I am sitting here watching Party of Five reruns on Oxygen. I really loved this show as a teenager, and I was really excited to find it. Ok, excited may be a bit of an understatement. I jumped up and down, and shrieked at the top of my lungs! Apparently I yelled so loud I woke my 18 year old son up, and he was on his way downstairs to save me.
Watching this show as an adult, I see it in a different perspective. Maybe I should do a blog just recapping all the episodes, kind of like a running commentary? Maybe someday!
They are still showing season one, I am so glad I caught this from the beginning. What really strikes me is the relationship between Julia and Justin! I was not a big fan of them when I first watched, and in later seasons, I was totally Team Griffin. But wow! As I am watching this now, all the smoldering looks, all the young yearning, all the sweet little touches, it is a pretty accurate portrayal of first love. Even now, almost twenty years later, I feel almost disloyal rooting for Julia and Justin! Pathetic? Maybe a bit, but this was a big part of my life!
When Party of Five debuted in September of 1994, I was at an awkward phase of my life. I was six months pregnant with my first child and had just started my senior year in high school. I still lived at home with my mom, and I remember making my boyfriend (who is now my husband) come over and watch it with me. I think I lived vicariously through the characters.
For whatever reasons, I welcomed the Salingers into my home every week. I laughed with them. I cried with them. I loved them.
I hope Party of Five finds a new audience in reruns. Maybe it will prompt the people at Sony to finally release the rest of the seasons on DVD, REAL DVD, not that manufactured on demand crap!