Nominated for 7 Golden Globes and 6 Emmys, including Outstanding Writing for a Comedy Series, Just Shoot Me is among the top cutting-edge situation comedies of the late-1990s and early-2000s.
The NBC original series is the brainchild of talented creator Steven Levitan, writer for such celebrated TV shows as Wings (1990), The Larry Sanders Show (1992), and Frasier (1993) – among others. Featuring a multi talented cast with a dearth of experience in the world of show business, Just Shoot Me is one of the funniest and best-written sitcoms of its time.
Just Shoot Me follows the exploits of an eccentric staff of professionals working in the New York offices of the fictional “Blush” magazine (similar to “Cosmo” in real life).
The series begins when Maya Gallo (Laura San Giacomo), the only child of Blush magazine owner and editor Jack Gallo (George Segal), gets fired from her job as a serious journalist and picks up as a writer for Blush magazine.
Aiming to make the magazine more “cerebral,” Maya is constantly butting heads with her by-the-numbers, give-the-masses-what-they-want father.
Maya must also face the incessant sarcasm of Jack’s personal assistant Dennis Finch (David Spade), the constant advances of womanizing photographer Elliott DiMauro (Enrico Colantoni), and the veracious neuroses of ex-model, turned fashion editor Nina Van Horn (Wendie Malick).
Together, the strange amalgam of dysfunctional characters forms a charming, witty, and often hilarious setting in which to set the world of fashion on fire.
The Just Shoot Me DVD features a number of hilarious episodes including the series premiere “Back Issues” in which a recently unemployed, broke, and quite desperate Maya Gallo seeks employment from the person and company she’d least like to work for – her father at Blush magazine.
Now, Maya must not only contend with her estranged father, but with numerous fellow employees who fear that her presence will diminish their own influence and prospects for advancement within the company.
Other notable episodes from Seasons 1 & 2 include “Lemon Wacky Hello” in which Jack returns from China with an exotic candy for everyone in the office to try, but they realize much too late that the candy is laced with a hallucinogenic drug, and “The Kiss” in which a harmless kiss, prompted by their pretending to be married, leads to bigger things for Maya and Elliott’s relationship.
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