I was a little worried about using this when I have a lot of ESL students in my class, but it turns out that even those who are still learning English have a fascination with Judge Judy! This discovery made it a snap to teach them the importance of textual evidence in their explanatory writing. I created a PowerPoint to explain the guidelines for the format as well as the prompt, each one with a picture of Judge Judy's reaction. My students started calling me Judge Fiddle by the end of class, but they worked together to gather evidence as a pre-writing exercise. How have you used popular culture to teach a class?