With PeakTV at its… well, peak, it’s really, really easy to miss something great. After all, you have to make room for “Game Of Thrones” and “Twin Peaks,” but also “The Handmaid’s Tale,” and “Fleabag,” “The Crown” and dozens and dozens of other show. Chances are you’re still trying to catch up with shows and asking friends, “what should I bingewatch next?”
Let us urge you to set a few shows aside and spend time with “Search Party.” Perhaps TBS isn’t really known for must-watch TV, but “Search Party” should be the major exception. Created by Sarah-Violet Bliss, Charles Rogers and Michael Showalter, we placed “Search Party” on our list of the Best TV Shows Of 2016 and clearly by these “read more” links you can tell we’ve used every opportunity at our disposal to promote the show (we even ranked it higher than “Westworld” and “Game Of Thrones” — we loved it that much).
Showalter is involved and he directs one episode, but it’s really the hands-on creation of Bliss and Rogers who wrote and directed the indie breakthrough hit “Fort Tilden.” They write every episode of “Search Party” and direct several of them as well.
OK, what it is already? Getting to that. The show is a dark comedy about a missing girl, the convoluted mystery about how she went missing and the young, spiritually lost acquaintance who makes it her obsessive mission to find and save a girl she doesn’t really know, much to the chagrin of her perplexed friends.
The show stars Alia Shawkat (“Arrested Development”) as the fixated protagonist, but oh, my god, the supporting cast of largely up and comers — John Early, John Reynolds, Meredith Hagner, and Brandon Micheal Hall — are capital A-mazing.
The show is essentially like Hitchcock paranoia meets the Tumblr generation. It’s fast, quippy, fun and extremely fresh, with the aforementioned edge coming from the master of suspense. To that end, Refinery29 has released an awesome set of new Hitchcock-inspired posters that reference thrillers like “Vertigo” (1958), “The Man Who Knew Too Much” (1956), “Strangers on A Train” (1951), “The Birds” (1963), “Psycho” (1960), “North By Northwest” (1959), and more.
“Search Party” premieres Sunday, November 19th at 10/9c on TBS. If this blog post doesn’t convince you to watch the show, hopefully, the posters do.