Season 1, Episode 1
Air date September 12, 1994
Written by Christopher Keyser and Amy Lippman
Directed by Richard Pearce
Episode Guide

Pilot is the first episode of the first season of Party of Five. It takes place six months after the death of the Salinger's parents.


Six months after their parents were killed in a car accident involving a drunk driver, the five Salinger orphans are struggling to make ends meet and keep their family together to raise their 10-month old newest brother Owen. They try to search for a replacement for Owen's 65-year-old nanny, Mrs. Kelleher, who suddenly quits. Bailey assumes most of the responsibility for the family and develops a romantic crush on the attractive grad student Kirsten Bennett, whom he hires on the spot as Owen's new nanny. Julia turns her back on the family and household chores after a classmate named P.K. shows an interest in her. After her heart is broken, she longs for her mother's advice and comfort. Meanwhile, the womanizing and immature Charlie loses $12,000 of the family's money after being ripped off in a ill-conceived real estate investment. Joe Mangus, their father's partner in Salingers Restaurant, loans Charlie enough money to tide them over on the condition that Charlie work at Salingers as a bartender, a job which Charlie accepts reluctantly. Young Claudia pawns her violin and announces that she'd rather be a regular kid than a child prodigy. Her violin instructor, Ross Werkman, reminds her that she has a rare gift and encourages her to stick with it.



  • Scott Wolf as Bailey Salinger
  • Matthew Fox as Charlie Salinger
  • Neve Campbell as Julia Salinger
  • Lacey Chabert as Claudia Salinger
  • Paula Devicq as Kirsten Bennett
  • Scott Grimes as Will McCorkle

Guest starringEdit

  • Mitchell Anderson as Ross
  • Alexander Ahnert as Owen
  • Byron Lucas as Doug
  • Jay Brazeau as Pawnbroker
  • Kevin McNutly Plumber
  • Sandy Tucker as Mrs. Elleson
  • Suzan Joachima as Janet
  • Allan Lysell as Teacher
  • Delores Drake as Mrs. Pick
  • Jhonny Whitworth as P.K
  • Maxine Miller as Mrs. Kelleher
  • Susan McLennan as Nanny
  • Zachary Ahnert as Owen