The BEST Episodes of Party of Five

Every episode ever - ranked by fan votes!

Last Updated: Jul 19, 2019

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, the oldest, Bailey, the middle brother, Julia, Claudia, and little baby Owen, who was only 6 months old when his parents died. Together, they go through all sorts of problems.

Tender Age

#1 - Tender Age

Season 5 - Episode 7

A Thanksgiving Day at the Salingers' is nothing but peaceful. Owen runs away from Charlie in the mall and the family must look for him. Julia invites Ned to the house for the Thanksgiving Day. Claudia tries to reach to her family, but Daphne keeps on dodging her phone calls until Claudia starts to be worried. Bailey and Sarah talk about their relationship.

star 8.50
6 votes
Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writers: John Romano
fam-i-ly

#2 - fam-i-ly

Season 5 - Episode 17

Maggie confesses to the Salingers that Ned hit Julia and they all try to get Julia to break up with him, but she refuses. Charlie and Bailey fight over Owen's custody. Meanwhile, Sarah finds out that her mother is getting remarried. Claudia announces that she will be going to Stanford.

star 8.43
7 votes
Directors: Lou Antonio
Writers: Julia Dahl
Judgment Day

#3 - Judgment Day

Season 5 - Episode 19

The fight between Charlie and Bailey for the custody of Owen continues. They go to a judge. After leaving him, Ned starts to haunt Julia around. The whole family goes to court so the fight would finally be over.

star 8.43
7 votes
Writers: John Romano, P.K. Simonds
Of Sound Mind and Body

#4 - Of Sound Mind and Body

Season 4 - Episode 17

Charlie asks Kristen if he can leave Claudia and Owen for her if he dies. She wants to, but Paul doesn't like children so much. Claudia has been missing school for several weeks and the school calls for a meeting. Bailey and Julia are so busy that they don't show up. Social Services are called and they get Claudia and Owen. They say they were neglected and Julia and Bailey do the best they can to get them back. Julia and Griffin offer to take care of them. Everybody is mad at Claudia, who is feeling very lonely. Meanwhile, Rosalie is flirting with Griffin, and kisses him.

star 8.33
6 votes
Directors: Steve Robman
Writers: Lisa Melamed
Intervention

#5 - Intervention

Season 3 - Episode 20

The Salinger family tries to solve Bailey's drinking problem. Claudia calls him and tells a story about Owen falling down the stairs. Bailey rushes to the house, when Charlie, Julia, Claudia, Grace and Sarah hold him. One by one, they all try to show Bailey that he has a drinking problem. He refuses to accept it and fights with everybody. Joe arrives and tells Bailey that his father had a drinking problem too, but he stayed sober 18 year until he died. Bailey doesn't believe it, but Charlie does and proves to be true. They all try to get Bailey into an AA program, but he refuses. When everybody had already given up, Claudia tells Bailey that if he doesn't face his problem and look for help, than he will no longer be a part of the family. Bailey leaves.

star 8.21
14 votes
Directors: Steve Robman
Writers: Amy Lippman, Christopher Keyser
Bye, Bye, Love

#6 - Bye, Bye, Love

Season 6 - Episode 3

Daphne hires Victor as a nanny for Diana, and gets help job-hunting from Kirsten. Charlie counsels a troubled teen at work. Julia investigates her parents' relationship, which upsets Bailey. Claudia figures out that Cameron is attacking his friends on a web page. Sarah thinks she's found her father in New York and plans to meet him, meaning that she will have to leave Bailey.

star 8.17
6 votes
Directors: Adam Nimoy
Writers: Mimi Schmir, Allan Heinberg
Fools Rush Out

#7 - Fools Rush Out

Season 4 - Episode 24

Sarah confesses to Bailey that she still loves him. They get back together and finish in bed together. Julia gets accepted at Stanford, making Griffin feel like he is holding her back from her college life. Charlie tells Daphne he will take full responsibility as the father of her baby if he has to. Claudia and Jamie end up dancing in the playing field by themselves.

star 8.14
7 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Amy Lippman, Christopher Keyser
Gifts

#8 - Gifts

Season 5 - Episode 9

After finding out more about Ned's relationship with his parents and his brother, Julia wants to get closer to Ned's brother. Griffin goes to Boston on a job task and finds Claudia there. Charlie realizes that Daphne isn't really bonding with their daughter.

star 8.13
8 votes
Directors: Joe Ann Fogle
Writers: Tammy Ader, Julia Dahl
Before and After

#9 - Before and After

Season 2 - Episode 18

Julia is pregnant. She's not sure if she wants to have an abortion. Charlie finds her pregnancy test in the trash and talks to her. She wonders what will be like to have that baby, and Charlie opens her eyes on everything she would be giving up. He confesses to her that when he was in college one of his girlfriends got pregnant and had an abortion. Julia feels awful and so does Justin. They have a fight because he will get over it soon, but she has to carry this fact for the rest of her life. Claudia finds out and gets shocked. Bailey and Sarah plan on sleeping together, but she makes it too special. Bailey asks her to make it simple, but Julia's news scares them. Julia tries to talk with Sarah about her pregnancy, but Sarah says that if her mom decided to have an abortion, she wouldn't be there. Julia has a miscarriage. Claudia apologizes to Julia and Julia tells Charlie that he's a good brother.

star 8.00
13 votes
Directors: Steve Robman
Writers: Amy Lippman, Christopher Keyser
I Give Up

#10 - I Give Up

Season 4 - Episode 16

Griffin is selling the shop and the only one interested in buying it is his business opponent. He has no choice and sells it. He and Julia are now debt free. The new owner offers him a job at the store, which he refuses to take until Julia convinces him to. Charlie has pneumonia and is back to the hospital. He gets better, but is too depressed to feel good. Everybody worries about him. He decides to make a will just in case. Bailey decides to drop out of college so he can deal with everything. Paul tells Kristen she's still in love with Charlie. Claudia is skipping school.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writers: P.K. Simonds
Moving On

#11 - Moving On

Season 5 - Episode 1

Julia packs her bags and leaves to Stanford, while Bailey has to take off Claudia away to Massachusetts to boarding school. Meanwhile, Charlie drives Daphne crazy with his over-protectiveness. Sarah and Bailey go to check out the new loft apartment. Daphne leaves.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writers: P.K. Simonds
Naming Names

#12 - Naming Names

Season 5 - Episode 3

Julia and Griffin both lie to each other about romantic relationships. Charlie is happy to find out the gender of his baby, but Daphne doesn't want to know. Sarah is shocked to find out that her biological mother died in a plane crash. Claudia tries to lead a normal life at school despite her new friends' desire to rebel.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Steve Robman
Writers: Amy Lippman, Christopher Keyser
A Mid-Semester's Night Dream

#13 - A Mid-Semester's Night Dream

Season 5 - Episode 4

Charlie and Daphne make peace with each other and Daphne confides that she is scared. Julia tries to stay away from Ned after their recent kiss, but she ends up in his arms. Maggie suspects that something is happening to Will when he begins to act strangely.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Adam Nimoy
Writers: Julia Dahl
The Baby

#14 - The Baby

Season 5 - Episode 5

Daphne collapses and is taken to the hospital. She and Charlie are forced to decide between a premature birth or dying from liver failure. Maggie catches Ned and Julie together. Griffin meets Ned at the hospital. Sarah and Bailey kick Will out of of their home and instead put up his pregnant friend Hannah. Sarah is shocked when Bailey gives Hannah money for an abortion.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: Amy Lippman, Christopher Keyser
Witness for the Persecution

#15 - Witness for the Persecution

Season 5 - Episode 12

Julia is still shocked by Ned's behavior and she won't talk to anyone about it. Griffin tries to get Claudia to join his band and play the violin, but he forgets about his other band members. Charlie has some hard time trying to cope with the fact that Daphne left. Bailey and Sarah go to a restaurant, where a robber attacks them and steals some money & Sarah's necklace. Sarah is afraid that the robber will return, so she's in constant danger. Julia decides to talk to Ned.

star 8.00
8 votes
Writers: John Romano, Allan Heinberg
Party of Freud

#16 - Party of Freud

Season 5 - Episode 16

Now that he turned down the business offer, Bailey gets closer to Owen and is surprised to find out that he may have a learning disability. Charlie convinces Daphne to return to San Francisco, but she backs out at the last moment, thinking she is not ready. Charlie kicks Griffin out of the apartment. Julia tries to make Ned get some help, but it backfires heavily. Kirsten moves to Chicago with her parents.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Steve Robman
Writers: John Romano, Christopher Keyser
Driven to Extremes

#17 - Driven to Extremes

Season 5 - Episode 18

The battle for Owen's custody between Charlie and Bailey continues and it drives everyone else crazy. Meanwhile, Owen's learning disability grows. Maggie and Julia leave to go to the museum. Griffin kidnaps Julia, while Ned searches for her. Maggie confesses to him that she's not with her. Julia finally leaves Ned.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Joe Pennella
Writers: Allan Heinberg, Mark Richard
Haunted

#18 - Haunted

Season 5 - Episode 24

Julia spends all her time dating new guys and she realizes just how much she needs some time alone with herself. Daphne finally shows up in San Francisco. Kirsten feels threatened by her, while Charlie tries to explain Daphne that he's with Kirsten now. Sarah has some hard time trying to figure out just what is she doing with her life. Daphne tells Charlie that she's back in San Francisco so she could get Diana back. Bailey decides to solve the situation with Sarah by buying an engagement ring.

star 8.00
7 votes
Directors: Jan Eliasberg
Writers: Allan Heinberg, John Romano
Otherwise Engaged

#19 - Otherwise Engaged

Season 5 - Episode 25

Bailey proposes to Sarah and she says yes, but changes her mind later, thinking that she is way too young to go into something this deep. Meanwhile, Charlie proposes to Kirsten and later she accepts. Daphne has some hard time trying to fit into their new situation. Claudia tries to get closer to Cody and she's ready to drink with his friends in order to get him. Justin wants to help Julia with her finals, but she seems to be doing just fine on her own.

star 8.00
8 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: P.K. Simonds, Mark Richard
Don't Let Go

#20 - Don't Let Go

Season 6 - Episode 1

Bailey tries to plan a perfect wedding for Charlie and Kirsten. But when his plans fail, he tells Charlie to plan his own wedding. Kirsten's parents come to town, but aren't supportive of her the engagement because of Charlie and Kirsten's previously failed marriage in the past. Claudia breaks up with Cody after she catches him cheating on her. Sarah confronts Bailey about his anger towards her. After an editor offers Julia a book deal, she quits college and moves home.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Steve Robman
Writers: P.K. Simonds
One for the Road

#21 - One for the Road

Season 6 - Episode 14

Charlie wants Diana to stay in San Francisco with him, but Daphne says she wants her in Texas with her. Julia and Justin go on a double date and exclude their dates, which makes Adam question Julia if she is really over him. Bailey and Evvie go to a party. They get drunk and sleep together. Julia tells Justin to think twice before getting married. Bailey finds Evvie passed out from drinking and takes her to the hospital. There he bumps into Holly. Julia tells Justin that she'll miss him. Bailey goes to Holly's and they fight. Charlie lets Daphne take Diana with her, and he and Kristen say goodbye to the baby. The girls find Bailey drunk, and he storms out of the house, crashing his car.

star 8.00
6 votes
Directors: Steve Robman
Writers: P.K. Simonds, Ian Biederman
Desperate Measures

#22 - Desperate Measures

Season 3 - Episode 12

Charlie decides to go to Chicago to see Kristen and leaves Julia in charge. Kristen is very happy to see him, although Ellie is not. She tells him that she wants to run away to San Francisco, but half way there she realizes she's not ready to go back and they return to Chicago. She says he's her problem. Charlie leaves her there. Julia is more concerned about her personal life than her brother and sister. Claudia claims to be sick, but Julia won't believe her until she gets a call from the hospital saying Claudia had appendicitis and had a surgery. She won't forgive Julia until she overhears how sorry she is. Bailey lies to Sarah in order not to sleep with her. He skips practice and Sarah finds a drunk Bailey passed out at his place. He tells her he slept with Callie, but they don't break up. Callie is tired of being used by Bailey.

star 7.89
9 votes
Directors: Michael Engler
Writers: Mark B. Perry
Whatever Works

#23 - Whatever Works

Season 5 - Episode 15

Now even more determined to find Daphne, Charlie leaves for Los Angeles. Julia convinces everyone that everything is alright in her relationship with Ned and it leads Griffin to madness. He refuses to sign the divorce papers and ends up beating Ned up. Ned is rushed to the hospital, while Griffin has to go in jail. Bailey has to choose between his family life with Owen and a new amazing business offer. Cody steals a gift for Valentine's day and gives it Claudia who knows about it.

star 7.88
8 votes
Directors: Daniel Attias
Writers: P.K. Simonds
One Christmas to Go

#24 - One Christmas to Go

Season 5 - Episode 10

Ned does his best to keep Julia by himself during the holidays. Daphne's mother visits and Daphne realizes just how much she is like her mother - and that's why she has hard time taking care of her baby. Owen has a little fun of his own - stealing - and Bailey is there to teach him against it. Claudia wants to have just a normal Christmas with her family.

star 7.86
7 votes
Directors: Ken Topolsky
Writers: P.K. Simonds
Bad Behavior

#25 - Bad Behavior

Season 6 - Episode 12

Bailey has a bad day. Both Charlie and Kirsten try to spend time together, but their jobs say different. Julia gets into trouble after she writes an article about a non-enrolled classmate. Claudia meets a boy from the past and learns more about her instinct in boys. A boy in school tells Owen that Victor is a faggot.

star 7.86
7 votes
Directors: Harry Winer
Writers: Melissa Rosenberg, Allan Heinberg