After a busy day and lots of reading I often want to watch something without staying up too late – enter 30 minute comedy series for the perfect pick-me-up and distraction before dozing off.
In the past two weeks I started (and couldn’t help but finish) Party Down, a series that lasted two seasons in 2009-2010.
The cast of familiar faces includes Adam Scott (Parks & Recreation), Ken Marino (Eastbound & Down), Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr (Freaks & Geeks, Knocked Up), Lizzy Caplan (Mean Girls), Megan Mulally (Will & Grace), and Jane Lynch (Glee) who play a group of failed or aspiring actors trying to get by with a catering job for the company Party Down. Guest appearances by Ken Jeong (Community), Kristen Bell (Veronica Mars), and Jennifer Coolidge (Legally Blonde) bring additional humour along with a host of other familiar faces.
Each episode is at a new party, keeping things fresh and funny while still maintaining structure. Awkward social interactions, workplace apathy, team dynamics, and substance-use debauchery provide plenty of laughs throughout the series.
Ken Marino and Jane Lynch stand out as stars, bringing big laughs with impeccable timing, sincerity and poise. That being said, I can’t imagine the show without any of the team members. Their chemistry is fantastic and the experiences depicted will bring back memories for anyone who has worked long hours in the restaurant or retail industry as part of a team.
While it may have been cancelled before its time, it may have been for the best. The 20 episodes that were made are nearly perfect, with depth, continuity, and a great series finale that offers closure and symmetry, deviating only slightly from the “party per episode” formula, without feeling rushed or insincere.
I highly recommend watching it – especially since 8 of the other 10 TV series you watch are probably dramas.
Check it out if you haven’t already!