4. Party Down
Air Dates: March 20, 2009–June 25, 2010
Stars: Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Lizzy Caplan, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Jane Lynch, Megan Mullally
Don't waste your moment of silence wondering what might've been had Showtime's Party Down been allowed extra lives, or a feature film. Instead, just count yourself lucky that it existed at all.
Marvel at the premise: A group of caterers in Los Angeles, each with strong dreams of a second life they'd rather be living, move from event to event, each episode serving different groups that allow for amazing guests (Steve Guttenberg, Steven Weber, Kevin Hart, and more) and fodder for scathing jokes that were both absurd and dry. There was a romance between the two leads, played by Adam Scott and Lizzy Caplan, that provided more heat than the key love affair on The Office and about a thousand times less cloying bullshit. There was work for beloved TV actors we all wanted back, and in quality programming: Megan Mullally, Jane Lynch, Martin Starr.
Party Down had everything going for it, except viewers. And we should all be ashamed of that. —RS