I’ve been recommending this small TV show (a Starz original) to everyone recently, and now I am recommending it to you. I’d been hearing about it a lot, so when it suddenly came up on Netflix Instant Watch I instantly checked it out. And just like that I was converted. Not that I was against it in the first place or anything. I was convinced. Enchanted. Whatever, people, follow me blindly!
For those who haven’t heard of that of which I write, Party Down is a show following a catering company and it’s small band of heroes, all of whom are, of course, really trying to be actors, writers, and otherwise employed in the entertainment industry. That is, except for their fearless team leader, who just wants to be the best team leader out there…and to get through a night without puking, getting caught with his pants down, or offending the client. And to open a Soup N’ Crackers. What can I say, it’s a dream. Each episode follows one self-contained and clumsily-catered party, and the roster of special guests is pretty awesome, on top of the already awesome cast. Oh, and 5 or so episodes are directed by Fred Savage. Yes, this is what he’s been doing since Daddy Day Camp.
Besides the fact that that paragraph alone should have you reaching for your computer and Netflix account, here are…
10 Reasons You Should Totally Check Out Party Down!
1. It’s Bill!!!!!
That is to say, it’s Martin Starr, also known as Bill from Freaks and Geeks. I am sad to report that it took me something like two and a half episodes to realize why I knew this guy, but when I did, I shrieked with joy! It took my friend Carrie about two and half seconds. Shut up.
Anyway Martin Starr is always amazing and hilarious, plus his character is the cater waiter struggling to be a screenwriter, so maybe I’m just excited because I got all of his jokes.
2. Jane Lynch is amazing and…wait for it…different!!!
Jane Lynch is always pretty amazing, but I feel that she often gets pigeonholed into the same type of roles – the lesbian dog-training, Cheerio-coaching, slightly agressive and psycho roles – for which she has become known and loved. But I know she’s more than that and she proves it in Party Down. She’s not only really funny, but refreshing. And not just “Jane Lynch,” but her character.
3. The rest of the cast is amazing as well!
That may not sound like the most exciting section heading, but it’s true. With such a strong core group, they can throw them into truly crazy situations, and all of them are really talented comedic actors. And the cast includes that girl from Mean Girls (all growed up and pretty) and that guy from Wet Hot American Summer (it also took me a few episodes to realize why I knew Ken Marino).
4. Amazing guest stars too!
Over-usage of the word “amazing?” You decide. And yes, that so totally was the brother from Wings playing a Russian mafia soldier recently released from a murder sentence…with a lazy eye.
5. Tight episode structure. Tight writing. Tight…um…shirts (sometimes).
6. They go there.
It’s Starz, so there’s leeway for some swearing, indecent references, drugs, a porn star awards show party, and way too much puking. But I swear it’s all well done, including just the right amount to be fun. Well, maybe there’s a little too much puking. Mostly done by Ken Marino. Poor Ken Marino.
7. If somehow you are not gathering this from what I am writing, let me say it again – It’s funny!
8. It made me think of all the things that are good about The Office.
It’s filmed along the same vein, but not as a mockumentary. Which is not to say I don’t like a good mockumentary, just that it’s not exactly the same. No cameras following them, but it is reminiscent of the style of The Office. Plus, now that I’m thinking about it, it does have a cute girl and guy couple (whom you want to get together) being the voice of reason, while surrounded by a bunch of crazies. So there’s that too.
9. Did I mention Fred Savage directed this?
10. Short and sweet.
I was in the process of writing something here about how one good clean season is better than a long stretched-out storyline or a sophomore slump, when I discovered that our raggle taggle crew is going to be back for more! So, instead, my point will be that when you finish the show in love and wanting more, as I know you will be, there will be more episodes coming soon. Bring on Season 2!
(also, may I point out that I just used “raggle taggle” in a sentence? Word!)