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When Just Shoot Me debuted on NBC on a Tuesday night (following Frasier) in 1997, the spirited sitcom had the feel of an instant winner. The casting alone was an inspired blend of talent from uniquely interesting sources: George Segal, the veteran actor best known for comic performances in such 1970s film classics as Blume in Love and California Split, was certainly overdue for a hit. Laura San Giacomo, a strong and intriguing presence for a decade in a number of key movies (sex, lies, and videotape, Pretty Woman) promised good things as the series' lead player. Wendie Malick, the former model turned ubiquitous supporting player on the likes of NYPD Blue and Seinfeld, had left an especially indelible impression on HBO's long-running comedy series Dream On. Finally, David Spade, fresh from his great ride as a Saturday Night Live cast member, brought a version of a popular SNL character (Dick Clark's supercilious receptionist) to Just Shoot Me, playing the haughty assistant of Segal's magazine publisher.
The show's premise was fresh, too, and the nice thing about revisiting JSM's first two seasons is realizing how well the whole enterprise holds up. Giacomo stars as serious-minded journalist Maya Gallo, fired from her job as a television newswriter after sabotaging a clueless, on-air anchor. Desperate for work, Maya turns up at the offices of Blush, a women's fashion monthly published by her estranged father, Jack (Segal). Maya reluctantly takes a job writing sex quizzes and similar dreck for Blush, but it's the snippy and vainglorious crossfire between the magazine's staffers, and between Maya and Jack, that makes JSM so much fun. Malick's aging diva, Nina Van Horn, alternately lashes out and unburdens her soul in a failing bid to remain vital in a youth-obsessed culture. Self-centered Jack offers Maya a father's long-delayed love--albeit on his terms. Spade's Dennis Finch chases leggy supermodels around the office like a pathetic loser in junior high. Another cast member, Enrico Colantoni, is very good as the likable but impulsive, womanizing photographer Elliot DiMauro, who becomes an increasingly important player as he and Maya develop feelings for one another in season two. Somehow Just Shoot Me never quite lit up NBC's primetime stable of hit sitcoms, but it did respectably well and now looks even better divorced from its television competition. --Tom Keogh
We have been waiting SO long. Don't understand why they bothered to put 1 and 2 out there if only to stop. Frustrating......
This is a great show - good writing!
Seasons 1 & 2 are great!
One of my favorite shows of all time!
But where are seasons 3,4,5,6,7
Looks like good old Sony has bought up another show and dropped... Read more
can't get sick of this DVD, it's really funny!! I suggest this to anyone looking for a good laugh.
Does anyone know if the remaining, or any other sesaons of Just Shoot Me... Read more
Nina is my favorite character on the show. Samples of Nina's wisdom that will give you a belly-ache laughing:
NINA: One of the people I've always admired is Gore Vidal. Read more
I love Just Shoot Me, it was one of the better sitcoms out there. And I'm happy it is on dvd, however towards the last few seasons the show got really stupid. Read morePublished on June 20 2004 by Candace Bennett
got the DVD, the shows alright, but I hate the sony entertainment logo showing up after every single episode,annoy the hell out of me... Read morePublished on June 11 2004 by nick