Get Shorty ~ a great three season series

.‘Get Shorty’ is an American crime comedy-drama television series. Created by Davey Holmes, the show is based on the 1990 novel of the same name by American crime fiction writer Elmore Leonard, which was adapted into a film, also called ‘Get Shorty’, in 1995. While Leonard has written several novels since the 1950s, a special mention goes out to his 1992 novel Rum Punch which, in 1997, was adapted by the brilliant Quentin Tarantino into his award-winning movie ‘Jackie Brown’.

Get Shorty Plot: What is it about?

Interestingly, while ‘Get Shorty’ is based on Elmore Leonard’s 1990 novel, it does not borrow any characters or any plotlines from the novel. The only thing it borrows is the novel’s premise of a hardened gang enforcer looking to ditch his life of crime in favor of a career in the film industry. Understandably, the show has been described to be more of an homage than an adaptation of the novel.

‘Get Shorty’ i.e. the show tells the story of career criminal Miles Daly who tries to get away from his life of crime for the wellbeing of his daughter Emma. He tries to do this by making a movie with B-list Hollywood producer Rick Moreweather, laundering money through the film in the process. 

As the show progresses, Miles’ attempts to get clean gets complicated when his relationship with Rick starts to splinter, and the FBI comes poking around. Rick agrees to wear a wire to aid the FBI’s investigation, led by special agents Clara Dillard and Ken Stevenson, into the criminal organization Miles came from. This, of course, complicates things for Miles, and what ensues is much hilarity and drama.

Season 3 starts with the release of Miles Daley from prison. Once out, Miles settles into his assistant job at Budd E. Boy Productions, arousing suspicion and fear in Laurence. Miles also starts doing business with the cartels, while helping his daughter’s friend evade the vengeance of a dangerous gang. In the season finale, Miles is questioned by detectives who are investigating into a supposed suicide. Rick, meanwhile, connects with a long-lost friend and finds comfort at a very ‘loving’ commune.


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