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15 of 15 people found the following review helpful
on 2 November 2006
After a few weeks I've finally watched all 22 episodes of the first season of Party of Five. I never caught the first series when it was first show on English TV (I think I must have started watching it during the second series). I loved it though. What a fantastic show! It follows the lives of 5 (really 4 because Owen (the baby) is just over 9 months old and doesn't really get up to much!) brothers and sisters as they come to terms with the deaths of their parents in a car crash six months earlier. Relationships, friendships, work , school, grief, growing up etc - it's all here and it's all handled really well. It's got some great acting in too - Matthew Fox is now in Lost and Neve Campbel has gone on to star in several films. Jennifer Love Hewitt becomes a regular in later seasons.

I see that the second series has been released over in the states - please release it (and the other seasons) over in the UK soon!!
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12 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on 24 October 2006
Having remembered watching this show the first time around, I was delighted to see it had been released on DVD. It is great watching it the second time around, and it brings back loads of great memories from the mid-late 90s. Catching up with the original story of the five kids fending for themselves and how they manage is still as good. Also getting to watch a very young Matthew Fox (now starring in 'Lost') is bonus! If you were a fan of the show, then you won't be disappointed. My only concern is when will I be able to buy the 2nd series?!!
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
on 27 October 2005
This is one of my favourite TV programmes of all time: the acting, the storylines - everything was superb about this series. It's great to see Matthew Fox back on our screens in Lost, but I think he had an even greater role in Party of Five. So if you're mad about Matthew Fox, then buy Party of Five to see his acting at its finest!
The good news is that Season Two is getting released on 20/12/05, the bad news is that it's still only available on Region 1 (available to order now on Amazon.com). If you enjoyed Season One, then please buy Season Two as this is the only way they'll release the rest of the seasons.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
San Francisco. As Social Services hover, the Salingers strive to stay together after their parents are killed in a car crash. 24 year old brother Charlie moves in to care for Bailey (16), Julia (15), Claudia (11) and baby Owen. All are self-willed and pull in different directions. Helping to restore harmony are the weekly family meals in the restaurant their father once owned - theirs the table reserved for a "party of five".

Of course there is sadness, sometimes in abundance, but this gentle likeable series is also full of humour - nicely scripted, well cast, situations credible (except perhaps for some wayward Jill sequences). Yes, for the most part feet are firmly on the ground, the characters with depth. Note, for example, Charlie's dilemma - the job offer of a lifetime, but it means a move to Seattle....

A 1994/95 series. 22 episodes, commentaries and bonuses provided ten years later by creators and cast. They reminisce interestingly about the show initially so often facing the axe - instead to win a Golden Globe and to run for six seasons. Prominent attractions are Neve Campbell before film fame and Matthew Fox before he got "Lost".

Standout episode? The first Thanksgiving without their parents coincides with news of the drunken driver's early release from prison - this a double challenge to them all. Movingly the cast are still affected by the storyline when commentating a decade later. Also moving are accounts of tributes from fans declaring how the show helped them to come to terms with loss.

"Claudia, go to your tent!" How come? Watch and see, this one of the many moments to raise a smile.

All in all, a delight. Warmly recommended.
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14 of 16 people found the following review helpful
on 12 August 2004
Excellent!
Have been waiting for this for a long time, while it only took ten years it was as cool to enjoy this first season all over again, brought back so many memories and hasn't faded at all, still seems as relevant today as it did in '95.
I can't compare this to any other show on TV, POF has a unique situation, cast and story I just wish they made TV like this over here, like the other reviewer says: all we get is Hollyoaks (re-affirm my take on life and do a re-run of 'This Life' please - save us from the scourge of reality TV and empty UK soaps!!)
The extras were ok, nothing outstanding, these covering the shows creation and writing etc with a few anecdotes thrown in, a few episodes have actor commentaries from Fox, Wolf and Caharlet, but not very many and Neve Campbell (learned her name is pronounced like 'Kev', something I never knew, always thought it was like the Irish pronunciation) is noticeably missing from the proceedings which is a pity, but then the extras weren't the reason I bought the box set, just to have the first season on DVD and be able to travel back to 1995 and visit the Sallangers any time I wanted was more than enough.
When are we gonna get the rest, please, release season 2 on DVD as well, you can't stop now!!
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
Thank God they saw fit to release this amazing TV show. The ultimate predecessor to 'Dawson's' and even 'The OC'. They would not be where they are today were it not for good ol' Party of Five. So glad it's on dvd because I've worn out my taped-off-the-telly VHS! As good a reason as any to buy a multi region dvd player. BUY THIS AND SEASON TWO NOW so they release the others!
Extras are great, good nostalgic look back, but frankly just good to have all episodes together, sans adverts! I may never leave the house again!
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on 30 August 2014
I am very glad this series. It is a great pity that in our bohemia aired on TV once, about 13 years ago. So far I have managed to get the DVD just 1 and 2 series. It is so nice after years again to show a look. I only wish that the DVD does not contain Czech subtitles, because I can not speak English, but fortunately we live in the age of computers, so I can at least translate the compiler on PC titles. This series I really like the cast and the talent, but also because it reminds me a serial, my dream world where I am like a child before bedtime ran from my very joyous childhood. So it was very interesting to see adult series that are so similar to my childhood ... I look forward to when I can get the money, and I'll be able to buy the third season of this amazing show.
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on 25 February 2015
This is one of my favourite old time shows that I loved to watch it in 90's (I still do now occasionally!). It follows the lives of five siblings after the death of their parents in a car crash. This show has a lot of heart and there are a lot a tearjerker scenes throughout the whole series as the kids grow up and struggle with everything without their parents there to guide them. The first season starts off six months after the death of their parents. Charlie (the oldest brother) has moved back home to care for his siblings and we get a birds eye view from there.
This show has a way of pulling you in and making you feel like you are there with the family, feeling their pain and rooting for them through their trails and tribulations.
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on 18 January 2009
..... £16 could ever buy. I am no teenager but loved this series when shown on TV. In fact I maintain it is the best thing ever to grace the television screen.
The stories of the Salinger children's highs and lows after the tragic death of their parents in a road traffic accident has you crying with them one minute and laughing at them the next.
I have yet to indulge myself with the second series, I like to spread the enjoyment thinly, but hope by the time I finish that, there will be a third season available for region 2.
Fantastic!
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on 27 May 2009
Saw all these when first broadcast on channel 4. Still as relevant as ever. Matthew Fox even sexier as a youngster than now. Stories so well written and all the actors were perfect for parts.Unbeatable value and unmissable viewing.
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