It’s the year of revivals, and now we have another classic ’90s show to add to our viewing list: Party of Five is getting a modern-day reboot. Freeform confirmed Thursday, September 6th, that the show will be coming to their network, and will be a “modern reimagining of the groundbreaking original series.” Creators Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser scored a pilot commitment back in January, and we can now officially allow ourselves to get excited.
The original show aired from 1994 to 2000, and followed the lives of the five Salinger siblings, who lost their parents in a car accident.
The new show will keep the premise of kids grappling with day-to-day life without their parents, but it will have an important modern-day twist, and one that’s especially relevant during the Trump presidency: The reboot will highlight five Buendías siblings after their parents are deported to Mexico.
The revival sounds like it has the potential to serve as a powerful commentary on today’s controversial immigration policies—and it should be right at home on Freeform. It’s the network of The Fosters, which addressed everything from DACA and immigration to finding sanctuary in churches in its five-year run.
“This new iteration of Party of Five isn’t a retread of the original,” the statement finishes. “It’s a whole new look at kids trying to parent each other in the wake of circumstances beyond their control, yet learning a similar lesson: That families persist no matter how great the obstacles.”
Michal Zebede (Castle and Devious Maids) will write and co-executive produce and Rodrigo Garcia (The Affair, Six Feet Under) will executive produce and direct.