Wednesday, July 18, 2012

TV Series of the Month – Party Down

This month’s TV series is Party Down (2009-2010).

The comedy is about a group of actors and writers in LA trying to make it in the industry, but in the meantime they work for a catering company. The show was created by John Enbom, Dan Etheridge, Paul Rudd, and Rob Thomas (Enbom and Etheridge wrote on Veronica Mars, which was created by Thomas, and Rudd guest starred in an episode). The series has a fantastic comedic cast with Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Lizzy Caplan, Jane Lynch (season one), and Megan Mullally (season two). It also boasts a great guest appearance list highlighted by Kristen Bell, Ken Jeong, J.K. Simmons, and Steve Guttenberg. Airing on Starz during its run, Party Down is one of the funniest cable shows of the last decade (and probably one of the most unheralded). What works so well is that the comedy is these actors trying to make it having to deal with the almost dehumanizing mundane existence of menial unskilled labor and being treated essentially as lepers. I highly recommend checking it out for fans of Veronica Mars (at least the humor in VM) and series like Curb Your Enthusiasm, The Office and Extras. Check out the trailer.

Available on DVD and Streaming

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