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  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 20, 2009
  • Season #: 1 , 2
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  • Summary: Megan Mullally joins the second season of the Starz series about a group of caterers as Jane Lynch moves on from being a regular cast member.
  • Genre(s): Comedy
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. 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."
  3. 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.
  4. 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.
  5. It's at once a simple, R-rated office comedy about a bunch of people who would have nothing to do with each other if they didn't work together, and a pretty wicked satire of the quest for fame at all costs.
  6. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    80
    While things invariably and hilariously go wrong, Party Down’s appeal comes from the interplay of these endearingly delusional wannabes—now including Megan Mullally, replacing the irreplaceable Jane Lynch as a perky single-mom new recruit.
  7. Party Down, about a group of aspiring Hollywood types working as caterers, returns for a second season of stale jokes.

See all 12 Critic Reviews

Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 6
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 6
  3. Negative: 1 out of 6
  1. Jan 23, 2012
    10
    While the first season showed great promise, the writers and cast more than lived up to their potential in what turned out to be the funniest season of tv I've ever seen. Megan Mullally stepped in perfectly and ended up overshadowing her predecessor Jane Lynch; her performance in Nick DiCintio's Orgy Night was as painfully funny as any episode of Curb Your Enthusiasm or either version of The Office. Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan show great promise and chemistry together and provide just the right amount of dry wit and drama to keep the otherwise absurd show grounded. I can't wait for the movie. Expand
  2. Mar 11, 2011
    10
    I absolutely love Party Down. This show is so hilarious and I love the cast. The cast has great chemistry and are likable and fun. This show always keeps me laughing. You cannot be cancelled. This show is awesome and needs to be back on the air! Expand
  3. Oct 17, 2010
    9
    It's a shame this show was cancelled because it vastly improved on its solid first season to become one of last year's funniest shows on television. The loss of Jane Lynch meant the emergence of another comedy great, Megan Mulllaly, and allowed for the rest of the show's secondary characters to shine. Adam Scott was perfect and should have been Emmy-nominated, but at least he is on Parks and Rec. now. This show will be sorely missed. R.I.P. Expand
  4. Aug 28, 2010
    9
    Cosmically 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. Expand
  5. 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 unfortunate and surprising this was the end. 8.8/10 Expand
  6. Jan 29, 2012
    2
    This show's 2nd season is worst than the last I hated how they kept going with the I can't become famous in the media **** still trying to give a bleeding **** for these mostly losers. What I hated about this season is the fact that they made Ron dreams crash and burn and he ends up back at Party Down loser brigade, the indiviual catering stories went from being good to being raunchy **** ups that can't hardly past for decent storytelling, and Adam Scott's character being the leader of the Party Down group is just a huge blunder. One line truly struck me in this season was the fact that the Casey character said she got rejected in America's media for being too JEWEY and you know that's a loaded piece of crap because in American media being too Jewey will always make you famous because Jews run the American media so that's just one of the worst lines I have heard ever!!!!!!!! Although there were good points in this mostly a huge wreck of a season with the adding of the truly talented Megan Mullally to the main cast, the fact that Martin Starr's character Roman was finally put in his place and you know what it was by none other than Steve Guttenberg who has been over since the 80's so that's an extra treat to the character Roman for someone to have finally stuck it to him, The gay football player draft episode, and the return of Jane Lynch/Constance Carmell in the show's series finale which I think might have been the best thing of all in this entire season because that last episode's story was just PURE GENIUS. Collapse

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