Rags to Riches

NBC (ended 1988)
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  • Episode Guide
  • S 2 : Ep 15

    The Artful Dodger


  • S 2 : Ep 14

    The Big Con


  • S 2 : Ep 13

    The In Crowd


  • S 2 : Ep 12

    Sweet 16

    Aired 1/15/88

  • S 2 : Ep 11

    Guess Who's Coming To Slumber?

    Aired 1/8/88

  • Cast & Crew
  • Joseph Bologna

    Nick Foley

  • Tisha Campbell


  • Kimiko Gelman


  • Bridget Michele


  • Blanca De Garr


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  • show Description
  • A self made millionaire from Hoboken Nick Foley needs to change his image fast. To acquire a family image this playboy needs to do a complete 180. In a stroke of genius deduction he decides to adopt six orphan girls. He takes them to live in his Bel-Air mansion. After his idea backfires in a complete deal breaker, he realizes it wasn't that important anyway and he asks the girls to stay permanently. The show was set in 1961 and focused on the girls misadventures and problems they faced growing up in the 60s from small dances to the Cuban Missile Crisis. This show was a first in television history as it was the first and only to incorporate music into the plot line. A television musical featuring music from the 50s and 60s rewritten to fit the plot.moreless

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  • Trivia & Quotes
  • Quotes (12)

    • (To Nick when she mets him for the first time) Marva: I really admire what you've done with the frozen food industry. I've got two words for you. Frozen...popcorn.

    • (To Nick in the limo on the way to school) Marva: You ever think of freezing clothes? Make em last longer, keep the moths away. [Moments later] Marva: I'd do it buy the season. When winter comes you defrost the coats.

    • (To Amy Hillerman after exiting from her limo ride to school) Patty: Great car huh Hillerman? Too bad you had to ride in that kidney crusher.

    • Patty: Watch it Diane or else I'll destroy your hair.

    • Stroker: You gotta problem minster? Nick: Two problems, your breath and your face.

    • (To Nick as he is getting ready for his date) Marva: You ever think of freezing spare ribs? Everybody likes to eat them, but nobody likes to cook them. Nick: That's not a bad idea. Frozen spare ribs. I like that. Marva: He likes it! He li...(pauses to play it cool) He likes it. I knew it all along.

    • Mickey: Here. You can auction this. (Mickey hands Diane a small basket) Diane: What is it? Ah! It's a frog. Mickey: His name is Bruce. He's very valuable. Diane: (nervously) Ha Ha I'm sure he is. Hey why don't take that away.

    • (After Patty stating that Friday the 14th is her lucky day) Marva: Gambling is a science not a voodoo. See I have a system for black jack. I count cards. It's mathematical. Scientific. Guaranteed. Patty: I know I can win today. Marva: Suckers like you built this town.

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    Notes (41)

    • Music: (In order played) "Heat Wave" by Martha and the Vandellas "One Fine Day" by The Chiftons "Great Balls of Fire" by Jerry Lee Lewis Music sung by the cast: (In order sung) "Chain Gang" by Sam Cooke (The girls sing the original lyrics for this song) "Yakety Yak" - Original song by The Coasters "Chantilly Lace" - Original song by The Big Bopper "Dream Marker" - Based on the song "Dream Lover" by Bobby Darin "Please Mr. Foley" - Based on the song "Please Mr. Postman" by The Marvelettes "Let's Walk" - Based on the song "Jailhouse Rock" by Elvis Presley Episode lyrics by Mark Mueller

    • The pilot reran one time on May 10th 1987 at a special 7pm time slot.

    • This episode has been released to home video in two different editions.

    • This is the only episode Nina appears in. When the show went to series only five of the original six girls were brought back.

    • Music: (In order played) "The Blue Danube" by Johann Strauss Jr. "Carmen: Habanera Act 1" by Georges Bizet Music sung by the cast: (In order sung) "It's All Right" - Original song by Curtis Mayfield and The Impressions "Get Ready" - Original song by The Temptations Episode lyrics by Mark Mueller

    • This is only episode to rerun twice. The episode first rerun on May 17th 1987 and then again on August 28th 1987.

    • This episode reran on July 5th 1988.

    • This episode reran on August 7th 1987.

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    Allusions (1)

    • Mickey: Remember that Twilight Zone where the slot machine took all the guys money then followed him home? Mickey is referring to The Twilight Zone episode entitled "The Fever" which originally aired on January 29th 1960.

  • Fan Reviews (9)
  • The OG Glee

    By paulsebastian54, Apr 13, 2014

  • I was devastated when this show ended!!!!

    By kathyleversem, Mar 02, 2013

  • The best critically acclaimed musical dramedy of the late 1980's.

    By RaineRP, Nov 27, 2010


    By MelanieSmyth, Jan 25, 2012

  • This show is kind of a like Annie in that a millionaire adopts six girls to come live in his mansion with him. It is filled with great stories and music.

    By katieloew, May 23, 2009

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