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''Party of Five'' is a {{teen drama}} that aired on {{FOX}} from September 1994 to May 2000.

The main plot focuses on the five kids of the Salinger family who have been orphaned after their parents are killed in a car accident. Charlie (Matthew Fox), an irresponsible 24-year-old worker of odd jobs has to step up and be the new man of the house. The second oldest is Bailey (Scott Wolf), a 16-year-old responsible team mom (at least for the first few seasons), despite not being the oldest...or a woman. 15-year old Julia (Neve Campbell) is sensitive, and 11-year-old Claudia (LaceyChabert) is a child prodigy. The fifth is Owen, barely a year old. The siblings all have to take over the restaurant. During the series, they deal with issues like alcoholism, cancer, abuse, and death.

It was UnCancelled after having a poor run with audiences and a favorable reception with critics the first season due to a small pool of loyal fans protesting cancellation.

It generated the unsuccessful SpinOff ''Time of Your Life''.
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!!Tropes used by the series:
* ACupAngst: Claudia, an episode even involved her buying a special padded bra for this very reason.
* TheAlcoholic: Bailey
* AllGirlsWantBadBoys: Played straight with Julia and Griffin.
* AmicableExes: [[spoiler: Julia and Justin]] after season 2. Charlie and Kirsten [[spoiler: for a while]].
* BackForTheDead: Julia's friend Libby makes two appearances in season 1 and then reappears in a season 3 episode where she ends up killing herself.
* BlondeBrunetteRedhead: Claudia (brown), Julia (black) and Kirsten (blonde) fill these roles. Sarah also counts. There's also an episode in which three different women ask Charlie out for a date and they all meet up at his house. One is a blonde, one a brunette and the other a redhead.
* BlondGuysAreEvil: Ned.
* BrainyBrunette: Julia and Sarah.
* BrotherChuck: Nina, Julia's friend from the first season. She makes one appearance in season 2, and is only given a few brief mentions before disappearing completely in season 3.
* BreakoutCharacter: Sarah Reeves, Jennifer Love Hewitt's character, was enough of one to get her own spinoff show.
* BrickJoke: The episode before Charlie and Kirsten were to be married in Season 2, Claudia rented what she thought was AnAffairToRemember for her and Kirsten, but it turned out they had been given a porn movie by mistake. Near the end of the episode, at Charlie's bachelor party, we see the guys are watching that copy of AnAffairToRemember.
* CerebusCallBack: The HalloweenEpisode opens with Sarah trying to convince Bailey to buy a pair of Snow White and Prince Charming costumes. [[spoiler: After he cheats on her with Callie,]] he buys the costumes as an attempt to make things up to her.
* ChildProdigy: Claudia.
* ComingOutStory: Claudia tries to set her violin teacher Ross up with a waitress at the restaurant, but he reveals he is gay. Claudia is initially shocked, but she gets over it.
* ContinuityNod: Justin makes a couple of appearances after his and Julia's breakup. Also the mother's old co-worker Avery from season 1 shows up in a few season 3 episodes.
* ConvenientMiscarriage: Julia's.
* DrunkDriver
* DysfunctionJunction: The whole Salinger family.
* EveryoneLovesBlondes: Daphne fits the description. Alexa from season 6 also.
* FailPolish: Sarah was initially shown as a little mousy and awkward but eventually shown as attractive and fashionable.
* FinaglesLaw: Everything that can possibly go wrong does. And hilarity ''doesn't'' ensue.
* FiveManBand: TheHero: Charlie
** TheLancer: Bailey
** TheChick: Julia
** TheHeart: Claudia
** TagalongKid: Owen
* GoodGirlsAvoidAbortion: Subverted with Julia, who intends to get an abortion but ends up having a [[ConvenientMiscarriage miscarriage]]
* HalloweenEpisode: In the third season.
* HandHidingSleeves: Sarah Reeves from wears the "cute" variation of this trope, and even helped popularize them in America.
* HardDrinkingPartyGirl: Bailey seems to have a thing for these girls, judging by his season 1 girlfriend Jill and his season 3 fling Callie. Daphne from the last two seasons starts out as this.
* HeadTiltinglyKinky: Kirsten's reaction to the porn tape Claudia accidentally rents for her. See BrickJoke above.
* HeterosexualLifePartners: Bailey and Will.
* ImportantHaircut: After recovering from cancer, Charlie decides to get blond highlights.
* {{Irony}}: A rather sad example. Justin writes a story about a happy couple whose lives get disrupted by a weed that grows in their house - that causes all sorts of problems in their relationship. It serves as a metaphor for the trouble he and Julia are going through. His first draft ends with the couple finding a magic potion that gets rid of the weed forever. When he shows this story to Julia, she calls that ending a cop-out - oblivious to the fact that it's really about her.
* JerkWithAHeartOfGold: Charlie and Bailey, though in Bailey's case the Jerk part usually cancels out the Heart of Gold part.
* LaserGuidedKarma: Coupled with a bit of FridgeBrilliance. Julia has a habit of stealing other people's boyfriends or entering relationships through cheating. Guess how they all turned out? Justin (stolen from Libby) [[spoiler: unplanned pregnancy and miscarriage]], Griffin (started while still seeing Justin) [[spoiler: failed marriage among a lot of other things]], Ned (stolen from Maggie) [[spoiler: he ends up hitting her]].
* LastHetRomance: Sarah's relationship with Elliot in Season 4 turns out to be this for Elliot.
* LovableJock: Will.
* LovableAlphaBitch: Nina in season 1 and Alexa in season 6
* MyFistForgivesYou: Will when he finds out Bailey wants to get back with Sarah.
* NotAllowedToGrowUp: Averted. The kids grew over the 5 years.
* OnceASeason: After both leaving the main cast after season 2, Justin and Will each appear in at least one episode (sometimes more) the following seasons.
* PromotionToParent
* PutOnABus: Sarah in season 6, so she could star in the spin-off.
* RapunzelHair: The mother Diana is said to have had long hair down her back which her husband wouldn't let her cut.
* RealSongThemeTune: "Closer to Free" by the BoDeans
* RelationshipUpgrade: Julia and Justin.
* SerialRomeo: Julia. Every season is guaranteed to have a plot where Julia has relationship trouble.
* SheIsAllGrownUp: Compare Claudia season 1 to Claudia season 6.
* ShoutOut: The name of the Salinger family is a shout out to the author of ''Literature/TheCatcherInTheRye'' J.D. Salinger.
** In one episode, Bailey and Julia are arguing about who gets to move into a spare bedroom, and Justin and Sarah are reminded of an episode of TheBradyBunch.
* TeensAreShort: At the height of 5'1 (at that time), Lacey Chabert was shorter than all of the adult cast members.
* ThereAreNoAdults
* TitleDrop: Joe says it at the end of the first episode when the kids sit down for dinner at Salingers.
* TomboyAndGirlyGirl: Claudia is the tomboy and Julia is the girly girl. Changes once Claudia becomes a teenager.
* VerySpecialEpisode: Though the show was a drama there were two that could qualify, since the show's opening credits weren't shown in either. The first was a season 2 episode where Julia discovers she is pregnant and spends the episode debating what to do with the baby. The second was a season 3 episode where the family try to get Bailey around for an intervention.
* WalkOnTheWildSideEpisode:
** In the third episode, straight-A student and bookworm Julia convinces her friend to start going to parties during the week. The friend eventually has enough and [[BrotherChuck disappears from the show]] but Julia keeps on with this new lifestyle and her grades start slipping. Her brothers try to convince her to go back to her goodie-two-shoes persona but she eventually finds a balance.
** Pops up as a joke in the second season where Charlie tells Kirsten she's a lot like her mother, prompting her to fret that she doesn't always make plans.
---> '''Kirsten:''' You know what, I was supposed to call the man about the invitations today. And you know what? I didn't. (''claps hands'') What the hell!
* WhatHappenedToTheMouse: Josh, a guy Julia had a flirting thing going on with at the start of season 5, promptly vanishes after the Halloween episode so that the Julia and Ned storyline can progress. No explanation is given.
* WhatIf: The show's 133th episode shows an alternate reality where the parents never died.
* WillTheyOrWontThey: Charlie and Kirsten. They split up and get back together three times over the course of three seasons. Things level off for a bit before [[spoiler: TheyDo for good]] in season 5.
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