While television has been available since the 1920s, it would not become the main media venue or even popular until the 1950s.
The era from the late 1920s to the mid-1950s is commonly called radio's Golden Age.
In the mid-1930s, the Hauptmann trial sparked an upsurge of fascination with dramatized court shows wherein trials and hearings were acted out.
As radio fans were denied the vicarious thrill of eavesdropping on the actual courtroom trials, many turned to this venue of entertainment.
Court shows present content mainly in the form of legal hearings between plaintiffs and defendants presided over by a pseudo-judge.
Accordingly, by the end of the 2000s, the number of court shows in syndication had, for the first time, equaled the number of talk shows.
The beginnings of the court show genre are embedded in radio broadcasting, dating back to the mid-1930s.
By the late 1990s, however, arbitration-based reality shows had overwhelmingly taken over as the technique of choice within the genre, the trend continuing into the present.
Dramatizations were either fictional cases (often inspired from factual details in actual cases) or reenactments of actual trials.