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Party of Five review project: Season 1 Episode 1 “Pilot”

My first thoughts upon starting this episode were “holy shit, everyone is soooo young”. It’s pretty wild to see.

The first few minutes do a surprisingly succinct job of getting across just what sort of situation all these kids are in as they try and hold life together six moths after losing their parents in a car accident.

Julia is already moody and angsty and becomes even more so when her obvious shithead “boyfriend” dumps her. I can’t wait.

Bailey is likeable and doing his best to sort of try and understand where everyone is coming from.

Claudia is tiny and good at playing the violin and mostly sort of stays out of the way.

Baby Owen is throwing a monkey wrench into the plan by being a dumb baby with a dumb name and he needs a nanny.

Charlie is the oldest and therefore trying to be smart with the money they have which is annoying everyone else because they resent him for it.

Tempers flair when the rest of the family finds out he lost 12 grand of their money after a business partner fled and everyone calls him a hypocrite.

But then he gets a job (at what I think was their fathers restaurant?) and everyone can see he’s at least trying finally and the episode ends.

I give it four “Go to hell, Charlie”‘s followed by a door slam out of five.