Country of origin United States
First episode date 27 November 2006
Composer(s) Steven Argila
Original language(s) English
Final episode date 24 February 2009
|Created by Nancy HowerJohn LehrRobert Hickey|
Starring John LehrBob ClendeninJennifer Elise CoxGreg Davis Jr.Chris Payne GilbertKirsten GronfieldChristopher Liam MooreRoberta Valderrama
Cast John Lehr, Chris Payne Gilbert, Roberta Valderrama, Bob Clendenin, Greg Davis Jr
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10 Items or Less is a partly scripted, partly improvised American comedy series created by Nancy Hower, Robert Hickey and John Lehr. It starred Lehr as a less-than-successful businessman who returned home to run Greens & Grains, the family-owned supermarket, upon the death of his father.
The series debuted on TBS on November 27, 2006.
During its first season, the program aired Monday nights at 11 p.m. ET/PT. The second and third seasons aired on TBS Tuesday nights at 11 p.m. ET/PT.
In November 2009, a blog posting stated the show had been cancelled, and would not be picked up for the fourth season.
In 2015 the series was available on Crackle.
Apology 10 items or less
The series stars John Lehr as a failed New York City businessman who moves back to his hometown of Dayton, Ohio to take over the family supermarket following the death of his father. The show is set in the fictional supermarket known as Greens & Grains, located at 5th Street and Tiberius.
A detailed script is written for each episode outlining the overall story arc. However, this script is not shown to the actors; instead they are provided with a loose outline of the plot, often finding out about it as they film. All dialogue is improvised spontaneously by the actors on the set. A typical 22-minute episode will be edited-down from roughly 30 hours of raw improvised dialogue and scenes. John Lehr describes their production style as "similar to Spinal Tap."
The series is filmed in a real grocery store called "Jon's" in Reseda, California (formerly Vons), often with actual customers used as extras.