to Australia was hilarious. As an Australian and knowing most of those stereotypes were greatly exaggerated I still lmao at it.

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  • There should be Science Teacher reacts to Doctor Stone

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  • Fun fact - the Amendment singing in “Amendment to Be” is the actual voice of the Bill from Schoolhouse Rock’s I’m Just A Bill!

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  • "if there's one thing that America needs, it's more lawyers can you imagine the world without lawyers" Lionel hutz

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  • What a shot video haha

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