Nothing could be worse than the sudden death of parents. One day Nick and Diana Salinger were killed in a terrible car crash, and left their five children all alone. Charlie (Matthew Fox), the oldest, will have to step in and take care of the family, serving both as father and brother. Bailey (Scott Wolf), the middle brother, tries to keep everything under control but undergoes an alcoholism problem when he realizes he can't do it all. Julia (Neve Campbell), a young girl who keeps jumping from one bad relationship to another. Claudia (Lacey Chabert), the youngest girl that plays the violin, who has to enter adolescence without any help of parents, and little baby Owen, who was only 6 months old when his parents died and thus will never know how it feels like to have a mother and a father. Together, they go through all sorts of problems, from handling their parents restaurant and trying to keep it running to disastrous relationships and school problems. Soon they realize that in order to survive, no one can be selfish and they all have to help each other. They're a family and have to stick together.
Winner of the 1996 Golden Globe for Best Dramatic Series, this one hour show from Columbia Pictures Television empathizes the way a family uses creativity, humor and love taught by their parents to handle the conflicts and necessities of everyday life. The show ran for 6 seasons on Fox, when producers, actors and network decided to finish the show.
The Opening Theme Song:
"Closer to Free" performed by the BoDeans
Awards and Nominations:
• 2000 - Won! - ALMA Award for best emerging actor in a Drama Series - Wilson Cruz
• 2000 - Nominated - GLAAD Media Award for Outstanding TV Individual Episode (for episode "I'll Show You Mine")
• 2000 - Nominated - YoungStar Award (Lacey Chabert)
• 2000 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Guest Starring Young Actress - Ashley Edner)
• 1999 - Nominated - YoungStar Award (Lacey Chabert)
• 1999 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Lacey Chabert)
• 1999 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Jacob Smith)
• 1998 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Guest Starring Young Actress - Allison Bertolino)
• 1998 - Won! - YoungStar Award (Lacey Chabert)
• 1998 - Nominated - YoungStar Award (Andrew and Steven Cavarno)
• 1997 - Won! - YoungStar Award (Lacey Chabert)
• 1997 - Nominated - YoungStar Award (Jennifer Love Hewitt)
• 1997 - Nominated - Young Artist Award (Lacey Chabert)
• 1997 - Nominated - for the Writers Guild of...