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Writers:
Mike Rotman (writer)
Brian Caldirola (writer)
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Seasons:
1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5
Release Date:
2 December 2003 (USA) See more »
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Tagline:
They lived on a farm, they worked for a living , they lead the simple life... but can they do it again See more »
Plot:
Paris and Nicole accept various internships along the east coast. Hilarity ensues as the girls leave their limos behind, and travel by Greyhound Bus. Full summary »
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3 wins & 6 nominations See more »
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Simple show, simple stars, simply mind-numbing See more (42 total) »

Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 2 of 36)

Paris Hilton ... Herself (56 episodes, 2003-2007)

Nicole Richie ... Herself (56 episodes, 2003-2007)
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Series Directed by
Claudia Frank (12 episodes, 2004)
Jeff Fisher (5 episodes, 2005)

Kasey Barrett (unknown episodes)
Alicia Bean (unknown episodes)
Ross Breitenbach (unknown episodes)
Katherine Brooks (unknown episodes)
Rich Kim (unknown episodes)
Laura Korkoian (unknown episodes)
Jeff Savenick (unknown episodes)
Troy VanderHeyden (unknown episodes)
 
Series Writing credits
Brian Caldirola (unknown episodes)
Jeff Fisher (unknown episodes)
Mike Rotman (unknown episodes)
Natalya Shneyder (unknown episodes)

Series Produced by
Jeff Jenkins .... executive producer / supervising producer / ... (43 episodes, 2003-2007)
Jaz Buzz Berger .... associate producer (20 episodes, 2006-2007)
David Bresenham .... supervising story producer (20 episodes, 2006-2007)
Ryan Crow .... associate producer / senior segment producer (16 episodes, 2005-2007)
Alicia Bean .... co-producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Farnaz Farjam .... producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Paris Hilton .... producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Patrick Murphy .... producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Jonathan Murray .... executive producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Dave Neglia .... associate producer / post-production associate producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Nicole Richie .... producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Lisa Trulli .... producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Troy VanderHeyden .... co-producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Scott Vila .... producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Nicole Vorias .... producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Alissa Vradenburg .... producer (16 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Fisher .... supervising story producer (15 episodes, 2005)
Ross McCall .... co-producer (13 episodes, 2005)
Aaron Peters .... co-producer (13 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Savenick .... co-producer (10 episodes, 2005)
Ethan Cohan .... line producer (10 episodes, 2007)
Ross Breitenbach .... producer (9 episodes, 2005)
Tim Atzinger .... co-producer / field producer (8 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jeffrey A. Fisher .... co-producer / consulting producer (6 episodes, 2005)
Rich Kim .... producer (4 episodes, 2005)
Katherine Brooks .... producer (3 episodes, 2005)
Lisa Fletcher .... segment producer (3 episodes, 2005)
Joel Friedman .... consulting producer (3 episodes, 2005)
Kevin Lee .... executive producer (3 episodes, 2005)
Amanda MacFadden .... associate producer (3 episodes, 2005)
Cynthia Matzger .... co-producer (3 episodes, 2005)
Kasey Barrett .... co-producer (2 episodes, 2005)
Dave Sambuchi .... senior segment producer (2 episodes, 2005)

Chris Gallivan .... associate producer (unknown episodes, 2007)
Bonnie Bogard Maier .... consulting producer (unknown episodes)
Lisa Bohacek .... segment producer (unknown episodes)
Rich Buhrman .... line producer (unknown episodes)
Mary-Ellis Bunim .... executive producer (unknown episodes)
Joey Carson .... co-executive producer (unknown episodes)
Adam Cohen .... producer (unknown episodes)
Jerry D'Alessandro .... producer (unknown episodes)
Perry Dance .... story producer (unknown episodes)
Stacey Dowdy Travis .... segment producer (unknown episodes)
Claudia Frank .... co-producer (unknown episodes)
Camie Holmes .... field producer (unknown episodes)
Patty Ivins Specht .... co-executive producer / supervising producer (unknown episodes)
Dee Balson Mollett .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
Ben Salter .... producer (unknown episodes)
Eric Weingrad .... field producer (unknown episodes)
Stephanie Ziebarth .... associate producer (unknown episodes)
 
Series Original Music by
Kyle Kenneth Batter (56 episodes, 2003-2007)
Adam Sanborne (24 episodes, 2005-2006)
Roger Neill (20 episodes, 2003-2004)
Jeff Edwards (11 episodes, 2004)
 
Series Cinematography by
Matt Valentine (21 episodes, 2004-2006)
Guido Frenzel (3 episodes, 2005)

Derek Hoffmann (unknown episodes)
Marc McCrudden (unknown episodes)
 
Series Film Editing by
David Tai Bornoff (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
Eva Ilona Brzeski (5 episodes, 2005)
Jensen Rufe (5 episodes, 2005)
Chris Ray (5 episodes, 2007)
Tom Erwin (3 episodes, 2005)
Aaron Lindenthaler (3 episodes, 2007)
Oskar Dektyar (2 episodes, 2005)
Michael Fendler (2 episodes, 2005)
Diana Friedberg (2 episodes, 2005)
Dan Golding (2 episodes, 2005)
Eric Spagnoletti (2 episodes, 2005)

Tim Atzinger (unknown episodes)
Rob Claridge (unknown episodes)
Scott Gamzon (unknown episodes)
Jared Patrick (unknown episodes)
Ben Salter (unknown episodes)
Dave Stanke (unknown episodes)
Scott Teti (unknown episodes)
Lisa Trulli (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting by
Adam Saltzberg (10 episodes, 2007)
Teri Schauf (3 episodes, 2005)
Jason Hollis (2 episodes, 2005)
Hollis Tak-Frischman (2 episodes, 2005)

Nisa Ahmad (unknown episodes)
Sasha Alpert (unknown episodes)
Damon Furberg (unknown episodes)
Tiffany Rice (unknown episodes)
Megan Sleeper (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Design by
Brandi Creason (10 episodes, 2006)
Steve Leonhardt (10 episodes, 2007)

Preston Sharp (unknown episodes)
 
Series Art Direction by
Christopher Goettsche (15 episodes, 2003-2004)
Todd Fjelsted (4 episodes, 2004)
Brenna Griffin (2 episodes, 2005)

Shawni Burris (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Young (unknown episodes)
 
Series Makeup Department
K. Troy Zestos .... hair stylist (10 episodes, 2006)

Lee Grimes .... special makeup effects artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Isabel Vargas .... production manager (11 episodes, 2004)
Daniel Powless .... production manager (5 episodes, 2005)
Trish Norton .... production manager (3 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Arturo Guzman .... first assistant director (10 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Art Department
Doro Klusmann .... set dresser (16 episodes, 2005)
Jason E. Hatfield .... lead man (9 episodes, 2006)
Miles Michael .... set dresser (6 episodes, 2005)

James Connelly .... assistant art director (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
Peter Arata .... sound re-recording mixer (24 episodes, 2005-2006)
Lisa Gillespie .... sound mixer (10 episodes, 2004)
Robert Brehmer .... sound supervisor (10 episodes, 2006)

Pieter Anker .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Michael Emeric Hayes .... sound supervisor (unknown episodes)
John Pooley .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Karsten Ray .... foley artist (unknown episodes)
Tyson Schaffner .... sound mixer (unknown episodes)
Brady Schwartz .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Andy Yip .... sound mixer: closing interviews (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Michael J Tamburro .... aerial coordinator (1 episode, 2007)
Don Thai Theerathada .... stunts (1 episode, 2007)

Daniel Hernandez .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Michael Yarish .... still photographer (34 episodes, 2003-2007)
Jonathan Boehr .... assistant camera (16 episodes, 2005)
Derek Hoffmann .... camera operator (16 episodes, 2005)
Mike Roth .... camera operator (14 episodes, 2004-2006)
Daniel Hagouel .... jib operator (14 episodes, 2005-2006)
Paul Starkman .... camera operator (10 episodes, 2004)
Calvin Callaway .... epk camera operator (10 episodes, 2006)
Rick Rojas .... jimmy jib operator (10 episodes, 2007)
Andre Martinez .... camera operator (8 episodes, 2007)
David Durando .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2005)
Jason Predock .... gaffer (3 episodes, 2005)
Eric Purugganan .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Jeff Trower .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Marc Weichel .... camera operator (3 episodes, 2005)
Mason McGuire .... best boy electric (2 episodes, 2004)
Justin Burrows .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2005)
Chris Conaty .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2005)
Riad Deeb .... grip (2 episodes, 2005)
Jesus Quintanilla .... assistant camera (2 episodes, 2005)
Chris Santucci .... gaffer (2 episodes, 2005)

Steve Cassidy .... aerial director of photography (unknown episodes)
Guido Frenzel .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Vesa Holle .... gaffer: Los Angeles (unknown episodes)
Eric Kahn .... tape operator (unknown episodes)
Jesse Phinney .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
John Trapman .... camera operator: Wescam camera (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Piper Goldberg .... casting associate (10 episodes, 2007)
Lamont Pete .... casting associate (10 episodes, 2007)
Alexander Ali .... casting (6 episodes, 2007)
Kristina McGann .... casting associate (2 episodes, 2005)
Lauren Vaughn .... casting associate (2 episodes, 2005)
Nicole Conrad .... casting editor (2 episodes, 2007)

Evan W. Majors .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
Liz Spano .... casting associate (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Fileena Bahris .... jewelry designer (10 episodes, 2007)
 
Series Editorial Department
Brian Malley .... assistant on-line editor (24 episodes, 2005-2006)
Jeffrey T. Lehman .... post-production coordinator (16 episodes, 2005)
Megan Cotler .... editorial assistant (14 episodes, 2005)
Brian Bishop .... digitizer / editorial assistant (10 episodes, 2006)
Adam Fenderson .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2007)
Kevin McMahon .... colorist / on-line editor (10 episodes, 2007)
Stuart Morse .... assistant editor (10 episodes, 2007)
Bill O'Donnell .... assistant to editor (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
Todd R. Lewis .... on-line editor (2 episodes, 2005)
Toni Rose Parcon .... post clearance coordinator (2 episodes, 2005)

Lanie Albin .... editorial assistant (unknown episodes)
Ryan Case .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Christine Ciraolo .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Adam Colman .... editorial assistant (unknown episodes)
Christopher de Barros .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Dave Della Terza .... editorial assistant (unknown episodes)
Sal Koussa .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Graeme Lowry .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Mark Raudonis .... director of post-production (unknown episodes)
Patrick Reardon .... post-production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Walter Sanchez .... editorial assistant (unknown episodes)
Kristopher Schwalenberg .... editorial assistant (unknown episodes)
Alison Tusan .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
Sean Zell .... assistant to editor (unknown episodes)
Dan Zimmerman .... supervising editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
We 3 Kings .... composer: theme music (37 episodes, 2004-2006)
Mark Petrie .... composer: additional music (20 episodes, 2006-2007)
Delly Ramin .... music supervisor (20 episodes, 2006-2007)
Carrie Hughes .... music coordinator (10 episodes, 2004)
Zsuzsanna Cohen .... music supervisor / musical director (3 episodes, 2005)
Dorian Charnis .... composer: additional music (3 episodes, 2007)
Dave Stone .... musical director / vice president of music (2 episodes, 2005)
 
Series Transportation Department
Michael J. Simmons .... talent driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Paul Matthaeus .... creative director (56 episodes, 2003-2007)
Jonathan Boehr .... production assistant (16 episodes, 2005)
Javier Quintana .... production accountant (16 episodes, 2005)
Ronni Gregoire Peck .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2004)
Laura Burdick .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Angie Cole .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Dale Decker .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Rachelle Lillard .... talent assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Jason Sklar .... production assistant (10 episodes, 2007)
Clint Spillers .... logger (10 episodes, 2007)
Lasheia Zeigler .... assistant story editor (10 episodes, 2007)
Bruce McCoy .... story consultant (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
Erin Sarofsky .... main title designer (9 episodes, 2003-2004)
Tal Kayatsky .... story editor (9 episodes, 2005)
Rachel Baum .... story editor (7 episodes, 2005)
Jordan Sharon .... production assistant (6 episodes, 2005)
Scott Pearlman .... story editor / associate story editor (5 episodes, 2004-2005)
Josh Bodnar .... title designer (3 episodes, 2004-2006)
Barbara Tillman .... production accountant (3 episodes, 2005)
Chris Cohenour .... executive coordinator (2 episodes, 2004)
Hillel Abrams .... story editor (2 episodes, 2005)
David Bresenham .... story editor (2 episodes, 2005)
Marlon Maloney .... story assistant (2 episodes, 2005)
Ko Nizuma .... location manager (2 episodes, 2005)
Mark Orozco .... technical supervisor (2 episodes, 2005)
Matt Iwanoff .... production assistant (2 episodes, 2007)

Mark Nunes .... logger (unknown episodes, 2003)
Adam Baldowski .... logger (unknown episodes, 2007)
Arthur Avedissian .... logger (unknown episodes)
Armando Bareño II .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Jaz Buzz Berger .... production assistant / researcher (unknown episodes)
Rian R. Bosak .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Laura Burnett .... story assistant (unknown episodes)
Ryan Crow .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Nicholas Davis .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Sandra L. Dixon .... first assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Claudia Frank .... researcher (unknown episodes)
Matt Gatson .... key accountant (unknown episodes)
Diana E. Gonzales .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Jennifer L. Goosby .... assistant: Kevin Lee (unknown episodes)
Patty Ivins Specht .... show runner (unknown episodes)
Eric Kahn .... logger (unknown episodes)
Jennifer Klatt .... first assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
Brady Klosterman .... road logger (unknown episodes)
Amanda McKinney .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Gil McKinney .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Christine Reed .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Tiffany Rice .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Vanessa Rojas .... story logger (unknown episodes)
Matt Scrivner .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Michael J. Simmons .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Mara Sommer .... post release coordinator (unknown episodes)
Laura Stutes .... production associate (unknown episodes)
John Vidas .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Eric Weingrad .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Edwin Whitewolf .... production assistant (unknown episodes)
Lindsay Wilkinson .... talent coordinator (unknown episodes)
Lang Yee .... assistant accountant (unknown episodes)
 

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Also Known As:
"Simple Life Goes to Camp" - USA (fifth season title)
"The Simple Life 2: Road Trip" - USA (second season title)
"The Simple Life: 'Til Death Do Us Part" - USA (fourth season title)
"The Simple Life: Goes to Camp" - USA (fifth season title)
"The Simple Life: Interns" - USA (third season title)
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Runtime:
22 min (56 episodes)
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Language:
Color:
Aspect Ratio:
1.33 : 1 See more »
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:PG (DVD rating) | Australia:M (some episodes) | Germany:6 (DVD rating) | Germany:12 (TV rating) | New Zealand:M (season 3, 4) | Singapore:PG (season 1) | UK:12 | UK:12 (DVD rating) | USA:TV-14

Did You Know?

Trivia:
The girls were supposed to work at a school, but due to complaints from parents the episode was never made.See more »
Quotes:
[repeated line]
Paris Hilton:That's hot.
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25 out of 42 people found the following review useful.
Simple show, simple stars, simply mind-numbing, 24 June 2004
Author: liquidcelluloid-1 from www.liquidcelluloid.blog.com

Network: Fox; Genre: reality-based/docu-comedy; Content Rating: TV-PG; Available: on DVD; Classification: Contemporary (Star range: 1 - 4)

Years Reviewed: Season 1+

Coming so close on the heels of MTV's 'Rich Girls' it's in danger of being confused for the Hilfiger buddy comedy, 'The Simple Life' proposes the novel idea that we take rich young born-into-money socialite buddies Paris Hilton and Nichole Richie, throw them on a farm in a Midwest, country setting and watch the culture shock hilarity ensue. Unlike 'The Apprentice' in which everybody knows who Donald Trump is, Fox was faced with a nagging problem to their novelty - nobody knows, or cares, who Paris Hilton is. A problem made just as easily into a solution by the nick-of-time, what-a-coincidence release of the best Hollywood publicity grabbing machine of them all: the all-important sex tape. The change seemed to come in almost the dead of night, but one day we woke up and everybody was supposed to care who Paris Hilton was and what idiot thing had she said next. Entertainment Tonight was beating down the girls' doors. Paris Hilton is, of course, heir to the Hilton Hotel family fortune and Nicole Richie is, of course, Lionel Richie's adopted daughter.

That is exactly what 'The Simple Life' is all about. Despite producers from 'The Real World' and various other MTV drones, this show is born more out of the celebrity tabloid culture of hype and E! network star-worship than it is out of the reality genera. It is a novelty series but as much as it claims to be poking a little fun at the girls, at the same time it is feeding the beast - making household names and 15-second celebrities out of Hilton and Richie.

The girls are taken in by the Leding family (credited as a group on the intro), much to the chagrin of the mother and eternal, admirable patience by the father. It's hard to get a handle on it. We're supposed to laugh at the ineptness of the girls to do real work and yet, at the same time they are put to choirs, such as castrating a bull, that most people wouldn't still wouldn't touch with a 10-foot pole. The show promotes itself as another Look-at-the-Freaks rubberneck series but that's a hard pill to swallow (no pun intended) when the show is taking the views of Hilton and Richie as the protagonists as they gawk at Midwestern country life with condescension and disbelief. Those that want to see nepotism get it's comeuppance will be horribly disappointed. In the end, the concept appears to be mute as nobody learns anything and Hilton and Richie gratefully go back to their lives. 'Simple' manages to be as loud and obnoxious with it's depiction of middle America as Fox's 'King of the Hill' is rich and nuanced. Who's kidding who here?

Then there is the show's biggest lumbering dinosaur of a problem: Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie. The two are the most unlikable leads you could possibly imagine. If David Caruso and Jim Belushi where thrown on a farm together it wouldn't be as cringe-inducing. And I don't need my TV leads likable. Anti-heroes almost always make for more complex and interesting characters. But anti-heroes have personalities of their own - something Hilton and Richie sadly lack. They are like pop culture sponges who have soaked up what the MTV culture has told them is cool and now spit their vapid, shameless personas back at us. Hilton, in particular, wears all the brand names she should, is rail thin and has long blonde hair. Not to be mean, but the girl puts herself together like an alien who had a general idea of what an attractive women looks like but horribly mangled the project in the details. She sure as hell thinks she's something though. Richie doesn't come off as the disgusting pig Hilton does. Not walking around with jeans riding so low the show has to blur out the resulting a** crack makes her look like the classiest of the two. But she's just as spoiled and lifeless. Her idea of being cool is to constantly say that everything and everyone is sexy.

So saddle up the tumbleweeds, race on down to the swimming hole, wrap the tin foil around the rabbit years and check out Fox's view of middle America.

Any serious discussion on the show's concept (will rich girls be able to survive in the country?) gets wadded up and thrown in the trash because Fox took the simplest approach to this show. It has the opportunity to play with a demographic (2 actually) rarely seen on TV and be giddy, bubble gum fun in the process. Instead it is dully handed to us sounding like a cartoon and riddled with stereotypes. It would seem by sheer happenstance everyone around them is living a country boy cliché and the show makes it look as 'Green Acres' as possible. It all wraps up with over-the-top twangy narration by David Richards.

'Simple' is also another reality show where the editing team behind the camera shamelessly jockeys with their celebrity leads for the limelight. The show is constantly calling attention to itself with the goofy sounds of springs and slide whistles. This is the tacky, crude, devoid of imagination novelty that the Fox network has re-invented itself to be known for. Way to go, Gail.

½

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