Party Down: Season 1 (2009)

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Season 1
Party Down

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Before shows about struggling actors were done to death, there was Party Down.

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Critic Ratings: 29

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User Ratings: 86

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Episodes

1
Air date: Mar 20, 2009
2
Air date: Mar 27, 2009
3
Air date: Apr 3, 2009
4
Air date: Apr 10, 2009
5
Air date: Apr 17, 2009
6
Air date: Apr 24, 2009
7
Air date: May 1, 2009
8
Air date: May 8, 2009
9
Air date: May 15, 2009
10
Air date: May 22, 2009

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Tv Season Info

The first season of the comedy series "Party Down" introduces us to a catering company consisting mostly of struggling actors and other misfits. Each episode finds the motley crew working a different gig, and often ending up in embarrassing situations with the clientèle. The main character is Henry (Adam Scott) who became famous for a beer ad that kept him from getting further work as an actor. He and his co-workers – which include the young comic Casey (Lizzy Caplan), wannabe superstar Kyle (Ryan Hansen), and the judgmental aspiring writer Roman (Martin Starr) --wrestle with their own problems, and often butt heads with their domineering, blowhard boss Ron (Ken Marino).

Cast

Adam Scott
as Henry
Jane Lynch
as Constance
Megan Mullally
as Lydia Dunfree
Jennifer Coolidge
as Bobbie St. Brown
Rob Corddry
as Gary Guttenberg
Maddy Curley
as Megan Linderman
Marilu Henner
as Pepper McMasters
Kristen Bell
as Uda Bengt
Mather Zickel
as Guy Stennislaus
Enrico Colantoni
as Gordon McSpadden
Alona Tal
as Heather
Ken Jeong
as Alan Duk
Kathleen Parker
as Woman in Hotel Room
Richard Fancy
as Gerald Lynch
J.K. Simmons
as Leonard Stiltskin
Brett Stimely
as Dan Wisner
Joey Lauren Adams
as Diandra Stiltskin
Rick Fox
as Himself
Daran Norris
as Tony Carolla
Martin Yu
as Hong Kong Playah
Rico Bueno
as Man in Hallway
Bruno Oliver
as Middle Manager
Derek Basco
as Filipino Sous Chef
Allison Scagliotti
as Taylor Stiltskin
Adam Bitterman
as Security Guard
Bix Barnaba
as Man in Wheelchair
Kevin Hart
as Dro Grizzle
Hillary Straney
as Jena Diego
Jean St. James
as Woman in Dress
Christine Nguyen
as Woman Contestant No. 1
Josh Gad
as Jeffrey Ells
Jennifer Manley
as Steve's Assistant
Osa Danam
as Armenian Mafia Wife
Andy Siegel
as Party Guest
Angelina Bulygina
as Woman Contestant No. 2
Beth Dover
as Cramsey/Lisa
Dan Sachoff
as Indifferent Husband
Andrea Lwin
as Party Goer
Daniel Yabut
as Marty Pong
Jeff Parise
as Coke Guy
Casey Durkin
as Woman in Skirt
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Critic Reviews for Party Down Season 1

All Critics (29) | Top Critics (17)

All of the characters are misfits, and the pleasure of Party Down is watching the actors riff off one another as they go to extremes.

Mar 20, 2009 | Full Review…

A very funny series that any cable channel would be lucky to have.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Underlying the caustic observations about Tinseltown superficiality is a genuine understanding of the combination of hope and bitterness that comes with unrewarded talent.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Party Down's appeal lies in its acute understanding of actors as insecure extroverts, writers as bashful narcissists, and unfulfilled artists of all types as quick-draw cynics.

Apr 24, 2018 | Full Review…
Top Critic

The warning bell is that since the team begins as caricatures, the show could become a string of situation jokes.

Mar 20, 2009 | Full Review…

Even with its more foolish characters, the show makes a case-comical but still resonant-that underneath the ill-fitting button-down caterer's shirts and pink elastic-band bow ties are real people.

Sep 18, 2019 | Full Review…
Top Critic

Somehow these gifted Party Downers have combined utopian dreams with merciless satire, and not shorted either one.

Oct 31, 2018 | Full Review…

"Party Down" is the far superior series to that watered down and tarted up Dr. Katz.

Jun 18, 2018 | Full Review…

Like many shows, it took a few episodes to hit its stride. Now, the show is genuinely funny and filled with terrific writing.

May 17, 2018 | Full Review…

The combination of talented, clever writers mixed with a group of humorous and fairly underrated actors has given me another excuse to call up my cable provider and subscribe to Starz.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: 4.5/5 | Full Review…

One of the best TV pilots ever produced.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: 9.5/10 | Full Review…

Party Down is definitely worth more than a look.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Party Down: Season 1

  • Dec 30, 2019
    What a hidden gem! I just happened to see the DVD cover and noticed some of my favorite comedians were on it. I checked out both seasons and was thoroughly entertained by this comedy series that left me wanting more.
  • Sep 04, 2019
    Parks & Rec stole Adam Scott or this show could have gone on for years. Still wish they would have tried to keep it going without him.
  • Aug 04, 2019
    One of the best shows around. An easy watch with a star-studded cast.
  • Jan 27, 2016
    Hell of a great show, very funny, so sad to see it only last two seasons. Very underrated. Lizzy Caplan is extremely attractive, Martin Starr and especially Ken Marino are scene stealers.
  • Jul 22, 2014
    Are we having fun yet?

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