Party Down

Party Down (Season 1): 10 episodes – follows a dysfunctional catering team of failed/upcoming Hollywood actors and writers. With most episodes having the team cater for a bizarre sub-set of society – pensioner dating / gangsters / porn awards ceremony – there’s plenty of material to work with. Every character serves a purpose; two of the team (Scott/Caplan) provide most of the drama – and there are some moments that really sneak up on you – whereas the rest serve up the laughs in abundance; everyone’s perfectly pitched with their own style of humour. Crucially, the writers have done a fantastic job of creating a well-written, fast-flowing, smart script, packed with wit that’s both genuinely funny and awkward in equal measures. Technically, there’s no frills, fads, or tricks which gives the show an air of plausibility that most comedies lack. The only real downside is that it’s not instantly lovable, and probably best enjoyed on your own – it’s quite dry, some of the subtle running gags take a while to pick out, and it takes an episode or two to properly tune in. Overall, I’ve gone from being unconvinced a few months back, to watching the entire season in 3 days. Party Down’s a bit of a TV gem, and with a movie being green-lighted, it’s clearly winning enough people over in the longer term!

Score: 7.5/10

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3 comments
  1. Eric said:

    Love this show. It’s a shame that it didn’t last very long, but at least we are (allegedly) getting a movie out of it!

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  2. bardlj said:

    I found this show through Adam Scott, and actor I personally enjoy, and It’s up there on my favorite shows that have gone off the air. I didn’t hear about a movie, though. Is that true?

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  3. Paragraph Film Reviews said:

    As far as I know the film is 100% confirmed, with everyone on board. 2013 release though, so it’ll be a loooooong wait.

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