Margaret Lyons
April 23, 2010 AT 03:40 PM EDT

Image Credit: Starz EntertainmentParty Down returns for its second season tonight, and as someone who has watched the first season…oh, seven or eight times at this point, all I can say is finally. Or that’s what I would say if I weren’t laughing so hard. Come for the cynical banter, stay for the absurd celebrity cameos! Ugh, this show is the best.

The sardonic cater-waiter comedy is minus one of its first-season stand-outs, though: Jane Lynch. As much as I miss her character, the show still works just fine: Megan Mullally has stepped in as Lydia, and oversharing lame-o stage mother. Party Down captures that weird environment between workplace Stockholm Syndrome and straight-up coworker hate-lust — and turns it into a goofy ensemble comedy. While the characters are often bitter, misguided, and even mean-spirited, the show itself never is. Do Casey and Henry, my favorite will-they-won’t-they couple at the moment, believe in love and romance? Not really. Does their little pas de deux make me believe in it? Maybe a little…

You can watch the first two episodes here and marvel at the wonder that is Martin Starr in a gothrock outfit.

Are you as into Party Down as I am, PopWatchers?

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