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The Riches
The Riches logo.jpg
Series logo
Genre Serial drama
Created by Dmitry Lipkin
Starring Eddie Izzard
Minnie Driver
Shannon Marie Woodward
Noel Fisher
Aidan Mitchell
Todd Stashwick
Gregg Henry
Theme music composer Toby Chu
Country of origin United States United States
Language(s) English
No. of seasons 2
No. of episodes 20 (List of episodes)
Production
Executive producer(s) Dmitry Lipkin
Dawn Prestwich
Nicole Yorkin
Peter O'Fallon
Eddie Izzard
Producer(s) Paul Kurta
Sara E. Morrow
Location(s) Marrero, LA
New Orleans, LA
Santa Clarita, CA
Camera setup Single-camera setup
Running time approx 45 minutes
Broadcast
Original channel FX
Picture format 720p (HDTV)
Original run March 12, 2007 – April 29, 2008
External links
Official website

The Riches (styled as the R1¢hes in promotional material) is an FX television series that ran from March 2007 to September 2008, starring Eddie Izzard and Minnie Driver.

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History

Originally named Low Life, the show was created and head written by Dmitry Lipkin for Maverick Films and FX Networks. The one-hour pilot was written by Lipkin and Eddie Izzard, and directed by Carl Franklin. It first aired on March 12, 2007, followed by a further 12 episodes.[1] Additionally, the first two episodes were made available on the Internet prior to their television air dates. FX announced on May 8, 2007 that The Riches would return for a second season,[2] the first episode of which aired on March 18, 2008.[3] The second season ran for 7 episodes. FX President John Landgraf described The Riches as a "family show," albeit one featuring "a family unlike any television viewers have seen before."[4] Todd Stashwick, one of the actors, announced on his blog that the show was canceled on September 25, 2008, almost five months after season two ended.[5] The series was officially canceled by the network a few days later.[6]

Plot synopsis

The show features Izzard and Driver as Wayne and Dahlia Malloy; they, along with their family, are Irish Traveller con artists and thieves. They travel with their children Di Di (Delilah), Sam and Cael.

As the series begins, Dahlia has just been paroled from prison. During her two-year sentence, she has developed various drug addictions. In her absence, Wayne and the children have been continuing to act as con artists across the U.S. After a brief reunion with their Traveller clan, the family flees to avoid an arranged marriage for Di Di. Wayne steals a large amount of money from the clan's hoard of cash, and the family runs off. After getting into an altercation and RV chase with another Traveller family, the Malloys are involved in a car accident that kills a very wealthy couple (the eponymous Riches). In the hopes of pursuing a "better life," they adopt the Riches' identities in an affluent gated community in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. They struggle to adjust to their new lives as buffers, as they call non-Travellers, while attempting to avoid having their deception exposed by characters from both their past and the Riches'.

Episodes

Characters

Name Portrayed by Description
Wayne Malloy Eddie Izzard Wayne is the paternal head of the Malloy family (not to be confused with the extended Malloy 'clan'). He is a consummate, intelligent grifter and thief who experienced an 'existential crisis' while his wife was serving time in prison. He has become disillusioned with the nomadic, scamming lifestyle of the Travellers; it was his idea to steal the identities of deceased Doug and Cherien Rich and settle down into a normal life. Dahlia has referred to him as a 'halfbreed' or 'half buffer', because he did not come from a Traveller bloodline.
Dahlia Malloy Minnie Driver Dahlia is Wayne's wife. Newly out on parole, Dahlia's behavior is erratic and unpredictable, exacerbated by drug habits picked up in prison. A recovering methamphetamine addict, Dahlia imbibed a wide array of legal and illegal drugs since her parole, but recently she appears to be trying to get clean. Dahlia is considered 'royalty' in their Traveller clan, and her connection to the clan (both by blood and ideology) appears to be much stronger than Wayne's. She was initially very skeptical of Wayne's plan to leave their old lifestyle and impersonate the Riches and has struggled to live as Cherien Rich.
Cael Malloy Noel Fisher Cael is the eldest Malloy son. He is quiet yet intelligent. His skills include carrying out petty cash-register cons, faking epileptic seizures, picking locks, creating fake identity documents, disabling alarm systems, and stealing cars. While his sister Di Di is more supportive of their father, Cael is more supportive of their mother and the traditional Traveller lifestyle and beliefs. Likewise, his reception to the "Rich" lifestyle is less enthusiastic than that of his ambitious father and siblings.
Di Di Malloy Shannon Marie Woodward Di Di is the adolescent daughter of Wayne and Dahlia. Like the other Malloy children, she is intelligent and crafty, and is adept at various scams and thievery. In the opening scene of the pilot she is seen pickpocketing people at a high school class reunion while Wayne distracts them. Di Di's relationship with her mother appears to be strained; when it temporarily seemed the family would split up, Di Di chose to stay with her father. She embraced the Riches' way of life, and does not seem to be interested in the traveller lifestyle anymore.
Sam Malloy Aidan Mitchell Sam is the youngest Malloy child and frequently dresses in girls' clothing. The idea for Sam's cross-dressing came about before Izzard, a cross-dressing heterosexual comedian, joined the show.[7] The first night they spend in the Rich home, Sam draws a large mural on a wall in the house depicting their recent adventures, including the car accident and Dahlia's release from prison. In addition to his artistic endeavors, he also speaks French. Like the rest of his family, Sam appears to be very clever and adept at trickery. In episode 3, Sam is the key player in an elaborate con of Dahlia's to get the Malloy children into Rosemere Academy. During the season 1 finale, Sam expresses reluctance and even denial in leaving Eden Falls.
Dale Malloy Todd Stashwick Dale is cousin to Dahlia. He and Wayne were raised like brothers in the Malloy clan. Within the code of the family Dale expected that one day he would marry Dahlia and take his rightful place as head of the family once his father, Earl, died. A borderline sociopath whose life becomes slowly unhinged. Feeling wronged many times over by Wayne he is hell bent on revenge against Wayne and his family. Feeling the pain of his unrequited love and the fact that his father was going to pass the reins of the clan onto Wayne, Dale goes to murderous lengths to protect his legacy. Eventually discovering The Riches secret, he now finds himself in an unholy alliance with Wayne leveraging the truth to his selfish needs.

Lexicon

The Travellers use a variety of terminology. In addition to slang, some of the vocabulary is taken from Shelta (also known as "the Cant"), which is sometimes used as a code by Travellers.

Buffer 
An ordinary person, a non-Traveller. Howard Zinn used the term buffer in this way: "These people - the employed, the somewhat privileged - are drawn into alliance with the elite. They become the guards of the system, buffers between the upper and lower classes."[8]
Half Breed 
A Traveller not born into the clan, but associated through, for example, marriage or one of two parents.
Kale 
Money.
Koosh 
Money or other valuables, particularly ones the Travellers can steal.
Sajick 
Police officer or law enforcement official.
Skaal Krush 
Pertaining to the end of the con. Krush means "clear out; run away" in Shelta.
The Malloys (clockwise from left): Dahlia, Cael, Di Di, Wayne, and Sam

Ratings

The pilot episode of The Riches drew 3.8 million viewers.[9] With 2.5 million of those viewers in the 18-49 demographic, The Riches scored second only to the premiere of The Shield, thus beating out the premieres of other FX dramas such as Rescue Me, Over There, and Dirt. The pilot was also FX's first-ever Monday night premiere of an original series, and more than doubled the channel's highest-ever ratings for the Monday 10pm slot.[10] The show averaged 5.9 million cumulative viewers per week in the USA, sufficient for FX to commission a second season.[11] The Riches has gained popularity through online resources, such as Hulu and, was iTunes' "What We Are Watching" for April 2008.

Critical reception

Television critics were generally favorable in their reviews of The Riches.[12] The Baltimore Sun described it as "the kind of TV drama that makes one think while being entertained."[13] and The Boston Globe lauded a "layered drama" full of "unexpectedly soulful pleasures".[14] Some critics thought the show "lacks originality,"[15] but there was unanimous praise for the principal actors, with The New York Times reporting "together, [Izzard and Driver] are superb."[16]

Time magazine's James Poniewozik named it one of the Top 10 New TV Series of 2007, ranking it at #7,[17] while Minnie Driver was nominated for an Emmy Award for Best Actress in a Dramatic Series for her performance.

The second season garnered similarly positive reviews. The Hollywood Reporter review said that "Izzard and Driver remain a joy to watch in this odd but fascinating series that is derivative of nothing on TV",[18] while the San Francisco Chronicle described it as "gloriously inventive, daring and provocative."[19]

DVD releases

Season Releases

The First Season
Release dates Set details Special features
 United States
January 8, 2008 [20]
  • 13 Episodes
  • 4-Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • 616 Minutes
  • Languages:
    • English (Dolby Digital 2.0 Surround)
  • Subtitles:
    • English
    • French
    • Spanish
  • Audio Commentary
    • "Pilot"
    • "Waiting For Dogot"
  • Casting Session
  • World Premiere
  • Gag Reel
  • 7 Webisodes from FX.com
 United Kingdom
February 18, 2008 [21]
The Second Season
 United States
March 24, 2009 [22]
  • 7 Episodes
  • 2-Disc Set
  • 1.78:1 Aspect Ratio
  • 296 Minutes
  • Languages:
    • English
  • Subtitles:
    • English
    • French
    • Spanish

Movie

Eddie Izzard said in an interview that he is currently putting together a script for a movie as a conclusion. He said the plan is to "pick up exactly where we left off, and we think we're going to make a film of the next bit."[23]

International broadcasts

Country TV Network(s)
 Australia Showcase
 Belgium Be TV
 Brazil Telecine Light/Fox
 Canada Showcase

Télé-Québec (French)

 Croatia HRT1
 Denmark TV3
 Estonia TV6
 Finland MTV3
 France Jimmy
 Hong Kong FX
 Israel yes
 Italy Cult
 New Zealand C4
 Norway Viasat 4
 Philippines ETC 2nd Avenue
 Portugal FX
 Russia Channel One
 Serbia RTS1
 Singapore FX Channel - StarHubTV
 Slovenia POP TV
 South Africa M-Net
 Spain Canal+, Fox
 Sweden TV3 (Cancelled)
 Thailand True Series
 Turkey TNT Turkey
 United Kingdom Virgin 1

References

  1. ^ FX set premiere date for new series The Riches. 26 January 2007. Retrieved 7 February 2007
  2. ^ FX Turns More 'Dirt,' Reaps 'Riches' 8 May 2007. Retrieved 8 May 2007.
  3. ^ FX Spends Its 'Riches' in March. 12 February 2008. Retrieved 12 February 2008.
  4. ^ FX Amasses New 'Riches'. 7 September 2006. Retrieved 10 January 2007
  5. ^ Entertainment Weekly
  6. ^ TVSeriesFinale.com
  7. ^ FX's The Riches will try to con you. Houston Chronicle, 11 March 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2007
  8. ^ A People's History of the United States, Zinn, Howard. A People's History of the United States. New York: Perennial Classics, 2003. p.635
  9. ^ FX Cashes Strong 'Riches' Ratings. Zap2it, 14 March 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2007
  10. ^ The Riches Premiere on FX Scores Solid Ratings. Broadcasting & Cable, 13 March 2007. Retrieved 17 March 2007
  11. ^ 'Dirt' and 'Riches' get a second season. Newsday, 1o May, 2007. Retrieved 18 May 2007
  12. ^ Rave reviews for Izzard's US show. BBC News, 13 March 2007. Retrieved 15 March 2007
  13. ^ On The Money. The Baltimore Sun, 13 March 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2007
  14. ^ Stealing the American dream is a family affair. The Boston Globe, 13 March 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2007
  15. ^ FX's 'Riches' lacks originality. The Los Angeles Times, 13 March 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2007
  16. ^ For This Family of Pros, the Con Is Everything. The New York Times, 13 March 2007. Retrieved 13 March 2007.
  17. ^ Poniewozik, James; Top 10 New TV Series; time.com
  18. ^ The Riches. The Hollywood Reporter. 17 March 2008.
  19. ^ 'Riches' to risk it all for 2nd helping of the good life - and a great con, The San Francisco Chronicle, March 17, 2008.
  20. ^ The Riches DVD news: Box Art for The Riches - Season 1 | TVShowsOnDVD.com
  21. ^ The Riches: Season 1 | dvdactive.com
  22. ^ http://www.tvshowsondvd.com/news/Riches-Season-2-News/10940
  23. ^ http://www.tvsquad.com/2008/11/02/eddie-izzard-the-tv-squad-interview/

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