Party of Five is a remarkable show about a family of five orphaned children.
When their parents were killed by a drunk driver, the Salinger children came under
the guardianship of eldest brother Charlie (Matthew Fox, below, second from left).
But the show delves much deeper into the lives of its characters than just their
struggle to survive without their parents.
Charlie is a reformed wild-child, who took over his father's restaurant in order
to support his siblings, and very nearly married his fiancee, Kirsten (Paula Devicq,
not pictured), with whom he planned to adopt baby brother Owen. However, Charlie
still has a small problem with commitment, and he called off the wedding at the last
minute. Having fought a difficult but successful battle with cancer last year,
Charlie has moved forward, and is now the very proud father of a baby girl, Diana.
Bailey (Scott Wolf, below, far right) and Julia (Neve Campbell, below, second from
right) are fighting their way into adulthood, and are therefore confronted
with new, and sometimes confusing, situations, relationships, and emotions. As a
college freshman, Bailey was seduced by alcohol, and has since been forced to fight
the alcoholism that once plagued his father. He is now managing his father's
restaurant, and living with his girlfriend Sarah. After graduating from high school,
Julia turned down the opportunity to attend Stanford University, and eloped with her
boyfriend Griffin instead. Theirs was a rocky union, and they are now separated.
This year, Julia chose to enroll at Stanford, and she is in the midst of adjusting to
university life and the ups and downs that go with it. Youngest sister Claudia
(Lacey Chabert, below, in front), a violin prodigy, having worked her way through
the pre-teen years, is discovering boys, hormones, and the daily crises associated
with high school life. She began this year she by attending boarding school on the
east coast, but had a difficult time adjusting to being so far away when things went
wrong at home. She has since moved home to San Francisco, to attend a local high
school and help Charlie with Owen and Diana. Youngest brother Owen (Jacob Smith, not
pictured) has been leading the normal life of a pre-schooler, having been too young to
really remember his parents. However, it has recently come to light that he has some
learning difficulties, and Bailey actually sued Charlie for custody of Owen. Although
those legal attempts were not successful, Owen has moved in with Bailey and Sarah, at
his own request. Party of Five is a show about survival, but its most appealing
characteristic is the fact that it depicts the relationships, traumas, emotions, and
struggles faced by teenagers and young adults around the world, and it does so
Of course, the triumphs and struggles of the Salinger family also involve their
friends, relatives, and co-workers. A major factor in their lives has been Sarah
Reeves (Jennifer Love Hewitt, above, far left), Julia's best friend and Bailey's
sometimes girlfriend. However, Sarah is not simply portrayed as an accesory to the
Salinger's lives, but has been developed into a fully three-dimensional character.
Most notable was the storyline surrounding her discovery that she was adopted at
birth, and her subsequent meeting with her birth mother. This year, Sarah and
Bailey are living together, without all the money troubles that haunted them last
year. Sarah is living on her own after practically disowning her parents for
pressing charges against Bailey for drunk driving (he crashed his Jeep several
years ago while driving drunk, and Sarah was injured in the crash).
Another character who has impacted the Salingers' lives is Griffin Holbrook
(Jeremy London, below), who was Julia's perpetually on-again, off-again boyfriend,
and may soon be her ex-husband. Julia and Griffin first became a couple after his
sister Jill (Bailey's girlfriend at the time) died of a drug overdose, and Julia's
compassion towards him turned into something more. At one point, Griffin even ended
up staying on the Salinger's sofa when he was unable to coexist with his father, who
was inflexible, insensitive, and abusive. However, Griffin was a very troubled young
man, and he ended up being sent away to military school after he stole a significant
amount of money from the Salingers' restaurant. Since then, he has returned to the
show occasionally, and despite his and Julia's marital woes, it looks like he's back to
Jeremy London is a talented actor, a trait he shares with his identical twin
brother, Jason. They have separate thriving careers, but there have been times when
the two have seemed interchangeable. Such was the case when Jason won a role in the
film "The Man in the Moon," and Jeremy served as his stunt double. They also seemed
as one when Jason won a role in the TV series "I'll Fly Away" but had to turn it
down because he was under contract with another show, and Jeremy auditioned for the
role and got it. More recently, Jeremy and his brother have steered their careers
in different directions, each pursuing roles that suit his dramatic tastes. Among
other projects, Jeremy has recently appeared in the feature films "Breaking Free,"
"Mallrats," and "The Babysitter." In 1996, Jeremy and Jason London were among
People Magazine's 50 Most Beautiful People (see below).
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