Party Down

2009 TV-MA 2 seasons

Party Down

2009 TV-MA 2 seasons
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When they're not hustling for tips at corporate retreats, Sweet 16 parties and senior citizen mixers, the employees of a Los Angeles catering company are struggling to make their Hollywood dreams come true.
Adam Scott, Ken Marino, Ryan Hansen, Martin Starr, Lizzy Caplan, Megan Mullally, Jane Lynch
  • SEASON  1
  • SEASON  2

Summary of Season 1 (2009) - 2 discs

While waiting for their big breaks in Hollywood, a motley crew of aspiring actors and writers pay the bills by working as waiters for a Los Angeles catering company. But their all-business boss, Ron, has big dreams of his own.
Widescreen 1.78:1
English: Dolby Digital 5.1
TV-MA - This program is specifically designed to be viewed by adults and therefore may be unsuitable for children under 17.
age 17+
Common Sense rating OK for kids 17+
age 17+

Common Sense Note

Parents need to know that this comedy about a catering business is full of all kinds of iffy behavior -- from drinking and unbleebed swearing on the job to employees accepting sexual favors from party guests. There's occasional nudity, and characters trade sexually charged barbs and insults (like "Dude, you just f--ked me in the ass") and make politically incorrect assumptions about race, gender, and sexual preference. In short: It's funny, but it isn't meant for kids.

Sexual Content

Several references to masturbation (one employee received five warnings on the job for masturbating in closets; another uses a stain stick on his pants to get a stain out and is thought to be masturbating, etc.) and occasional nudity (including topless women and brief full frontal male nudity). Other examples include an employee making out with a teenage party guest and another employee receiving a hand job from a different party guest (although the act is hidden behind the dashboard of a car). One episode takes place at a party for the porn industry and includes topless women and a shot of male genitalia.


Rare instances of light aggression, like one character pushing another into a pool.


Unbleeped words run the gamut from "f--k" (used many times) to "goddammit." You'll also hear terms like "penis," "c--k," "nut cancer," "MILF action," "faggiest," and "pubes."

Social Behavior

The show's main goal seems to be to confirm every shallow, entitled stereotype of rich Southern Californians -- and the bitter and/or incompetent people they hire to throw their parties. There's plenty of humor to be had in that premise, but it doesn't exactly convey any positive messages. A couple of characters struggle to overcome the cynicism that surrounds them, but that's not the main point.


Name-dropping is rare, but characters do mention things the Parliament cigarette brand and a specific brand of Cuban cigars.

Drugs / Tobacco / Alcohol

Since every episode takes place at a different catered event, there's a lot of social drinking and some overindulgence. The bartender often takes shots of alcohol on the job and drinks after events with other employees. Specific drinks are mentioned by name -- like "G&T" (for gin and tonic) -- and some characters smoke. One refers to a time when he was "boozing, drinking,and getting high in the van." In at least one episode, a character takes Ecstasy.

  • Age appropriate
  • Not an issue
  • Depends on your child and your family
  • Parents strongly cautioned
  • Not appropriate for kids of the age

This information for parents is provided by Common Sense Media, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving kids' media lives.

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