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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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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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1 February 1976 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Rich Man, Poor Man - Book I  »

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Trivia

The mini-series makes a major plot change from the original novel. In the book, Julie Prescott is a minor character who briefly dates Rudy. Her story is actually that of Gretchen Jordache, Rudy and Tommy's sister, who does not appear at all in the mini-series. See more »

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Tom's wife is pregnant before she leaves him and the child is never discussed when they where looking for her. 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 That '70s Show: The Keg (1998) See more »

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Terrific mini series
21 January 2003 | by See all my reviews

Arguably the best mini series ever. I was in high school when ABC was airing RMPM and I definitely didn't miss any of the episodes. I guess most high school kids, well boys anyway, could relate to Tom Jordache. All you want to do is get the heck out of school and move on. As for the series itself the diamonds in the rough were Ed Asner as Axel Jordache and Bill Bixby as Willie Abbott. Asner did a great job getting away from the Lou Grant persona and becoming the brutish Jordache and everybody knew Bill Bixby as the nice guy dad on "The Courtship of Eddie's Father". Bixby did a great job playing the role of the lazy, irresponsible Willie Abbott. For eye candy there was Lynda Day George playing the wife of one of Tommy's boxing rivals. She was really a knockout in that bathing suit. And Susan Blakely wasn't too bad either. Another surprise was William Smith as Falconetti the bad guy. Hey, I was used to seeing him as one of the good guy Texas Rangers on "Laredo" back in the mid 60s. At any rate I wish they'd pull both RMPM parts 1 and 2 out of the archives for another generation.


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