Party of Five

FOX (ended 2000)


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Nothing could be worse than the sudden death of parents. One day Nick and Diana Salinger were killed in a terrible car crash, and left their five children all alone. Charlie (Matthew Fox), the oldest, will have to step in and take care of the family, serving both as father and brother. Bailey (Scott Wolf), the middle brother, tries to keep everything under control but undergoes an alcoholism problem when he realizes he can't do it all. Julia (Neve Campbell), a young girl who keeps jumping from one bad relationship to another. Claudia (Lacey Chabert), the youngest girl that plays the violin, who has to enter adolescence without any help of parents, and little baby Owen, who was only 6 months old when his parents died and thus will never know how it feels like to have a mother and a father. Together, they go through all sorts of problems, from handling their parents restaurant and trying to keep it running to disastrous relationships and school problems. Soon they realize that in order to survive, no one can be selfish and they all have to help each other. They're a family and have to stick together. Winner of the 1996 Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Series, this one hour show from Columbia Pictures Television empathizes the way a family uses creativity, humor and love taught by their parents to handle the conflicts and necessities of everyday life. The show ran for 6 seasons on Fox, when producers, actors and network decided to finish the show. The Opening Theme Song: "Closer to Free" performed by the BoDeans Awards and Nominations: • 2000 - Won! - ALMA Award for best emerging actor in a Drama Series - Wilson Cruz • 2000 - Nominated - GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Individual Episode (for episode "I'll Show You Mine") • 2000 - Nominated - YoungStar Award (Lacey Chabert) • 2000 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Guest Starring Young Actress - Ashley Edner) • 1999 - Nominated - YoungStar Award (Lacey Chabert) • 1999 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Lacey Chabert) • 1999 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Jacob Smith) • 1998 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Guest Starring Young Actress - Allison Bertolino) • 1998 - Won! - YoungStar Award (Lacey Chabert) • 1998 - Nominated - YoungStar Award (Andrew and Steven Cavarno) • 1997 - Won! - YoungStar Award (Lacey Chabert) • 1997 - Nominated - YoungStar Award (Jennifer Love Hewitt) • 1997 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Lacey Chabert) • 1997 - Nominated - for the Writers Guild of America Awards for best dramatic episode ("Falsies") • 1997 - Nominated - for The Golden Globe of Best TV Series Drama • 1996 - Won! - The Golden Globe for Best TV Series Drama • 1996 - Nominated - EMMY for Outstanding Individual Achievement in Sound Editing for a Series (in episode "The Wedding") • 1996 - Won! - Turner Prize • 1996 - Nominated - GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding Television Series • 1996 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Lacey Chabert) • 1995 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Lacey Chabert) • 1995 - Nominated - by the Casting Society of America for Best Casting for TV (Pilot) • 1995 - Won! - the Humanitas Prizemoreless

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  • Neve Campbell

    Neve Campbell

    Julia Salinger

    Lacey Chabert

    Lacey Chabert

    Claudia Salinger

    Matthew Fox

    Matthew Fox

    Charlie Salinger

    Scott Wolf

    Scott Wolf

    Bailey Salinger

    Jennifer Love Hewitt

    Jennifer Love Hewitt

    Sarah Reeves (episodes 23-121)

    Paula Devicq

    Paula Devicq

    Kirsten Bennett (episodes 1-35, 94-142; recurring otherwise)

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    • best show of the 90's

      Party of Five is one of the best show I've ever seen during my teen years. This show tackles different kinds of problems that most people face in the reality. I love all the wonderful message in every episode. I admit, I'm one of the avid fan of Neve Campbell! She's a great actress and this show dominates during the 90's. I've been looking for a good copy of this show and saw it being sold at dvdbooth .com which produced a nice DVD boxset, what I received is a decent copy which has very good quality! I love to watch this show all over again the mixed of comedy and drama in its finest!moreless
    • The best family drama of the 90's to watch!

      I was a fan of the show for a long time, since the show began and ended for six seasons. I was thirteen and an eighth grader in junior high school, when the show started. I was nineteen and was out of high school, when the show ended. One of my favorite characters on the show is Julia. She is very sensitive. She has trouble getting over her parents' death. She has gone through a lot of changes like, looking after her younger sister, Claudia; taking care of her younger brother, Owen; helped her older brother, Bailey beat alcoholism, by staying sober. She has been in a good relationships with her boyfriends, and bad ones too. She was on and off with Justin after her friend, Libby commited suicide in the middle of season 3. She became involved with Griffin Holbrook, the older brother of Jill, who died of a drug overdose in the season 1 finale. Jill dated Bailey until her death. She married Griffin at 18 and then separated in season 5, after she ended the affair with her abusive boyfriend, Ned. In the shows' series finale, She started to work at NOW (National Organization for Women).moreless
    • I must say I can't get enough of this show. Each one of them has such a unique way about them. I must say I would love to see it every day. You get hooked on their story.moreless

      The writers really put alot of heart in each one of the actors. They have made me laugh, cry, and even upset. the love they have is very touching. You feel like a part of their lives. trully a warming show. I watch the complete season 3 with 25 episotes. in 4 days. It was like reading a good book. You can't put it down. I believe if a show can move you, like movies from prior years. It must be rated number one in my book. Since I saw the whole season one, I looking forward to the next season. keep up the good work.moreless
    • Party of Five - pure heart felt emotions - touched almost every possible emotion

      This to me was such an extraordinary show because it showed 'real' life better than SO many 'real' life shows do these days. I was pregnant when this show was released here season 1, and now my child is 11 and i bought seasons 1 and 2 for her to watch, to learn from. Life can be so cruel but also so very wonderful and this show has it all. Take off the pollitically correct crap of today and put on some real honest pure fun. I know the show had alcoholism and smoking and drug overdose and sex etc ..but so does LIFE !

      Let's show our children some of the more wonderous shows of the past ... PLEASE someone get this show back on TV ! Seasons 1 through to 6 !moreless
    • It's my favorite TV series of my childhood and then it was perfect for me. Now there are lots of dramas around which are very interesting but I dare not to compare Party of Five to them! It would be messing up with my precious memories from that times...moreless

      Party of Five is drama about a family which is specific as it consists of 5 siblings only, without their parents who were killed during the car accident. All the story begins a few months after fatal accident and they al have to pull themselves together and face a new everyday challenges which were unknown to them a few months before. The role of the father takes over the oldest of the new family, Charlie who is doing his best to keep them all together. From now on they have to help each other, count on each other and because of their very specific situation, they have to grow/man up faster than their peers.moreless

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    dysfuntional families, family tragedy, teen angst, growing up too fast, young love