‘Tears Would Not Be Inappropriate Here’: An Oral History of the First Season of Party of Five

September 3, 2014 6:54 PM

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‘Tears Would Not Be Inappropriate Here’: An Oral History of the First Season of Party of Five

It’s day two of our survey of the hugely influential 1994–95 network-television season, during which the likes of newbies Friends, ER, and My So-Called Life hobnobbed with returning future classics like Seinfeld, The Simpsons, and The X-Files. Yesterday we counted down the season’s 100 best episodes and checked back in on the bonkers fifth season of Fox’s Beverly Hills, 90210; later today, we’ll be revisiting Melrose Place with the help of the show’s writers. Up next: The creators and cast of Party of Five talk about the debut season of the influential but still underrated Fox drama that debuted on September 12, 1994.

You’d be right in thinking of Party of Five and My So-Called Life as kindred spirits in the 1994–95 season. Both moved televised stories about and targeted at young adults away from the soap-opera genre and helped make the medium safer for the more realistic teenagers we’d meet later on Dawson's Cre...

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