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Rich Man, Poor Man 

An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.
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Won 4 Golden Globes. Another 6 wins & 26 nominations. See more awards »

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Series cast summary:
...  Rudy Jordache 9 episodes, 1976
...  Tom Jordache 9 episodes, 1976
...  Julie Prescott 9 episodes, 1976
...  Mary Jordache 7 episodes, 1976
...  Brad Knight 6 episodes, 1976
...  Duncan Calderwood 5 episodes, 1976
...  Teddy Boylan 5 episodes, 1976
...  Willie Abbott 4 episodes, 1976
...  Smitty 4 episodes, 1976
...  Bill Denton 4 episodes, 1976
Helen Craig ...  Martha 4 episodes, 1976
...  Virginia Calderwood 3 episodes, 1976
...  Sid Gossett 3 episodes, 1976
...  Roy Dwyer 3 episodes, 1976
...  Marsh Goodwin 3 episodes, 1976
...  Falconetti 3 episodes, 1976
...  Teresa Santoro 3 episodes, 1976
...  Axel Jordache 2 episodes, 1976
...  Irene Goodwin 2 episodes, 1976
...  Eddie Heath / ... 2 episodes, 1976
...  Papadakis 2 episodes, 1976
...  Asher Berg 2 episodes, 1976
...  Alsie 2 episodes, 1976
...  Gloria Bartley 2 episodes, 1976
...  Pinky 2 episodes, 1976
...  Matusik 2 episodes, 1976
Allen Price ...  Billy 2 episodes, 1976
Walter Lott ...  Mr. McKinley / ... 2 episodes, 1976
...  Wayne 2 episodes, 1976
George Brenlin ...  Barry 2 episodes, 1976
Terence Locke ...  O'Hara 2 episodes, 1976
W.T. Zacha ...  Third Mate 2 episodes, 1976
Bernie Kuby ...  Postman 2 episodes, 1976
...  Arnold Simms 2 episodes, 1976
Eric Friedman ...  Billy Abbott 2 episodes, 1976
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An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.

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Also Known As:

Rich Man, Poor Man - Book I  »

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Trivia

Nick Nolte said that when he played a young man in the early scenes of the project, he weighed about 160 pounds. When he played a middle aged man in the later scenes, he weighed over 180 pounds. See more »

Goofs

Throughout the series, but more pervasive in the earlier episodes, the women hairstyles and the men haircuts are from the 1970's. Men did not wear bangs nor long hair as depicted. See more »

Quotes

Mary Jordache: [to Tom] It takes a lot of pain and love to raise a boy, maybe I gave so much to Rudy, there wasn't enough left over for you.
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Referenced in Murdoch Mysteries: Rich Boy, Poor Boy (2010) See more »

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I am always talking about this mini series
26 March 2007 | by See all my reviews

Every time I go in a video store or look up videos to rent or purchase online, I always put Rich Man Poor Man in the search engine. Always to come up empty though. This was TV at its best. Nothing topped this back in the 70's but maybe Luke and Laura on General Hospital. I remember always getting pumped up cause a new episode was coming on. If my memory is correct, I am pretty sure it was tuesday night, I know the opening episode was a 2 hr long Sunday night treat.

I really wish I could watch this again and see if it still holds up to this day. I really don't think it could lose much of the magic, since it was told in an earlier year sequence anyways. I guess the only thing different now would be the actors are a lot older these days. I will never forget the Tom Jordache and Falconetti last episode. That will always stay in my memory forever. Ed Asner was also excellent.


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