• Network: FX
  • Series Premiere Date: Mar 12, 2007
  • Season #: 1 , 2
Metascore
68

Generally favorable reviews - based on 9 Critics

Critic score distribution:
  1. Positive: 7 out of 9
  2. Negative: 1 out of 9
  1. 70
    Though the show can demonstrate narrative drive within particular episodes--the second episode of Season 2, for example, is moderately suspenseful--over the long haul.
  2. The drama's strange coincidences and unlikely twists are boundless. But The Riches is like a skillful shell game: Even when you know you're being played, the dizzying machinations are irresistible.
  3. Even though the performances, the writing, directing, etc., are uniformly strong, The Riches is just too unpleasant to make a weekly commitment to.
  4. Reviewed by: Staff (Not Credited)
    80
    Stellar acting bolsters perceptive writing.
  5. Reviewed by: Tony Norman
    80
    Fans of The Riches can expect even more double-crossing, shady business deals, intimidation and moral compromise in the gated community of Eden Falls. It's the same game, only more of it.
  6. The Riches is gloriously inventive, daring and provocative, with excellent performances.
  7. The Riches is not a perfect show (the story's twists stretch the rules of plausibility every week), but it has something to say about such concepts as freedom and what constitutes a normal life. In addition, you won't find any better lead performances on television than those offered by Driver and Izzard.
  8. Season 2 features an expanded role--probably too greatly expanded--for Dale (Todd Stashwick), the dull-witted, violent villain and nemesis from Traveller days. Even so, Izzard and Driver remain a joy to watch in this odd but fascinating series that is derivative of nothing on TV.
  9. Reviewed by: Matt Roush
    30
    I find The Riches emotionally flat, borderline pretentious and (metaphor acknowledged) dramatically phony.
User Score
7.9

Generally favorable reviews- based on 10 Ratings

User score distribution:
  1. Positive: 1 out of 1
  2. Mixed: 0 out of 1
  3. Negative: 0 out of 1
  1. TheVegan
    Mar 20, 2008
    6
    Some of the actions and reactions of the characters are illogical at times but the story is interesting and I look forward to each new episode.