Somehow I had been living under a rock for some time and had totally missed all previews, teasers, etc. for this show. Thus, I started with a blank canvas and had NO idea what to expect. I think that actually may have been to my advantage. After having gone back and watched all the preview clips, I get the feeling that this show was being touted as a comedy. Clearly, from the pilot episode, it is something much darker, and much more intelligent. My husband, however, had seen one of the "funny" trailers and was left feeling a little confused after watching "Pilot".
**Here There Be Spoilers**
What I think works:
Eddie and Minnie - A hugely, hugely unlikely couple, to be sure. But the fact that they are obviously SO devoted to each other, plus what little we know about their courtship leads me to believe there's a LOT of interesting back story between them that will be explored later.
The Redneck Mafia - Granted, I know nothing about the Traveler society, nor am I from Louisiana, though I am from the "deep South". I thought the idea of this convoluted redneck mafia family was fantastic! The "New" Riches - I imagine that the family's integration into higher-class living will be a little bit "Sopranos" and a little bit "Beverly Hillbillies".
The Feel of the show - I really liked the overall feel of this show; gritty and realistic, but still appealing. I thought it was well filmed and that the actors seemed at home in their roles.
What I think needs work: Eddie and Minnie - Accents, people! :) Eddie has *always* had a lousy American accent, though it has been vastly improved for this show compared to his work of years past. Minnie is more convincing, but hasn't hit the nail on the head as of yet. Granted, a Southern American accent is really difficult to achieve without slipping into an overdone caricature.
Script - Since I have no copy of the shooting script, I can't tell you if the flaws in this show are due to bad writing or to bad editing. What was the younger son doing in the trooper's car that was so important? I have no idea, though there's plenty of speculation about it on the message boards. I'm not sure who to blame, here. All I can do is keep watching the show and see what happens. *Here's where I took the star away from the rating... the show's assembly seemed sloppy*
My conclusion is that this is a show that will NOT appeal to the average American sitcom watcher. Then again, neither did the Sopranos nor Firefly... both shows with a huge fan-base of non-so-average Americans.
If you enjoy a drama with some dark comedy that has some potential for intelligence, please give The Riches a try.