The BEST Episodes of Search Party (2016)

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Dec 28, 2020

Network: HBO Max

When former college acquaintance Chantal goes missing, five self-absorbed 20-somethings get entangled in the ominous mystery of her disappearance. Leading the search party is Dory, a lifelong doormat who works as a rich housewife's assistant. Dory makes it her personal mission to find Chantal and she's bringing her friends into the investigation with her. Self-diagnosed narcissist Elliott, who puts his ego aside to help Dory, is particularly good at detective work. Bubbly actress Portia excels at chatting up suspects for information because of her desperate need to be in the spotlight. Sheltered Drew has to grow a spine to help solve the mystery and save his deteriorating relationship with Dory. Dory's ex-boyfriend Julian seeks the truth because of his background as a journalist.

The House of Uncanny Truths

#1 - The House of Uncanny Truths

Season 1 - Episode 10 - Aired Nov 25, 2016

The crew heads to where they suspect Chantal may be hiding, but when Dory is floored by a terrifying connection, things take a disastrous turn.

star 8.03
343 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers
Psychosis

#2 - Psychosis

Season 2 - Episode 10 - Aired Dec 17, 2017

The gang ties up loose ends before facing the reality that they might go to jail by midnight, leaving it up to Dory to figure something out.

star 7.83
128 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers, Sarah-Violet Bliss
The Reckoning

#3 - The Reckoning

Season 3 - Episode 10 - Aired Jun 25, 2020

It's the tensest day of the gang's lives as the jury deliberates over Dory and Drew's fate.

star 7.73
62 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers, Sarah-Violet Bliss
Irrefutable Evidence

#4 - Irrefutable Evidence

Season 3 - Episode 9 - Aired Jun 25, 2020

Alarming evidence surfaces that potentially obliterates Dory and Drew's chances of being acquitted. Elliott confronts his roots, and Portia attempts to make amends for testifying against her friends.

star 7.69
59 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers, Sarah-Violet Bliss
Hysteria

#5 - Hysteria

Season 2 - Episode 8 - Aired Dec 10, 2017

Dory and Drew receive a visit from Officer Joy Hartman, make a shocking discovery, meet up with Elliott, and make it to Portia's play on time.

star 7.56
128 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers
Obsession

#6 - Obsession

Season 2 - Episode 6 - Aired Dec 3, 2017

As Elliott descends into insanity, the gang turns their back on Dory, who begins working with Julian at a political campaign.

star 7.52
130 votes
Writers: Andrew Pierce Fleming, Matt Kriete
Frenzy

#7 - Frenzy

Season 2 - Episode 9 - Aired Dec 17, 2017

The gang must get $60,000 to their blackmailer; Joy follows Fat Franky around town, which doesn't end as suspected.

star 7.52
129 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers, Sarah-Violet Bliss
Password to the Shadows

#8 - Password to the Shadows

Season 1 - Episode 9 - Aired Nov 25, 2016

The crew wreaks havoc on Chantal's sister's rehearsal dinner and have no choice but to pay off an unlikely source for Chantal's possible whereabouts.

star 7.50
319 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers, Sarah-Violet Bliss
Paranoia

#9 - Paranoia

Season 2 - Episode 5 - Aired Dec 3, 2017

The gang gets invited to Chappaqua, where they receive the key to the city for finding Chantal; a police officer named Joy begins to uncover their tracks.

star 7.50
146 votes
Writers: Christina Lee
Murder!

#10 - Murder!

Season 2 - Episode 1 - Aired Nov 19, 2017

After finding Chantal and killing the not-so-villainous Keith, the gang is faced with the horrifying task of trying to bury a body before the sun comes up.

star 7.46
177 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers, Sarah-Violet Bliss
The Mystery of the Golden Charm

#11 - The Mystery of the Golden Charm

Season 1 - Episode 5 - Aired Nov 23, 2016

Dory meets a handsome private investigator named Keith, who guides her through a risky adventure to probe deeper into Chantal's personal life.

star 7.46
347 votes
Directors: Ryan McFaul
Writers: Anthony King
The Secret of the Sinister Ceremony

#12 - The Secret of the Sinister Ceremony

Season 1 - Episode 6 - Aired Nov 23, 2016

The crew drops in on a sinister cult tied to Chantal's disappearance, but they may have bitten off more than they can chew when Dory and Drew come home to a threatening note.

star 7.42
356 votes
Directors: Ryan McFaul
Writers: Sarah-Violet Bliss
Rogue Witness

#13 - Rogue Witness

Season 3 - Episode 7 - Aired Jun 25, 2020

Elliott takes the stand to testify for the defense. Portia's faith deepens, as does her bond with her new Christian friends. Drew makes a dangerously self-sabotaging choice, and Dory receives a terrifying message.

star 7.42
59 votes
Writers: Craig Rowin
Denial

#14 - Denial

Season 2 - Episode 7 - Aired Dec 10, 2017

Dory drops in on Keith's funeral; Drew investigates the threatening flowers left at his work; Portia severs ties with her mother; Elliot endures group therapy at rehab; Julian realizes Mary may be an imperfect role model.

star 7.42
134 votes
Writers: Sarah-Violet Bliss
In God We Trust

#15 - In God We Trust

Season 3 - Episode 6 - Aired Jun 25, 2020

While Dory and Drew face their grueling first day in court, which begins with damning testimony from Portia, Elliott plays with fire by appearing on a conservative talk show.

star 7.41
63 votes
Writers: Jordan Firstman
The Rookie Lawyer

#16 - The Rookie Lawyer

Season 3 - Episode 2 - Aired Jun 25, 2020

Pandemonium breaks loose when an anonymous tip is leaked to the press. Dory and Drew lawyer up, while Elliott and Portia head for the hills. Or, rather, the sand dunes of East Hampton.

star 7.41
61 votes
Writers: Craig Rowin
The Return of the Forgotten Phantom

#17 - The Return of the Forgotten Phantom

Season 1 - Episode 8 - Aired Nov 24, 2016

The world discovers that Elliott is a liar, so he enlists Drew to help save face. Portia is given the opportunity to dazzle the set, and Dory and her boss Gail go undercover, which ends face-to-face with a prime suspect.

star 7.41
272 votes
Writers: Anthony King
Conspiracy

#18 - Conspiracy

Season 2 - Episode 2 - Aired Nov 19, 2017

The gang goes on a mission to cover up Keith's semi-accidental murder and return Chantal to her family, with a few major roadblocks along the way.

star 7.40
152 votes
Writers: Charles Rogers, Sarah-Violet Bliss
The Captive Dinner Guest

#19 - The Captive Dinner Guest

Season 1 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 22, 2016

It's the dinner party from Hell when Dory and Drew invite Portia and Chantal's intense ex-boyfriend over in an effort to get some answers out of him.

star 7.35
350 votes
Writers: Michael Showalter
The Riddle within the Trash

#20 - The Riddle within the Trash

Season 1 - Episode 7 - Aired Nov 24, 2016

Dory makes a huge connection in the case, while Drew is tempted by the fruits of another. Elliott's big charity launch ends disastrously when his integrity is challenged. Portia has an altercation with the star on the set of her show.

star 7.35
356 votes
Directors: Ryan McFaul
Writers: Christina Lee
The Whistleblower

#21 - The Whistleblower

Season 3 - Episode 3 - Aired Jun 25, 2020

Given the mountains of evidence against them, Dory, Drew, and their uninspiring legal team struggle to come up with a half-decent defense strategy, while Portia and Elliott are aggressively interrogated under fluorescent lighting.

star 7.34
59 votes
Directors: Jay Duplass
Writers: Andrew Pierce Fleming, Matt Kriete
A Dangerous Union

#22 - A Dangerous Union

Season 3 - Episode 8 - Aired Jun 25, 2020

As the gang tries their best to put aside their differences at Elliott and Marc's epic wedding, Dory can't help but feel wary that a threatening presence looms nearby.

star 7.27
60 votes
Writers: Sabrina Jalees
Suspicion

#23 - Suspicion

Season 2 - Episode 4 - Aired Nov 26, 2017

The friends make choices fueled by paranoia; Keith's ex-wife confronts Dory; Portia gets cast in a play about the Manson murders; Drew begins a long con to escape to China, Elliott breaks out into hives.

star 7.23
142 votes
Directors: Lilly Burns
Writers: Anthony King
The Night of One Hundred Candles

#24 - The Night of One Hundred Candles

Season 1 - Episode 3 - Aired Nov 22, 2016

The crew makes waves at Chantal's vigil, where Dory is intent on telling the parents that she saw their daughter.

star 7.22
414 votes
Writers: Christina Lee
A National Affair

#25 - A National Affair

Season 3 - Episode 4 - Aired Jun 25, 2020

The media can't get enough of this salacious case, and Dory is starting to enjoy the attention. Meanwhile, Drew addresses the skeletons in his closet, and a betrayed Elliott cuts ties with Portia, driving her into the open arms of Christ.

star 7.22
60 votes
Directors: Jay Duplass
Writers: Starlee Kine