The Philanthropist

NBC (ended 2009)



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The Philanthropist
out of 10
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265 votes

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Show Summary

James Purefoy stars as Teddy Rist, a billionaire and playboy who turns into a philanthropist after witnessing a severe flood in Nigeria. From now on, Teddy travels the world and uses his power, his money and his passion to help those who are in need. Haunted by his past, by the young son he lost, Teddy seeks the danger and risks his life to fight his inner demons. The Philanthropist is produced by The Levinson-Fontana Company in association with Original Media and Universal Media Studios.

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    • For intelligent people only 10.0

      The Philanthropist series needs to come back to TV. It is an extremely socially relevant show. It makes us realize what is really happening in the world. Why was it cancelled? Was it too real for our superficial world? It just confirms my belief that major networks have to "dumb down" their shows for the majority of the viewers.
    • An Excellent show!

      This was a surprise show for the summer. I found it brought world issues to the forefront that would otherwise be forgotten. I do hope it will be brought back for more seasons. I'm so tired of frivolous shows and reality shows. I enjoy seeing the different countries. It really hits home when you see how others live and you realize how lucky we are. I think this should be a show that should be on every teenagers homework list. They would learn a lot and, who knows, maybe some will be inspired to do something to help the world.moreless
    • I love this show. it isRefreshing, intelligent, funny and entertaining. I am so tiered of reality TV show. It is wonderful to see a show so “hipâ€� with a world vision I really enjoy the different countries and cultures and problems they face.moreless

      I love this show. it is Refreshing, intelligent, funny and entertaining. I am so tired of reality TV shows. It is wonderful to see a show so “hipâ€� with a world vision I really enjoy the different countries, cultures and problems they face. The acting is good and the writting is smart and the directing is fresh. I really hope this show stays on the air. it is a feel good show that has a moral lesson about when we caring and help the world we can care and help ourself. The actors and actress work well together the show has a great vibe.moreless
    • Great Show and I want more not sure why some one put 2.5 up for rating. LOL

      I think this a wonderful show. This man can fix a lot of things with his deep pockets and he knows it. The thing is because he is aware that his money can fix a lot of things he is also aware that money isn't all it takes, but it takes his heart mind and courage as well. This man that used to only be considered an intelligent, handsome, hard working rich man living in the clouds has brought himself down to a world where money is not the most important asset. He now puts his life on the line in the hopes of helping these poor individuals that have no chance of hope or salvation. This is a great show, story, and man. He is the Philanthropist. LOL :)moreless
    • Television dramatizing real world issues = Win.

      Granted, it's only a TV show-- but it brings exposure to some of the real life issues going on around the world. Oftentimes these issues are easily forgotten- take the episode 'Kosovo', so example- so it's refreshing to see one of the major networks giving it a little exposure, instead of making time for another reality show or some sitcom. The show is highly entertaining, in a spy movie-esque way. Personally, I'm a fan of James Purefoy, and his performance in this is on par with his previous works. The supporting cast, some named, some not, are equally as good. The only complaint that I have is the format of the show-- which isn't really a complaint. I don't think they can do the reflective narrative every episode and still keep it fresh.moreless

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    uncharted lands, altruistic behavior, Adult, characters with double lives, flashbacks