From Nick Pell at Red Star Times:
Every once in a while a show comes along that reminds you that television isn’t a total wasteland. While science fiction had a good run with Battlestar Galactica, the main arena for quality television over the last ten years have been comedy. Whether it’s broadcast hits like Arrested Development, premium cable gems like Curb Your Enthusiasm or international favorites such as Peep Show, television comedy has come a long way from the days of the formulaic, multi-camera canned laughter disasters that once dominated the airwaves. Indeed, it is the recent crop of what The Onion called “single-camera, awkward pause” comedies that have made television worth watching again. More than just entertainment, these shows speak to the art of comedy writing.
Many shows recognized as classics now were canceled before their time (Arrested Development), while others needed several years to germinate in public consciousness before becoming breakout hits (It’s Always Sunny In Philadelphia). With this in mind it is somewhat astounding that a third-tier premium cable station trying to make a name for itself went ahead and canceled what is easily the best show on television, Party Down. If you aren’t familiar, I suggest that you should become familiar pretty quickly.