A family of crooks assume the identity of an upper-middle-class suburban clan in the Deep South.

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 Wayne Malloy / ... (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Dahlia Malloy / ... (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Di Di Malloy (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Cael Malloy (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Sam Malloy (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Dale Malloy (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Hugh Panetta (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Nina Burns (20 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Jim Burns (14 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Ginny Dannegan (9 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Aubrey McDonald (9 episodes, 2007-2008)
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 Kimmie (9 episodes, 2007-2008)
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Wayne and Dahlia Malloy spent their youth pulling cons with a traveling band of modern Irish travelers roaming about the US. Now years later, Wayne hits a spiritual and midlife crisis and begins to question their lifestyle just as his wife, newly sprung from prison, rejoins the family. They decide to finally settle down in suburbia where they battle to live a normal life while trying to escape their former friends. Written by C. Ambrose

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One of two shows that FX greenlighted in 2007 with female lead characters, trying to shake the public conception of the network as a 'male network'. The other show being Dirt. See more »

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Set in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, the series clearly shows mountains in the background in several episodes. There are no mountains anywhere near Baton Rouge. The nearest "mountain" in the entire state can be found hundreds of miles away in the northern part of the state, near Shreveport. See more »

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This is fine television
18 March 2007 | by (Pennsylvania) – See all my reviews

I missed the first airing of the pilot but caught an encore Saturday night, and I am glad I did. The plot was challenging, characters engaging, dialog tight and raw, atmosphere gritty.

I have an inexplicable soft spot in my heart for Gypsies, and I am usually disappointed in how cold and inaccessible modern nomads are in film and T.V. The Riches family are portrayed with enough warmth and pathos (and unexpected poetry!) to let the viewer in, while in no way slipping into the criminals-with-a-heart-of-gold cliché. This ain't no Hallmark channel program!

I was particularly impressed with Eddie Izzard's rich use of language which really did touch on the poetic at times. Minnie Driver was especially compelling and complex. And their marriage was one of the few believable mature relationships I've seen on television in a long time.

With the absurd premise and the comedy-background casting, I expected a few laughs, but didn't find them. Instead, I had the strange yet familiar feeling reminiscent of picking up a Frank Miller comic book the first time, expecting superheroes and finding horror in its place.


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