Big Shot (TV series)

American sports dramedy streaming television series

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Big Shot
Big Shot (TV series) Title Card.png
Created by
Music byFil Eisler and Alexis Grapsas
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes10 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Tommy Burns
  • Jacquie Walters
  • P. Todd Coe
  • Alison Kelly
  • Michael A. Price
  • John David Buxton
  • Katheryn Rupert
  • Annie De Brock
Production companies
DistributorDisney Platform Distribution
Original networkDisney+
Original releaseApril 16, 2021 (2021-04-16) –
present (present)
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Big Shot is an American sports comedy-drama streaming television series created by David E. Kelley, Dean Lorey and Brad Garrett[1] for Disney+ starring John Stamos in the lead role.[2] The series premiered on April 16, 2021. In September 2021, the series was renewed for a second season.[3]


The series follows a temperamental basketball coach who is fired from his current job and ends up in an elite girls private high school.

Cast and characters


  • John Stamos as Marvyn Korn,[1] a temperamental basketball coach who coaches at Westbrook School for Girls in San Diego, California
  • Jessalyn Gilsig as Holly Barrett,[1] the Westbrook Sirens' good humoured down-to-earth assistant coach and a Biology teacher at the school[4]
  • Richard Robichaux as George Pappas,[1] the school counselor at Westbrook School for Girls
  • Sophia Mitri Schloss as Emma Korn,[1] Marvyn's teenage daughter
  • Nell Verlaque as Louise Gruzinsky,[1] the Westbrook Sirens' star player and point guard. The school's gym was named after her family.
  • Tiana Le as Destiny Winters,[1] the Westbrook Sirens' power forward. Having lost her father few years ago, she forms a bond with Coach Korn.
  • Monique Green as Olive Cooper,[1] a Westbrook Sirens' player who is obsessed with using social media. She doesn't come from wealth.
  • Tisha Eve Custodio as Carolyn "Mouse" Smith[1]
  • Cricket Wampler as Samantha "Giggles" Finkman,[5][6][1] the Westbrook Sirens' shooting guard
  • Yvette Nicole Brown as Sherilyn Thomas,[1] the no-nonsense dean of Westbrook School for Girls


  • Toks Olagundoye as Terri Grint, a political science teacher at Westbrook School for Girls who values academics over sports
  • Emery Kelly as Dylan,[7] Louise's best friend
  • Darcy Rose Byrnes as Harper,[8] an intense journalist at the school, Miss Goodwin's daughter, and Mouse's love interest
  • Dale Whibley as Lucas,[9] Louise's older brother and Emma's love interest
  • Kathleen Rose Perkins as Miss Goodwin, the drama teacher and drama club advisor at Westbrook School for Girls and Harper's mother
  • Daisha Graf as Angel,[9] Destiny's aunt who is secretly her biological mother
  • Damian Alonso as Jake Matthews, a Carlsbad Cobras and Olive's love interest
  • Camryn Manheim as Coach McCarthy,[9] the head coach of Westbrook Sirens' rival team Carlsbad Cobras
  • Keala Settle as Christina Winters,[7] Destiny's mother who is actually her aunt

Special guest stars


No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal release date [10]
1"Pilot"Bill D'EliaTeleplay by : David E. Kelley & Dean Lorey
Story by : David E. Kelley & Dean Lorey & Brad Garrett
April 16, 2021 (2021-04-16)
Marvyn Korn is a former NCAA Division 1 basketball coach who is fired when in a moment of anger throws a chair at a ref. Afterwards he is forced to accept a job coaching high school basketball at the all girls private Westbrook School. Korn meets both the straight laced headmistress Sherilyn Thomas and the good natured assistant coach Holly Barrett. He also meets the players including Destiny Winters, Samantha "Giggles" Finkman who has pseudobulbar affect, and the talented and cocky Louise Gruzinsky whom Korn suspends for back talk. Korn also runs afoul with Louise's father, Larry, who is a wealthy magnate and arranged Korn to get the job so he could train Louise. Korn later has an emotional talk with Louise who reveals her father is putting immense pressure on her to get a basketball scholarship to either UCLA or Stanford. Because there are scouts at the upcoming game, Korn allows Louise to dress for the game, but she cannot play and she'll fake an injury. During the game, by halftime, the team is down and during his speech, Korn reveals that he was a terrible player and his father was ashamed of him. At the end of the game, Barrett urges Korn to put Louise in the game and Korn agrees. Louise loses the game for the team disappointing her father. Thomas gives Korn some words of encouragement. At the end, it is revealed that Korn has a daughter with his ex-wife who left him because he became obsessed with his career.
2"The Marvyn Korn Effect"Bill D'EliaAlyson FouseApril 23, 2021 (2021-04-23)
Marvyn increases practice to two-a-days. Westbrook's intimidating English teacher, Terri Grint, who doesn't like Marvyn's presence at the school, schedules a mandatory class at the same time as Marvyn's pre-game practice. The issue is brought to Dean Thomas, who sides with Marvyn. Looking for a way to push back, Terri informs Sherilyn that Marvyn is holding two-a-day practices. School rules force Marvyn to go back to one-a-day practices. Marvyn complies with the rules, but when he tells the team they'll be returning to one-a-day practices, he doesn't explain why. Confused, the team, led by Louise, press Holly for a reason, and learn that it wasn't Marvyn's decision. The following morning, during Marvyn's daily jog, he sees the entire team, at the public basketball court, practicing with Holly. Knowing they did this to continue the two-a-day practice regime, he coaches the team unofficially, off campus. Later on, Marvyn tells his daughter that she can move to California with him.
3"TCKS"Ron UnderwoodCary BickleyApril 30, 2021 (2021-04-30)
4"Great in the Living Room"Bola OgunChris MarrsMay 7, 2021 (2021-05-07)
5"This Is Our House"Viet NguyenLeslie SchapiraMay 14, 2021 (2021-05-14)
6"Carlsbad Crazies"Ron UnderwoodJacquie WaltersMay 21, 2021 (2021-05-21)
7"Kalm Korn"Barbara BrownKim NewtonMay 28, 2021 (2021-05-28)
8"Everything to Me"Ron UnderwoodErin Weller & Kate HeckmanJune 4, 2021 (2021-06-04)
9"Beth MacBeth"Barbara BrownArielle DíazJune 11, 2021 (2021-06-11)
10"Marvyn's Playbook"Bill D'EliaWendy Mericle & John R. MontgomeryJune 18, 2021 (2021-06-18)



In October 2019, Disney+ ordered a ten-episode hour-long dramedy based on an original idea by Brad Garrett, who pitched the idea to David E. Kelley and developed it along with Dean Lorey. The trio along with Bill D'Elia were to executive produce with ABC Signature acting as the Production house. Lorey was to write the script and D'Elia to direct the first episode.[11][12] On September 2, 2021, Disney+ renewed the series for a second season.[3]


With the announcement of the series in October 2019 it was revealed that John Stamos had been cast in the lead role.[11] In late October, the casting of the series regulars were released, attaching Shiri Appleby as assistant coach and Yvette Nicole Brown as dean of the school, along with Richard Robichaux as George, Sophia Mitri Schloss as Emma, Nell Verlaque as Louise, Tiana Le as Destiny, Monique Green as Olive, Tisha Custodio as Carolyn 'Mouse' Smith, and Cricket Wampler as Samantha 'Giggles'.[5][6] In late January 2020, it was revealed that Jessalyn Gilsig had replaced Shiri Appleby as Holly to make the character a contemporary to Stamos' role.[4] On November 19, 2020, Keala Settle and Emery Kelly were cast in recurring roles.[7] On April 30, 2021, Camryn Manheim, Daisha Graf, and Dale Whibley were cast in recurring roles.[9] On May 13, 2021, it was reported that Darcy Rose Byrnes was set to recur while Marla Gibbs was cast to guest star.[8]


Principal photography for Big Shot began in November 2019[13] in Los Angeles.[14] In March 2020, production was suspended due to the COVID-19 pandemic.[15] Production for the series also shut down for a day in November after a COVID-19 test that resulted in being a negative,[16] and for the rest of 2020 in December after a COVID-19 test that resulted in being a positive.[17] Filming resumed in early January 2021, but was paused again at the end of the month after a second positive COVID-19 test.[18] Filming then resumed two weeks later. Production for the second season is scheduled to begin in 2022. [3]


The series premiered on April 16, 2021,[19] releasing weekly on Fridays.


Review aggregator Rotten Tomatoes reported an approval rating of 78% based on 23 critic reviews, with an average rating of 6.6/10. The website's critics consensus reads, "Big Shot struggles to find much new to say, but it boasts strong performances, a sweet disposition, and, with a little perseverance, could become a show worth rooting for."[20] Metacritic gave the series a weighted average score of 65 out of 100 based on 11 critic reviews, indicating "generally favorable reviews".[21]


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  8. ^ a b Porter, Rick (May 13, 2021). "Marla Gibbs Joins Disney+'s 'Big Shot' (Exclusive)". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved May 17, 2021.
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  12. ^ Sippell, Margeaux (October 30, 2019). "Disney+ Orders 'Big Shot' Dramedy Series Starring John Stamos". TheWrap. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  13. ^ Goldberg, Lesley (October 30, 2019). "David E. Kelley Dramedy Starring John Stamos Set at Disney+". The Hollywood Reporter. Retrieved November 19, 2020.
  14. ^ Oriel, Christina M. (April 14, 2021). "Fil-Am actress Tisha Custodio stars in new Disney+ series 'Big Shot' alongside John Stamos". Asian Journal. Retrieved April 16, 2021.
  15. ^ Thorne, Will; Aurthur, Kate (March 12, 2020). "All the Shows and Movies Shut Down or Delayed Because of Coronavirus but production will hopefully pick up by August 2020". Variety. Retrieved March 15, 2020.
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  17. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (December 14, 2020). "'Big Shot' Disney+ Series Shuts Down Production After Positive Covid-19 Test". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved December 14, 2020.
  18. ^ Andreeva, Nellie (February 4, 2021). "'Big Shot' Disney+ Series Pauses Production After Positive Covid-19 Test". Deadline Hollywood. Retrieved February 4, 2021.
  19. ^ "Disney+ Announces Premiere Dates for New Series "Big Shot," "Star Wars: The Bad Batch," Marvel Studios' "Loki," "The Mysterious Benedict Society," "Monsters at Work," "Chip 'N' Dale: Park Life," and "Turner & Hooch"" (Press release). Disney+. February 24, 2021 – via The Futon Critic.
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  21. ^ "Big Shot: Season 1". Metacritic. Red Ventures. Retrieved May 17, 2021.

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