Rags To Riches (1987-88) – By Brian Morton

When I saw that the TV series, Rags To Riches was being released on DVD, I reacted probably like everyone else, thinking to myself, what the heck is Rags To Riches? So, when a copy was dropped on my desk, I have to admit some apprehension. After all, I’m not the biggest fan of musicals that there is, and musical TV, even less so.

Rags To Riches is the tale of Nick Foley, a businessman in the 1960s, who’s on the verge of a major deal. The only problem is that the people he’s dealing with are real family types and Nick is a bit of a playboy. So, to give the impression that he’s a family man too, Nick adopts 6 orphan girls to be his daughters. The plan is to give the family guy impression, close the deal and send the girls to boarding school, but things go wrong when Nick discovers that he actually enjoys being a father and wants to keep the girls around.

Rags To Riches is sort of the Little Orphan Annie story, except there are more girls. And, the singing is more contemporary, taking standards from the late 50s/early 60s and reworking them for the series. For example, Mr. Postman’s new lyrics and ‘wait a minute, Mr. Foley’…and yes, you get to hear star Joseph Bologna sing…if that’s something you’re interested in!

Rags To Riches is one of those shows that lasted only about 20 episodes and didn’t make that big a mark, but with the success of Glee, I think anything that was on TV and had musical numbers is being dropped onto DVD these days. If you love musicals, then you could do a lot worse than Rags To Riches, but if you’re looking for award winning television….keep looking!

I’m giving Rags To Riches 2.5 out of 4 cigars, I’m not a fan of the musical television, and don’t know anyone who is…but if you are, then, by all means head over to http://www.image-entertainment.com and grab a copy for yourself