10 Items or Less
- 3 Seasons
10 Items or Less premiered on TBS on November 26, 2006. The show, which focuses on the trials and tribulations of the owner of a small supermarket, ran for three seasons. It was cancelled on February 24, 2009. The show's cancellation was announced in November of 2008 and the show was wrapped up with a somewhat sloppy ending at the end of the third season. It still runs in syndication and is available on DVD and in a DVD box set. The show centers on Leslie Pool, played by John Lehr, and his attempt at managing a small supermarket after returning to his hometown after his father's death. He quickly gets to work as the manager of his father's grocery store, G&G. He is oblivious to the skills be essay to run a successful business. The lovable, if a bit inept, workers that are employed at G&G do their best to help Leslie feel his way through the world of small business ownership. The store is constantly at odds with the massive supermarket chains in the area and the chain store managers. The show touches on the economic climate of present day Middle America. The running theme of the chain stores trying to run the family operation out of business speaks of the current social climate and injustices of small business management. It also touches on the plight of human relationships. The improvised comedy touches deeply on the social issues affecting the United States during the shows run and still today. The show developed a cult following because of its filming style. The single-camera filming style and improvise d script set the show apart from others. The episodes which ran 22-minutes long were edited down from 30 hours of raw, improvised footage. The cast was merely handed a detailed outline and asked to improvise the episodes. During its run it was filmed in a supermarket in Reseda, California, not on a soundstage. The shows early cancellation for seemingly no reason angered many fans. A strong cult following of the show still exists over 4 years after it was cancelled.