Party Of Five

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"Party of Five" explores the lives of the Salingers, five brothers and sisters determined to stay together following the tragic loss of their parents. The one-hour drama focuses on the way the family uses the creativity, humor, and love instilled by their parents to deal with the conflicts and demands of everyday life.
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Subtitles
English [CC]
Audio languages
English
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  1. 1. Party Of Five
    September 11, 1994
    46min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Five children orphaned by their parent's fatal auto accident seek to make their way in San Francisco.
  2. 2. Homework
    September 18, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bailey develops a crush on Kirsten; Julia strives to be popular; Claudia searches for the Salinger's long lost grandfather.
  3. 3. Good Sports
    September 25, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bailey's loyalty to his football teammates places him in jeopardy; Julia's generosity to some popular new friends causes problems for her siblings.
  4. 4. Worth Waiting For
    October 2, 1994
    44min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Julia is tempted by sex; Kirsten gives Charlie another chance; Bailey falls in love.
  5. 5. All's Fair
    October 9, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    An old girlfriend tempts Charlie; Claudia and Julia both lie to get what they want.
  6. 6. Fathers And Sons
    October 16, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Bailey tries to impress Kate's father; Charlie balks at the constant comparisons with his own dad.
  7. 7. Much Ado About Nothing
    October 23, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Charlie's infidelity jeopardizes his relationship with Kirsten; Bailey's preoccupation with Kate angers Claudia.
  8. 8. Kiss Me, Kate
    November 1, 1994
    44min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bailey and Kate disagree over sex; Charlie sets out to impress a potential employer; Claudia's success goes to her head; and Julia struggles in school.
  9. 9. Something Out Of Nothing
    November 6, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The arrival of an old family friend disrupts the Salinger household.
  10. 10. Thanksgiving
    November 13, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The release of the drunk driver who killed their parents divides the family.
  11. 11. Private Lies
    November 20, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Keeping too many secrets from each other threatens the Salinger's future together.
  12. 12. Games People Play
    November 27, 1994
    44min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bailey learns a secret about Kate; Julia and Claudia each try keeping secrets from prospective boyfriends; a personal crisis prompts Kirsten to turn to Charlie.
  13. 13. Grown Ups
    December 11, 1994
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As Claudia and Julia each face the challenges of growing up, Charlie proposes to Kirsten while Bailey finds himself in a relationship based solely on sex.
  14. 14. Not Fade Away
    January 3, 1995
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
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    English
    Sparks fly when Charlie moves Kirsten in without consulting his siblings; Julia uncovers evidence that heir mother may have had an affair.
  15. 15. It's Not Easy Being Green
    January 10, 1995
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The Salingers each face problems with their friends and lovers.
  16. 16. Aftershocks
    January 17, 1995
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As aftershocks rock their home, Bailey discovers Jill is using drugs; Charlie regrets accepting a loan from Kirsten; and Julia comes between Libby and her boyfriend.
  17. 17. In Loco Parentis
    January 31, 1995
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bailey and Claudia each struggle to help friends in need, while Julia falls in love with an old friend.
  18. 18. Who Cares?
    February 14, 1995
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    On the eve of Claudia's birthday, Bailey heads to Los Angeles to find Jill.
  19. 19. Brother's Keeper
    February 21, 1995
    44min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    The family is thrown into turmoil when Charlie is offered a job in Seattle.
  20. 20. The Trouble With Charlie
    February 28, 1995
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    As Charlie tries getting some time to himself, the pressures of being the head of the household mount.
  21. 21. All-Nighters
    March 7, 1995
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Just as Charlie finds a new apartment, he's needed more than ever at home.
  22. 22. The Ides Of March
    March 14, 1995
    45min
    13+
    Subtitles
    English [CC]
    Audio languages
    English
    Bailey is shocked by Jill's death; Ross' homosexuality threatens his adoption of a little girl.

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Directors
Steven RobmanKen TopolskyDaniel AttiasMichael EnglerEllen PressmanTony MordenteBruce Kessler
Producers
Chris KeyserAmy Lippman
Season year
1995
Network
Fox Network
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4.6 out of 5 stars

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Mark D.Reviewed in the United States on May 21, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
FINALLY!!!!
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I have actually written my name on the online petition last year to get Party of Five released on DVD. Not sure if it was because of efforts like that or similar petitions, but it's finally here and I couldn't be happier! This was one of my all-time favorite shows with depth, drama and comedy all while still being very 'real' in a sea of teen-dramas that were anything but.
So ok, I'm guessing everyone who's reading this review already knows about how great the show was so I'll focus on the DVD.
But first, I'll start by addressing two other reviews here with low-star rankings. First, to the person who said it was a poor-quality DVD with audio out of sync and color blotches, etc., that's not true at all and is a common trait of off-brand DVD players or even budget versions of name-brands and especially computer-based DVD players (although I'm not sure which the reviewer was using.) What I can say however is *every* DVD here plays pristinely on all of my equipment, including a notebook with a DVD drive. Perfect colors, perfect syncing, everything. It actually looks clearer and more razor-sharp than the original shows that aired on TV showing they most likely went right from the masters right to DVD rather than converting to an interim step first.
Second, to the person who commented that they didn't like how the producers 'decided to strip the opening credits and song from the first disc' didn't follow the show (or just doesn't remember), nor did they listen to the commentaries by the producers or actors. If they did, they'd remember that there *was* no opening credits or theme song for the first few episodes because there wasn't enough footage of the show yet recorded to make the opening scene! These DVD episodes are literally exactly as they appeared on TV, missing openings and all, including calling the Bodeans' song 'Closer to Free' 'Closer to Five' in the end credits! This is exactly what was aired. That's the way DVD-from-TV should be.
Which brings me back to the DVD extras. I really like that there's both producer and actor commentaries for a few episodes, but I'd say too few. For example, there's only one on discs 1 and 2 (with five episodes on the disc) and none at all on disc 3.
Also, the two 'special feature' interviews at the end are almost verbatim dialog between them and seem to be the same interview just shot on different days on different sets and edited differently. This of course isn't the actual case, and I attribute it to trying to remember something from ten years ago, but it did seem a little redundant. (For instance, at least three separate times Scott Wolf explains what 'Just look at the dog!' means. I'm glad he did--better too much than not enough--but I wish they would have extended the interviews to cover more topics perhaps including more about the actual filming or how Lacey Chabert trained to look sooo da*n convincing playing that violin even though she admits she can't play even one note!
Something else that I can't figure out is why was Neve Campbell left out of the actors commentaries for the episodes? They never said. At first, I thought maybe she wasn't part of the DVD release at all, but she is in the extra features, plus she's ironically the only name mentioned on Amazon as a cast member (without clicking 'more') and is even named in the title on the site! Go figure!
So to sum up, I love these DVDs. Finally one of the best shows on TV is making a come-back for the DVD-lovers out there. Plus the bonus extra interviews, etc. just make them that much more appealing. (Again though, I do wish there were more from the cast and crew as far as commentaries of the episodes. Maybe seasons 2-6) But all the extras are the 'nice to haves'. The 'must haves' are the episodes themselves which are faithfully replicated exactly as they aired. Perfectly.
Watch all of the episodes and definitely go through the interviews and commentaries and you'll quickly see why it won a Golden Globe and was called by TV Guide 'The Best Show you're Not Watching!'
Ok... now will someone tell NBC to release Hidden Hills seasons 1 through 1 (smirk) on DVD! Man, I'm still ticked that didn't make it to season 2! What a hilarious show!!!
23 people found this helpful
DerekReviewed in the United States on August 29, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
Honest & Real
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This series took an honest look at the impact the death of parents had on children ranging in age from 9 months old to 24 years old. Charlie (Mathew Fox), the oldest, must some how figure a way to raise his siblings-while he hasn't exactly figured out how to raise himself. He's like any 24 year-old, he makes a lot of mistakes, he's selfish at times, and his lacks direction-something very common in twenty-something's. Bailey (Scott Wolf) is the glue that tries to hold it all together, making sure the check book is balanced, trying to keep the bills paid and his baby brother in clean diapers-the problem, Bailey is only 16, he has a learning disability, and he isn't dealing with things quite as well as everyone would believe. Then there is Julia (Never Campbell), fifteen and coming to terms with becoming a woman without a mother to guide her or a father to protect her. Next is the precocious, Claudia (Lacey Chabert), a violin prodigy, like her mother-this 11 year old is dealing with her special talents, the loss of her parents, and trying to understand and survive in her new family dynamic. Lastly, is baby Owen, the youngest Salinger-he sleeps in Bailey's bedroom, he's cared for by his other siblings, and he will be the only child not able to remember what his parents looked like.

This show was wonderful. It had a phenomenal cast. It dealt with issues in a real way. The show was always honest with itself and with the audience, especially in the first season. Give the show a look and you'll find yourselves in love with the Salinger's as well.
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MontanaReviewed in the United States on February 16, 2013
5.0 out of 5 stars
A lot of TV for the Price
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I bought this to help pass the time on my in-home treadmill, and it worked great. A good distraction, and each episode was about 40 minutes, so an easy, healthy walk. The five disks (20+ episodes?) kept me coming back. I found the acting to be superb and the issues still pertinent. A good family series for pre-teen through adult. Deals with day-to-day challenges as they affect the parent-less family of five siblings, including loss, grief, family dynamics, school politics, dating, addiction, following your dreams. Some good lessons (for all ages) on handling these hurdles in healthy ways. A little idealistic, sure -- I mean, the working-class characters have beauty, charm, talent, nice clothes, good teeth and a big house in San Francisco. On a typical budget? Not. -- but I found the story-line and the emotions to be real enough, and entertaining to boot. Feel-good TV .. a refreshing change in this reality-TV generation.
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mark murrayReviewed in the United States on December 11, 2018
5.0 out of 5 stars
Excellent show
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I love this show, the characters, and the writers. From Charlie the oldest to Owen the youngest, this show deals with major real-life topics and the acting is first rate! I wish they had more shows like this on now. They should reboot the show and bring all the characters back (aged). My favorites were Neve Campbell and Scott Wolf. My favorite season was the first season, but I am watching it on Netflix now and the fourth is pretty good. I can't wait to see the 5th and 6th seasons. I would recommend this show and it is definitely worth watching!
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Geek AmbrosiaReviewed in the United States on May 16, 2004
4.0 out of 5 stars
Great Show, Poor Quality DVD's
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I was thrilled when this finally came out on DVD. I didn't pick up watching the show until it was into it's 3rd year running, so it's nice to finally see how it all started.
I am, however, kind of disappointed with the quality of the DVD's. There are constant color glitches & spots. Like every few seconds there are white fuzzy blothes bouncing around the screen, then the occassional red & green splotch here & there. Reminds me of being in elementary school in the early 80's when all they have were those films on the big reels & projectors.
Additionally, there are issues with the voices not always being in sinc with the speaker's lip movements. It's like watching a really bad kung-foo movie with the voice-overs.
I just wish they had put a little more effort into these DVD's.
It's awesome to have the show, but the poor quality is really starting to distract me.
(EDIT: Someone mentioned that I probably have a low quality DVD player, thus my issues. Funny that I've never once seen this poor quality show up on any of my other DVDs. Every other DVD i have watched has been perfect, both visually & aurally. So, that would suggest to me that it's the DVD and not my equipment. Sorry, but it's the truth!)
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Sara KaplanReviewed in the United States on April 4, 2016
5.0 out of 5 stars
It's got a wonderful mixture of dark and light---beginning with a death
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This episode is one of the most memorable of the whole series. It's got a wonderful mixture of dark and light---beginning with a death, and ending with a "birth". One of the things I love about this show is how well it handles serious, important issues with grace and dignity: like sexual identity and why that might interfere with an adoption process, or why some people make choices that could end ultimately in their own demise. The actors lend a very natural flow to the writing, which brings heart, connection and warmth to what are oftentimes otherwise bleak situations. If not for the close connection between the siblings and their strength to face life's challenges, this would be a very depressing show---but the Salingers and those they love manage to rise to the challenge with a confidence that is one to be admired. Love is a constant reminder in this show as the thing that brings all open hearts together, and the potential to save broken souls from despair.
DCD JERSEY GIRLReviewed in the United States on March 21, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
Best Young Adult Series Ever - Thought Provoking Mature
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I think I actually cried during the last episode of Party of Five, it felt like the end of an era for me. It is wonderful to be able to revisit that era with this wonderful first season of Party of Five on DVD. Like numerous others, I am anxiously awaiting the release of all of the other seasons and will collect each and every one, so PLEASE release them!!! I have little kids now and I am sure they will love this series just as much as I do, the issues are timeless and so well written. If you were a fan of Party of Five, you can miss watching them again, and if you were too young when it was out you have to watch it now. You will be hooked on Party!
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ShellyReviewed in the United States on January 18, 2014
5.0 out of 5 stars
Nothing else like it
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I enjoyed this show when it was first on TV, and when I got Amazon Prime I thought I'd watch an episode or two for fun. Little did I know it would become a nightly ritual as I delved back in to the Salinger family. I felt like I was reliving my teenage years (which I was in the 90s). This show really dealt with some heavy issues, and did it with great acting (Lacey Chabert was phenomenal, especially at such a young age- should have won some awards for her dramatic work) and honesty. The family wasn't perfect, but they were loving and you rooted for them.
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