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Party Down: Season 1 (2009)

Adam Scott , Ken Marino , Rob Thomas  |  NR |  DVD
4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr
  • Directors: Rob Thomas
  • Producers: Paul Rudd
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Color, NTSC, Widescreen
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 2.35:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Starz / Anchor Bay
  • DVD Release Date: April 6, 2010
  • Run Time: 168 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (80 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0033WH6MW
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #10,542 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Party Down: Season 1" on IMDb

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Audio Commentary by Executive Producers John Enbom and Dan Etheridge and Actor Adam Scott; Outtakes; Gag Reel

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Party Down is a Starz original series about a group of struggling dreamers who are stuck working for tips while waiting for their big break. As employees of the L.A. catering company “Party Down,” these misfits mingle with guests at everything from sweet sixteen parties to the most lavish Hollywood soirees. Follow these engaging wannabes as they wait on guests while waiting on something better to come along.

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52 of 55 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best new comedy of the 2008-2009 season! May 26, 2009
PARTY DOWN is a fascinating show on several levels. For one thing, it was easily the funniest new show of the 2008-2009 season. It didn't start off that way. The first couple of episodes are OK, but it quickly finds its groove and by the end of the year it is as funny as you could hope for a show to be.

If you are a VERONICA MARS fan, the show is ceaselessly fascinating. The show focuses on a group of Hollywood wannabes and wash outs who work for Party Down Caterers. The manager is played by Ken Marino, who was memorable on VERONICA MARS as shady private eye Vinnie Van Lowe. One of his employees is played by Ryan Hansen, who was the magnificently lame Dick Casablancas. Adam Scott and Jane Lynch, who play two other Party Down caterers, had guest roles on VM. And virtually the entire rest of the cast of VM make guest appearances, from Enrico Colantoni (Keith Mars) to Jason Dohring (Logan Echolls) to Alona Tal (Meg Manning) and many, many others, including Veronica Mars (who has a wonderful turn as the sadistic head of a rival catering company). The show has been renewed for a second season and I'm pretty confident that many, many others from Neptune will put in appearances in the future. None of this is too surprising. One of the co-creators of PARTY DOWN is VERONICA MARS creator Rob Thomas and two writers from that series, John Enbom and Dan Etheridge, also served as co-creators. The final co-creator, Paul Rudd, guest starred. As I said, if you are a fan of VERONICA MARS, you will get a blast at seeing all the actors you have loved from the earlier series.

PARTY DOWN is the flipside of ENTOURAGE. If the latter is about largely undeserving people basking in the glory of another's success, this is about people striving for their own success and failing abysmally.
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14 of 15 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing cast in this overlooked gem September 8, 2009
By S
I really hope the word spreads and Party Down is picked up for more seasons! The show follows caterers in California, as they slog from one depressing event to another. All of them numbly wade their way through tragicomic corporate events, seminars, weddings and birthdays, trying to maintain their dignity while being abused by their employers and serving sub-par food.

All of the waiters are (of course) dreaming of making it big in the entertainment industry. The one exception is their manager, who dreams of one day operating a franchise called Super Crackers (or Soup-OR-Crackers... not sure which). The actors hail from great shows like Freaks and Geeks, The State, and every awesome movie made in the past 15 years (I'm looking at you, Jane Lynch), and are pitch-perfect in every episode. I can't wait for Season 2!
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12 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Genius May 13, 2010
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On the basis of the critical acclaim it's received, I recently purchased, sight unseen, this Starz comedy series about a catering company staffed by actor wannabes and has-beens. Conclusion: in terms of intensity and frequency of LOL situations and lines, it's probably the funniest sit-com I've seen since The Office (way better in that respect than 30 Rock, which I also dig). It's a shame that it's on Starz because so few people will see it, but it's available on DVD and I encourage you to take a look.
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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars Where the Veronica Mars support cast ended up... June 16, 2011
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...which is not a bad thing by any means. It takes a couple of episodes to get the gist of the short,punchy episodes (similar to Arrested Development in this way) but after a few shows, you will be hooked. A great motley bunch of characters, and if you love Jane Lynch in Glee, check out the other more manic side to her personality in this show. This is a tad like Clerks for the catering industry, but each show is so full of cameos from huge actors, it is impossible not to love it. Another great series from Rob Thomas, whose work is completely underrated in America.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Hold On To Your Ass... July 9, 2010
....because you might just laugh it off. Party Down is quite possibly the funniest thing I have ever seen. Not for the squeamish; frequently raunchy, always hysterical. Every cast member shines.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
4.0 out of 5 stars An Incredibly Funny TV Show May 19, 2011
I started watching Party Down based on a recommendation from a friend and found the show to be incredibly funny. The basic idea of the show is that a group of unemployed actors, writers, and former stars all come together as part of a catering company. In Episode 1 of Season 1, they are catering a party at the home of a couple who live in a gated community called Willow Canyon. The crew acts in a totally inappropriate manner by pretty much every defintion of the word including to the couple's daughter and guests. There is a really great pool scene that you won't want to miss either. A great start to what seems to be a great series.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Best comedy series of all time. May 17, 2013
By Chris
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Not much else to say, this show has great writing and amazing talent. If you like dry comedy that will make you roll on the floor laughing, you'll love it.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Ordinary F-ing People July 10, 2012
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Party Down is hilarious. Especially Season 1, and apparently there is a movie in the works to add a little closure to the series that failed to hit it big while on the air. I love this show because the characters are so real, and the situations they are in often start out normal before evolving into the most bizarre, hysterical situations dreamed up for a catering crew. I also love Ron and his big dream of owning a Souper Crackers. Must watch for anyone that has worked in the food-service industry, or just for anyone with a sense of humor.
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Most Recent Customer Reviews
1.0 out of 5 stars Crappy that it left Netflix and is not on Amazon Prime
I love this series! I love it so much that I watched several times while it was free on Netflix. Now it is exclusively on Amazon but not available on prime. Read more
Published 4 days ago by S. Wilkinson
5.0 out of 5 stars Gift.
A gift. They loved it.
Published 21 days ago by Norman Glitz
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
really, really, really good.
Published 1 month ago by Raphaellle Noor
5.0 out of 5 stars If you like The Office and Arrested Development...
In the tradition of The Office and Arrested Development, yet much more adult themed, Party Down is dry, edgy, and very funny.
Published 1 month ago by Nate T.
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Love this show!!
Published 1 month ago by M. Ryan
5.0 out of 5 stars if its on sale buy it its a gem
such a great show. if its on sale buy it!
Published 1 month ago by littleofthisandthat
5.0 out of 5 stars funny as hell
this dvd is good the show is awesome! totally worth owning.
Published 2 months ago by miah
5.0 out of 5 stars full of great performances and funny cameos
This show is totally great--an underseen gem, full of great performances and funny cameos.
Published 2 months ago by MantaRay
5.0 out of 5 stars Ahead of it's time
This show was so great. It starred one of my favorite sketch comedy show artists, Ken Marino, from The State from back in the mid 90's.
Published 3 months ago by Josh Wiedder
5.0 out of 5 stars Why did this get canceled?
A lot of good shows get canceled prematurely (see: this show, freaks and geeks, even family guy), too bad because this show was great. Read more
Published 4 months ago by GDP
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