Party of Five

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Party of Five
Party of Five-Cast (4).jpg
Premiere September 12, 1994
Finale May 3, 2000
Creator Christopher Keyser &
Amy Lippman
Network FOX
Style 60-minute drama
Company Keyser/Lippman Productions,
Columbia Pictures Television (seasons 1–4),
Columbia TriStar Television (seasons 5–6)
Distributor Columbia TriStar Television (1999–2002)
Sony Pictures Television (2002–)
Seasons 6
Episodes 142
Origin USA

Party of Five is a drama that aired on FOX.

The show, set in San Francisco, centered on the five Salinger siblings (the "party of five" referenced in the show's title), who become orphans after their parents are killed by a drunk driver. 24-year-old Charlie is the eldest, a womanizing, immature manual laborer who struggles with the responsibility of being the new head of the family. 16-year-old Bailey is the once-rebellious teen turned responsible caretaker—and later-turned-substance abuser. 15-year-old Julia is a sensitive teen; 11-year-old Claudia is a precocious child prodigy; and baby Owen is barely one year old.

The siblings, who often barely got along with each other during the early seasons, take over the running of their family's restaurant, Salingers. Charlie initially serves as bartender and manager, and later Bailey takes over. The struggles the Salingers face over the years include Charlie's battle with cancer in Season 4, Bailey's battle with alcoholism in Season 3, Julia's dealing with domestic violence in a relationship in Season 5, and the long-term effects of parental loss.

As the series progressed, romantic relationships became plot points and new cast members joined the show, including Jennifer Love Hewitt as Bailey's girlfriend Sarah, Jeremy London as Julia's bad-boy boyfriend and later husband Griffin, and Paula Devicq as Owen's nanny Kirsten, who developed an on-again-off-again relationship with Charlie throughout the series.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6
Scott Wolf Bailey Salinger * * * * * *
Matthew Fox Charlie Salinger * * * * * *
Neve Campbell Julia Salinger Holbrook * * * * * *
Lacey Chabert Claudia Salinger * * * * * *
Jennifer Love Hewitt Sarah Reeves Merrin * * * * *
Paula Devicq Kirsten Bennett Thomas Salinger * * o o * *
Scott Grimes William "Will" McCorkle * * o o o *
Alexondra Lee Callie Martel *
Jennifer Aspen Daphne Jablonsky o o *
Michael Goorjian Justin Thompson o * o o o o
Jeremy London Griffin Holbrook o o * * *
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6
Mitchell Anderson Ross Werkman * * * * * *
Tom Mason Joe Mangus * * * * * *
Brandon Porter Owen Salinger * *
Taylor Porter   * *
Andrew Cavarno   * * *
Steven Cavarno   * * *
Jacob Smith   * *
Ben Browder Sam Brody *
Tamara Taylor Grace Wilcox *
Tim DeKay Dr. Paul Thomas * *
Allison Bertolino Natalie Mott *
Paige Turco Annie Mott *
Scott Bairstow Ned Grayson * *
Chad Todhunter Cody * *
Heather McComb Maggie *
Wilson Cruz Victor *
Rhona Mitra Holly Marie Beggins *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
FOX
Season One September 12, 1994 March 15, 1995 22
Season Two September 27, 1995 March 27, 1996 22
Season Three August 21, 1996 April 2, 1997 25
Season Four September 17, 1997 May 13, 1998 24
Season Five September 16, 1998 May 19, 1999 25
Season Six October 5, 1999 May 3, 2000 24

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Discs
Season Sets  (Region 1)
The Complete First Season May 4, 2004 purchase 5
The Complete Second Season December 20, 2005 purchase 5
The Complete Third Season March 25, 2008 purchase 5
The Complete Fourth Season March 5, 2013 purchase 5
The Complete Fifth Season July 2, 2013 purchase 5
The Complete Sixth Season October 1, 2013 purchase 5

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