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    Riley Chow
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    We hope that you are all safe and are wishing you the best in these uncertain times.  In light of current events, we are reaching out today to ask that you please hold your season three reviews a little while longer.  Our original review embargo date was Thursday, June 4, but we are now extending it to next Thursday, June 11 so the news cycle can focus on what matters most at this moment in history.  We will also be shifting the episode roll-out for Search Party season three–all ten episodes in the season will now go live on HBO Max on Thursday, June 25.  So that your coverage may take that into account, the season’s final episode has now been added to the press site.

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    I’m in the middle of rewatching the first two seasons. I hope people take some time to find the show on this new platform and give it the second life it so richly deserves. In hindsight, John Early and Meredith Hagner should’ve been running away with the comedy supporting acting awards.

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    This could have stood a decent chance with being HBO MAX’s push this year. I wish it had made the eligibility cut.

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    I adore this show – excited to binge. The perfect show for comedic escapism.

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    Meredith Hagner & John Early should definitely have 2 nominations and a win by now for this show. Meredith for season 1 and John for season 2! Brilliant work. Thank you HBOMAX for bringing this show to my life.

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    So the show is now a binge, but what was their previous plan? Weekly release?

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    Originally it was going to be the first three episodes premiering on June 25th with one episode a week after that.

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    Anybody watching the new season? I knew this show was sort of a cult favorite when I ran across it on HBO MAX and wanted to give it a try, and two weeks later I’ve almost finished all three seasons. I agree with everything said above, and I hope I am not the only person who recently discovered this show!

    Season 3 is definitely a little more over the top in its satire, but I think that’s fitting for the direction the show has always been going in. I think the statement the series is making about the millennial / east coast liberal is particularly timely right now, and you can tell the cast is loving it, especially obviously John Early and Meredith Hagner

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    I just finished and I’m amazed. This is the best season. Hilarious, amazing writing and storytelling, and one of the best ensembles of the year. Loved the guest stars! Will be high up on my year-end list!

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    I’ll be honest, this season was good but nowhere near the level of the first two seasons. However, they laid a lot of seeds for future seasons, which the first two seasons never really tried to do in such a concrete manner. They really didn’t hold back on making most of these characters loathsome, and I especially turned on Dory this season. The balance of actual serious drama with the satire and over-the-top goofiness that defined the first two seasons was out of whack here. For that reason, the funniest parts of the season were the standout to me and that was easily Shalita Grant and Louie Anderson as the lawyers. Anderson breaking down the concept of “pancaking” was, perhaps, the funniest TV moment of the year. Alia Shawkat gave a great performance but I was so turned off by the character by season’s end. John Reynolds gave a good performance and I’m intrigued to see how Drew remains a part of this show going forward considering the bridges he has burned. The same, I guess, could also be said of Elliot and Portia, but I continue to love everything involving John Early and Meredith Hagner. Early is so fun to watch and Hagner, given the least to do, still had the most multi-layered performance of the ensemble. Her performance during Portia’s testimony wowed me. The end of season twists didn’t really work for me and I’m going to need them a bit more fully explained before I make a full decision. Overall, this show remains a fun and easy watch, but I didn’t get the satisfaction out of it that earlier seasons so deliciously provided.

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    I have to say Dory is the worst .

    great season

    but MVP was Shalita Grant . She was amazing . Everything she did was hilarious n perfection.

    glad to have read that Season 4 was already filmed.

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    The third season disappointed me.  The first season cleaned up in my personal awards and I still nominated the second for a bunch, but I would not give this season anything.  They are still booking great guests like Louie Anderson and Michaela Watkins, plus they found Shalita Grant.  The regular cast is also still game, with my favourite this time being John Reynolds, but the premise of the show is just too limited to sustain multiple seasons. Perhaps more importantly, the third season was just not very funny.

    Not exactly admirable, but they shed their token Black series regular.  It felt like they had him around to fill some contractual diversity quota, seeing as they never gave him anything interesting to do and variably excluded him from the posters that featured the rest of the cast.  Makes me think of the report that just came out from Leonard Roberts about Heroes.  Brandon Michael Hall was in eleven episodes from the first two seasons, but he was credited and paid for all twenty.  Succession has the same thing going with Alan Yang.  All of their directors have been white.  The first two seasons and the upcoming fourth season had Christina Lee writing (and producing), but she took the third season off from the show completely, so they had an all-white writers’ room this time too.

    Anyway, bumping this thread because I just got the screeners for what is hopefully the final season, so the show can still prove itself to be Emmy-worthy this cycle.  It sounds insane in the best way:

    The press site and screeners for the entire fourth season of Max Original SEARCH PARTY are now available. SEARCH PARTY premieres on Thursday, Jan. 14, with three episodes. The comedy thriller’s ten-episode season continues with another three episodes on Jan. 21 and the final four episodes on Jan. 28. Reviews are embargoed until Thursday, Jan. 7. In SEARCH PARTY season four, Dory (Alia Shawkat) is held prisoner by her psychotic stalker Chip (Cole Escola), who is determined to make Dory believe that they are best friends. Meanwhile, Portia (Meredith Hagner) is starring in a film about the trial, although not as herself; Elliott (John Early) has switched party lines to become a far-right conservative talk show host; and Drew (John Reynolds) is trying to escape his dark past by working as a costumed cast member in a theme park. As the friends begin to connect the dots that Dory might not be touring Europe as her faked social media suggests, they must decide whether to put their traumatic pasts behind them and once again become a search party – but this time, for Dory. Joining the show’s stellar guest stars this season are Susan Sarandon, Busy Philipps, Ann Dowd, Griffin Dunne and Lillias White, as well as R.L. Stine in a cameo role.

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