Freeform has announced that is picking up a reboot of the classic show Party of Five. The show followed five siblings struggling to make their way through life as a family after the unexpected loss of both of their parents. The show ran for six seasons, won tons of awards, and still has a passionate fanbase even though it's been over for nearly two decades. Freeform announced that the new version will be a "modern reimagining" - and the new plot is bound to make a few people upset.
In the initial series, the Salinger kids lose their parents after an accident with a drunk driver. The show followed the kids through six years of essentially raising each other and fighting their hardest to stay together as a unit.
Original Executive Producers Amy Lippman and Christoper Keyser released a statement saying they will focus on something closer to the heart of the current American political climate.
Twenty-five years ago, we imagined a story about five kids navigating the world after the untimely death of their parents. Today, stories of families being separated, children having to raise themselves in the wake of their parents' deportations, don't require any imagination; they are everywhere. This new iteration of Party of Five isn't a retread of the original; 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.
Freeform's Executive VP of Programming And Development said the network "just had" to have the series and they were proud to help tell this new story.
News of the reboot is spreading fast on Twitter, and people have a lot to say. Warning: It's not always something good.
@JustJared Yes! I loved that show— KREAM OUT NOW 🇦🇺 (@KREAM OUT NOW 🇦🇺)1536272870.0
@THR So sad 😞— rarebella (@rarebella)1536274055.0
@THR Show with a clear political agenda #byebye— jd (@jd)1536306096.0
@people Cashing in on the real traumatic experiences for some Latino families. Great job ABC 🙄— chelchel (@chelchel)1536287758.0
@Grateful24x7 @DEADLINE Same here.— Brenda Libby (@Brenda Libby)1536276599.0
@newsbusters And on the season finale, ICE comes and deports everybody back to the country where they are legally a… https://t.co/fPMgc7mdBt— Dave Cullather (@Dave Cullather)1536340064.0
(Stoked for the Party of Five reboot in which the parents were deported instead of killed. It's a smart, relevant s… https://t.co/crDu9IXDhz— Carina Adly MacKenzie (@Carina Adly MacKenzie)1536268515.0
"Reboot, but make it Latino!" streak going on strong: - One Day at a Time - Charmed - Magnum, PI - Roswell, New Me… https://t.co/WG3KTJkRWi— Manuel #LordDámeloTodo Betancourt (@Manuel #LordDámeloTodo Betancourt)1536267848.0
@THR https://t.co/mxMjqeyhkU— Fraulein Steve (@Fraulein Steve)1536303685.0
What are your thoughts? Does the retooling strike you as relevant and modern or like a "clear political agenda?" Maybe both? Let us know!