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 (Lacey Chabert
) 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 Un-Cancelled
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 Spin-Off Time of Your Life
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