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A show that works in moments-you can't get a cast this talented together and not produce some interesting moments-but never develops a rhythm.
In short, a lot is very right with Get Shorty, which may well come calling again during next year's awards season.
The dark humor and bursts of bloody action will satisfy some viewers, but the pacing is so leisurely and the characters are such sad sacks that Get Shorty can feel like a chore.
The Epix series is a dark comedy told at the length of a traditional drama. That it works as all three is why it works at all: This Get Shorty isn't like the others.
No one forgets a title like Get Shorty, meaning that a remake or an adaptation will always be conspicuously recognised as exactly that.
Get Shorty on the whole feels like it's trying too hard to balance the darkness and whimsy of the story, and to extend it across a whole season.
The sustaining joke of the show, though, is the still effective tug of a shabby Hollywood promise, filmed in appealingly faded hues, where even certain death might be avoided with the right movie pitch.
The yawning gap between the characters' fantasies and grim reality is what drives all of Leonard's thrillers.
This series is as fun as it is brutal and as charming as it is revolting. That makes it a killer of a new series.
The showbiz material is pretty thin, and much of the series takes place in dusty desert locations, focusing on tired crime-drama devices.
You almost wish these actors could reunite in a different project that could offer them some fresh storytelling... and not be tethered to a reboot that exactly no one was clamoring for.
Audience Reviews for Get Shorty: Season 1
Feb 09, 2021Actors are great! Such a variety of amazing talent in this show, but this has the typical triple Hollywood treatment - smoking (including vape and weed), porn, and anti-Christian (rag on Mormons). Dialog is kind of slow too, could be much funnier with less visual storytelling and more dialog.
Dec 23, 2020Really good all around. Not sure why I hadn't heard more about this series before.
Nov 18, 2020A shame this did not get more love. Get Shorty is just brilliant.
Jan 25, 2020A truly magnificent show. Chris Dowd was born to play this part.
Jan 18, 2020Best show since breaking bad.
Dec 16, 2019Get Shorty was a satisfying surprise. Chris O'Dowd was great, he was able to convincingly play both a loving family man as well as a gangster, and I also found myself rooting for Sean Bridgers' Louis Darnell character and wanted to see him really assume the writer he was pretending to be. I loved how this show focused on the theme of "fake it till you make it" and that pretty much a character's identity is whatever they choose it to be, I also liked how minor characters would be affected and start to change based off the things people would say or do to them. I liked Amara's backstory episode and I felt like she had a couple good moments in the season, but she got really boring by the end and I hope they do something more interesting with her next season. Ray Romano had some good moments as well but seemed a little underutilized. I felt like this season was a great introduction for these characters and I can't wait until season 2.
Nov 20, 2019Absolutely love this show! Anxiously awaiting news of a 4th season!!
Nov 17, 2019Still for me the best show on television now. Great writing, great acting and great character development. The show has some really dark scenes but they typically are surprising and always helpful in telling the story.
Dec 22, 2018Best show in a long time! So much better than a lot of the crap on TV! Great acting! Great storytelling and belly aching laughs!
Dec 18, 2018Staid up till 5am watching it. Awesome series. Highly recommend.