Richie Rich

 
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Poor little rich boy with a heart of gold.

What parents need to know

Positive messages

The show teaches viewers that having a big heart is more important than having a big bank account.

Violence & scariness
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Sexy stuff
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Language
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Consumerism
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Drinking, drugs, & smoking

Occasional use by guest characters who are clients of Richard Rich, Sr.

Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that Richie Rich is a sweet, admirable character with a heart of gold. Even though he's "the richest boy in the world," the series' constant message is that money isn't everything.

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What's the story?

RICHIE RICH, the animated series based on the Richie Rich: The Poor Little Rich Boy series of comic books, explores the life of the richest boy in the world. Even though Richie Rich (voiced by Katie Leigh in this incarnation, which originally aired in 1996) owns at least two of everything imaginable, companionship is a constant void in his life. His most frequent companions are his girlfriend, Gloria (Jeannie Elias); his dog, Dollar (Pat Fraley); and the Rich family butler, Cadbury (Martin Jarvis). Despite Richie's wealth, this tween trillionaire puts forth an enormous effort to be kind to others. Whether he's trying to save Dollar from a pesky ant or going out of his way to help a client, Richie's ego is surely a lot smaller than his bank account.

Is it any good?

QUALITY
 

Most episodes revolve around a greedy antagonist looking to trick Richie out of his fortune, but in this series, the rival never wins -- proving to kids that greed, not money, is more often the root of bad behavior. The only thing parents might want to watch out for is occasional slight tobacco use by a guest character, typically a fellow socialite visiting Richie's dad at the Rich mansion. But parents can use him as an example to show kids that success and narcissism don't necessarily go hand in hand.

Families can talk about...

  • Families can talk about money. What can money buy? What can't money buy? Even though Richie Rich has enough money to buy anything, is that enough to make him happy and healthy? How do you think your life would change if you had what Richie has?

TV details

Cast:Jeannie Elias, Katie Leigh, Susan Solo
Network:Boomerang
Genre:Kids' Animation
Topics:Friendship
TV rating:TV-G
Available on:DVD

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