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The malloy family are American travellers. When mum,(Minnie Driver), gets out of prison after dad's,(Eddie Izzard), last scheme goes wrong he decides it's time for a change. Running away from the travellers camp after stealing money from 'family' things happen rapidly as while they are being chased by another traveller family they witness a couple killed during the pursuit. Dad decides they are going to take on the life of the unfortunate two,(they were on their way to a new house & neighbourhood where no one knew them when they were killed),.
Once in the new house they begin to interact with those who share the gated community & beyond as work & school comes into play.New names, new friends and new lives take shape.
First the one large negative point. There are an awful lot of coincidences & Dad Wayne is just superhumanly capable at sweet talking the family out of any crisis.
These may seem like major obstacles but in fact they really don't matter all that much as this is a surprising & touching portrait of a totally barmy family.
Izzard does an excellent job of restraining himself and plays Wayne as a man in crisis trying to better his family but unsure how.There are moments though when he quite clearly has had the leash removed & improvises to great effect. So too Driver does an excellent turn as the unpredictable wife who just loves her husband too much to follow her better instincts & hit the road again.
The support is great too with the three children very believable & wayne's boss is spot on as a greasy conman always on the make. So too as the travelling 'family' begin to track them down the tension builds and further characters begin to make their presence felt.
This is very funny but not all the time. It is far more drama than comedy and there are some moments of genuine poignancy and charm.
Well written, well acted, surprising, funny and never stale this is a real innovation in TV drama/comedy and is most welcome. I can't really think of how to compare it but there are many scenes that reminded me of the gothic darkness of Carnivale and fans of the darker humour will not be disappointed with the riches.
The soundtrack is great with some really well chosen tunes, speech is clear & although little used the surround works fine when it needs to. The picture is clear & although it seems to have been shot using a filter the colour is good.
If you are after a change from the mind-numbing reality telly and are looking for a thoughtful, funny & completley different direction then give this a go. Be aware that there ocassional scenes of both a sexual & violent nature & that there are many dark moments.
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on 4 July 2008
Although the over arching story line of "american gypsies" attempting to blague their way into "buffer" society is far fetched, the quality of the acting and the writing demand your emotional buy-in. The characters are emminently believable; the plots interesting with comedy and tragedy balanced to provide true insights into human behaviour. The American Dream is within reach but for this family of gypsies who themselves are con-men the American Dream demands a price which might mean abandoning principles of humanity that are more important than success or even survival at any cost. A truly excellent work.
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on 12 December 2012
The idea behind this series is a brilliant one. Its often explored in ways that are not typical of American TV programmes.
Some episodes are 'stand alone' stories whilst at the same time the background plot slowly develops.
It just makes me sad that this was pulled before it got a chance to find its feet.
Annoyingly Series 2 is only available on USA DVD format.
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Enjoy those who hustle and sting? Here they abound. The Malloys, cast from their travellers' community, take on the identities of posh people killed in a road accident. For how long can they now pass themselves off as the Riches on the prestigious Edenfalls Estate?

So, from off the grid to mainstream! For thirteen inventive episodes the Molloys strive to keep ahead of discovery. The result is quirky, richly comic, occasionally most moving. Some may find it uncomfortable to watch, for travellers have usurped The American Dream - only to discover it based more on image than substance and is full of con-artists similarly on the make.

In no time at all the three children are enrolled in the district's most exclusive school, dad the top lawyer at a property company. Far-fetched? Absolutely - but, as the commentaries point out, no more so than some of the stunts pulled in real life.

Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver head a great cast - the children awesome. Inspired scripts defy the viewer to anticipate how each new crisis will be overcome. (There is at least one per episode, rather more as the end of season approaches.)

Amongst the bonuses relish those nine webisodes where various Molloys demonstrate tricks of the trade. That gag reel also is funnier than most.

It took me a while to adjust to the show's wavelength, everything at first a little too way out. Then I "got it" and could not have enough.

Riches indeed!
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on 3 March 2008
The Riches follows a family of travellers and their journey as they take the identities of the Rich family - a wealthy American family starting a new life in the suburbs.
The series if witty, tense, dramatic and emotionally engaging. I couldn't stop watching! I seriously recommend it to anyone who likes programmes such as Without a Trace, ER or any good drama.
It is drama with wit...a killer combination.
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on 29 February 2016
Very please with this purchase which was delivered speedily. I have a thing for Eddie Izzard anyway so enjoying watching this. He is a superb actor and now I know why he is so popular and well known in the states. This is quite an intense story and like 'Breaking Bad' I get het up and can't watch more than one episode a fortnight or so and have to be 'up for it' as I get agitated at the thought of their scam being uncovered and feel my blood pressure going up - the delicate flower I am :-). I appreciate that I won't be able to buy series 2 as it is not available in the format that you can play in the UK so I hope I don't end up with a sense of unfinished business because I am left 'hanging' at the end of Series 1.
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on 8 December 2014
I can't believe I hadn't heard of this show before - it deserves a much wider audience in the UK. It's rare to see some really original drama and this is terrific. Both Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard play their parts to perfection in a series full of fascinating character portrayals and unusual storylines. Really enjoy this - anyone who likes quality drama will love it.
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on 6 May 2009
I know I am going against other reviewers here, who love this programme, and I can see the appeal, however the programme just has an unbelievable plot line and I just could not get my head around that. Strange that I can enjoy say Star Treck or Batman, the difference being they are make believe and this is supposed to be drama, with a healthy mix of comedy thrown in. So lets get things out in the open here;
The pro's are the cast, simply excellent all round, Minnie Driver is breathtaking as Dahlia Malloy who starts season one being released from prison to be reunited as the wife of (Eddie Izzard), Wayne Malloy and the Mum of the exceptional Noel Fisher as Cael Malloy, Shannon Marie Woodward as DiDi Malloy and the cross dressing son Sam, played by Aiden Mitchel.
After a freak accident where they stumble across the recently departed Riches they assume the identities of Doug Rich and his wife and live in luxury in Edenfalls, a gated community, not bad for a bunch of travellers (gypsies).
Sadly this is when it gets a bit unbelievable for me, as Wayne takes on Dougs role as a hot shot attorney for the wicked Hugh Panetta head of PANCO, played by the talented Gregg Lee Henry.
Having said all that, will I be watching season two, almost certainly yes, but I will still have that feeling that its all a bit too absurd for its own good. The acting is really exceptional though and thats what holds it together. People who like Weeds may enjoy this, those that like shows like the Wire, Madmen or the West Wing may just feel that the writing is just a bit far fetched.
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on 2 February 2009
The Riches is a very original and clever show. Season 1 stands very well on its own though I think Season 2 ends a little too abruptly.

This nevertheless an excellent TV show with subtle dialogue and edge-of-your-seat suspense.

A very sexy show!
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on 31 October 2009
Haven't see all of Season 1 yet but have enjoyed it so far, and to see Eddie Izzard in this type of role is just great, he and Minnie Driver are great together.I look forward to seeing furture episodes. M Brown New Zealand
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