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11 out of 11 people found the following review useful:

A must to build your music knowledge

Author: ALittaM from Milano, Italy
24 January 2001

I used to watch this show when I was a little girl, and I thought that all the songs they sang were written for the show. Therefore I regarded it as some musical miracle. Only later I found out that those cute teen girls were singing 60s songs - but by then I also found out that this show has made my knowledge for 60s and 70s songs as deep as my parents'!

Anyway, this TV show is very well done, well acted and I couldn't help but find myself totally hooked with it. Watch it if you happen to find it on reruns - you'll enjoy it!

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7 out of 7 people found the following review useful:

I Love this series

Author: ragstorichesfan from United States
14 June 2002

This show was great - i was 7 when it aired and i used to learn the songs and bug my parents with it. The girls all had problems that i could relate to, so i enjoyed it.I managed to record all the episodes and im so glad others remember it to.If you get a chance to watch it please do!! it is one of the better series that the 80s had to offer!

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

They need to make more movies like this

Author: mustang1-1 from Lebanon, Pennsylvania
27 March 2002

What a refreshing movie and series this was. My girls loved it. We couldn't wait until the next episodes.

I wish there was a place to buy the TV series.

I rank this right along with "That Thing You Do". 10 for family entertainment.

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6 out of 6 people found the following review useful:

when you go from rags to...

Author: P Adkins from Long Beach
25 June 2001

Rags to Riches was such a great idea. TV needed something a little light at the time. Aside from the facts of life, everything seemed so serious. Rose, Diane, Marva, Patty, & Mickey sang their way through problems in their lives. The drama every week included stories like, Rose & Diane fighting over the same guy, Marva opening her business, Patty going thru puberty, & Mickey stuggling to sell girl scout cookies. Unfortunantly NBC wrote in tv guide that the show was to expensive to keep on. After 3 movies & two season-run it came to an end. I am so glad I managed to tape the movie, along with a few episodes, & my favorite two hour movie "rags to riches in vegas."

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5 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

Went Before It's Time

Author: J Smith ( from Michigan
17 March 2010

This was a very entertaining show, and it stood out from pretty much every show at the time. Not only was it a musical show, it was set in the early 60's.

The plot is simple; Business man Nick Foley adopts six orphans to help his public relations image, but ends up caring for the girls more than he thought possible. The girls were unique. You had Rose, who was the most level-headed of the bunch. Marva was business-savvy and looked to Nick as a role model. Nina was the defensive, abrasive one. Diane was frivolous and bubbly, yet kind-hearted. Patty was somewhat tomboyish, yet overall the most relatable. Mickey was basically the comic relief child, whose every utterance oozed cuteness. Last but not least is Clapper, the British butler, who served as the moral center of the "family".

Everyone in the cast did a great job, and they were all very likable.

I watched this show with my mom religiously back when it aired. Looking back, it is sort of a bizarre 60's/80's hybrid show. The songs they recreated for the series were brilliant.

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4 out of 5 people found the following review useful:

If You've Seen Annie, You Know The Plot

Author: hillari from Chicago, USA
11 December 2000

This was an attempt to produce a musical comedy-drama series every week. A lonely millionaire adopts in several orphaned girls of different backgrounds. The storylines revolved around various problems of the pre-teen and teenaged girls. The show was set in the early 1960's, and the girls sang pop and rock tunes that were popular during that time. Rags To Riches was a candy cane confection of a show that might have worked if it had premiered back in the early 1960s. All of the girls problems were innocent and neatly tied up at the end.

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2 out of 2 people found the following review useful:

The Musical TV = Oppressed !

Author: ahmed elshikh ( from Egypt
20 February 2009

No one can ever deny that this was such an engaging show. The elements are all fabulous. It looked like a creative mix of (Annie, The Sound of Music, and maybe My Fair Lady). It got all the 1980s' innocent feel and brilliant appeal all over it. Let alone that it took place back in the 1960s (another decade I adore.. WoW).

(Joseph Bologna) made one of his most amusing, most memorable, roles ever. He was simply great as (Nick Foley) the ever sarcastic self-made millionaire who - to develop a 'family man' image - found himself overnight as unmarried father for 5, mostly teenager, orphaned girls he adopted. He was part plebeian businessman, and part magnanimous man, looking kindly on his daughters, learning them, and learning from them. After more than 15 years of watching, I still remember his witty lines ("She seems like someone who turns into a bat at night"; about a bossy schoolmaster !). The funny characters and the live performances captured my heart. True that the songs weren't favorite for me, since I'm not a fan of all the 60s rock, but the idea of a musical series, in this format, with this era as background, is just perfect. So, what the heck had gone wrong ?

As I read, that was too expensive to be made. So after 21 episodes they canceled it (thank god for 21 episodes legacy already). However it's still devastating, as I wanted to see this family through the 1960s variables, suffering controversial issues, facing the revolutionary 60s' end, and musically. But the marvelous chance had gone away.

After just 3 years, there would be another bold experience, (Cop Rock - 1990), which was another musical TV show that would be canceled brutally, however after 11 episodes only. It was a sign that the musical genre can't survive on the American TV screen anymore. And I think it's natural after the MTV boom not many years ago, with unstoppable flood of music videos 24 hours a day. Still the 1980s is the last time for gems like these to be made.

It's really provoking when you know that in the same year of (Rags to Riches) another show was made yet continued for more than 20 years, and its name is (The Bold and the Beautiful).. No Comment !

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1 out of 1 people found the following review useful:

Really Enjoyed this Show and is Still Timeless

Author: imperialist14 from United States
15 July 2006

I first saw this show in 1986 and it became one of my favorite all time television shows. The Singing and dancing was great - especially enjoyed how they reworked the 50's and 60's tunes to reflect the actions in each episode. The girls were cute - especially important to a teenage boy (had a major crush on Bridget Michele (Diane) and Kimiko Gelman (Rose).

Unfortunately, I never did get to see all 21 episodes of the show, and only was able to record four episodes on VHS in 1987 (which I have since transferred to DVD and still enjoy).

Sad the show did not even last one season, but it is truly a nostalgic gem for both the 1980's and 1960's.

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Remember Baby Jessica

Author: notjoshua from United States
28 April 2016

I don't know how this is rated so high. The only thing I really remember about this show is how annoyed I was that they interrupted it for coverage of the Baby Jessica fiasco.

Great memory 10/10.

Otherwise, not very memorable. This might just be my finest review.

It's my first one, so yeah.

Why is there a 10 line minimum for reviews? Seems like being able to make them succinct isn't such a bad thing.

Is it?

You know what was even better than this show?

Clarissa Explains It All.

Loved that one.

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Author: mattkratz ( from Richardson, TX
27 August 2012

This show was a clever mix of comedy, drama, and music. It featured a cutthroat food mogul who adopted five orphaned girls in an attempt to seal a deal and improve his image. Of course, the girls changed his life, and he changed theirs. The girls would frequently engage in song to reflect the story of the episode. I loved the one where a guy tried to scam a girl who had just gotten her drivers' liscence, or where a Russian guy was over, or where the girl had her "Sweet 16" at the same time the Cuban Missile Crisis Hit. (the show was set in the early 60s.) This was a thoroughly enjoyable show with cute girls, good episodes, and an ensemble that clicked! Joeseph Bologna was good in the lead.

*** out of ****

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