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The Riches - Season 1 (2006)

Minnie Driver , Eddie Izzard  |  NR |  DVD
4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)

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  • Actors: Minnie Driver, Eddie Izzard
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Box set, Color, Dolby, Dubbed, NTSC, Subtitled
  • Language: English (Dolby Surround)
  • Subtitles: English, French, Spanish
  • Dubbed: English
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.78:1
  • Number of discs: 4
  • Rated: NR (Not Rated)
  • Studio: 20th Century Fox
  • DVD Release Date: January 8, 2008
  • Run Time: 628 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.4 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (184 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000WTVZI0
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #57,082 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "The Riches - Season 1" on IMDb

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Eddie Izzard, Minnie Driver. They're not just living the American Dream, they're stealing it-but what else would you expect when a family of thieves inherits" a house in an upscale community after stealing the identities of its owners? Includes Believe the Lie" (3/19/07), Cinderella" (5/6/07), Waiting for Dogot" (7/4/07) and 9 others for a total of 12 episodes on 4 DVDs. 2007/color/10 hrs., 44 min/NR.

British comedian Eddie Izzard (Glorious, Dressed to Kill brings his raffish charisma to The Riches, a sneaky satirical drama about a family of con artists who lie their way into a wealthy gated community. Wayne and Dahlia Malloy (Izzard and Minnie Driver, Grosse Pointe Blank) are travelers--a kind of American gypsies--who get in trouble with their clan and have to hit the road with their three kids (Shannon Woodward, Noel Fisher, and Aidan Mitchell). When a confrontation with other travelers causes a deadly car accident, the Malloys take over the dead couple's brand-new home--a mansion bought over the Internet--and assume the lives of Mr. and Mrs. Rich. The premise stretches plausibility, but that's part of the fun; any successful con game forces the mark to accept something absurd, because why would anyone tell such a preposterous lie? The pleasure of trickery drives the show. Wayne weasels his way into a job as lawyer to an obnoxious real estate developer; Dahlia persuades a private school to admit her kids after the admission deadline; and the kids find their skills serve them well in the surface-obsessed suburban world. But over the course of the thirteen-episode season, the Malloys' wily architecture of lies grows increasingly precarious, constantly threatened by fear of exposure and vengeful travelers. The final episode builds to a nerve-wracking crisis as someone who actually knows the dead couple comes to visit. Ironically, some of the most compelling moments are flashes of honesty--in an early episode, oldest son Cael realizes that the traveler girl he loves has set him up, and the two stare at each other across a diner table, wordlessly brokenhearted. The entire cast is great--Woodward shines as smart, conflicted daughter Di Di, and Margo Martindale (Paris, je t'aime, Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story) routinely steals scenes as the Rich's unhappy neighbor. But The Riches rests on Izzard's shoulders; though Driver's acting chops are more polished (and her Southern accent is more consistent), Izzard captures the soul of a man who lives by his wits, a man who navigates the world with a wink and a stream of beguiling words. The Riches - Season 1 includes a couple of chatty commentaries and flimsy featurettes, but the best extra is a series of short webisodes of Izzard teaching Woodward and Fisher assorted cons; the family chemistry is delightful. --Bret Fetzer

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18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the most creative shows in a long, long time March 16, 2008
By Monika
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I originally started watching this only because Eddie Izzard was in it, simply because I find him to be amazing. However, the show in itself is just phenomenal. It's very quirky, off beat and definitely filled with a dark comedy aspect. I don't know if everybody will like it, but if that's your style, you should definitely check it out. And even those who may not like it, have to at least respect how clever and original the show is.
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17 of 20 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Have you met the new neighbors? March 10, 2008
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The Riches are really the Malloys, a family of Travelers (Irish gypsies) who have stumbled on the con of a lifetime. Things have not been going well for the Malloys lately. Dad, Wayne Malloy (Eddie Izzard) has been trying to keep the family going while Mom, Dahlia (Minnie Driver) has been serving time for a con gone wrong but hasn't been doing so well. While at the Travelers' camp the family gets into even more trouble putting the whole family on the run in their battered, old RV and causing them to cross paths with the Riches, Doug and Sherene and end up taking over their lives. At first the Malloys are planning to run a quick con but soon they fall into the 'buffer' lifestyle they had always scorned. The parents decide to enroll their three kids, son Cael, daughter Didi and into school. As time passes and the family finds they can survive in the buffer world and realize that the Traveler world is not the safe haven they had always found it. As Season One ends the Malloys are in danger of losing both in a cliffhanger episode that will certainly draw the viewer back for Season Two.

The style of this series is part comedy, part drama, even melodrama, and at times borders on farce. Things usually begin realistically enough but then one slightly unlikely over the top thing happens and then another taking the viewer from feeling the anguish of the family attempts to cope with Dahlia's drug addiction to laughter as they manage to con their way out of yet another problem.

This is a truly ensemble performance, not only are the leads (Izzard and Driver) convincing in the roles but all the roles are well written and well played.
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10 of 11 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Fantastic January 13, 2008
This is a brilliant show. The great acting, plot, and tone really sets this show apart from other shows on television. On par with the other great shows on F/X.
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23 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars You can't keep a good show down! December 29, 2007
This is really a great show. I started watching it last year and couldn't look away until it was over. The characters are good at what they do, but are also flawed, which makes them human. I find them surprisingly honest, in a way, which is ironic given that their entire lives are based around a steady stream of cons and lies. It seems sometimes that the people around them lie too, they just believe the lies.

Very strong acting and sharp writing carries this series. I've never been a fan of Minnie Driver, but she absolutely shines in this show. Eddie Izzard is just stunning as the family patriarch.

The show has already been renewed for a second season of seven episodes (fewer than usual due to the effects of the writer's strike), set to air March 18th in the States on the FX channel.

Sean P. Logue, 2007
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26 of 33 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One of the best TV shows of all time. December 9, 2007
First off let me say The Riches really is one of the best shows in TV history as far as I am concerned. It is fresh and original which is a rare these days. Eddie Izzard is a freakin' genius. Until now I have kept every episode on my Tivo and now I can just buy the DVD. Kudos also go to Minnie Driver for some of the best acting of her career. The story lines of The Riches have more twists and turns than a twisty turny thing.
A bargain at double the price. I can't wait.
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11 of 13 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars One cool show :-O February 11, 2008
Wow, I love this show. There is suddenly a big influx of fun, original shows and this is one of them. It's so cool and addictive and I'm hooked now.
Minnie Driver is fantastic as Dahlia Malloy who is part of a family of con artists. She is on parole from having served time in prison for petty robbery and larceny. Her and her husband Wayne are now on the move with their three kids. They're travelling in an RV when they are witness to a car crash, and making a long story short, they end up assuming the identities of a wealthy family, the Riches, and move to an upscale neighborhood in Palm Beach Florida. Wayne needs to find work to support the family's new lifestyle so his first scam begins when he tries for a job with his neighbor at his law firm.
I can't tell you in words just how good this is. It's such a cool show that you have to check out for yourself. It's fun and enjoyable and Minnie Driver is brilliant in here. I love watching how these guys get away with all the things they do and it's certainly addictive. Get yourself a copy and you'll have a new favourite show for sure.
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22 of 29 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Very Original! January 11, 2008
When I was a young man running my first rig in the Oil Fields in Kern county California, was having trouble with doing jobs faster than the other crews I worked with. One day the man who trained me pulled me aside and said "You don't get it... They don't want good operators, they want good liars".

In this wonderfully written and acted series, Minnie Driver and Eddie Izzard test that theory, in the world of the upper class, by "stealing the American dream". This series brings the public to a mostly unknown hidden culture in America of the Travelers (Irish Gypsies) which is something cool in a TV show, going so far out of the box of regular TV writing it's in another warehouse.

If you want something very different, "The Riches" is a show for you.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Fast Ship
Fast Ship and Great Series
Published 2 days ago by P. Hurst
4.0 out of 5 stars Nice tv drama.
I enjoyed watching this tv series use the common perception of gypsies into a tv drama that is enjoyable. I watched to whole first season in one sitting! Read more
Published 9 days ago by Ms. Sincere
5.0 out of 5 stars FANTABULOUS! (As Eddie would say!)
An ALL TIME fav for me! Eddie Izzard is brilliant! His brand of humor shoots through every episode. Minnie Driver is surprising in this role. She embodies her character. Read more
Published 16 days ago by Akasha Dukeller
4.0 out of 5 stars Funny, lots of truisms
Funny, lots of truisms,great acting.Iwould love to see it continued but there is no place for the writers' to go
Published 24 days ago by BD
2.0 out of 5 stars Time lost you'll never get back.
Don't waste your valuable time.
Published 24 days ago by RB3
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
Great series
Published 1 month ago by Susan moskolis
5.0 out of 5 stars Five Stars
i really liked this program. I am very disappointed that there is only two seasons.
Published 1 month ago by Amazon Customer
4.0 out of 5 stars Four Stars
Fun story to watch and Minnie Driver is terrific!
Published 1 month ago by Happy
5.0 out of 5 stars Definitely worth it.
This was one of favorite shows I've ever seen. So upset it was cancelled before I discovered it. I found it on NetFlix and watched it streaming through my xbox. Read more
Published 1 month ago by kingpin
5.0 out of 5 stars The Best
One of the best things to ever land on TV.
Published 1 month ago by Maryellen Allabastro
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The Riches are here!!
I haven't ordered mine yet, thanks for the heads up.

BTW -- first episode of season 2 the other night; I'm in a state of bliss over how good this show is!
Mar 21, 2008 by A. Ryan |  See all 2 posts
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