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Partying Down

Earlier this year I discovered Party Down on Netflix. I'd never heard of the show before, and apparently neither had many others. It was canceled after 2 short seasons on Starz (on a similar note, I had no idea the premium movie channel even produced sitcoms). It's really a shame; because it's one of the best-written sitcoms I've seen in a long time.

Since Party Down doesn't need to conform to typical network standards, it's in a league of it's own, barely compatible to other great sitcoms like Seinfeld, How I Met Your Mother and The Office. It's the kind of show that's so good because it's pure in form, rather than trying to be something marketable - it's a show that's well written and excellently acted.

It's possible that Party Down might eventually return to cable - it wouldn't be the first time a canceled show returned years after its network told it to go packing. Or perhaps, given the changing nature of the television industry, maybe Netflix will bypass the networks and pick up the show on its own, giving life to potentially dozens of other programs that were canceled because the marketers at major networks couldn't convince the masses that it's worth watching.


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