Party Down

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  • TV-14
  • 2009
  • 3 Seasons
  • 8.2  (37,091)

Party Down is a comedy series that aired on Starz in 2009, starring an ensemble cast headlined by Adam Scott, Jane Lynch, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Lizzy Caplan, Jennifer Coolidge, and Megan Mullally. The show follows a group of aspiring actors and writers who work for a Los Angeles-based catering company while waiting for their big break in show business.

The series is centered around the employees of Party Down catering, a company that caters to a variety of events from birthday parties, to weddings, and corporate events. The team consists of a varied group of personalities, all chasing their dreams of becoming successful actors or writers. Each episode follows the team as they navigate their way through different events, dealing with the eccentricities of various guests while trying to keep their catering duties running smoothly.

Adam Scott plays Henry Pollard, a former actor whose one successful catchphrase from a beer commercial has left him in a rut. Scott's character is the straight man of the group, the voice of reason in a sea of chaos. His dry wit and grounded sensibilities are the perfect counterbalance to the rest of the cast's more flamboyant personalities.

Jane Lynch plays Constance Carmell, an eccentric and high-energy team member who constantly reminds her co-workers that she was a sitcom star in the 80s. Lynch's character is a scene-stealer, bringing an infectious energy to every episode. She is both hilarious and endearing, and her interactions with the rest of the cast always leave viewers wanting more.

Ryan Hansen plays Kyle Bradway, a shallow, egotistical actor who constantly brags about his appearance and success. Hansen's character is often the butt of the joke, but his self-absorption and ridiculous antics make him a crowd favorite. His interactions with the other characters are always comedic gold, and his over-the-top enthusiasm for everything he does is infectious.

Martin Starr plays Roman DeBeers, a cynical and snarky writer who is constantly dealing with writer's block. Starr's dry delivery and sardonic wit are perfectly showcased in his character, who often spouts off cynical one-liners and critiques of the events they are catering.

Lizzy Caplan plays Casey Klein, a struggling comedian and aspiring Hollywood writer. Caplan's character is the most grounded of the group, and her budding romance with Scott's character provides the show with a grounded and relatable arc that keeps viewers invested.

Jennifer Coolidge plays Bobbie St. Brown, the company's wealthy and eccentric boss. Coolidge's character is constantly pushing the team to excel and will stop at nothing to make sure her events are the best in the business. Her over-the-top behavior and outrageous demands often drive the team crazy but provide viewers with some of the show's biggest laughs.

Megan Mullally plays Lydia Dunfree, a former actress turned caterer who often pops up to remind the team of her past celebrity status. Mullally's character is a scene-stealer, with her outlandish behavior and larger-than-life personality always leaving viewers in stitches.

The show's writing is sharp and the ensemble cast has outstanding chemistry. Each episode is a self-contained story, focusing on a different event that the team is catering. However, the underlying themes of chasing your dreams and dealing with failure permeate throughout the show, making it more than just a typical workplace comedy.

Overall, Party Down is a hilarious, sharply written comedy with a talented cast that delivers big laughs. While short-lived, the show has maintained a cult following and is often cited as one of the greatest comedies of the 2000s.

Party Down is a series that is currently running and has 3 seasons (28 episodes). The series first aired on March 20, 2009.

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Sepulveda Basin High School Spring Play Opening Night
6. Sepulveda Basin High School Spring Play Opening Night
March 31, 2023
Henry and the Party Down crew scheme to keep their latest party going all night.
Once Upon a Time Proms Away Prom-otional Event
5. Once Upon a Time Proms Away Prom-otional Event
March 24, 2023
Lydia, worried that daughter Escapade missed her childhood, plans a “prom” promotional event for her new movie. Meanwhile, Ron schemes to impress a studio PR bigwig who could make or break Party Down.
KSGY-95 Prizewinner's Luau
4. KSGY-95 Prizewinner's Luau
March 17, 2023
Hired to work a laid-back radio promotion luau in groovy Malibu, the gang decides to take mushrooms together and things get weird.
First Annual PI2A Symposium
3. First Annual PI2A Symposium
March 10, 2023
Ron, desperate to keep Party Down afloat, books an event for an extremely problematic group leading to complications for… everyone.
Jack Botty's Delayed Post-Pandemic Surprise Party
2. Jack Botty's Delayed Post-Pandemic Surprise Party
March 3, 2023
Party Down works a surprise party for movie star Jack Botty thrown by his studio exec girlfriend Evie, which turns weird when the team sees something they shouldn’t have.
Kyle Bradway Is Nitromancer
1. Kyle Bradway Is Nitromancer
February 24, 2023
Ten years later, Kyle Bradway has just landed his star-making superhero role. He hires Party Down to cater his celebration party, leading to welcome reunions and some unexpected surprises.
Where to Watch Party Down
Party Down is available for streaming on the Starz website, both individual episodes and full seasons. You can also watch Party Down on demand at Apple TV Channels, Amazon Prime, Amazon, Hulu, Vudu, Starz, Microsoft Movies & TV, Google Play and Apple TV.
  • Premiere Date
    March 20, 2009
  • IMDB Rating
    8.2  (37,091)