Trivia / Party of Five

  • Ability over Appearance: When casting Julia, producers wanted a relatively young actress (the character was 15 at the time) but ended up casting the 19-year-old Neve Campbell due to her strong attitude during the audition.
  • Acclaimed Flop: The ratings for Season 1 were incredibly low and it was nearly cancelled - but it had a small pool of loyal fans protesting the decision. After it won a Golden Globe in Season 2, the ratings went up.
  • Actor Allusion: Julia is a 15-year-old girl who is able to pass for 21 with a fake ID (allowing her to work in a bar). As noted above, Neve Campbell was 19 in the first season.
  • Dawson Casting: 19-year-old Neve Campbell and 26-year-old Scott Wolf played 15-year-old Julia and 16-year-old Bailey respectively. See Ability over Appearance to note that producers tried to avert this with regards to Julia. Jennifer Love Hewitt and Lacey Chabert were the only cast members who were the same age as their characters.
  • Fake American: Neve Campbell (Julia) and Tamara Taylor (Grace) are Canadian.
  • Fake Brit: Alison the gay English girl is played by Aussie Poppy Montgomery.
  • Keep Circulating the Tapes: The first three seasons were the only ones out on DVD for years. The last three were only available in the US as video on demand. A series boxset is planned for 2016 release.
  • Not So Crazy Anymore: With the commercial appropriation and privatization of the internet in 1995, the internet was still an unsure thing for many companies in terms of marketability. However, Sony wanted to start testing the idea that the internet could be used as a medium for fan interaction, starting with Party of Five. Many other networks took years to consider the internet as a viable medium (although network upstarts The WB and UPN quickly followed suit), and as such Party had the likely the largest online growth for its' time commercially. Fan forums themselves were nothing new, as tech-savvy individuals had been using Usenet discussion boards since even before the 90s at the time, but it was the first time the idea was embraced by studios, and it was the first time that TV fan sites were made accessible to the average viewer in ISP form. Indeed, by 1997, there were over 50 dedicated fan sites all across the United States and Europe, more than any other non-sci-fi show (with sci-fi shows of course running the largest share of fan sites and forums) by a huge margin. Also, star Matthew Fox would occcasionally host Party of Five conferences on Compuserve's eDrive (Entertainment Drive) forum, one of the earliest predecessors to now-popular Reddit 'Ask Me Anything' events
  • The Other Darrin: Griffin was played by James Marsden in the season 1 finale and by Jeremy London for the rest of the series. Owen was played by six different actors, rapidly aging the character to an elementary schooler by the end of the show.
  • The Other Marty: Jerry O'Connell was cast as Bailey at first but quit just before the pilot was filmed - to star in Sliders.
  • Real-Life Relative: Tamara Taylor, who played Grace, is Neve Campbell's second cousin.
  • Retroactive Recognition: The amount of guest stars the show had that went on to be famous. The likes of Brittany Murphy, Kate Hudson, Maggie Lawson, Jane Kaczmarek, Freddy Rodriguez, Rider Strong, Breckin Meyer, Christina Pickles, Ivan Sergei, Jennifer Rhodes and Phil Lewis.
  • Star-Making Role: For Neve Campbell, Jennifer Love Hewitt, Matthew Fox, and Lacey Chabert.
  • Typecasting: Neve Campbell as a Shrinking Violet.
  • What Could Have Been:
    • Sarah was meant to only appear for nine episodes. Her popularity soared and she ended up staying on for five seasons, and even getting a spin-off.
    • Tara Strong nearly got the role of Julia before it went to Neve Campbell. The two were roommates at the time. Strong makes a small appearance in the episode "Homework" as a girl making out with her boyfriend at the start.
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