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"Search Party" review by Suzanne 11/21/16
Airs streaming on TBS

This is a weird show. The TBS site calls it a dark comedy, but I didn't see too much humor in it. I found the people in it to be pretty unlikable and shallow. I know that's the idea, but still, it made it hard to watch. It has a lot of uncomfortable moments, too.

In the show, a few millennial friends hang out after college; one of them becomes obsessed with this girl who went missing (another former college friend). Her own life is pretty pointless, it seems, so she finds meaning in trying to look for this woman.

I want to see what happens, but it's not worth watching more episodes of this show. It's just dull and dreary, for the most part. I don't know why they've renewed it for a second season, either.

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TBS's Search Party is a dark comedy about four self-absorbed 20-somethings who become entangled in an ominous mystery when a former college acquaintance named Chantal suddenly disappears. Led by Alia Shawkat (Arrested Development), the cast of Search Party features an ensemble of young comic actors, including John Early, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner and Brandon Micheal Hall. Search Party is slated to launch Thanksgiving week (Nov. 21 - Nov. 25), with two episodes airing each night from 11 p.m,-midnight (ET/PT).

Search Party centers on Dory (Shawkat), a fragile, frustrated, life-long doormat who's not particularly proud of her impact on the world, especially since her greatest accomplishment to date is organizing clothes to be donated to Goodwill for her wealthy employer. Dory feels stuck in a stale and disconnected relationship with her boyfriend, Drew (Reynolds), a kind of clueless, complacent, spoon-fed doofus who just really loves Christmas. She also feels removed from her closest friends, Elliott (Early), a self-diagnosed narcissist who loves adding job titles to his designer-stylist-curator multi-hyphenate lifestyle, and Portia (Hagner), an actress always struggling to balance the challenging demands of chronic insecurity and pathological self-absorption.

Search Party opens with Dory learning that Chantal, a girl she barely knew in college, has gone missing. Despite having almost no personal connection to her, Dory becomes fixated on the mystery. Dory, Drew, Elliott, and Portia are not crime solvers. They value brunch, parties, and their own loud opinions. So when Dory drags her three friends, along with her journalist ex-boyfriend Julian (Hall), into a bumbling, perilous pursuit to find the missing girl, they soon learn the meaning of real danger and become entangled in a sinister plot that is more than their privileged Brooklyn lifestyles ever bargained for.

Search Party is executive-produced by Michael Showalter (Hello, My Name Is Doris, Wet Hot American Summer), along with Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers, whose credits include the 2014 SXSW Film Festival Grand Jury Award-winning feature film Fort Tilden and Wet Hot American Summer: First Day of Camp. Tony Hernandez (Broad City, Inside Amy Schumer, Louie) and Lilly Burns (Broad City, Difficult People, Younger) also serve as executive producers. TBS Originals is producing Search Party in association with Jax Media.


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