'Party Down: Season 1'
(Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr, et al / 2-Disc DVD / NR / (2009) 2010 / Starz-Anchor Bay )
Overview: '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.
DVD: 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!
In short, 'Party Down' is a real fun and funny show. PD presents us with a broad range of characters and situations rife with comedic (not to mention humiliatingly uncomfortable) potential. The characters are exactly the sort of people you might expect to find working for a Hollywood caterer: hasbeens and wannabes. With Henry and Casey, the writers even managed to toss in a bit of a non-contrived romantic subplot a la Pam and Jim from The Office.
Every episode of the show takes place at a catered event. There are no scenes outside of the workplace. We see them at a couple of weddings, at a birthday party, at a meeting of Young Republicans, at a party to celebrate someone who might be a Russian mobster getting off on a murder charge, a porn awards ceremony, and other wonderful affairs. Hilarity ensues.
My favorite moment has to be when a Russian gangster goes up to Jane Lynch and recounts poetically, passionately, and almost reverentially a scene from one of her movies. And she, touched, replies, "You've seen DINGLEBERRIES?!" Classsssssic! Sad that Jane doesn't appear in the final two episodes, replaced by the ever-bubbly Jennifer Coolidge, but we know she is still there, lurking in the comedic shadows! This is a Widescreen Presentation (2.35:1) enhanced for 16x9 TVs and comes with the Special Features of:
Audio Commentaries - Actor Adam Scott and executive producers John Enbom and Dan Etheridge ("Taylor Stiltskin Sweet Sixteen" and "Celebrate Ricky Sargulesh")
"Party Down: A Look Behind the Scenes" Featurette
"What Is Party Down?" Featurette