As times change so do our television shows. What was relevant in the 80’s and 90’s probably isn’t in this day and age. Given the plethora of popular shows in the 90’s and the amount of channels and streaming services looking for content, it’s obvious that a lot of these would be brought back with a modern twist. One of those series is Party of Five from Sony Pictures Television that will be debuting on Freeform on Wednesday, January 8th.
This series originally aired on FOX for six seasons starting in 1994 and it focused on five siblings that had lost their parents in a car accident. This modern day version of Party of Five will follow the Acosta siblings who have to learn to navigate through daily life struggles and survive after their parents are suddenly deported back to Mexico. If your a fan of the original series then you’ll be happy to hear that this new version is also by the original creators Amy Lippman and Christopher Keyser who also serve on the series as executive producers. They will be telling it through the lens of current day themes and cultural conversations. You can check out a heart wrenching first look clip above that shows the Acosta children having to part ways with their parents at an immigration detention center.
Thanks to Freeform we have the descriptions of four of the five siblings that will be played by Brandon Larracuente as Emilio Acosta, Emily Tosta as Lucia Acosta, Niko Guardado as Beto Acosta and Elle Paris Legaspi as Valentina Acosta. Bruno Bichir and Fernanda Urrejola star as Javier and Gloria, the Acosta parents.
Emilio Acosta is an aspiring musician and the oldest son of Gloria and Javier Acosta. Emilio is the reason his parents crossed the Mexican border into the United States nearly twenty-five years ago in hopes of a better life. Although the oldest, he’s the least responsible of the siblings, and had been enjoying living away from home and the freedom that came with it until his parents’ status was threatened.
Lucia Acosta is a straight-A student with lofty college ambitions until her parents run into trouble with immigration. Their circumstances force her to reevaluate her disposition to play by the rules. She quickly becomes resistant to authority, politically radicalized and rebellious to her presumed duties as the oldest sister.
Beto Acosta is the second oldest brother of the family who steps up in the midst of turmoil. While struggling with sports, girls and school, he soon discovers that being the head of his family comes easily to him and gives him the self-respect and sense of purpose he has never had before.
Valentina Acosta is the precocious and resourceful youngest sister. Forced to face adolescence without her mother, she’s desperately afraid of what the future holds, and her vulnerability will require her older siblings to step up and offer the structure and support that they may not be wholly equipped to provide.
With the immigration problems the way that they are currently in our country. There are many families that have been split up thanks to deportation. Whether you agree with this or not the fact of the matter is that there have been several children that have been left to fend for themselves with other relatives. Party of Five will give us an inside look at what these siblings at various ages have to go through and hopefully how they persevere. By the look of the clip that is posted above this is going to be a great series with a lot of heart and I look forward to seeing it soon.
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Sony Pictures Television’s Party of Five debuts on Freeform on January 8th, 2020.
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