Parents' Guide to

Richie Rich

By Emily Ashby, Common Sense Media Reviewer

age 7+

Remake celebrates materialism at the hands of spoiled kid.

TV Netflix Comedy 2015
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What you will—and won't—find in this TV show.

Community Reviews

age 10+

Based on 28 parent reviews

age 11+

Sexism and misogyny

This is a horrible show, with terrible jokes that should have been left in the fifties. All the female roles are ridiculous, objectified and vilified, really negative messages.
age 5+

Hilarious fantasy series with solid friendships and talented kid actors

It's a comedy fantasy series that is really stupid and funny. When Richie tries to use his money to smooth over things, it usually backfires and he continues to discover that telling the truth is the only way out of his predicaments. Yes, there is a beautiful girl playing a robot maid, and a lot of greed and consumerism throughout, but these are all part of the world. It's slapstick comedy with broad characters and we laughed throughout at the hilarious bits and scenarios. Not a perfect show, but a fun fantasy that doesn't take itself to seriously. Ironically, they did a ton with no money.

Is It Any Good?

Our review:
Parents say (28 ):
Kids say (22 ):

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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