Dirty Sexy Money: Season 1
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DESCRIPTION: Some people say money is the root of all evil. The may be right. Nick George s whole life has been lived in the shadow of the Darling family, but as an adult he s leading the perfect life as an idealistic lawyer, until his father s suspicious death. The absurdly wealthy Darlings of New York have asked him to take over his father s job as their personal lawyer, but the money that will allow him the freedom to be an altruistic do-gooder is only part of the picture. That same money pulls him into the dubious doings of the Darling clan. Power, privilege and family money are a volatile cocktail. END
Filled with intriguing story lines and a smoking hot cast, Dirty Sexy Money focuses on a idealistic attorney wrestling with his father's death and the family that may be responsible for it. Peter Krause (Six Feet Under) stars as Nick George, whose father was the legal counsel for the Darling family and good friends with patriarch Tripp (Donald Sutherland) and his wife Letitia (Jill Clayburgh). When Nick is offered to take his father's position with the family, he goes through a gamut of emotions: He never saw his father because his dad was always tending to the Darlings' needs; he had dated troubled Darling daughter Karen when they were younger. He doesn't want to get sucked up into the drama that is their life but, like his father, he is unable to resist both the salary (upwards of $10 million) and the Darlings' tremulous connection to his dad. But that money doesn't come without strings; Nick serves as both counsel and therapist to the family. Occasionally, he is also asked to play the role of errand boy (When favored son and rising politician Patrick (William Baldwin)--who is married--wants to break up with his tranny girlfriend, he asks Nick to do it. And to give her a check to show his affection). To his credit, Nick says, "I'm not going to go into a hotel and give a tranny hooker a check." To which Patrick says, "She's not a hooker!" All 10 episodes of the debut season are included in this boxed set. Executive produced by Greg Berlanti (Dawson's Creek, Brothers & Sisters, Eli Stone), the thoroughly entertaining drama has a group of characters that keep viewers glued to the screen. Karen is a boozy socialite who switches husbands often; Patrick can't stand up to his wife, even after she kinda-sorta shoots him; Tripp and Letitia have a litany of secrets that affects their marriage and their children; Nick finds himself sparring (both verbally and otherwise) with their eldest son, the Rev. Brian Darling. And whether Nick has found a friend or foe in charming multi-millionaire Simon Elder (Blair Underwood) has yet to be determined. Dirty? Yes. Sexy? Absolutely. As for the money, it just may be the root of some of the Darlings' evil. --Jae-Ha Kim
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It certainly lives up to its title.
Donald Sutherland cannot give a bad performance and is wonderful throughout and the late Jill Clayburg is wonderful in her role as Letitia Darling, the remainder of the clan are beautiful people whose very presence is evocative of luxury, irresponsibility and hubris due to the endless supply of money that is available to the family and the reliance that they have had on the wealth to fix things in normal and also in spiritual life.
A childhood love story between Nick George and Karen Darling weaves its way through the series and causes untold problems with Nick and his Wife that in some ways are inconceivable, yet can be understood to be circumstantial.
I do not know if the series was the beneficiary of the Writer's Strike or the victim of it; however, it would have been more interesting if it could have had at least a third or fourth season, but it does not disappoint with the luxury, prurient seeker of scandal and sex in such ways that it shows the very system that we know is corrupt is best used by those who hold these types of purse strings.
Although it is filled with intrigue, it also holds up some red herrings that are capable of leading even the best laid plans of this Borgia type modern family into areas that it finds more difficult but not impossible for the Donald Sutherland character Tripp Darling to unravel and turn to his advantage using only the lowest type of tricks left in the books but for the highest reasons.
All in all the story is engaging and will draw the viewer into the story with a set of magnificence, as well as truly flawed characters, each level of which have varying degrees of greed, control and pretense as their base for modus operandi.
I must say the cast is well chosen, extremely beautiful and truly seductive with the beauty of the characters and their weaknesses well presented as one would truly expect for such a degree of power, wealth and sexuality permissive and lascivious behavior---truly living up to its name as a series Dirty, Sexy, Money.
Too bad, writer Craig something-or-other did some good work on Six Feet Under but it seems ABC is less sympathetic to creative work.
The pilot episode is fantastic, and really sets up the season well. By the end of season 1, you can hardly wait for the next one to come out. I love the parallels between some of the characters and people in real life (a few will come to mind while you are watching).
If you are looking for a lighthearted show, this is a great one for you. Enjoy!