• Network: Starz
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 20, 2009
Season #: 1, 2
Metascore
84

Universal acclaim - based on 12 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 10 out of 12
  2. Negative: 0 out of 12
  1. 100
    Though it takes a while to integrate a new character played by Megan Mullally, Season 2 confidently builds on the successes of Season 1, and from about Episode 5 onward, "Party Down" takes is place as one of the most consistently entertaining shows on television.
  2. Reviewed by: Archana Ram
    100
    It's the sarcasm (see: Adam Scott), smart dialogue, and refreshing take on the workplace comedy that make the somewhat depressing premise a totally raucous party.
  3. Reviewed by: Diane Werts
    100
    Party Down took awhile to jell, but it has hit its stride as one of TV's most finely observed comedies.
  4. 100
    Even though Party Down features a steady flow of absurd jokes and funny situations, it still offers more of a consistent, realistic, lively story than dramedies like "Weeds," "The United States of Tara" or "Glee."
  5. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    90
    A top-flight cast, including Lizzy Caplan and Martin Starr (and this season, Megan Mullally, stepping in for Lynch), who make the show's scripts play like improv. Above all, the show's ambition to be both raunchily funny and emotionally real to characters who are watching their dreams get older one day at a time.
  6. Reviewed by: Paige Wiser
    88
    The rest of the original crew is back, in varying degrees of denial, cluelessness, incompetence and narcissism. They have been missed.
  7. Reviewed by: Adam Keleman
    88
    The storytelling gifts of writer-producer Rob Thomas, the creator of another under-seen show, Veronica Mars, prove innumerous, as these wholly original, vital characters practically bleed insecurities, coming off as tenderly funny and human.
User Score
8.6

Universal acclaim- based on 62 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 6 out of 7
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 7
  3. Negative: 1 out of 7
  1. Aug 28, 2010
    9
    Cosmically depressing and absurd, this "Catering for Godot" drips with despair even as you are crying with laughter. "Party Down" makesCosmically depressing and absurd, this "Catering for Godot" drips with despair even as you are crying with laughter. "Party Down" makes "Office" and "Parks & Recreation" settings look like dream workplaces for the shiny happy people. Full Review »
  2. May 11, 2015
    9
    More brilliance from the Party Down crew. Great guest stars too. Can't really fault this show, except that maybe some of the episodes aren'tMore brilliance from the Party Down crew. Great guest stars too. Can't really fault this show, except that maybe some of the episodes aren't as strong as others, but it's so rare, it hardly rates a mention. Full Review »
  3. Sep 30, 2013
    9
    The writing remains strong, the cast still the lovable outcasts we grew to know. In season 2, everything jells so smoothly it's unfortunateThe writing remains strong, the cast still the lovable outcasts we grew to know. In season 2, everything jells so smoothly it's unfortunate and surprising this was the end. 8.8/10 Full Review »