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Search Party Best TV Shows You're Not Watching 2017

Peak TV Treasure: Search Party

peak-tv-bug-copyAre you overwhelmed by how much television is available right now? Is life getting in the way of keeping up with the shows you wanna try out? We feel your tube-related pain. Here’s a handy feature that’ll help you locate the hidden gems in this era of Peak TV.

SEARCH PARTY

NETWORK | TBS

CREATED BY | Michael Showalter (Wet Hot American Summer), Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers

NUMBER OF EPISODES | 10

EPISODE LENGTH | 30 mins.

RELATED Cable/Streaming Renewal Scorecard: What’s Coming Back? What’s Cancelled? What’s On the Bubble?

PREMISE | When a young woman named Chantal goes missing, one of her college acquaintances, Dory (Arrested Development‘s Alia Shawkat), makes it her mission to get to the bottom of the disappearance. Fearing the worst, she enlists the help of her boyfriend Drew (Stranger Things‘ John Reynolds), as well as her self-involved friends Elliott (Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp‘s John Early) and Portia (Men at Work‘s Meredith Hagner), to track down Chantal.

WORTH YOUR TIME IF YOU ENJOY… | Mysteries, dark comedies, episodes that end on cliffhangers and/or seasons whose endings give you the answers you’ve been waiting for. Plus, Rosie Perez (The View), Christine Taylor (Hey Dude), Parker Posey (Best in Show) and Ron Livingston (Office Space) are among the recognizable faces that show up during Season 1.

YOU SHOULD PROBABLY ALSO KNOW… | It took me a few episodes to really start enjoying the series; at first, Dory and her pals seemed like mean-for-meanness’-sake millennials, and I couldn’t connect. But by the time Dory, Portia and Elliott couldn’t stop giggling during a vigil for Chantal in Episode 3, “The Night of One Hundred Candles,” I was all in. And the way the missing woman’s story is doled out — and resolves — over the course of Season 1 is pretty much perfection.

IS IT COMING BACK? | Yup. Search Party was renewed for a second season in December.

WHERE CAN I WATCH IT? | TBS is streaming all of Season 1 on its site until Friday; the complete first season also is available On Demand until then. UPDATE: A TBS rep tells TVLine that despite what the TBS site and On Demand menus say, the episodes will not disappear on Friday. Also, the season is available for purchase on iTunes, Amazon Video, Google Play and YouTube.

Press PLAY on the video below for a taste of what the comedy has to offer, then hit the comments: Are you a victim of Peak TV? And will you watch Search Party?

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9 Comments
  1. webly3 says:

    Loved this show!

  2. Freddie says:

    Well I’ve just found my new favourite column! And to start it off with such a brilliant show seals it for me. Cannot recommend this show enough to people.

  3. Collette says:

    I’m embarrassed for TV. 75% of what’s on is garbage; and a lot of it is reimagined or recycled garbage. So thankful for PBS.

  4. Sheldon W. says:

    Yay, you! You got past the first three episodes!

    I found the premiere so mind-numbingly boring that even though I could see what they were trying to do, I just didn’t give a rat’s patoot.

    People of Earth was much more enjoyable for me, but different strokes, right?

    • Juke says:

      My sentiments exactly. I tried Search Party but really didn’t connect, while I really loved People of Earth. Can’t wait till POE is back and don’t care if SP ever returns.

  5. I agree that you need to stick with the show until Episode 3 and then it really picks up and then I was really surprised by how much I enjoyed this one. The episodes are quick and make for an easy binge.

    I also loved the wackiness of People of Earth a bit more than Search Party, but both are ‘netflix/HBO’ level comedies that deserve your time.

  6. S K says:

    I really like this new feature! Looking forward to seeing what other shows you guys will recommend. Definitely keep this one going!