Party Down: Season 2 (2010)


Season 2
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Party Down's second season further entrenches the show's status as an astute and acidic comedy gem.



Critic Ratings: 13


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User Ratings: 98

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Air date: Apr 23, 2010

Ep 201 'Jackal Onassis Backstage Party' As the struggling new Party Down team leader, Henry is forced to juggle an incognito rock star, the return of of Ron Donald and Casey, the girl who broke his heart.

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Air date: Apr 30, 2010

Ep 202 'Precious Lights Pre-School Auction' Having trouble letting go of his leadership position, Ron and Henry clash at a fundraiser where parents will do anything to get their kids into an exclusive elementary school.

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Air date: May 7, 2010

Ep 203 'Nick Dicintio's Orgy Night' Catering an orgy proves to be the wrong place for Ron to deal with his recent breakup. Roman seizes the opportunity to help the host create the ideal orgy atmosphere....SAP

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Air date: May 14, 2010

Ep 204 'James Ellison Funeral' The funeral of a patriarch goes awry when the deceased's mistress arrives to pay her last repects. Kyle is mesmerized by the possibility of learning the blues from a real bluesman.

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Air date: May 21, 2010

Ep 205 'Steve Guttenberg's Birtay' At his own birtay, Steve Guttenberg volunteers to turn his party into a writing workshop when he overhears Roman and writing partner Kent discussing their script....SAP

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Air date: May 28, 2010

Ep 206 'Not On Your Wife Opening Night' At a community theater, the onstage farce trickles into real life as Kyle promises to help his old mentor by romancing a wealthy female patron with the funds to save the theater....SAP

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Air date: Jun 4, 2010

Ep 207 'Party Down Company Picnic' Competition is the word of the day as Ron competes for a job at the head office, Casey for best all around at the events and Roman and Kyle compete with Val Halla catering.

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Air date: Jun 11, 2010

Ep 208 'Joel Munt's Big Deal Party' Roman is less than thrilled when he discovers the party is being thrown by his 'sell-out' writing partner who hired him to rub his face in the sale of his new spec script.

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Air date: Jun 18, 2010

The gang caters a draft-day party for a star college quarterback, who winds up going unselected, and rumors go round about Casey and Henry having something to do with it.

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Air date: Jun 25, 2010

The Season 2 finale features the return of Constance (Jane Lynch), who is getting married to a well-to-do older gentleman. She hires the gang to work the affair, which leads to conflict between the bride and Lydia, who took her catering job. Meanwhile, Kyle's band, Karma Rocket, is scheduled to perform at the event.

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Tv Season Info

The sophomore season of the comedy "Party Down" finds Henry (Adam Scott) in charge of the crew after Ron (Ken Marino) leaves to become his own boss, but he finds self-employment more difficult than expected and longs to return to his old job. Meanwhile, Lydia (Megan Mullally) joins the staff in order to earn a living while she tries to turn her teen daughter into a superstar.

Cast & Crew

Ken Marino
Ron Donald
Megan Mullally
Lydia Dunfree
Lizzy Caplan
Casey Klein
Ryan Hansen
Kyle Bradway
Martin Starr
Roman Debeers
Adam Scott
Henry Pollard
June Diane Raphael
Danielle Lugozshe
Michael Hitchcock
Bolus Lugozshe
Aaron Hill
Cole Landry
Matt Walsh
Larry Duckett
Rachel Harris
Marguerite Tayler
Ben Mankiewicz
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Critic Reviews for Party Down Season 2

All Critics (13) | Top Critics (10)

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 23, 2010 | Full Review…

The world of Party Down - and the bizarre smaller worlds the waiters travel to each week - is so entertainingly silly that the show deserves a chance to try going on without its leading man.

Apr 23, 2010 | Full Review…

Party Down took awhile to jell, but it has hit its stride as one of TV's most finely observed comedies.

Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: A | Full Review…

This comedy not only features great jokes and dynamic dialogue but also rolls out provocative stories week after week, thanks to the depth of the show's central premise.

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

The writing, which simulates the illusion of off-the-cuff improv while being, by all accounts, tightly scripted, has been matched flawlessly to the individual comic talents of what is an exceptional cast.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

It's not like anything else on TV.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Party Down is a hilarious tribute to the broken-down yet ever-striving characters that sit on the Hollywood sidelines.

Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 3.5/4 | Full Review…

The rest of the original crew is back, in varying degrees of denial, cluelessness, incompetence and narcissism. They have been missed.

Apr 23, 2010 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

What are you waiting for? Get the party started.

Apr 23, 2010 | Full Review…

The comedy never quite lifts into giddiness, but there are lots of solid, unexpected laughs. And isn't that cause for celebration?

May 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Party Down's strength lies within its wide range of characters. They each represent a different subset of the Hollywood dream, but they also each manage to go behind their face-value archetypes and form an utterly impressive whole.

May 15, 2018 | Full Review…

There is not a single episode in Season Two that is not funny and well written, and not one that isn't also pretty depressing.

May 15, 2018 | Rating: 7/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Party Down: Season 2

  • Jun 25, 2020
    Can't believe I didn't know about this show until June, 2020! Fun watching all these characters we know from other shows mesh (or not mesh) into this hilarious band of misfits. Loved season 1, just started season 2, disappointed that it only lasted that long (but understandable, given the particulars).
  • Jan 27, 2016
    From seeing him in The State, Wet Hot American Summer, Role Models, Eastbound and Down, Children's Hospital and Party Down, I can easily say that Ken Marino is one of my favorite comedic actors. This short series is a showcase for his talents....A gem of show!
  • Aug 26, 2015
    So perfect it hurts.

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