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  • Series Premiere Date: Sep 9, 1996
  • Season #: 1
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  • Starring: Matt Borlenghi, Christine Taylor, Merrin Dungey
  • Summary: The half-hour comedy inspired by the independent feature film of the same name stars Christine Taylor as Mary, the toast of the New York party scene. There is only one place in the city where Mary feels seems to be out of her element-The New York Public Library, where she works. TormentedThe half-hour comedy inspired by the independent feature film of the same name stars Christine Taylor as Mary, the toast of the New York party scene. There is only one place in the city where Mary feels seems to be out of her element-The New York Public Library, where she works. Tormented by her godmother and boss, Judy, Mary is challenged to master the madness of the Dewey decimal system. With the help of friends, and in spite of her bitter, disgruntled co-worker, Wanda, Mary sets out to conquer all. Expand
  • Genre(s): Comedy
Score distribution:
  1. Positive: 5 out of 16
  2. Negative: 6 out of 16
  1. Reviewed by: Tom Shales
    May 20, 2014
    80
    Full of snap and sass -- and actual laughs, too -- and one wonders whether it's safe to become attached to it. [9 Sept 1996, p.]
  2. Reviewed by: Howard Rosenberg
    May 20, 2014
    80
    A funny gala of fresh, cleverly bent whimsy and endearing lightness that brings out the burlesque best in Christine Taylor, allowing her to far exceed her campy neo-Marcia in two movie revivals of "The Brady Bunch."
  3. Reviewed by: Robin Dougherty
    May 20, 2014
    63
    In this comedy, rowdy young woman gets a job in a library, and finds she likes it. [9 Sept 1996, p.1C]
  4. Reviewed by: Ann Hodges
    May 20, 2014
    42
    Aside from Kurtz, everything else in this makeover is about the same. That's not good.[9 Sept 1996, p.1]
  5. Reviewed by: Miles Beller
    May 20, 2014
    30
    More manufactured silliness than genuine comedy; Party Girl is a theme in search of laughs. Once again TV borrows from a big-screen film, with Party Girl appropriating the premise of the motion picture of the same name. Yet whereas the film had a loose-limbed loopiness to it, a quirky affability that imparted to its actions something greater than the sum of its parts, the video Party Girl largely lacks wit or snap, and the effort generally amounts to a lackluster pastiche of shticky kitsch.
  6. Reviewed by: Lon Grahnke
    May 20, 2014
    25
    Silly misadventures. [9 Sept 1996, p.39]
  7. Reviewed by: Chris Kaltenbach
    May 20, 2014
    20
    According to the laugh track, this is one seriously funny half-hour. Obviously, it knows something I don't. This isn't a sitcom, or even a comedy with a plot; it's a series of mostly lame one-liners. It's a comedy that mistakes smirks for laughs. Bet you don't even crack a smile. [9 Sept 1996, p.6D]

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