Thanks to the curse of Netflix, fourth and fifth seasons of TV shows have become a rarefied domain, like MENSA or the Olympic podium. Now, Search Party, HBO Max’s mystery-themed millennial comedy, is decidedly in that club with the announcement that it would return for a fifth season.
Will it be welcomed back?
Search Party stars Alia Shawkat, John Reynolds, John Early and Meredith Hagner as a group of bumbling narcissists who find themselves investigating the disappearance of an old pal from college. Their amateur sleuthing quickly turns farcical as it spins out of control. This formula has met with popular and critical acclaim, with our own Mark O’Callaghan calling it a “must-watch” and praising both the writing and performances.
This is reflected by the critical consensus – on RottenTomatoes, the show enjoys a very healthy 97% critical approval rating, and an 83% audience approval rating. A slight discrepancy, but far from being one of those critical darlings which broader audiences cannot stand. Although the fifth season is yet to enter production, creator Charles Rogers teased that it would be “scarier than it’s ever been before”.
Good news for the creators
The confirmation of a fifth season of Search Party comes alongside HBO Max announcing a two-year overall deal with the show’s creators, Charles Rogers and Sarah-Violet Bliss.
In a statement, Rogers and Bliss expressed their happiness at the news, saying “We are thrilled that HBO Max has not only given the world a fifth season of Search Party, but also shown this much faith in our partnership with them as we develop new projects for the platform…Potential titles for upcoming shows include Monkeys Love Manhattan and The Pineapple Predicament. Those aren’t actual shows we would ever pitch but it exhibits that we can make up titles if we need to.”
Speaking with Deadline, Rogers expanded further on the opportunities the new deal presented to him and Bliss: “I think we want to use the overall to expand and refine our voices, both as a team and individually…Our sensibility overlaps in the ways that we are both drawn to uncomfortable themes, female and queer characters, and comedy and satire.”
Sarah Aubrey, HBO Max’s head of original content, added“Charles and Sarah-Violet are the masters of genre-blending and we can’t wait to see what they come up with next. It’s been a joy working with them – they are whip-smart, wildly funny and have such a distinctive worldview – we couldn’t be happier that they are continuing to call HBO Max their home.”
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