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Party of Five: Season 1 (1994)

Matthew Fox , Scott Wolf , Ellen S. Pressman , Ken Topolsky  |  NR |  DVD
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  • Actors: Matthew Fox, Scott Wolf, Neve Campbell, Lacey Chabert, Paula Devicq
  • Directors: Ellen S. Pressman, Ken Topolsky, Michael Engler, Peter O'Fallon, Richard Pearce
  • Writers: Amy Lippman
  • Format: Box set, Closed-captioned, Color, Dolby, Full Screen, NTSC
  • Language: English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles for the Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 5
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: Sony Pictures Home Entertainment
  • DVD Release Date: March 1, 2009
  • Run Time: 960 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (246 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0001IN0T4
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #16,851 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Party of Five: Season 1" on IMDb

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Get behind the scenes as never before in the new 9-part featurette 'A Look Back' with all new interviews with the cast and crew!

See how the show was created in 'A Family Album' featurette

In its seven-year run on television, Party of Five managed to portray extreme emotions in a contained, tasteful, and level-headed way without sacrificing poignancy or richness. Aimed at a teen audience but with crossover appeal to most viewers, the series dealt with recurring themes of loss and disappointment, made all the more interesting because Party of Five's major characters, especially in season 1, are youthful siblings coping with the recent deaths of their parents in an automobile accident.

Shocked into a beyond-their-years awareness of the fragility of ordinary life and the importance of loyalty and loving bonds, the Salinger offspring--24-year-old Charlie (Matthew Fox), high schoolers Bailey (Scott Wolf) and Julia (Neve Campbell), 11-year-old Claudia (Lacey Chabert), and baby Owen (various infant actors)--bring a deeply felt, sometimes desperate gravitas to lesser but still significant misfortunes in relationships, peer pressures, and ambitions. On top of that, each has to take on responsibilities beyond their experience--hiring nannies, raising money for mortgage payments, etc.--and make sacrifices robbing them of formative experiences. Charlie, accustomed to adult freedom, has to rejigger his plans and move back home as a surrogate, and often resented, parent. (If he doesn't do this, his brothers and sisters could be separated and sent to foster homes.) Ultra-responsible Bailey, with little time for homework, buddies, or girls, loses perspective and gets hung up on an older, appealing nanny (Paula Devicq). Top student Julia's academic career fades as she seeks a second family among undeserving thrill-seekers. Claudia, a gifted musician, pawns her violin.

Despite all that drama, the essence of Party of Five is the Salingers' homing instinct, the way they survive internal and external conflict to find their way back to reassuring family rituals--among them weekly (free) dinners at the restaurant their late father owned. The 22 episodes on six discs in this boxed set typically test the Salingers' hopes, dreams, and mettle, and while stories can certainly be unsettling, a viewer is never left with serious worries that things won't turn out all right. Among the highlights are "Homework," in which Julia, having made plans to attend a party rather than salvage her failing grade in English lit, stays home instead to save Bailey's bacon by writing his difficult term paper. The powerful "Thanksgiving" concerns a face-to-face meeting between the Salingers and the drunk driver (John Rubinstein) who killed their parents. Most memorable is a suite of episodes featuring Megan Ward as Bailey's girlfriend, Jill, a possible drug addict whose fate rocks the startling season finale, "The Ides of March." --Tom Keogh

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39 of 40 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars A Wonderful Ghost of Television's Past September 17, 2004
This engaging character study of five children who lost their parents in a tragic car accident was one of the most worthwhile shows on television. It sounds difficult to have a show that details the intermingled lives of five individuals who have very intricate relations with not only one another but others in their lives. This show managed to familiarize us with each character in depth while showing their strenths and weaknesses as a family unit.

The first season gets us acquained with the Salingers as a family and as individuals. You find yourself relating to one or several characters but empathizing with all due to their circumstances. I truly hope that the next season will be offered on DVD soon.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Brave, moving and thought provoking June 3, 2004
This has to be, without a doubt, one of the bravest tv shows aimed at the teen market, especially when you consider this season is from 1994.
Its about 5 children (between the ages of 24 and 1) who try desperately to keep their family together after the death of their parents in a car crash, and the problems they face on a daily basis and how they deal with them in the absence of their parents. The show is beautifully acted by all, and you really feel their pain. The show covers so many topics with dignity without being patronising; teen sex, drug abuse, under age drinking, sex, homosexuality, death, infidelity, HIV and so many more.
Its a brave show, the best 22 hours of TV I've watched in a very long while. I have missed many of the following series as I live in the UK, and I can't wait to catch up!!! (Hurry and release the follow up series' PLEEEEASE!!!).
The DVD extras - adequate. A couple of commentaries and a 'look back', with interviews from some of the cast and writers.
A brilliant, inspiring show for teens and upwards (I'm 33!).
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20 of 21 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars FINALLY!!!! May 21, 2004
By Mark D.
Format:DVD|Verified Purchase
I have actually written my name on the online petition last year to get Party of Five released on DVD. Not sure if it was because of efforts like that or similar petitions, but it's finally here and I couldn't be happier! This was one of my all-time favorite shows with depth, drama and comedy all while still being very 'real' in a sea of teen-dramas that were anything but.
So ok, I'm guessing everyone who's reading this review already knows about how great the show was so I'll focus on the DVD.
But first, I'll start by addressing two other reviews here with low-star rankings. First, to the person who said it was a poor-quality DVD with audio out of sync and color blotches, etc., that's not true at all and is a common trait of off-brand DVD players or even budget versions of name-brands and especially computer-based DVD players (although I'm not sure which the reviewer was using.) What I can say however is *every* DVD here plays pristinely on all of my equipment, including a notebook with a DVD drive. Perfect colors, perfect syncing, everything. It actually looks clearer and more razor-sharp than the original shows that aired on TV showing they most likely went right from the masters right to DVD rather than converting to an interim step first.
Second, to the person who commented that they didn't like how the producers 'decided to strip the opening credits and song from the first disc' didn't follow the show (or just doesn't remember), nor did they listen to the commentaries by the producers or actors. If they did, they'd remember that there *was* no opening credits or theme song for the first few episodes because there wasn't enough footage of the show yet recorded to make the opening scene!
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars PLEASE RELEASE OTHER SEASONS!!!!!!! January 30, 2005
This was by far my very favorite TV show ever! I was thrilled to buy the 1st season and now am devastated that they may not release others!! There is so much junk that has been released and it is so unfair. This show dealt with so many important issues in a very tasteful way. It was a learning tool for young people and a reminder of what growing up was all about for those of us who are older. I agree with a previous reviewer that maybe if they promoted the sales of season 1 on the "Lost" show it would sell better. I think a lot of people for some reason are not that familiar with the show and need to see how great it really was. I hope everyone will do all they can to promote the issuing of the other seasons! There is not enough quality TV out there any more.
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11 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars What are they waiting for? May 18, 2005
PLEASE- all seasons need to be released, i have waited long enough! This is one of the best shows that was ever on TV, and i would love to make it a part of my DVD collection!!
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16 of 18 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars About Freakin Time February 23, 2004
I am sooooo happy. Party of five is one of the great classics. I was so worried that it wasnt going to come out on dvd. My only concern is that Columbia Tristar will do a horriable job on this set like Dawson's Creek and Mad About You. Nevertheless, i am way HAPPY. For those of you who dont know, Party of Five is about 5 siblings dealing with life after thier parents die in a car wreck. There is Charle(Matthew Fox, Haunted) Bailey(Scott Wolf, Go) Julia (Neve Campbell, Scream, Wild Things) Claudia (Lacey Chabert, Wild Thornberrys) and the baby Owen. I really hope the sales are good so they release Seasons 2-6. It would also be great to see the spin-off Time of You Life on DVD. But 5 stars for quality and for being a great show.
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