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Just Shoot Me!: The Complete Series
A complete series collection of Just Shoot Me! arrives on
DVD for the first time much to the joy of fans. This series, which
for seven seasons, from 1997-2003 is a sitcom from executive producers
(The Departed, The Sopranos), Steven Levitan (Modern
Wings), and Bernie Brillstein (Ghostbusters, Alf), and it was created by Steven Levitan (Modern Family). The comedy tackles
through the exploration of the behind-the-scenes of a fashion
magazine. It's your typical fashion magazine covering the latest
fashion trends, beauty
tips, models, and dating advice, and the show is a comedic
spin on the
fashion world and the way magazines are created.
The series revolves around the
eccentric employees who work for Blush fashion magazine. One such
employee is Maya
Gallo (Laura San Giacomo), the daughter of the magazine executive Jack
(George Segal). Maya, upon losing her editorial job, goes to work for
Blush as head
of articles. Though the two have been apart for many years (and haven't
that close to each other) they begin working together (and reconnecting
other over the course of the series).
Maya's attempts to make the
magazine more "serious" with more in-depth articles and topics is met
with initial dismay from the others working for Blush. She starts to
all the writing for Blush. Her goal? To help shake up the fashion
Yet Maya finds it isn't all that
easy amongst her eccentric co-workers, including Nina Van Horn (Wendie
a ex-model turned fashion director at the magazine (overseeing the
magazine has on the latest trends, designers, and fashions), Elliot
(Enrico Colantoni), the magazine's main fashion photographer (who tends
the models), and Dennis Finch (David Spade), the secretary for magazine
Jack Gallo... though Finch acts more like a personal assistant who
Jack's personal matters (like selecting his golf clubs and ordering toy
often than business matters.
As the series revolves around a
fashion magazine, many episodes feature storylines revolving around the
industry. One particularly hilarious and classic episode features
Carvey as a world-renowned fashion designer Oskar Milos. Maya
insults his work and causes an issue with Milos withdrawing advertising
Blush magazine. As Maya try's solving the problem, the comedic
Milos become increasingly humorous.
One of my favorite episodes of the
series includes guest Mark Hammill (a.k.a. Luke Skywalker) playing
he goes about annoying Finch during his workday with stupid questions
back at him (and other Star Wars fans) for asking him non-stop Star
questions when meeting him. It's a classic episode and one which seems
funnier now that Star Wars and Luke Skywalker's saga is back.
noteworthy guest for the series was found in David Cross, who plays
DiMauro's obnoxious and troublemaking brother.
The series had a wide range of guests
(from famous comedians to celebrity models) with some highlights being
appearances from Tyra Banks, Gina Gershon, Carmen Electra, Steve
Odenkirk, George Lucas, Melissa Joan Hart, Ashton Kutcher, Judy Greer,
Lawless, Brooke Shields, David Hasselhoff, Megan Mullally, Fred
Kelsey Grammer (who narrates a special Christmas episode).
This is a high quality sitcom with
a lot of excellent aspects to the production behind-the-scenes. As a
fashion-centric TV series, it was important to have good fashion
throughout. Series costumes designed by Katie Sparks (Arrested
and Christy Ito (Who's the Boss?) are excellent for the main
The make-up by Bruce Grayson (NewsRadio) and hair styling by
Valdivia (NewsRadio) and Kim Urgel (Hot in Cleveland)
to the fashion-world sensibility as well. The cinematography by Stephen
Shank (Hell to Pay, 21 and a Wake Up) is better than
series of the same time period and the series always has a consistent,
quality look to the cinematography.
Just Shoot Me! is a
workplace comedy with funny dialogue throughout, entertaining
characters, and hilarious
situations. Created by Steven Levitan (Modern Family), Just
is a series that is often very funny, charming, and highly
wrote for the series alongside fellow head-writers Sivert Glarum,
Jamin, and Pam Brady. The writing team assembled for the sitcom did a
of poking fun at the fashion world while also being strong at having
characters explored. It is in a somewhat similar comedic style to Modern
Family but with the primary emphasis being more on co-workers at
Pamela Fryman (How I Met Your Mother,
directed 92 episodes of the series run. As head director, Fryman did
bring forth great charisma from the ensemble cast. This is certainly
one of the
greatest strengths of the series: the characters. The cast did a great
Just Shoot Me! and made such good contributions that it helped
be more enjoyable as a result.
For fans of television sitcoms, Just Shoot Me!
one of the more memorable and enjoyable series from its time-period.
made it memorable and engaging while the writing and directing helped
things entertaining. The series was a
strong sitcom effort which is worth revisiting because of the funny
and the offbeat cast. Whether or not one
is particularly interested in the fashion world, Just Shoot Me!
checking out for comedy fans.
Just Shoot Me! The
Complete Series arrives on DVD from Shout! Factory. The series is presented in the1.33:1 full
frame aspect ratio. This preserves the original television broadcast
presentation. Early episodes of the series look close to the original
releases so fans will be fine trading up to the new set: which has a
for a TV series of the era. The release has decent colors, clarity, and
for a show of its age. While it won't look as sleek as modern
do today it's still a good quality release which won't leave fans of
The DVD release includes standard English Dolby
stereo audio. This is a decent sound presentation which preserves the
sound design of the series. While it's not too flashy or exciting
surround sound) it sounds pretty decent for a sitcom series. The
clear and easy to understand. The sound effects and music are well
It's a average sounding sitcom sound mix but it never has disappointing
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Includes extras from Sony's
original season sets on DVD as follows.
Seasons 1 and 2 Extras:
Always in Fashion: A
Conversation with Creator Steven Levitan and The Cast of Just Shoot Me!
min.) features interviews with creator Levitan and cast members Laura
Giacomo, Enrico Colantoni, Wendie Malick, David Spade, and George
cast of the series reminiscences on some of their favorite episodes and
of the series. They also discuss their characters and roles on the
Featuring clips from select episodes.
Audio Commentary tracks
on the following episodes (with Creator Steven
Levitan and writing producers): Back Issues, Lemon Wacky Hello, King
and My Dinner with Woody.
Photo Gallery features
Blush issue covers featured during the series.
This is the first time the entire television
Shoot Me! has been available on DVD (and it still isn't on
services). For fans of the series, it's a great way to revisit the show
experience the comedic hijinks of these characters. Sony previously
the first 3 seasons on DVD but the rest of the series wasn't available
on DVD until
For fans of the series, getting it
all in one complete package is a
great thing. Some fans have been waiting on a release like this for
years. Shout! Factory has answered fans support with the complete series at last. A
for fans of the sitcom.
Neil Lumbard is a lifelong fan of cinema. He aspires to make movies and has written two screenplays on spec. He loves writing, and currently does in Texas.