Process Servers in Entertainment

By September 6, 2012 July 14th, 2014 One Comment

While we know what we see on the television or in the movies generally is not the most accurate representation of the process serving profession, it’s still interesting to see the number of them which involve a process server. We thought it would be interesting and fun to put together a list of some process servers in entertainment. Check it out!

Serving Sara

An entire movie where the star is a process server! This romantic comedy stars Matthew Perry, Elizabeth Hurley and Bruce Campbell. The plot line involves a where a process server (Matthew Perry) is given the assignment to serve Sara Moore (Elizabeth Hurley) with divorce papers. Through a series of serving laws and mishaps, the two eventually fall in love.

Pineapple Express

One of the more popular movies of our time containing a process server in the main role, Pineapple Express is the comedic story of Dale Denton (Seth Rogen), a 25-year-old process server who witnesses the dangerous drug lord and corrupted cop, Ted Jones (Gary Cole) and Officer Carol Brazier (Rosie Perez) committing murder.

All Worked Up

The majority of process servers are well aware of this show, whose portrayal of the day to day actions of a process server tend to be extremely off the mark and exaggerated. As far as entertainment goes however, it seems to be doing a good job as the show is about to enter its 5th season.

In the show, Bronx process server Bryan McElderry is followed as he serves individuals.  Here’s an example of one of his many episodes:

The Lucy Show

Process servers in entertainment are nothing new. Back in 1964 Lucy, on The Lucy Show, was hired by an attorney as a process server. During an attempt to serve an individual, in regular Lucy style she winds up as a stowaway aboard a cruise ship scheduled for a 28 day trip.

We’re In the Money

Going even further back than the days of The Lucy Show, there was a little known movie from 1935 which Ginger Stewart and Dixie Tilton pose as two process servers.  The two friends want to quit, but they’re offered a thousand dollars to serve four subpoenas in a breach of promise suit against rich C. Richard Courtney. Little does Ginger realize, C. Richard Courtney and her mysterious park bench boyfriend ‘Carter’ are one and the same.

Bit Parts

Process servers occasionally make their way onto the screen in the form of supporting characters or smaller parts. For example, The Good Wife on CBS featured a process server in an episode this year whose attempts to serve and confirm identity were misconstrued as a dating attempt.

We’re looking forward to seeing the next movie or tv shows that stars a process server!  Know of any others?  Share them with us below!


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  • Gail Goley says:

    I love Bryan McElderry and my boyfriends brother has been causing all sorts of trouble the sheriff was unsuccessul in serving him and now we are on our own and dont have much time. Hes smacked up pur cars for no reason and we have a restraaing order that needs to be served before April 3rd.is there any way to make this happen. Hes been in and out of the system and been served with stay away orders before and has been hard to catch

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