When Rafa ends up in the hospital, the family comes together to care for him. But their situation worsens, a social worker shows up to check in on them because of the recent events.
Episode title: “Rafa”
Release date: January 29, 2020 at 9pm
Cast: Brandon Larracuente, Emily Tosta, Niko Guardado, Elle Paris Legaspi, Michal Zebede
Party of Five is an American television teen and family drama created by Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman that originally aired on Fox for six seasons from September 12, 1994, to May 3, 2000. The series featured an ensemble cast led by Scott Wolf as Bailey, Matthew Fox as Charlie, Neve Campbell as Julia, and Lacey Chabert as Claudia Salinger, who with their baby brother Owen (played by several actors) constitute five siblings whom the series follows after the loss of their parents in a car accident. Notable co-stars included Scott Grimes, Paula Devicq, Michael Goorjian, Jeremy London, and Jennifer Love Hewitt. While categorized as a series aimed at teenagers and young adults, Party of Five explored several mature themes, including substance and domestic abuse, cancer, and the long-term effects of parental loss.
Despite receiving positive reviews from television critics after its debut, including TV Guide naming it “The Best Show You’re Not Watching” in 1995, the series suffered from low ratings during its first and second seasons, during which speculation arose that it would soon be cancelled. In 1996, Party of Five won the Golden Globe Award for Best Television Series – Drama, after which ratings and popularity grew for the majority of the remainder of the series. A spin-off starring Hewitt debuted on the network in 1999, Time of Your Life, which was cancelled after one season.
The show, set in San Francisco, centered on the five Salinger siblings (the “party of five” of the show’s title), who become orphans after their parents are killed in a car accident caused by a drunk driver. The family is composed of 24-year-old Charlie (Matthew Fox), the eldest, a womanizing, immature manual laborer who struggles with the responsibility of being the new head of the family; 16-year-old Bailey (Scott Wolf), the once-rebellious teen turned responsible caretaker—and later-turned-substance abuser; 15-year-old Julia (Neve Campbell), a sensitive teen; 11-year-old Claudia (Lacey Chabert), a precocious child prodigy; and baby Owen, age one.
The siblings take over the running of their family’s restaurant, Salinger’s. Charlie initially serves as bartender and manager, and later Bailey takes over. Over the years, the Salingers face various struggles: the long-term effects of parental loss; in Season 3, Bailey’s battle with alcoholism; in Season 4, Charlie’s battle with cancer; and in Season 5, Julia’s dealing with domestic violence in a relationship.
As the series progressed, romantic relationships became plot points and new cast members joined the show, including Jennifer Love Hewitt as Sarah, Bailey’s girlfriend, Jeremy London as Griffin, Julia’s bad-boy boyfriend and later husband, and Paula Devicq as Kirsten, Owen’s nanny, who develops an on-again-off-again relationship with Charlie throughout the series.
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