The Riches: Season 1

DVD Reviews | Jan 9th, 2008

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Starring Eddie Izzard, Minnie Driver, Shannon Marie Woodward, Noel Fisher, Aidan Mitchell, Todd Stashwick, Gregg Henry
Written By: Dmitry Lipkin
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Studio: 20th Century Fox
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The Riches is another show I didn’t watch on it’s original run. I just get really skeptical with new shows and want to see how they play out throughout the course of the season. Since this show has gotten some good reviews from TV critics, I decided to just wait for the DVD. The first season of the Riches is pretty damn good and I’m looking forward to watching the second season…whenever it comes back.

The Riches is about a family of travelers, or roving con artists. The family is headed by Wayne Malloy (Eddie Izzard), and Dahlia Malloy (Minnie Driver). Their 3 kids Cael, Di Di, and Sam are cons as well. Wayne and the kids head to the local prison to pick up Dahlia, who’s been serving a 2 year sentence. Wayne doesn’t want to live the life they lead anymore, and wants to settle down. It’s kind of hard when you grew up a con and live the life of a con. One day after fleeing the family traveling party, and getting chased by some crazy cousins; they get into a traffic accident with a married couple. The crazy cousins flee the scene of the crime since they were the guilty ones, and the Malloys go see if the other car is all right. They aren’t and end up dying. Malloys see that they were moving to a new home in Louisiana, and they decide to go there to check it out. They decide to pretend to be the Riches and start new lives as these rich people. Wayne finds out that Doug Rich was a lawyer, and has a job interview with a law firm. While playing golf with some neighbors, he meets Hugh, an asshole who owns Panco. With a lot of bullshitting, Wayne convinces Hugh to become his new paralegal. While they are trying to convince people that they are the Riches, they have a lunatic cousin Dale, who’s the head of the family that’s trying to get his money back that Wayne stole. Besides the money thing, Dale has a thing for his cousin, Dahlia (ewww) and tries to make the Malloys life hell.

This was the first time seeing the Riches and I really liked the show right from the start. The plot of the show is different, and I don’t think we’ve seen something like this on TV before. The acting of Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver is really good, as well as the Malloy kids. I kind of wished that Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver just used their normal accents though. They could have just based the show outside of England or made the Malloys really Irish instead of Southern. I just don’t like Minnie Driver speaking in a Southern accent, she sounds too much like Jaime Pressly in My Name Is Earl. Another reason why I thought they should have used their original accents is because their accents go in and out sometimes. At least I noticed it. I think this is the type of show that shouldn’t be on the air longer than 2 or 3 seasons because I think after that it will just become same old same old, and get quite stale. The Riches should take a note from British TV and just end a series after 2 seasons. It’s about quality over quantity right? Even towards the end of the season it starts to become a little too far fetch. People can’t get away with these many long cons and mini-cons. Maybe do they do, I don’t know but it seems like it’s getting to be too far fetched and predictable in a sense.

I still enjoyed this TV show and thought it was a great new TV series despite some of my complaints. Every year, there seems to be one show that I review that I follow after I reviewed it. The Riches is one of those shows. I think some people will like this show if you’re into dark comedy/drama shows like Rescue Me and The Sopranos. The Malloys can be a nice family but at the same they can be jerks because they are coning people. They can be bad but you end up liking them and hope they succeed. If you think you’d might like this TV show on FX Network, than check it out; you might like it! The DVD set contains bonus features like audio commentary, gag reels and webisodes. Let’s hope we can watch the second season of the Riches this year, but I guess it all depends on the Writer’s Strike.

Audio Commentary
Gag Reels
7 Webisodes
and more!

ENGLISH: Dolby Digital 5.1


English, Spanish, French

Favorite Scenes: Pilot, Believe The Lie, The Big Floss, Waiting For Dogot
Rating: NR
Running Time: 616 minutes
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