Richie Rich

TV review by
Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media
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Remake celebrates materialism at the hands of spoiled kid.

Parents say

age 8+
Based on 14 reviews

Kids say

age 8+
Based on 5 reviews

A lot or a little?

The parents' guide to what's in this TV show.

Educational Value

The show intends to entertain rather than to educate. 

Positive Messages

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 & Representations

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. 

Sexy Stuff

Richie's robot maid's outfit is decidedly sexy. 

Language

"Stupid."

Consumerism
Drinking, Drugs & Smoking

What 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. 

User Reviews

  • Parents say
  • Kids say
Adult Written byKoty K. November 26, 2017

This show is awful

This show is extremely awful. The main characters are basically all really weird. 1st, Richie, who is a 9 year old who acts like an adult, buying everything and... Continue reading
Adult Written bypuper15 May 5, 2015

Re-boot of a series that was dead on arrival

I'm going to start this off by saying that the original "Richie Rich" was horrible. Richie was a personality void character that every boy can dr... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written byMadelineMini April 7, 2015

Terrible, just another common and cheesy sitcom aimed towards kids

This show is not funny at all, the jokes are just plain lame. You can tell this series is low budget, like how the windows have pictures put on them meant to r... Continue reading
Teen, 13 years old Written bymichael210601 March 1, 2015

richie rich - weirdly entertaining

its a very weird show and has some similarities to shows that you see on Disney channel etc but then it pulls away from that instead giving you utter craziness.... Continue reading

What's the story?

When Richie Rich (Jake Brennan) invents a new source of green energy, he becomes the world's wealthiest kid with a cool trillion dollars to his name. Now he and his family live in a mansion -- with its own amusement park, an indoor shark aquarium, and a vending machine that dispenses gold and chocolate bars -- where his best friends Murray (Joshua Garlon) and shopaholic Darcy (Jenna Ortega) spend most of their time as well. Even better, his every wish is a command for his comely robot maid, Irona (Brooke Wexler), who's always happy to serve. The only person who's less than sold on Richie's newfound wealth is his jealous older sister, Harper (Lauren Taylor), who resents what she considers her brother's accidental windfall.

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. 

Talk to your kids about ...

  • Families can talk about what, if anything, is lacking in Richie's life. Are his relationships with his family and friends emotionally rewarding? Is there anything he wants that he can't buy? What do your kids have in their lives that Richie doesn't seem to? 

  • Kids: Did any of Richie's many toys make you want something similar? To what degree are we influenced by what we see on TV? Why is it fun to have the "in" toy?

  • What would your family do with an unexpected fortune? How do you strike a balance between being responsible and having fun? Does your family have a long-term goal such as taking a vacation or making a big purchase? What small steps can you take now to make that happen later? 

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