Richie Rich is an American sitcom series produced by DreamWorks Animation via its AwesomenessTV label for Netflix. The show is loosely (note how the term is emphasized) based upon the Harvey Comics character of the same name, with Jake Brennan playing the eponymous character. However, all of the original characters (except for Richie, his dad and Irona) were replaced with a new supporting cast. The first season, consisting of 10 episodes, was released on February 20, 2015. A second season of 11 episodes was released on May 22, 2015.
This series provides examples of:
- Actor Allusion: In the Japanese dub, this is not the first time we hear Ayako Kawasumi (Harper Rich) voicing the annoying elder sister of the main character of the show.
- Adaptation Name Change: In the original comics, Richie's dad is named Richard Rich Sr. Here, he is known as Cliff.
- Adaptational Attractiveness: Irona. In the original comics, she looks closer to Rosie from The Jetsons, but here she looks no different than a 20-year-old woman and her maid outfit is played for sexiness. It's even stated that Richie spent a lot of money on the "supermodel" model.
- Adaptational Backstory Change:
- Instead of Richie being from a well-established wealthy family, he got his fortune from creating a reusable energy source.
- Irona's origin was changed from being a creation of Professor Keenbean, to being just from a pre-existing line of robot maids
- Adapted Out: With the exceptions of Irona and Richie's dad, none of the supporting cast from the comics appeared.
- Alliterative Title: As always.
- Basement-Dweller: One episode features a game developer who wants to make a game about Richie so he can afford to move out of his parents' home. When he finally moves out, he says his parents will have their first night by themselves since 1980.
- Canon Foreigner: Richie's older sister Harper.
- Idiosyncratic Episode Naming: The episode titles have a dollar sign in place of the S.
- In Name Only: The show basically has nothing in common with the original comics.
- Ironic Name: As Richie Rich notes in the first episode, his name was ironic until one week ago.
- Literal Metaphor: Apparently the reason Richie's sister hates him is because all he did was catch lightning in a bottle. Literally; he kept all his vegetables in a bottle that accidentally got struck with lightning which somehow created free energy.
- My Card: When Murray believes Richie will ditch him and Darcy for rich friends, he asks Richie to hand them his card in case they need a money manager.
- Pie in the Face: Murray gives one to Darcy in More or Le$$
- Right for the Wrong Reasons: In "The $et Up", when Manny and Darcy see Cliff's girlfriend hugging Richie, they mistake her for a threat and beat her up. It turns out she's a Gold Digger who only put up with the Riches' antics for Richie's money but, after the beating, she decides it's not worth it and leaves.