Party of Five (2020)


Season 1
Party of Five

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With a strong cast and empathetic storytelling, Party of Five's timely reinvention adds a new layer of urgency while still honoring the original series.

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Critic Ratings: 30

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User Ratings: 93

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Air date: Jan 8, 2020

When ICE deports their parents, life for the five Acosta siblings is turned upside down; oldest son Emilio puts his music career on hold to move back home and take care of his siblings.

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Air date: Jan 8, 2020

After their parent's deportation, Emilio struggles to adapt to his new responsibilities as primary caretaker for his siblings; Val prays for a miracle; Lucia makes a new friend; Beto feels the pressure to step up as an older brother.

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Air date: Jan 15, 2020

Emilio renegotiates an unfair business deal; Beto is devastated to learn his older brother is dating Vanessa; Lucia attempts to help Matthew and discovers he too is undocumented; Val's dependency on her mother takes an unhealthy turn.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2020

Emilio sees an opportunity to make extra money catering on the side; at the party, Beto encounters Ella and a flirtation begins; Lucia finds her voice in an unlikely way; Val unravels when she learns about her mother's new job in Mexico.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2020

Just when Emilio thinks he has it together, baby Rafa becomes ill; after a visit to the emergency room, the Acosta siblings reevaluate how to approach parental duties; Ella and Beto become closer; Lucia continues to risk her safety for Matthew.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2020

After Rafa's ER visit, Emilio realizes he needs help and finds himself opening up; Beto tries to impress Ella and falls short; Lucia becomes inspired by an immigration activist; Val enrolls in a dance class and takes on a new persona.

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Air date: Feb 12, 2020

Lucia decides to host a fundraiser at the restaurant and finds her voice along the way; Emilio faces an identity crisis; Beto goes behind Ella's back; Val struggles to maintain her false identity, but is outed to a member of the family.

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Air date: Feb 19, 2020

Lucia continues to try to impress activism mentor Sully; Natalie shares Val's secret with Emilio and as a result, Val tries to reconnect with her parents; Beto encourages Ella to move in with her mother and discovers a secret about Ella.

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Air date: Feb 26, 2020

An unexpected family reunion in Mexico exposes cracks in the happy facades both the Acosta children and their parents have put up; Emilio collaborates with Natalia on a new song and bonds over their romantic histories.

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Air date: Mar 4, 2020

Val makes a surprising request, with lasting repercussions; Ella surprises Beto in Mexico, and her presence brings up unexpected truths; Lucia goes out of her comfort zone; Emilio leans on Natalia when the family's social worker returns.

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Cast & Crew

Brandon Larracuente profile thumbnail image
Brandon Larracuente
Emilio Acosta

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Emily Tosta
Lucia Acosta

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Niko Guardado
Beto Acosta

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Bruno Bichir
Javier Acosta

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Fernanda Urrejola
Gloria Acosta

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Elle Paris Legaspi
Valentina Acosta

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Critic Reviews for Party of Five: Season 1

Audience Reviews for Party of Five: Season 1

  • Aug 01, 2022
    Pretty bland and lackluster reboot of a far superior classic. Sometimes you don't need to re-invent the wheel.
  • Jul 10, 2021
    An actual improvement on the original series, which was already pretty good to begin with, this show alone is a good enough reason to download the Freeform app.
  • Dec 28, 2020
    Love this show. Timely, emotional and realistic. The characters are fantastic, makes you want to know what happens next for them.
  • Oct 30, 2020
    I wanted to love this show. I'm Mexican American and I liked the original. However, this show was a disgraceful mess. Most of the actors playing Mexican Americans are NOT Mexican American, the show assumes we all have illegal parents in danger of deportation, and it was all cringe-worthy melodrama in the worst way. I was offended, and I'm glad it was cancelled.
  • Oct 05, 2020
    The original was much better. The acting here is only OK, and the writing is substandard. Political themes have been injected into the series, presumably out of a desire to make it seem relevant or important, but that is not enough to make it interesting or to make anyone care about the bland characters.
  • Aug 29, 2020
    I love this show it was so realistic. Absolutely right on on today's issues and it provides diversity to those who aren't exposed to those under privilege
  • Jul 11, 2020
    This show was extremely moving, emotional, and just all around amazing. I'm so disappointed it got canceled without a season 2.
  • Apr 18, 2020
    after 25 years Freeform has rebooted the beloved 90's drama series  the original starred Neve Campbell, Matthew Fox, Lacey Chabert, Jennifer Love-Hewitt, and Scott Wolf all of them are siblings living in San Francisco, California the thing is they don't have their parents anymore so they had to rely on each other to make it in the world they have to go through not just physical changes but also emotional ones going from young to grown-up now Freeform has brought the program back but the big change here is that it directly focuses on a Latino family the parents have 5 children and they run a Mexican restaurant but it doesn't last long as INS comes in and deports their parents back across the border parentless the kids now have to figure out how to look out for each other and support themselves the siblings are Valentina, Beto, Rafael, Lucia, and Emilio one is an aspiring musician, one has a smart-mouthed attitude always speaking her mind, one is just an infant, one is a young man wanting some freedom and liberation while another just misses both parents feeling she can't confide in anyone the way a child is supposed to  the version of this show ties into the more current social and political landscape of the immigration status in America it sheds light on Latinos being sent back not having the proper papers and documentation, having social services intervene every now and then, having the government come in falsely imprisoning citizens, and figuring out how to protect those whom have had it worse coming from from outside the US me as a Latino-American I have to say I attached to these people very quickly mainly because I also came from outside the U.S. as well as my sister; we both came from Latin-American countries and were adopted into a predominately white family and with both of my folks deceased all 3 of my sisters including myself have to rely on one another every day, not to mention living the post-Trump era of the nation this 'Party of Five' reaches out not only to the Hispanic community but also all extended families facing troubles from financial to emotional a lot transpires for these kids in the span of only a few episodes yet they continue to evolve into better examples of themselves, I mean who knows how long they can stand to be away from their parents before things spiral out of control?everything from raising an infant to fitting into social circles to first loves to being a whole family unit it's a shame though how short-lived this reboot was since the original program lasted 5 seasons, nobody can say it didn't try to do something different heck it attempted to reach out to a broader demographic and not just be rich, white class Caucasian-based like a lot of other shows are primarily  oh well, it may have had a short run but the drama is compelling and the young child actors are very good since they have to deal with such heavy material I give them props for that
  • Mar 16, 2020
    This is my very first review. That's how deeply this show has touched me. It's so raw, honest, and authentic. It's been a very long time since a show has connected so deeply with my soul. Kudos to the creator and writers for handling a topic so controversial with so much grace. Looking forward to Season 2.
  • Mar 12, 2020
    Absolutely love Party of Five. Great story line and the acting is superb!

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