The Riches

I finally got around to seeing the premiere of The Riches, or at least as much as the ReplayTV recorded before noting the end of the hour, a limitation that the show itself did not recognize.
When I hear it’s about a family of con artists, who find themselves living in the house of rich-but-dead folks and passing themselves off as the owners, I expect it’s going to be fun stuff full of tricky cons and near-exposure. Instead, it’s a desperate and dark piece about a family which comes from a violent and thieving culture, showing the vast damage that this does to themselves and to the world around them. Not much fun there. And as a drama, at least the hour I saw didn’t delve into the real questions of identity.
I don’t have anything deep to say here. It was unpleasant to watch, and occasional it seems to be wanting to head toward interesting and then veering away into the ugly instead (it’s an FX show; they seem to specialize in ugly). I don’t think I’ll be luxuriating in The Riches any more.

Published in: on March 19, 2007 at 7:40 pm  Leave a Comment  

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