A Lot or a Little?
What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.
The show intends to entertain rather than to educate.
Kids see a boy use his fabulous wealth to fund an extravagant lifestyle for himself and his friends. Richie often doles out money to smooth things over in conflicts with family members and friends, implying that it can buy happiness. Even though it's all in fun, the show celebrates materialism and reveling in life without rules, all of which has a negative effect on the family.
Positive Role Models
Richie is a spoiled brat, and the only adult influence in his life -- his father -- is enamored by his wealth and defers to his son's extravagant whims. The fact that Richie's friend Murray encourages financial frugality is a laughing point, while pal Darcy's apparent unfettered spending of Richie's fortune is cast in a positive light. Sister Harper is the only one who calls the trillionaire on his selfish behavior, which makes her the story's antagonist.
Violence & Scariness
Nothing is shown, but the idea of people being hurt is spun as humor, as when a girl wears a full-body cast after it's said she was mauled by gorillas.
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Sex, Romance & Nudity
Richie's robot maid's outfit is decidedly sexy.
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Parents Need to Know
Parents need to know that Richie Rich is a live-action series that recasts the kindly 1960s comic book character as spoiled, self-absorbed, and materialistic. The show strings together a series of ridiculous adventures facilitated by Richie's self-made wealth and typically resulting in frustration for those around him but no consequences for him. Expect a lot of arguing between Richie and his sister, whom he disregards as being jealous of him but who is the only one to stand up to his excessiveness. Likewise, Richie's dad is no help in reining in his son, thanks to a debilitating lack of common sense. Kids will find Richie's antics funny in a wishful-thinking kind of way, but the show's frivolous content has nothing of value for them in return.
Is It Any Good?
RICHIE RICH is a poor reimagining of the 1960s comic that introduced fans to "The Poor Little Rich Boy." Where the original character (and those characters who followed in a cartoon and live-action movie) was charitable and morally untarnished by his wealth, the Richie of this series is spoiled, selfish, and unaccountable for his actions. Much of this has to do with the fact that his father (Kiff VandenHeuvel) is beyond dim (he spends much of one episode searching in vain for a bathroom in his own house), so his son's antics go entirely unchecked, which leads to in-home concerts, a gorilla pit, and the occasional arrival of a sunken island nation's displaced population. And then there's the ever-doting robot maid who's easy on the eyes and who facilitates Richie's whims at every turn.
One might think that all the focus on materialism would be offset by at least a hint at the idea that money can't buy happiness, but sadly that doesn't happen. In Richie's world, money buys everything and can solve any problem (even those that deal with hurt feelings and a sense of neglect), and even though his level of wealth is excessive by kids' standards, that's the message they'll get from the show. What they'll also see is a chronically bickering sibling duo, a friend whose loyalty to Richie is influenced by his money and a family dynamic that's in no way helped by fabulous wealth. If you want better messages, revisit Richie Rich in an older (and less obnoxious) incarnation.
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