Party of Five: Season 1 (2019 - 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.



Critic Ratings: 28


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User Ratings: 86

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Air date: Jan 8, 2020

"Party of Five" follows the five Acosta children--Emilio, Lucia, Beto, Valentina and baby Rafa--as they navigate daily life struggles to survive as a family unit after their parents are suddenly deported to Mexico.

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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 while 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 discovers that his father was being taken advantage of by the owner of a restaurant across the street and tries to make a decision himself. Beto lives with the frustration over Emilio's new relationship, while Lucia attempts to help her new friend Matthew get a job, learning in the process that he hasn't renewed his DACA status.

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Air date: Jan 22, 2020

Emilio tries to take the business to the next level by catering a private event. However, things go south when the client expects the caterers to dress up and behave a certain way. Emilio does everything he can to appease her but draws a line when Beto gets yelled at by the guest of honor.

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Air date: Jan 29, 2020

When Rafa ends up in the hospital, the family comes together to care for him. But their situation worsens when a social worker shows up to check in on them in light of recent events.

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Air date: Feb 5, 2020

After Rafa's ER visit, Emilio realizes he needs help and finds himself opening up. Meanwhile, Beto tries to impress Ella and falls short. And Lucia becomes inspired by an immigration activist.

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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 façades both the Acosta children and their parents have put up. Back in LA, Emilio collaborates with Natalia on a new song and bond 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

Bruno Bichir
Javier Acosta
Niko Guardado
Beto Acosta
Brandon Larracuente
Emilio Acosta
Emily Tosta
Lucia Acosta
Fernanda Urrejola
Gloria Acosta
Elle Paris Legaspi
Valentina Acosta

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Critic Reviews for Party of Five Season 1

All Critics (28) | Top Critics (17)

The rare reboot with a purpose - and a heart.

Jan 7, 2020 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

The new version of Party of Five... is a timely reinterpretation of the original, a remix with meaning.

Jan 7, 2020 | Full Review…

The stories can be predictable, and the family too often comes off as perpetual victims... At a time when the immigration debate still involves kids kept in cages, there is no better moment for America to see a series like this.

Jan 3, 2020 | Full Review…

This is meaty drama for the thinking teenager that conveys the fallout from the cruelty of such legislation.

Apr 14, 2020 | Rating: 3.5/5 | Full Review…

Original showrunners Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser have done a fabulous job here, capturing both the warmth and the tough edges of the original, refreshing rather than reinventing the characters, but still making it feel completely modern.

Apr 14, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

It won't go viral, but Party of Five has heart.

Feb 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Party of Five's power expresses itself both in theory and in practice. To dramatize deportation in the current political climate is gutsy.

Feb 3, 2020 | Full Review…

While it entertains, the series calls on those who feel the Acostas' pain to stand up for other real life families like the Acostas.

Jan 21, 2020 | Full Review…

Worthy Latinx reboot of '90s classic has drinking, sex.

Jan 16, 2020 | Rating: 4/5 | Full Review…

Each episode builds out this family and their world a little more, and they're a family worth visiting.

Jan 16, 2020 | Full Review…

If you liked the Salingers, you'll like the Acostas.

Jan 10, 2020 | Full Review…

Party of Five is a tender, topical revamping of an already-tragic story that somehow makes things even more heart-wrenching.

Jan 9, 2020 | Rating: 8/10 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Party of Five: Season 1

  • 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!
  • Feb 28, 2020
    This is my favorite show of the season.
  • Feb 27, 2020
    I never watched the original and wasn't expecting much, but this show has been a pleasant surprise.
  • Feb 27, 2020
    One of the greatest shows on television right now great for the family. Feels like an old school show which are nonexistent too these days.
  • Feb 12, 2020
    Very good show ❤️👏🏼
  • Jan 27, 2020
    A relevant show with a great cast. I've only seen the first couple episodes so I'm looking forward to seeing how the characters develop.

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