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Get behind the scenes as never before in the new 9-part featurette 'A Look Back' with all new interviews with the cast and crew!
See how the show was created in 'A Family Album' featurette
Shocked into a beyond-their-years awareness of the fragility of ordinary life and the importance of loyalty and loving bonds, the Salinger offspring--24-year-old Charlie (Matthew Fox), high schoolers Bailey (Scott Wolf) and Julia (Neve Campbell), 11-year-old Claudia (Lacey Chabert), and baby Owen (various infant actors)--bring a deeply felt, sometimes desperate gravitas to lesser but still significant misfortunes in relationships, peer pressures, and ambitions. On top of that, each has to take on responsibilities beyond their experience--hiring nannies, raising money for mortgage payments, etc.--and make sacrifices robbing them of formative experiences. Charlie, accustomed to adult freedom, has to rejigger his plans and move back home as a surrogate, and often resented, parent. (If he doesn't do this, his brothers and sisters could be separated and sent to foster homes.) Ultra-responsible Bailey, with little time for homework, buddies, or girls, loses perspective and gets hung up on an older, appealing nanny (Paula Devicq). Top student Julia's academic career fades as she seeks a second family among undeserving thrill-seekers. Claudia, a gifted musician, pawns her violin.
Despite all that drama, the essence of Party of Five is the Salingers' homing instinct, the way they survive internal and external conflict to find their way back to reassuring family rituals--among them weekly (free) dinners at the restaurant their late father owned. The 22 episodes on six discs in this boxed set typically test the Salingers' hopes, dreams, and mettle, and while stories can certainly be unsettling, a viewer is never left with serious worries that things won't turn out all right. Among the highlights are "Homework," in which Julia, having made plans to attend a party rather than salvage her failing grade in English lit, stays home instead to save Bailey's bacon by writing his difficult term paper. The powerful "Thanksgiving" concerns a face-to-face meeting between the Salingers and the drunk driver (John Rubinstein) who killed their parents. Most memorable is a suite of episodes featuring Megan Ward as Bailey's girlfriend, Jill, a possible drug addict whose fate rocks the startling season finale, "The Ides of March." --Tom Keogh
This was and still is my favorite show that I have watched. Watching these characters coming together after the death of their parents was really astonishing to me. Read morePublished on July 13 2004 by Kimberly Long
Thank goodness they finally released this show on DVD. I was one of the people that wrote to Fox not to cancel the show. Read morePublished on June 29 2004
I'd put season one of "Pof5" up against any season of any show ever made...it's that good. Read morePublished on June 15 2004 by B. Luu
As a faithful viewer from the pilot through the series finale, this show never failed to make me cry. Read morePublished on June 14 2004
Great series. Too bad season 2 is scheduled to be released on DVD until November. Will be worth the wait though..Published on June 11 2004 by RBuch
I am a Party of Five fan and loved the first season so I naturally pre-ordered the DVD.
Its great to see these episodes again and the special features are interesting to... Read more
I preordered party of five through Amazon. I got it the day it came out and within a few days I watched all five dvds. PLEASE PLEASE release the others... Read morePublished on June 9 2004
I am soo happy that this DVD came on...this is my all time favorite show. I HOPE they releases the further seasons...I can't wait!Published on June 8 2004
Party of Five was a great series. Not sure that I would pay much more than what Amazon has for it, but Amazon has it for wonderful price. Well worth the money here. Read morePublished on June 4 2004