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'''''Just Shoot Me!''''' (1997-2003) was an Creator/{{NBC}} WorkCom about Maya Gallo, a highly qualified but difficult-to-work-with journalist, who, after alienating one news anchor too many, is forced to take a job with the trashy ''Cosmopolitan''-esque fashion magazine run by her estranged father Jack Gallo. Originally focusing on the father-daughter bonds, it quickly became a workplace ensemble piece with supporting characters Dennis Finch (the dad's personal assistant) and Nina Van Horn (an ex-model turned writer for the magazine) taking over as the main characters of the series.

Notably predated ''UglyBetty'' (as well as ''YoSoyBettyLaFea'') and ''Literature/TheDevilWearsPrada'' with the premise of a non-materialistic woman working for a shallow magazine. Was ultimately canceled due to ExecutiveMeddling and being bounced around the schedule, though it managed to serve up a GrandFinale.

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!!This show provides examples of:

* AdamWesting[=/=]AsHimself: [[{{Goodfellas}} Ray]] [[FieldOfDreams Liotta]] as Kevin's [[RecurringCharacter cousin]].
** [[StarWars Mark Hamill]] shows up as...Mark Hamill. Fanboy Finch drives him nuts with endless questions about the ''Star Wars'' movies.
* AesopAmnesia: Maya repeatedly learned that she was subject to the same foibles as everyone else. Then completely forgot this lesson by the next episode.
* TheAllegedBoss: Jack.
* AllPartOfTheShow: Maya's costume party. Her neighbour, Professor Gladstone, dies suddenly, and everyone assumes he's an actor playing a character.
* BenevolentBoss / PointyHairedBoss: Jack vacillates between the two. Despite his sometimes being in conflict with his employees, a flashback episode reveals that each of the main characters were hitting RockBottom before Jack discovered their talents and hired them and he does care for each of them.
* BerserkButton: Elliot doesn't react well when you criticize his work
* BiggerIsBetterInBed: Subverted with Finch, who happens to be unusually well-endowed, but is such a sicko that no woman will give him the time of day (to the immense relief of his male co-workers).
-->'''Jack:''' It's a story as old as time. Great product, bad sales department.
* BookDumb: Nina.
* BreakoutCharacter: Dennis Finch.
** To a far lesser extent, Nina.
* BritishRockstar: Simon, Nina's boyfriend in the final season.
* BunnyEarsLawyer: Everybody of the main cast, despite all of their quirks, they're very good at their jobs.
* ButtMonkey: Originally defined by his [[TheCasanova womanizing]], Elliot gradually morphs into the show's punching bag.
** Nina is often the victim of a conspiracy by Elliot and Finch to make a fool of her. Often these attempts backfire and Nina (usually unwittingly) comes out on top.
* TheCasanova: Elliot, but Finch later becomes one, often at inopportune times.
* ChekhovsAshes: In "Bye Bye, Binnie". Nina carries around the urn of her best friend's ashes, acting as if she were still alive. One morning she finds the urn empty and realizes that putting it in the mechanical bull at a bar was maybe not the best idea.
* ChristmasCarolers: In one Christmas episode Nina gets caught in the elevator with some carolers, so she threatens them with a fake gun to get them to shut up.
** Later in the episode, Jack and Maya decide to take the stairs just to avoid said carolers.
* ChubbyChaser: One of Maya dates is stealthily trying to make her gain weight. Once the jig is up, the boyfriend tries to entice Maya with promises of never having to diet again (which humorously causes Maya to rethink it for a second). "OK, fifty pounds and I'll buy the stretch pants!"
* ChuckCunninghamSyndrome: Maya's roommate, Wally, who disappeared after the first seven episodes.
* ComicallyMissingThePoint: Jack and Simon order a pizza from a place that has to deliver within 4 minutes otherwise they get it for free. Jack bribes the doorman with $100 to stall the delivery guy. So basically he paid $100 for a pizza.
* CoolBigSis: Nina would sometimes play this role to Maya and/or Finch.
* CreatorBreakdown: In-universe. In one episode, Maya dates the puppeteer behind a popular children's show. A panda {{Expy}} of Maya soon appears and each real-life date is somehow reflected on the show (such as the panda hogging all of the pizza). It gets so out of hand that Maya assaults him on live television.
* {{Crossdresser}}: Nina spends en entire episode fretting about the auction of her famous bikini, which a Japanese businessman wants to turn [[BlatantLies into a museum piece]]. At the end, we see the businessman dressed in her bikini while dancing to disco music.
* DeadpanSnarker: All of the main cast, but Dennis Finch is the primary example.
* DidYouSeeThatToo? "Dog Day Afternooon":
-->'''Dennis:''' Is that a dog?
-->'''Nina:''' Oh, thank God! You see it, too.
* DistractedByTheSexy: Various men around Nina. She does it on purpose.
* DoesThisRemindYouOfAnything
* DontLookAtMe: Finch, when he cries over ''Theatre/KingLear''.
* DudeNotIronic: In "When Nina Met Elliot", after Nina realizes that she was the one who ran Elliot over that day he was going to propose to her girlfriend, the following exchange occurs:
-->'''Nina''': You know what's ironic? The same day I ran Elliot down, is the same day I ruined his life forever.\\
'''Maya''': That's not ironic, that's what happened!\\
'''Nina''': So true.
* EmbarrassingMiddleName: Dennis Quimby Finch. He lied that it was Eastwood to his wife, and after she knew the truth he still lies about it being "Irish for brave warrior."
* EroticDream: In the first season, Maya has a sex dream about Elliot and he ends up having one about her as well.
* ExpansionPackPast: Nina. A separate page would be required to list all the examples.
* {{Fanservice}}: The ''Blush'' covers that are shown between scenes.
** Also, the setting is a fashion magazine and often features real-life supermodels as guest stars.
* FawltyTowersPlot: A lot of episodes were like this. Finch fixes everything, since he's the world's greatest assistant.
* FurAndLoathing: Parodied a few times.
* FurBikini: Nina wore a leopard skin bikini years before, and is still proud of the [[DistractedByTheSexy accidents the billboards caused]].
* TheGhost: Nina's friend Binnie.
* GloryDays: Nina and Jack sometimes lament their best times.
* GoodAngelBadAngel: Subverted. Finch wouldn't get a good angel.
* HairTodayGoneTomorrow: Elliot, in a flashback to his fateful meeting with Jack.
-->'''Jack:''' '''I''' know hair, and [[DramaticIrony that flock of yours isn't going anywhere!]]
* HiredForTheirLooks: Maya does an experiment for an article in which she sends two people to interview for the same job, one extremely qualified but homely-looking, the other a handsome but dim-witted model. The model gets the job, as Maya predicted, but she also ends up falling in love with him.
* HollywoodHomely: In-universe, Maya in the first season. Afterwards, the writers realized how foolish an idea this was.
** Even so, they were still able to get mileage out of the general idea, since Maya is the [[HotLibrarian Wrong Kind Of Pretty]] in the world of fashion.
* HotLibrarian: Maya; while she does dress fashionably, she's ''far'' more sartorially conservative than the rest of the female cast.
* HowTheCharacterStoleChristmas: Finch, of course.
* {{Hypocrite}}: [[StrawFeminist Maya shills her feminist ideals repeatedly]], yet she dates hunks and womanisers, respectively rewarding them for getting by on their looks and objectifying women.
* HypocriticalHumor: Jack waxes poetic about how people are like snow cones - we're all made of the same stuff, but underneath the syrup, "we're all ''equally'' delicious!"
-->'''Elliot:''' --But blue's the best.
-->'''Jack:''' ''[shrug]'' Well, blue ''is'' the best.
** "I think it's pathetic. Guys bragging about sleeping with models. I mean, you don't hear me bragging and I've slept with hundreds."
* IWasQuiteALooker: Nina's legendary bikini billboard is reported to have caused many a car pileup.
* ImmuneToDrugs: Nina, seemingly.
* ImpossiblyAwesomeMagicTrick: Nina dated a stage magician who managed to hide tickets inside an unpeeled banana... that Finch brought from home... from across the room. Finch was more squicked out than anything else.
* InflationNegation: An episode had a landlady who was apparently so far behind the times that she charged ridiculously low prices for her apartments, resulting in her tenants doing all her shopping for her to prevent her from catching on. At the end, it turned out that she was secretly in on it.
* InterchangeableAsianCultures: Elliot drives away an advertiser by mistaking him for a Chinese food delivery guy.
-->"I AM '''''JAPANESE!!'''''"
* IntoxicationEnsues: Lemon Wacky Hello was the former TropeNamer.
* IThoughtEveryoneCouldDoThat: [[BiggusDickus Finch]].
-->'''Jack:''' So, you've never compared yourself to other guys?
-->'''Finch:''' Only guys in pornos. I just figured I was... a little bigger than average.
-->'''Elliot:''' ...You son of a bitch.
* ItsACostumePartyISwear: Maya is tricked into dressing up for Halloween, when no one else was. Nina is wearing a leopard print coat, but forgot it was Halloween.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: All of the main cast, they all have some jerkish qualities and snark at each other, but they always look out for one another and come through for each other when push comes to shove.
* {{Jerkass}}: Elliot's brother Donnie who faked having an accident and pretended to be slow when he was 18 so everyone would do everything for him and when he's caught in the act, he ends up scamming Elliot out of $50,000.
** Chris from "Maya Stops Thinking" told Maya he was a doctor so she'd sleep with him, then said he'd be going to Spain so that he wouldn't have to start a relationship with her. He's outed the next day when Jack hires him as a writer, but convinces Maya to sleep with him again because he's that good. Turns out he's also got a fiancee.
** Amy from Season 6 seemed like a model employee on paper, but in reality [[BitchinSheepsClothing she was a two-timing social climber who emotionally manipulated everyone but Nina for her own personal gain.]]
* KavorkaMan: Finch. Elliot, depending on how attractive you consider him to be.
* LadyDrunk: Nina
* LenoDevice: Finch appears on Jay Leno after falling into a gorilla pen on Secretary's Day. Another time, Ray Liotta, who used to date Maya, appears on Jay Leno several times throughout the episode talking directly to Maya.
* LetThePastBurn: In-universe example: this is how Dennis' student film ''The Burning House'' ends.
* TheLoinsSleepTonight: Elliot gets this once, when he tries to deny the fact that he and Maya accidentally got married.
* TheMasochismTango: "You're calling from the cage, aren't you?"
* ManlyTears: Finch in reaction to ''Theatre/KingLear''. "Don't look at me!"
** When Finch, Elliot, and Jack watch ''Film/BriansSong''.
* MassiveMultiplayerScam: When Finch wanted to show Maya how to pull off real pranks.
* MayDecemberRomance: Jack has a habit of this. Fortunately, he goes after legal aged girls.
* MistakenForGay: Finch's old-fashioned firefighting father concludes that Dennis is gay and makes an embarassing show of acceptance. It's with some discomfort that he realizes that while Dennis is straight, one of his [[StraightGay more traditionally masculine]] brothers isn't.
** He was even mistaken for lesbian by a gay woman.
* MisunderstoodLonerWithAHeartOfGold: Kevin, he has some creepy qualities when it comes to women, but for the most part he's a nice guy with really low self esteem.
* {{Mondegreen}}: Nina and Elliot get into an argument about whether the lyrics of their favourite blues song are "Stone for my pillow" (because the singer is sleeping in the street) or "Slow, foamy killer" (referring to malt liquor). Finch later tries to convince them that it's "Cold armadillo", but he's just messing with them.
* MrsRobinson: Nina often sleeps with men half her age. She ''is'' a former supermodel, after all.
* NewTechnologyIsEvil: In one episode, Elliot buys a digital camera, and mentions its features to anyone within earshot.
--> '''Jack:''' Is that a new camera?
--> '''Elliot:''' It sure is. Completely digital. Has an 8000-pixel viewfinder and an 18-bit filter.
--> '''Jack:''' What does that mean?
--> '''Elliot:''' I'm not sure, but it sure is shiny.
--> '''Jack:''' [[SarcasmMode That's comforting coming from our head of photography.]]
** And later:
--> '''Elliot:''' Check this out. 1,200 by 900 dpi.
--> '''Maya:''' What does that mean?
--> '''Elliot:''' You know, it's digital, it's a very complicated process. I don't have time to explain it.
--> '''Maya:''' You don't know, do you?
--> '''Elliot:''' You open it up and there's no film, Maya!
* NoCelebritiesWereHarmed: The original pitch for the series was Creator/JaneaneGarofalo getting stuck in a waiting room with a model with whom she has nothing in common. Garofalo later became the template for Maya's character.
* NobodyLovesTheBassist: In one episode, Nina keeps reminiscing about the "magical weekend" she once spent with the lead singer of a famous rock band. When she discovers that she actually slept with the bassist, she is horrified.
* NoodleIncident:
--> '''Nina Van Horn:''' Dennis, I need Baxter the intern to run an errand for me.
--> '''Dennis Finch:''' The last time he did that he ended up in a Mexican prison.
* NotEvenBotheringWithAnExcuse: Dennis excuses himself from listening to one of Nina's stories with:
-->"Oh, I just remembered: You're boring, and my legs work."
* NotSoAboveItAll: Maya, from falling for a guy based on appearance, to wearing a [[EverythingsBetterWithPrincesses "Fairy Princess"]] dress for Halloween.
* ObfuscatingDisability: Elliot's brother Donnie pretended to be mentally disabled since he graduated from high school to avoid responsibility.
* ObfuscatingStupidity: What "Slow" Donnie does.
* OddFriendship: Nina and Elliot. Although they snark at each other endlessly, they are fairly similar and tend to enjoy themselves a great deal.
* OutWithABang: Of a sort-Nina sent a man into cardiac arrest by flashing him.
* PaintballEpisode - "War and Sleaze"
* ParentalAbandonment: One of Maya's major problems throughout the series is that Jack was a really horrible father when she was growing up and was never ever around. There's quite a few moments throughout the series where Jack lets her down.
* ParentalSubstitute: Jack is this for Dennis. There's many moments where Dennis gets upset because Maya or someone else gets attention that he wants.
* PerfectlyCromulentWord: An episode has Finch and Elliot giving Nina, who's trying to build up her vocabulary prior to an Creator/{{NPR}} appearance, a "word-a-day" calendar consisting entirely of these as a prank.
* PimpedOutDress: Maya wears one, wearing a [[PrincessesPreferPink pink fairy princess dress]], when she thinks everyone else is [[ItsACostumePartyISwear dressing up for Halloween]].
* PuppyDogEyes: Maya attempts to do this to Finch, but it doesn't work.
-->''[Maya makes the Puss-In-Boots eyes]''
-->'''Finch:''' ''[disturbed]'' Are you gonna throw up?
-->'''Maya:''' No... this is my "cute" face!
-->'''Finch:''' If you promise not to do that anymore, I'll help you.
* ReTool: A minor tweaking in the final season, including the addition of a new female character, Vicki.
* ReallyGetsAround: Nina.
* RefugeInAudacity: A speech Jack stumbles upon while looking for Maya's boyfriend's puppet show.
--> I'm CharltonHeston. TedKennedy's car has killed more people than my gun.
* RunningGag: Jack playing around with a new gadget every few episode or two and it somehow ending badly.
* ScrewTheRulesIHaveMoney: Jack uses his vast influence to blacklist Elliot, rendering him unable to order a drink at the bar or even hail a cab - all because Elliot wouldn't give up his last cannoli. Elliot at last agrees to fork over the dessert, but not before [[IAteWhat scrubbing it with his tongue]].
* SexyCoatFlashing: A model does this to Finch when they are dating.
* ShoutOut: Jack comments on firing his previous limo driver, who kept mumbling "[[TaxiDriver Someday a real rain will come and wash all this scum off the streets.]]"
* SoapboxSadie: Maya. Often leading to HypocriticalHumor on her part.
* StagingAnIntervention: For Dennis, who has been dating a woman who keeps humiliating him but he can't get himself to leave her. Nina, who apparently has been in the receiving end of some interventions, is glad to be in on the other side of one.
* StalkerWithACrush: [[AbhorrentAdmirer Kevin]] for Nina
** [[DevotedtoYou Ray Liotta for Maya]]
* SuperSenses: Finch has "an ear for certain words"; like "nude", or "g-string". He's capable of hearing them from literally miles away.
* ThemeTune
* TheReliableOne: Dennis Finch. No matter what happens during the episode, he can fix it. There's a reason he's been Jack's right hand man for as long as he has.
* {{Transsexual}}: Dennis' childhood friend Bert who moved to Colorado when they were 12 came back into Dennis' life as an adult in Season 5 named Brandi and was played by Jenny [=McCarthy=]. Dennis found it difficult at first to accept them but after talking to Maya, it was like old times. Until Dennis tried to make a move and Brandi makes it clear that they're LikeBrotherAndSister. Dennis wasn't sure at first how to handle the attraction, but he accepted how he felt.
* UglyGuyHotWife: Finch, who was married to Adrienne Barker at the end of Season 3 and they divorced early Season 4 when it turned out they had nothing in common.
* UnwantedGiftPlot: In one episode, Finch has to try to get rid of a handmade vase Jack gave him. Knocking it over by "accident" fails to work, it's just that strong.
* [[VitriolicBestBuds Vitriolic Co-Workers:]] All of the main cast is this, despite their tendency to snark at one another endlessly, they often help one another out.
* WelcomeEpisode
* WhileYouWereInDiapers: Nina tries this on a younger model, but the model wasn't even born then, and Nina freaks out.
* WholePlotReference:
** A Christmas episode had Dennis fulfilling the role of [[Literature/HowTheGrinchStoleChristmas The Grinch]].
** Another episode had Jack as Theatre/KingLear, with Maya as Cordelia, and Elliot and Nina as Goneril and Regan.
* WillTheyOrWontThey:
** Elliot and Maya for a few seasons. Before the writers realized no one cared, and a romance didn't gel with the ComedicSociopathy of the show. As such, Elliot promptly has a panic attack as soon as he proposes to Maya, and that's the end of that.
** Finch and Nina for one episode.
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