• Network: Freeform
  • Series Premiere Date: Jan 8, 2020
Metascore
77

Generally favorable reviews - based on 17 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 17 out of 17
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 17
  3. Negative: 0 out of 17

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Critic Reviews

  1. Reviewed by: Aaron Barnhart
    Jan 8, 2020
    100
    There are a lot of shows getting reboots that maybe shouldn’t (Roswell, really?). But this is a timely and smart retelling of a unique story about children coming of age in a modern, mixed-up world without their parents to rely on. While watching I kept asking myself, as I imagine many viewers will as well — what if this were my family?
  2. Reviewed by: Melanie McFarland
    Jan 9, 2020
    80
    Freeform’s “Party of Five” reboot spoke to me in ways the original never did – the Acostas’ precarious situation feels much closer to the jagged edge of reality than the Salingers ever approached.
  3. Reviewed by: Caroline Framke
    Jan 8, 2020
    80
    In keeping its focus to this one family, and distinguishing each member of it as their own person, 2020’s “Party of Five” finds a way to balance its political dissections with its characters’ individual journeys, thus underlining its points even more effectively.
  4. Reviewed by: Jen Chaney
    Jan 7, 2020
    80
    The underlying message of this lovely series enables the audience to hold nostalgia and a bracing sense of reality in their heads and hearts all at once, and that’s a rare and special thing.
  5. Reviewed by: Willa Paskin
    Jan 7, 2020
    80
    The new version of Party of Five, which premieres on Freeform on Wednesday night, is a timely reinterpretation of the original, a remix with meaning. ... Sadder and more wrenching then the original. Unlike the Salingers, the Acostas are not awfully, simply without their parents. They are in an excruciating limbo.
  6. Reviewed by: Hank Stuever
    Jan 7, 2020
    80
    Freeform’s capable and compelling rendition of “Party of Five,” from the same creators who brought us the 1990s hit drama about five orphaned siblings, makes a more than adequate case for do-overs. ... Lippman and Keyser have also retained the lived-in, comfortable pace of their earlier show, reminding viewers that this family’s daily dramas can be as ordinary as often they can be extraordinary.
  7. Reviewed by: Kevin Fallon
    Jan 7, 2020
    80
    Once you accept that this [teens] is the audience the show is being pitched to, you can appreciate not only how well it’s being executed, but how important it is for this specific story to find a home alongside the channel’s splashy-salacious dramas about chic magazine writers and L.A. millennial romance and ennui. A fitting venue for an important party.
  8. TV Guide Magazine
    Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    Jan 6, 2020
    80
    The creators of the original Party of Five have reimagined their series, updating it sensitively and with brave timeliness. ... Life is no party for the Acostas, but when has a reboot ever felt so relevant? [6-19 Jan 2020, p.9]
  9. Reviewed by: Judy Berman
    Jan 6, 2020
    80
    With executive producer Rodrigo Garcia (In Treatment), creators Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman ingeniously reimagine their story as a portrait of a loving family torn apart by political forces. ... Because characters sometimes sound like mouthpieces, the addition of some standard teen melodrama can make for slightly ponderous scripts. Yet the show ultimately appeals to our empathy more than our political allegiances.
  10. Reviewed by: Amy Amatangelo
    Jan 8, 2020
    79
    The trick with a series like this is to educate and inform the viewer without seeming preachy. The main point of a family drama must remain to entertain. Party of Five does that with compelling teen angst, love triangles, rebellious adolescents, family intrigue and all the other things that make a good drama tick.
  11. Reviewed by: Danette Chavez
    Jan 8, 2020
    75
    There’s a greater focus on teen angst and rites of passage in Party Of Five than overt social commentary, which can feel more groundbreaking and political than its real-life allusions.
  12. Reviewed by: Verne Gay
    Jan 6, 2020
    75
    This "Party" does what the original did well because it knows all of this. Feelings are universal but circumstances are not. ... The rare reboot with a purpose — and a heart.
  13. Reviewed by: James Poniewozik
    Jan 16, 2020
    70
    It’s a compelling premise, though the show still needs to flesh out the kids as characters.
  14. Reviewed by: Dan Fienberg
    Jan 8, 2020
    70
    The immigration story doesn't go away, but the family's adjustments make room for love triangles, various teenage rebellions and financial drama aplenty. The more conventional and soapier parts of the series are a release valve, even if they also cause those arcs to feel much less adventurous than the material mined in Freeform shows like Switched at Birth or The Fosters.
  15. Reviewed by: Brian Lowry
    Jan 8, 2020
    70
    The concept is considerably better than the execution in Party of Five, but that idea -- breathing urgency and relevance into a reboot of the 1994 Fox series -- counts for quite a lot, hanging the predicament of the children forced to fend for themselves on the deportation of their immigrant parents.
  16. Reviewed by: Rob Owen
    Jan 2, 2020
    65
    The immigration angle is new and does add an element that wasn’t there before but the rest of “Party of Five,” while admirable and certainly watchable, doesn’t demand to be seen.
  17. Reviewed by: Kelly Lawler
    Jan 8, 2020
    63
    The circumstances surrounding the kids are often far more interesting than the characters.
User Score
5.6

Mixed or average reviews- based on 8 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 4 out of 8
  2. Negative: 3 out of 8
  1. Jan 8, 2020
    10
    okay so here we go lets start by saying this show isnt for everyone and its not intended to be the shows about a family that got seperated dueokay so here we go lets start by saying this show isnt for everyone and its not intended to be the shows about a family that got seperated due to stupid reasons and they have to live with their brother but its a cute sweet heartwarming show with plenty of laughs and enjoyment to be had the show made me laugh smile and all of the above Full Review »