Firstly, I’m disappointed no one here alerted me to Party Down. This thread is all we get? I had to be told about the show by a buddy who doesn’t even watch TV! But what a great find. Likeable cast, clever writing, short easily-watchable episodes, and just mean-spirited enough to prick.
I am totally in love with this show, not the least of which because it comes out of the gate stronger than any comedy I’ve seen, well, ever. The cast is awesome, the characters are oddly likable, and the scripts are painfully, painfully funny. Ken Morino should get a lifetime achievement award for the porn episode alone.
Seriously, it’s like an American Fawlty Towers. That’s how much I like it.
Yeah, the porn episode was pretty classic. Although I think I got the hardest belly laughs from the set-up and pay-off for the really big visual gags in the first two episodes: Ken Marino rubbing the stain out in the girl’s bathroom in episode one and the flag burning in episode two. God, it’s amazing how effective lowbrow can be when it’s well written and acted!
Also, Jane Lynch frightens me. Like, I have to sleep with the light on after I see her in something. So while I’m sorry to see her go, I can’t say I’m disappointed to get Jennifer Coolidge instead. Her laughing dolphins schpiel was much less scary than Jane Lynch making out with Ed Begley Jr. Oh god, now that I’ve brought that up, I’m going to have nightmares for the next week.
Not really, but maybe if you combined this show and Arrested Development.
Episode 10 was definitely the weakest of the season, it kind of seemed to meander and couldn’t decide whether it wanted to advance the plot or focus on the wedding. If we had to trade Lizzy Caplan for Kirsten Bell I think I could live with it, but I doubt that’s how it will end up.
I agree, the finale had the group split up with each character doing their own thing, so it lost the fun of the characters interacting. I wonder how they’re going to bring back the crew without having them all fail at their opportunities.
One minor complaint: where were the minorities on this show? Isn’t California one of the most diverse states in the country. I would expect on any real catering crew there’d be at least one latino and one Asian. They also didn’t cater anything like a quinceanera either. The only black people I remember are the extra in the first show who got offended, Rick Fox, and the rappers, all stereotypes.
The real joy of an ensemble cast is seeing how weird combinations of characters interact. The first season of Party Down had a little bit of this in the relationship between Jane Lynch and the blonde kid, where they started becoming pretty good friends. I’d very much like to see more of that in the second season.