Search Party: Season 1 (2016)

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Search Party

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Search Party is an engaging, weird, dark, funny mystery elevated by exceptional performances throughout.

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Critic Ratings: 36

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User Ratings: 414

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Air date: Nov 21, 2016

Dory (Alia Skawkat) discovers her friend has gone missing and sets out to investigate in the series premiere of this dark comedy about four self-centered twentysomethings who gather together in the wake of their college acquaintance's vanishing.

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Air date: Nov 21, 2016

Dory has doubts that she saw Chantal the evening before, and a quirky real-estate figure claims she has the proof that Dory needs.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2016

The gang stirs up drama at Chantal's vigil, where Dory sets out to reveal information to Chantal's parents.

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Air date: Nov 22, 2016

A dinner party sours when Dory tries to get answers out of Chantal's intense former boyfriend.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2016

Dory meets a sightly private investigator, who guides her on a risky odyssey to uncover information about Chantal's personal life.

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Air date: Nov 23, 2016

Dory and the gang may be in over their heads when they tangle with a sinister cult connected to Chantal's vanishing. Also: Dory and Drew return home, only to find a threatening note.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2016

Dory makes a big connection in the case. Meanwhile, Drew faces a temptation; Elliott's integrity is challenged, upending his big charity launch; and Portia clashes with a star on a show's set.

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Air date: Nov 24, 2016

Elliott is exposed as a liar, so he turns to Drew for help, and Portia gets an opportunity. Also, Dory goes undercover with her boss and comes face-to-face with the main suspect.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2016

The gang creates chaos at Chantal's sister's rehearsal dinner. Meanwhile, the group may have to pay off an unexpected source for the scoop on Chantal's whereabouts.

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Air date: Nov 25, 2016

The crew heads to Chantal's possible location, but a terrifying connection floors Dory, leading to a disastrous turn of events. The Season 1 finale.

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In Season 1 of "Search Party," Dory (Alia Shawkat) discovers that Chantal Winterbottom (Clare McNulty) has gone missing and she makes it her mission to find out the truth about what happened to the girl she once knew. Enlisting her friends, Elliott (John Early) and Portia (Meredith Hagner), as well as her boyfriend Drew (John Reynolds), they quickly become wrapped up in the mystery surrounding Chantal. In addition, Drew finds himself falling for his fiery neighbor, April (Phoebe Tyers), behind Dory's back; Portia loses her starring role; and Elliot is revealed to be a charlatan.

Cast & Crew

John Reynolds
Drew
Brandon Micheal Hall
Julian
Griffin Newman
Gavin Rolf
John Early
Elliott
Charles Rogers
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Critic Reviews for Search Party Season 1

All Critics (36) | Top Critics (18)

That being said, Season 1 of Search Party has a strong voice that proves worthy of trusting up until its final seconds. It's engaging, thoughtful television, and whether or not it can sustain its unique tone isn't pertinent right now.

Nov 21, 2016 | Rating: A- | Full Review…
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One of the great charms of TBS' new surprise hit Search Party is in how believable it makes its cast of loveable awful schmucks.

Dec 14, 2016 | Full Review…

Uneven, intelligent, weird, sometimes funny (more often not) - and almost consistently engaging.

Nov 21, 2016 | Rating: B+ | Full Review…
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Wonderfully droll, the show fits the anti-aspirational trajectory that TV comedy from Seinfeld to Broad City has made so successful: no one hugs and no one learns.

Jul 31, 2019 | Full Review…

It's Shawkat, with her non-standard corkscrew hair and glorious profusion of freckles, who drives the show, bringing an intensity into Dory's most unfocused, unsure moments.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Search Party doesn't feel unreasonably mean-spirited, because the writers derive most of its humor from acts of pure cluelessness or turns toward the bizarre. When we laugh at a character, it's because he or she richly deserves it.

Nov 21, 2016 | Full Review…

Even though it's a comedy and a frequently savage satire of millennial-targeted entitlement, it's also an effective thriller, with perfect cliffhangers, great pacing, and moody cinematography to match.

Jul 26, 2019 | Full Review…

There are many small pleasures in Search Party that, if you're going to watch the show, deserve to be savored.

Oct 16, 2018 | Full Review…

Yes, it's dark... but most of the time, you'll be laughing because it's so dead-on.

Nov 18, 2016 | Full Review…

While it sometimes gives mixed messages, this unique and darkly satirical show boasts several great performances and an immensely watchable first season.

Nov 18, 2016 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

An often hilariously deadpan comedy series.

Nov 16, 2016 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

The pleasure of Search Party ... is the fracturing of the old idea that we all want to watch basically the same thing, which was mutually reinforced by the fact we were only ever offered that thing.

Aug 11, 2017 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Search Party: Season 1

  • Jun 27, 2020
    1 of my favorite shows. Such an addictive binge.
  • Nov 15, 2019
    John Early is everything! Such an original premise and innovative characters. It's a must see.
  • Sep 03, 2018
    It's hard to see the humour at first, through all that darkness, but after a couple of episodes, it is savage. There's no holds barred in it's criticism of modern narcissism, shallowness and fakery as this gang of self-absorbed twenty somethings play Nancy Drew. It's a must watch!
  • Aug 29, 2018
    Vapid, very unlikeable people. Prolonged exposure will certainly cause an ulcer. One episode is WAY more than enough.
  • May 22, 2018
    Show incrível, aclamado pela crítica e pelo público com 100% de aprovação, é engraçado (algumas vezes) e dá um ar de suspense, incrivel serie de místerio e sugiro a todos que assistam.
  • Mar 11, 2018
    An entertaining debut for this bittersweet satirical comedy, and a wonderful showcase for Shawkat's talent.
  • Dec 22, 2017
    As bingeable as it gets. If you love crime or mystery shows, get to watchin'.
  • Dec 17, 2017
    It's weird, but good.
  • Nov 28, 2017
    Casting a group of millenials in a Nancy-Drew-styled mystery might sound like a gimmicky idea, but Search Party's first season manages to be fun and engaging thanks to clever writing and an authentic look at the culture. Bearing several commonalities to the overlooked 2014 film Wild Canaries (which also featured star Alia Shawkat), Search Party works with its modest budget by possessing a strong degree of inspiration. While the mystery isn't overly complex, the ride getting there is enjoyable and rarely foreseeable, and the show's views on the mannerisms of Generation Y is winkingly accurate in a way that separates itself from Girls and Broad City. Ending on a really shocking note that puts one of the characters in a huge moral dilemma, here's hoping next season addresses this without sacrificing an iota of its affable spirit.
  • Nov 19, 2017
    So unique and special — captures a type of NYC millennial in a genuine way

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