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The Simple Life 

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Paris and Nicole accept various internships along the east coast. Hilarity ensues as the girls leave their limos behind, and travel by Greyhound Bus.




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Series cast summary:
Paris Hilton ...  Self 56 episodes, 2003-2007
Nicole Richie ...  Self 56 episodes, 2003-2007


Hotel Heiress Paris Hilton, and notorious party girl Nicole Richie drop their money and pick up some working gear in this one of a kind reality series. The girls are asked to give up their money, credit cards, and cell phones to live what they call "The Simple Life." However, they later discover that things are not so simple once they arrive at a farm in Arkansas for the first season of the show. In the second installment to the show the girls travel from Florida to Beverly Hills and along the way they take numerous jobs in exchange for money. The third season of the show brings the girls to a bus where they travel in upper Manhattan and take on jobs as interns. Wives of America were quite alarmed when they heard that for the fourth season that the girls would be taken on the task of house wives/moms. It was also known by now that Paris and Nicole hated each other and were no longer friends. In the final and fifth season, Paris and Nicole made up and were also Camp Councilors for the ... Written by Anonymous

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They're totally out-of-control! See more »


Comedy | Reality-TV


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Did You Know?


Show series parallels another show called World's Strictest Parents where two teens are sent to families across the U.S. and even internationally with hopes of becoming more disciplined. See more »


[repeated line]
Paris HiltonNicole Richie: [sung] Sanassa, sanassa! Sanassa, sa, sa, sanassa!
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Crazy Credits

Season four of the series shows an extra scene from the episode or a scene from Hilton or Richie's life while the credits roll. See more »

Alternate Versions

The USA version of the season 1 DVD does not future the reunion special with Paris Hilton and Nicole Ritchie meeting The Ledding family once again. The UK version of the season 1 DVD however does have this feature. See more »


Referenced in Supernatural: Fallen Idols (2009) See more »


Ms. Hilton
Written by Luke Tierney
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My alternative view of "The Simple Life"
17 November 2006 | by philipjmulliganSee all my reviews

Although I, largely, agree with most of the basic criticisms offered by other reviewers, I could not help but feel a certain sympathy for Paris Hilton and Nicole Richie and having some sense that, beneath their often obnoxious, misguided, and generally uninformed behavior; both ladies were fundamentally warm hearted and WANTED to be decent, if only they knew HOW to be so. Perhaps that is a naive assessment, on my part, given that they (and the residents of Altus) had to play to the cameras, to a certain extent, and that may have distorted everyone's more natural behavior. Still, (unless I was COMPLETELY deceived), the series looked like a cautionary tale of what often befalls clueless children of inherited wealth. The girls seemed to have been imprisoned in a cocoon of insular ignorance that crippled their capacity to function in a world structured more on self reliance and, perhaps, their parents owe them an apology for not teaching them the way Warren Buffett taught HIS children?

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Release Date:

2 December 2003 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

The Simple Life 2: Road Trip See more »

Filming Locations:

Allentown, Pennsylvania, USA See more »


Box Office


$1,000,000 (estimated)
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(56 episodes)

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1.33 : 1
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