Paternity tests have become a major part of daytime talk shows like Maury — which is why it was probably inevitable that a show would come along that merged the popular courtroom genre with babies, mamas and the men who may or may not be the father. The syndicated series Paternity Court (check local listings) follows family lawyer Lauren Lake as she administers DNA tests and rules on paternity cases. Lake, whose show was just renewed for Season 2, filled out our TV Guide Magazine "Watch My Show" survey to explain why we should adopt a Paternity Court habit.
TV Guide Magazine: I've got room in my life to watch just one more show. Why should it be yours?
Lauren Lake: Paternity Court is entertaining and empowering. The stories are real and the emotions are raw. The reaction to the "a-ha" moment of the DNA results is only one revelation. I also help our guests figure out how to move forward now that they know the truth.
TV Guide Magazine: Who should be watching?
TV Guide Magazine: What happens if we don't watch your show?
Lake: You miss out on the opportunity to be entertained and empowered by the courageous people that come into our courtroom to rid themselves of secrets and shame and learn their truth.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the best thing anyone has said or written about your show?
Lake: That we're their favorite show, the best show on television and that our ratings continue to soar.
TV Guide Magazine: What's the worst thing?
Lake: That they haven't had a chance to watch it yet.
TV Guide Magazine: What's an alternate title for your show?
Lake: Maternity Court, because we've found that many of the paternity secrets are the result of the mother's poor choices.
TV Guide Magazine: Give us an equation for your show.
Lake: Judge Judy + Maury + 1/2 Oprah + Two and Half Men
TV Guide Magazine: Come up with a premise for the spin-off.
Lake: Paternity Court: After the Results or Family Court.
TV Guide Magazine: If you weren't producing this show, what series would you most like to be an executive producer on?
Lake: A relationship makeover show.
TV Guide Magazine: Tell us an idea that didn't make it on to the screen.
Lake: We have caught people trying to lie to get onto the show.
TV Guide Magazine: Finish this sentence: "If you like _______, you'll love our show."
TV Guide Magazine: Pick another show, any show, to start a fake feud with.
Lake: We're just the "little show that could," so if any of the big boys and girls want feud with us... GAME ON!
TV Guide Magazine: What other show would you like to do a cross-over episode with — and how would that go?
Lake: Dr. Phil. After people hear the results, we and our behind-the-scenes staff work with litigants. But after that, Dr. Phil would give them a further dose of reality.
TV Guide Magazine: How will your show change the face of TV as we know it?
Lake: It brings a responsible angle to the issue of paternity and empowers families to use the truth as a starting point to begin to heal.