• Network: NBC
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 4, 1997
Season #: 7, 6, 5, 4, 3, 2, 1
Metascore
66

Generally favorable reviews - based on 24 Critic Reviews

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 16 out of 24
  2. Negative: 1 out of 24

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Critic Reviews

  1. Detroit Free Press
    Reviewed by: Mike Duffy
    Jul 23, 2013
    100
    Sharp, sophisticated and laugh-out-loud funny. [3 Mar 1997]
  2. Newark Star-Ledger
    Reviewed by: Alan Sepinwall
    Jul 23, 2013
    90
    Fresh, sharp and screamingly funny. [4 Mar 1997]
  3. Pittsburgh Post-Gazette
    Reviewed by: Robert Bianco
    Jul 23, 2013
    80
    While no one would put his new show in the 'Frasier' class just yet, it's certainly a cut above the other sitcoms coming your way this week. [4 Mar 1997]
  4. The Hollywood Reporter
    Reviewed by: Irv Letofsky
    Jul 23, 2013
    80
    The nicely cast ensemble is formidable, but the driving power is the wit and freshness of the writing. It snaps, crackles and pops. [4 Mar 1997]
  5. Deseret News
    Reviewed by: Scott D. Pierce
    Jul 23, 2013
    80
    It's witty - even laugh-out-loud funny in spots - with a good cast and a good premise. [3 Mar 1997]
  6. Seattle Post-Intelligencer
    Reviewed by: John Levesque
    Jul 23, 2013
    75
    "Just Shoot Me" reminds me of the inspired ensemble work of "NewsRadio," a show most of the American viewing public ignores. It still has rough edges and tries a little too hard in tonight's episode, but some of the writing approaches the cleverness of "Frasier." [4 Mar 1997]
  7. Newsday
    Reviewed by: Marvin Kitman
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    "Just Shoot Me" is Moliere compared to "Suddenly Susan" and producer Brillstein-Grey's other hit, "The Naked Truth." The writing is sharper, the targets in the worlds of fashion, journalism and TV news are hit more frequently, and it is funnier. [10 Mar 1997]
  8. San Diego Union-Tribune
    Reviewed by: Robert P. Laurence
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    A promising, solidly crafted comedy series. [3 Mar 1997]
  9. Chicago Tribune
    Reviewed by: Steve Johnson
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    Spade's character... could grow quickly tiresome, but San Giacomo has a nice touch with comedy and the feminist in the halls of fashion is a promising premise. [3 Mar 1997]
  10. Cleveland Plain Dealer
    Reviewed by: Tom Feran
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    "Just Shoot Me" has some heart and smartness, and it shows a solid sense of how to build a series. [4 Mar 1997]
  11. St. Louis Post-Dispatch
    Reviewed by: Gail Pennington
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    In addition to the laughs (and Spade, in appropriately small doses, is especially funny), the opener of "Just Shoot Me" includes a touching scene between father and daughter that gives us the necessary understanding for both these characters. [4 Mar 1997]
  12. Variety
    Reviewed by: Tony Scott
    Jul 23, 2013
    70
    Promising ... The comic timing by limber Malick and by SNL's Spade, Segal's nifty interp[retation] of Gallo, the warm self-assurance of San Giacomo and a bright premise concocted by Levitan and director MacKenzie add up to something worth checking out. [4 Mar 1997]
  13. Dallas Morning News
    Reviewed by: Ed Bark
    Jul 23, 2013
    67
    It's unlikely anyone will be racing home to watch it. What we have here is a B-minus comedy that you can take or leave. Sort of like Wings. No harm done. No chill-bumps either. [3 Mar 1997]
  14. Reviewed by: Tom Gliatto
    Jun 26, 2013
    67
    Spade... can deliver an insult with such grace and precision it's like watching Fred Astaire dance with a prop
  15. Reviewed by: Ken Tucker
    Jun 12, 2013
    67
    Shoot's debut episode was smart, funny, and whiplash fast. ... Watching two subsequent episodes, though, I was dismayed to see how quickly Shoot deteriorated.
  16. New York Daily News
    Reviewed by: Eric Mink
    Jul 23, 2013
    63
    The chemistry among cast members holds enormous promise for comedy that's sometimes silly and sometimes sophisticated. [4 Mar 1997]
  17. USA Today
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jul 23, 2013
    60
    Uninspired but competently workmanlike. [4 Mar 1997]
  18. Baltimore Sun
    Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    Jul 23, 2013
    60
    Too many characters quip too wise, but San Giacomo has a nice way with a line, David Spade plays a good unctuous photographer and Segal is his normal exasperating self. [4 Mar 1997]
  19. Orlando Sentinel
    Reviewed by: Hal Boedeker
    Jul 23, 2013
    60
    Tonight's premiere traffics in strident put-downs before turning sticky. This show with a split personality needs analysis, not reviewing. [4 Mar 1997]
  20. Chicago Sun-Times
    Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    Jul 23, 2013
    50
    A long shot to return in September... It won't be missed. [4 Mar 1997]
  21. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    Jul 23, 2013
    50
    It's an enigma, at the very least uneven.
  22. The New York Times
    Reviewed by: John J. O'Connor
    Jul 23, 2013
    40
    "Just Shoot Me" does score passing comic points, but all too seldom. [4 Mar 1997]
  23. Boston Globe
    Reviewed by: Renee Graham
    Jul 23, 2013
    40
    Given how starved the show is for laughs, it's hard to believe that it was created by Steven Levitan, who established himself as a writer for such superior programs as "Frasier" and "The Larry Sanders Show." Add in the considerable comedic talents of George Segal and David Spade, and the failure of "Just Shoot Me" becomes even more troubling. [4 Mar 1997]
  24. Boston Herald
    Reviewed by: Elaine Liner
    Jul 23, 2013
    38
    There's some appealing energy and certainly adequate acting talent in "Just Shoot Me," but it lacks originality. [3 Mar 1997]

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