The Riches

FX (ended 2008)


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The Riches follows a traveling family of con artists. Dahlia (Minnie Driver), the family's mother, has just completed a 2-year stint in prison. As well as dealing with Dahlia's drug problem, the family begins to question their marginal lifestyle. Along with their three children, they assume the identities of a normal, high-income family. The Riches is produced by FOX Television Studios in association with Maverick Television.
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  • A family of travellers

    This show is one of the most intriguing and frustrating that I have ever watched. The actors do a fantastic job (I'm not an Eddie Izzard fan, but he is not without talent), Minnie Driver offers a performance unlike any I have ever seen. Although I find her accent to be one of the most grating parts of the show. The youngest child plays his part to perfection, with enough mystery to not make it a cliche and the type of childhood understanding that so often seems so forced. The two older children do well enough, but are really never given anything to do. The boss brings the most outrageous performance but his motives are illogical and are never explained other than conveniences for the part.

    Every episode leaves me unsatisfied and outraged about the combination of unrealistic circumstances and character flaws that lead to mistake after mistake. The plots are infuriating and even when things are going well there is this underlying sense of despair that radiates this show.

    I really wish it had been given time to develop because it draws a very strong reaction but leaves more questions than anything else.moreless
  • The american dream can be taken whenever you want.

    I didn't like so much the first episode of the series, but I decided to keep watching because I saw a lot of potential in this show. Maybe the very first episode finds you completely unprepared on travellers' culture and lifestyle and that's why you're not sure if it's going to be a really good or a really bad show. It turns out already in the second episode that it's a great series, an amazing story with incredible characters and a whole new world to discover. After a while you find yourself thinking about this confortable and clean life you're kind of stuck in, and you realize that the american dream is not such a sweet dream; it looks a lot more like a war you have to fight every day, and the hardest fight is the one against yourself. If you're looking for a comic and full of laughs series this is not the best to pick up, but I hardly recommend it if you want to see a well written show!moreless
  • Can the American Dream be bought?

    This show had an interesting premise from the beginning; could the American dream be bought? Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver star as Wayne and Dahlia Malloy, the parents of three children who are modern day gypsies. While on the road, there is a altercation with another traveler family and the eponymous Riches are killed. Wayne and Dahlia become the Riches and thus the series is born. The first season saw the Malloy's adjusting to life outside of the RV, while the second season was a fight to keep it. The series ended before a resolution or a series finale, which is unfortunate because this series was truly original.moreless
  • An engaging drama. Though the premise was hard to relate to, the struggle to be more than you are is uplifting. Pair great actors to well-written characters and this was a solid show. It's no Firefly or Journeyman, but I still can't fathom why it was cut.moreless

    The Riches was an addicting drama. Sure, the premise was borderline absurd, but I never had trouble suspending my disbelief because of the tight scripts and quality acting.

    At the center of the story was the struggle for redemption and the idea that a normal life is worth fighting for – an uplifting sentiment that seems even more relevant this year than last. One must wonder why they chose to cut it this year. At the very least, it was worthy of one more season to tie up the orderly threads. I imagine fans would have been satisfied while a topical perspective would have drawn in new viewers. As it was left, not only is curiosity not satisfied, but the moral of the entire series is left ambiguous do to the absence of resolution.

    The characters were, at times, a little too colorful, but every one of them was accessible and the family members were all motivated by believable and consistent traits. I for one will miss having a weekly dose of Eddy Izzard (Wayne Malloy) and Shannon Woodward (Di Di Malloy), who consistently pleased with her consistent performance as the the heart of the family.

    It's no Firefly or Journeyman, but I still can't fathom why The Riches weren't given a chance to settle down on their own terms.moreless
  • The Riches is a dark comedy about a family of travelers who pretend to be the Riches living in a gated community. They have to use all of their con skills to pull this one off, but the question is whether or not it will pull them apart.moreless

    This show is not only well written, but well acted in. Eddie Izzard is just stupendous, and Minnie Driver plays Dahlia like no one else could. The show isn't just about travelers, it's a metaphor for the lies in all of our lives, and how hard it can be to pretend to be something you're not. One of the biggest travesties is that FX is on the fence about whether or not to make a season three. If the Riches ends where it is now, we'll never see whether or not they pulled it off. This show has a heart at the base of everything, and as it is now, that heart is in jeopardy. To cancel this show would be the biggest mistake since the canceling of Firefly.moreless

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    • © 2008 Fox Broadcasting Inc
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