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Party Down: Season 1: Episode 10 -- The season finale episode of the Starz original series "Party Down."
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Seasons:
1 | 2
Release Date:
20 March 2009 (USA) See more »
Genre:
Plot:
A group of actors move to LA to make it big, but end up working as caterers.
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1 win & 1 nomination See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 7 of 16)

Adam Scott ... Henry Pollard (20 episodes, 2009-2010)

Ken Marino ... Ron Donald (20 episodes, 2009-2010)

Ryan Hansen ... Kyle Bradway (20 episodes, 2009-2010)

Martin Starr ... Roman DeBeers (20 episodes, 2009-2010)

Lizzy Caplan ... Casey Klein (20 episodes, 2009-2010)

Megan Mullally ... Lydia Dunfree (10 episodes, 2010)

Jane Lynch ... Constance Carmell (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
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Series Directed by
Bryan Gordon (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
Fred Savage (9 episodes, 2009-2010)

Rob Thomas (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
John Enbom (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Dan Etheridge (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Paul Rudd (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Rob Thomas (20 episodes, 2009-2010)

Series Produced by
Jennifer Dugan .... producer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
John Enbom .... executive producer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Dan Etheridge .... executive producer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Paul Rudd .... executive producer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Rob Thomas .... executive producer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Matthew Carpenter .... network executive (18 episodes, 2009-2010)
Bryan Gordon .... supervising producer / producer (15 episodes, 2009-2010)
Fred Savage .... supervising producer / producer (15 episodes, 2009-2010)
Adam Scott .... producer (7 episodes, 2010)
Jennifer Gwartz .... co-executive producer (3 episodes, 2010)
Danielle Stokdyk .... co-executive producer (3 episodes, 2010)
Nancy van Doornewaard .... producer (3 episodes, 2010)

Alex Mercer .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Viet Nguyen .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Josh Kramon (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Cinematography by
Giovani Lampassi (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Film Editing by
Viet Nguyen (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
Rob Seidenglanz (5 episodes, 2009)
Daniel Gabbe (3 episodes, 2010)
David Helfand (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Casting by
Anya Colloff (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Amy McIntyre Britt (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Garrett McGuire (10 episodes, 2010)

Deedee Bradley (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Eric Weiler (10 episodes, 2009)
Liz Kay (10 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Art Direction by
E. Colleen Saro (unknown episodes)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Daryn-Reid Goodall (3 episodes, 2010)

Monique Cavin (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume Design by
Salvador Pérez Jr. (6 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Makeup Department
Maria Alejandra Garcia .... makeup department head / special makeup effects artist / ... (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Anita Brabec .... key makeup artist (16 episodes, 2009-2010)
Envy Naluz .... key makeup artist (10 episodes, 2009)
Dennis Parker .... department head hair stylist (10 episodes, 2009)
Maynard Matthews .... hair department head (8 episodes, 2010)
Marsha Shearrill .... additional makeup artist (5 episodes, 2010)
K. Troy Zestos .... key hair (3 episodes, 2010)

Amy Hansen .... key hair stylist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Robert Markovich .... executive in charge of production (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Judith Black .... post-production supervisor (14 episodes, 2009-2010)
Nicholas Stamos .... unit production manager (3 episodes, 2010)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Michael Etheridge .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 2009-2010)
David Berke .... second assistant director (10 episodes, 2009)
John Mattingly .... second second assistant director (10 episodes, 2009)
Emily Hogan .... additional second assistant director (6 episodes, 2010)
Louis Race .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 2009)
Paul B. Pedreira .... assistant director (5 episodes, 2010)
Dan Mulvaney .... second assistant director (3 episodes, 2010)

Rich Lewis .... second second assistant director (unknown episodes)
Matthew E. Pado .... second assistant director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Department
Party Down .... on set dresser (10 episodes, 2009)
Alexa Roman .... art department coordinator (10 episodes, 2009)
Michael J. Wheeler .... set dresser (10 episodes, 2009)
Raymard Camp .... set dresser / on-set dresser (10 episodes, 2010)
Kelly Morrison .... art department coordinator (10 episodes, 2010)
Grant Sawyer .... assistant property master (10 episodes, 2010)
Jefry Shebroe .... on-set props (10 episodes, 2010)
Dalton Cole Young .... on set dresser / on-set dresser (10 episodes, 2010)
Brendon Crigler .... property assistant (5 episodes, 2010)
Joshua Cheek .... assistant property master (4 episodes, 2009)
Jennifer Raftery .... prop master / property master (3 episodes, 2010)
Michael V. Maurice .... set dresser (2 episodes, 2010)

Nigel Clinker .... props (unknown episodes)
Rhonda DeMarc-Elliott .... set decorating buyer / set dressing buyer (unknown episodes)
Paul Markham .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
Chris Simmons .... props (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Cole Bluma .... boom operator (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Pete Elia .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Kurt Kassulke .... sound re-recording mixer / re-recording mixer (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Anthony Torretto .... sound effects editor (18 episodes, 2009-2010)
Neil Spritz .... sound mixer / production sound (13 episodes, 2009-2010)
Walt Bost .... supervising sound editor (10 episodes, 2009)
Noel Vought .... foley artist (10 episodes, 2009)
Ted Hamer .... utility sound / sound utility (10 episodes, 2010)
Michael Mullane .... supervising sound editor (10 episodes, 2010)
Bill Devine .... adr mixer (4 episodes, 2010)

Ryan Anderson .... sound recordist (unknown episodes)
David S. DiPietro .... adr mixer / foley mixer / ... (unknown episodes)
Stephen Fitzmaurice .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Marla McGuire .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
Johnny Miller .... boom operator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Brian Duffy .... stunt coordinator (4 episodes, 2009)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Eric M. Davis .... chief lighting technician (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Colleen E. Hayes .... still photographer (18 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steve Mulcahey .... key grip (13 episodes, 2009-2010)
Tom Gleason .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (10 episodes, 2009)
Jay Herron .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2009)
Darby Newman .... second assistant camera: "b" camera (10 episodes, 2009)
Yen P. Nguyen .... second assistant camera: "a" camera (10 episodes, 2009)
Joel Perkal .... first assistant camera: "a" cam (10 episodes, 2009)
Martin Usher .... camera utility (10 episodes, 2009)
Samantha Bahramian .... set lighting technician / lighting technician (10 episodes, 2010)
Sam Griffin .... assistant chief lighting technician (10 episodes, 2010)
Tim Orteg .... set lighting technician / lighting technician (10 episodes, 2010)
Jon Purdy .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2010)
David Sammons .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2010)
Justine Ariel Cook .... electrician (9 episodes, 2009)
William Lehnhart .... lighting technician (8 episodes, 2009)
John Bratlien .... set lighting technician / lighting technician (8 episodes, 2010)
Brian Davis .... second assistant camera / first assistant camera: "b" camera (8 episodes, 2010)
David Newbert .... grip (3 episodes, 2009)

Brandon Flohr .... grip (unknown episodes)
Christopher Garland .... first assistant camera: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Evan Ragon .... first assistant camera: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Reid Russell .... camera operator: "b" camera (unknown episodes)
Keith Sorrell .... key grip (unknown episodes)
Richard Stevens .... camera operator: "a" camera (unknown episodes)
Aaron Wigo .... second assistant camera (unknown episodes)
Tanner Wolfe .... grip (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Carol Grant .... extras casting (10 episodes, 2009)
Garrett McGuire .... casting associate (10 episodes, 2009)
Tina Hart .... voice casting (3 episodes, 2010)

Hadley Klein .... casting assistant (unknown episodes)
Amy McIntyre Britt .... casting (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Angela Parrish .... set costumer (6 episodes, 2009)
Erich A. Muller .... set costumer (3 episodes, 2010)

Scott Overgaard .... costumer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Editorial Department
Leland Sexton .... assistant editor / first assistant editor (9 episodes, 2009-2010)
Carlos Verdugo .... on-line editor (8 episodes, 2010)
Nicole Garcia .... post-production assistant (7 episodes, 2009-2010)
Frank McGrath .... dailies assistant editor (6 episodes, 2010)
Tad Dennis .... assistant editor (5 episodes, 2009)
Stephen Kanter .... assistant editor (3 episodes, 2010)
Andy Lichtstein .... colorist (3 episodes, 2010)

Monica Szabo .... post-production assistant (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Josh Kramon .... composer: theme music (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Jenny Leite .... music editor / music editorial (13 episodes, 2009-2010)
Chris McGeary .... supervising music editor / music editorial (13 episodes, 2009-2010)
Janine Scalise .... music supervisor (10 episodes, 2010)
Daniel Walter .... composer: additional music (5 episodes, 2009-2010)
 
Series Transportation Department
Kelly Murphy .... transportation captain / transportation co-captain (17 episodes, 2009-2010)
Gary Jackson .... transportation (10 episodes, 2009)
Kim Magruder .... driver generator operator (8 episodes, 2009)
Michael Avallon .... transportation (4 episodes, 2010)
Michael Locke .... transportation coordinator (3 episodes, 2010)

Harry Victor Schultz .... driver: honeywagon (unknown episodes)
John Siedenburg .... production driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Chris Cortez .... medic / set medic / ... (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Ari Halpern .... script supervisor (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Daniel Robinson .... assistant to producers (20 episodes, 2009-2010)
Julie Morgan .... production coordinator (19 episodes, 2009-2010)
Steven Belgard .... publicist (18 episodes, 2009-2010)
David W. Hamilton .... insurance broker (18 episodes, 2009-2010)
Kerry Carter .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2009)
Melissa Jones Harper .... production executive (10 episodes, 2009)
R. Scott Poole .... location manager (10 episodes, 2009)
Shaina Goelman .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2010)
Kevin Gonzales .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2010)
Don Mann .... assistant location manager (10 episodes, 2010)
David Jedidiah Rose .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2010)
Will Youngblood .... assistant: Megan Mullally / assistant to megan mullally (10 episodes, 2010)
Brian David Culp .... assistant production coordinator / assistant production office coordinator (9 episodes, 2010)
Gabe Uhr .... set production assistant (7 episodes, 2010)
Matthew Gabler .... rigging medic (3 episodes, 2009)
Peter M. Robarts .... location manager / locations manager (3 episodes, 2010)
Steve Trombatore .... production accountant (3 episodes, 2010)
Jennah Lintz .... stand-in (2 episodes, 2009)

Shane Borger .... set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Lisa Collins .... script supervisor (unknown episodes)
Matt Huey .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
James Morrison .... assistant: Dan Etheridge (unknown episodes)
Steve Nguyen .... key set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jeanine Peters .... key set production assistant (unknown episodes)
Mike Risco .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Felix Sanchez .... tape room supervisor (unknown episodes)
Mike Weiss .... script coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Steffie Lucchesi .... thanks (1 episode, 2009)
 

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Trivia:
Character Henry Pollard's back story about being an actor with an obnoxious party animal character whose catch phrase is "Are we having fun yet?!" mimics actor Ken Marino's (Ron Donald) real life experience playing party animal character Louie on "The State" (1993), whose catch phrase was "I wanna dip my balls in it!".See more »
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Henry Pollard:Are we having fun yet?See more »
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46 out of 49 people found the following review useful.
The perfect show for our times, 1 July 2010
Author: MovieAddict2014 from UK

"Party Down" is pervasively bleak - and even depressing at times - but it is also riotously funny. In a sense, it's the perfect show for our troubled times - at the height of an economic recession, with all these disasters occurring over the past few years, never has apathy and pessimism seemed so natural. As such, the show really taps into a broken-down, bitter attitude, using the LA wasteland as its source of inspiration...but it remains strangely optimistic because of the relationships between its cast members, whose characters struggle with their awful catering job but, at the end of the day, stick by each other. There's a sense of family amongst these broken-down rejects, and that's why we love watching their weekly miseries.

Adam Scott (a seriously underrated actor) is the "straight man" for the show - he enters season one as Henry, a new employee of Party Down Catering. He's a failed actor out of Hollywood who has finally accepted that he's too old and past his prime to ever achieve his dreams of becoming a star, so he has resorted to bartending for the company. Scott is wonderful at playing apathetic, and gives some of the best facial expression reactions I've seen in comedy. I'm used to seeing him as the meaner or wackier characters in titles like "Step Brothers" or "Eastbound and Down," but here he plays a very empathetic and human character, and is really the heart of the show.

Lizzy Caplan is the other relatively normal character in the show. She plays Casey, a stand-up comic treading water. As the season progresses, she becomes romantically involved with Henry, who is essentially her (and our) anchor amidst all the other crazy and eccentric people they encounter.

Ron Donald (Ken Marino) is the manager for Party Down, but the show avoids giving us the clichéd mean boss: he is painfully nice and sincere, with a perfectly goofy Brendan Fraser-style haircut that looks like someone just evened off the top rather lazily. Toward the end of season one he has a bit of a relapse with liquor and by season two his hair has grown out and he's smoking pot and drinking all day and lamenting his failed love life.

The rest of the cast consists of geeky Roman (Martin Starr), an aspiring elitist sci-fi writer whose writing actually rather sucks; Kyle (Ryan Hansen), a vain pretty-boy with another ridiculous haircut; and Constance (Jane Lynch), who exited season one to join the cast of "Glee" and was replaced in S2 by Lydia, a character played by Megan Mullally, who, it must be said, actually did a pretty good job filling in the void.

News spread yesterday that "Party Down" was canceled after the season two finale because it barely nabbed 700,000 viewers. Starz mishandled this show from day one, from not securing actors' contracts correctly (Adam Scott, unsure of whether the show would be renewed months ago, joined "Parks and Recreation" instead, and Ryan Hansen was also rumored to be moving on) to not really advertising it very much -- and then relying solely on viewing numbers instead of Netflix streams or illegal downloads. (Because they were dumb enough to NOT provide legal downloads on iTunes, which probably would have worked really well for them.) I've heard a lot of positive word-of-mouth lately, with everyone I talk to streaming it on Netflix's website. I don't know a single person who even subscribes to Starz. I'd say 700k views for a season finale on a premium channel that no one watches is pretty good! But I'm actually kinda glad that they went out on a good note rather than running the show into the ground. They provided two very consistent seasons, and with Adam Scott's definite departure from the show, it really just wouldn't have been the same. Hopefully the show will pick up some more word-of-mouth and become a cult hit on DVD, and Starz will do some kind of special a couple years down the road (like Ricky Gervais and Steve Merchant did with the British "Office") - then the full cast could return. Even though I'm glad the show didn't outstay its welcome, I liked these characters enough to be interested in where they'd be at in a few years.

"Party Down" is destined to be one of those titles you'll see on critics' "canceled-too-soon" lists over the next few years, right up there with "Arrested Development" and "Freaks and Geeks." It was a pleasure to watch every week, oddly reassuring in its pessimism, finding humour in the strengths of likable and empathetic characters, even when they were suffering through some pretty rough times. I feel like much truly great comedy finds the truths in common human weakness, causing us to laugh at misfortunes that we can relate to, and "Party Down" excelled at doing so.

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