YMMV / Party of Five

  • Accidental Innuendo: One of Julia and Griffin's first scenes has her talking about stains on his coat. Specifically Julia starts talking about where they possibly could have come from. The line she uses is "you see those little white stains" - she immediately says something about milk but come on, we all know what the first assumption was.
  • Alternate Character Interpretation: It's quite possible that Julia could have an addiction to conflict and drama in her life. Given that she doesn't develop interests in guys who don't have some kind of big flaw or emotional baggage, it looks as though she loves creating conflict in her life. She's happy with Justin and inexplicably starts seeing Griffin - despite complaining numerous times about him not caring that he's with her. The only reason their relationship ends is because he gets Put on a Bus at first. She also seems to go out of her way to romance guys who are already with someone else - Justin was with Libby and Ned was with Maggie. One must wonder how her Last Minute Hook Up with Justin will last.
  • Broken Base: Bailey. To fans he is either The Woobie who just needs some love or a self-centred Jerkass.
  • Creator's Pet:
    • Griffin is treated as one of Julia's greatest romances when it's more of a destructive Edward Cullen relationship. She cheats on Justin with him and then gets mad at him for not being as into the relationship as she is. He seems so disinterested that you have to wonder why Julia is even giving him a chance.
    • Grace in Season 3 is incredibly cold and bitchy to Charlie. While he's rude to her first, he apologises for this and she never apologises for her rudeness. Similar to the Griffin example, there's no actual reason for Charlie to fall for her.
  • Die for Our Ship: Julia/Griffin vs Julia/Justin. Shockingly avoided for most other couples - as the other siblings rarely had enough long-term love interests.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Claudia was the most popular of the kids. Sarah too, enough that producers wanted to give her a spin-off show. Out of the supporting cast, Will was another. Enough to be made a regular again for Season 6.
  • Fan-Preferred Couple:
    • Bailey and Sarah and Charlie and Kirsten, which is likely the reason that although they split up initially, they reconcile much later on. The former case only split up because Sarah had to be Put on a Bus for her own show.
    • Out of Julia's many flames, Justin seems to be the preferred one - likely due to the Victorious Childhood Friend element. Probably helped by them becoming Amicable Exes and who hook up at the end..
  • "Funny Aneurysm" Moment: Kirsten's freaking out about her wedding in season 2 is funny. But considering that she ends up suffering from depression in season 3, it now comes across as eerie Foreshadowing.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Bailey casually mentions setting a date for his and Sarah's wedding - it's September 11th. If the wedding had happened, it would have been September 11th 2000 meaning their first anniversary would have been...yeah.
  • Hilarious in Hindsight: In Season 6 Claudia becomes the Cool Loser to Lovable Alpha Bitch Alexa. Seeing Claudia trying to be In with the In Crowd is nothing short of hilarious given Lacey Chabert's role in Mean Girls.
    • Claudia having A-Cup Angst is incredibly ironic if you've ever seen Lacey Chabert in anything made after this show. Let's just say puberty was very kind to her.
    • Claudia in Season 3 hires someone to cleanse the house of evil spirits. Around this time Neve Campbell (who plays Julia) starred in The Craft as a teen dabbling in witchcraft.
    • Brittany Murphy appears in Season 1 as an Alpha Bitch that Julia tries to impress. Skip to Clueless where Murphy is the uncool one. Also Julia's nerd friend is named Libby. Skip ahead to Sabrina the Teenage Witch where a character called Libby would be the former Trope Namer for Alpha Bitch.
  • Les Yay: Claudia and her friend Jody are a little too close. Claudia is again rather close with Alexa in Season 6.
  • Narm Charm: A scene between Julia and Griffin after Jill's death has her buying him a second-hand coat Jill had planned to get for him. Julia starts making up scenarios about where the rips, tears and stains came from. What she says is rather ridiculous and a little silly - yet it has Griffin opening up to her and the scene is rather sweet.
  • Replacement Scrappy:
    • Inverted. Sarah is more fondly remembered than her predecessors Nina (as Julia's gal pal) and Jill (Bailey's love interest). Though see They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character below.
    • Holly in Season 6 had potential to become this. That's probably the reason she and Bailey split up before the finale.
  • Romantic Plot Tumour: Any romance plot that involves Julia tends to become this. She's guaranteed to have at least two love interests per season. Charlie and Kirsten narrowly avoid this as after they split in season 3, they become Amicable Exes for a while - and they are spared any more romance drama as they get together for good at the start of season 6.
  • The Scrappy:
    • Julia is the least popular of the leads, mostly due to her inability to not fall for guys who aren't already in relationships. Additionally she seems to get a new gal pal every season, implying she's not particularly good at making long-term friendships.
    • Few people have any love for Grace Wilcox, Charlie's girlfriend in Season 3. Not only is she a Replacement Scrappy for Kirsten but she has very few redeeming qualities.
  • Seasonal Rot: Seasons 5 and 6 aren't liked too well by the fandom. Some would even include Season 4.
  • Tear Jerker:
    • Many moments to choose from but the most heart wrenching is Claudia's breakdown in front of Bailey at his intervention where she threatens to stop loving him and orders him out of their lives if he doesn't get better.
    • There's also the episode where each of them confront the man who was responsible for their parents' death. Charlie is the most reluctant to do so, and we find out why at the end; he blames himself. He thinks if he'd come home on time to babysit the others, his parents wouldn't have been in such a rush, and they wouldn't have been hit by the drunk driver.
  • They Wasted a Perfectly Good Character:
    • Two of Bailey's season 1 girlfriends Kate and Jill were both quite interesting. Kate was Put on a Bus and she and Bailey became Amicable Exes in her last appearance, while Jill was abruptly killed off in the season finale. Of course since fan favourite Sarah was introduced in the next season, it's not as bad as other examples.
    • Maggie Lawson's Alexa in Season 6 was a nice Lovable Alpha Bitch friend for Claudia. However she's only in six episodes.
    • Nina played a nice best friend role to Julia in season 1. She got one episode in season 2 and spent the rest of the series being mentioned off-screen - as Sarah took on Nina's role in addition to her romance with Bailey.
  • Unintentionally Unsympathetic: Bailey, Julia and Claudia in "Dearly Beloved". Charlie and Kirsten decide to elope and get married in Reno. The siblings are furious at this and when the couple don't go through with it, they apologise. Except that the three siblings had been excessively butting in with wedding preparations - to the point that Kirsten was freaking out about the stress of it all. Despite her rebuffing some of their excessive ideas, they don't listen and keep pressuring her. What's more is that while Charlie and Kirsten apologise for the attempted elopement, the other three never apologise for their behaviour.
  • Wangst: Sarah's complaints about Bailey making her feel like a kept woman. It's simply him celebrating having a higher salary by buying her a couple of expensive gifts and paying for dinner. She flips out when he pays a bill for her when she's about to be late to pay it.
  • The Woobie: Claudia for a while and then Owen.

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