What happened to Chantal? That’s the big question at the heart of Search Party, the new comedy-mystery debuting on TBS next Monday.
Starring Alia Shawkat, the show follows a group of twentysomething friends whose old friend from college, Chantal, suddenly goes missing. Was she kidnapped? Was it a murder? And who are the prime suspects?
The exclusive clip above is from episode 3, set at a vigil for Chantal, might (or might not!) contain clues. In it, Dory (Shawkat), Elliott (John Early), Drew (John Reynolds), and Portia (Meredith Hagner) speculate about what might have happened to their M.I.A. pal.
The show, which some have described as a modern Nancy Drew, hinges on the Chantal mystery and Shawkat’s Dory embracing her inner sleuth throughout the first season. But not everything is as it seems, of course.
“The thing about conspiracy theories and this kind of thing is if you know what you want something to mean, then anything can fit into that narrative,” says Michael Showalter, who co-created the series along with Sarah-Violet Bliss and Charles Rogers (Fort Tilden). “And Dory wants to believe that Chantal is part of some larger web of intrigue.”
The first two episodes of Search Party debut on Monday, Nov. 21 at 11 p.m. on TBS. The rest of the 10-episode season will air as one-hour installments at the same time every night during the week — timed perfectly for a holiday-break binge.