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The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People 

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Updated June 1, 2020 3.7k votes 1k voters 60.9k views 42 items

They say money is the root of all evil and that may be why TV shows about rich people are so fascinating to those of us without it. For those who don't have it and for the lucky ones who do, money can create some serious problems. When TV shows feature the rich, one of the clearest aspects of their lives is that they have many of the same problems the rest of the world does. Whether it's their relationships, legal troubles, or simply not being able to afford the 75 foot yacht, rich people have their problems too.

Looking back through the years, there have been plenty of TV shows about rich people with some topping the charts of critical and audience acclaim. Shows like Arrested Development hilariously examine the lives of rich people who are seeming up to no good while other series like Downton Abbey are less about the money and more about the role of money in society. Whatever genre interests you, there's bound to be a recommendation or two on this list that are certain to entertain. For more recommendations, browse this list and feel free to add any similar shows and movies you think are missing!

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Gossip Girl is listed (or ranked) 1 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Blake Lively, Leighton Meester, Penn Badgley

Premiered: 2007

Gossip Girl (The CW, 2007) is an American teen drama television series created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, based on the book series by Cecily von Ziegesar. After a mysterious ...more

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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins

Premiered: 1981

Dynasty (ABC, 1981) is an American prime time television soap opera created by Richard and Esther Shapiro. The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, ...more

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Billions is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff

Premiered: 2016

Billions (Showtime, 2016) is an American television drama series created by Brian Koppelman, David Levien, and Andrew Ross Sorkin, loosely based on the legal battles between Preet Bharara and ...more

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Succession is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Brian Cox, Jeremy Strong, Kieran Culkin
Succession (HBO, 2018) is an American television drama series created by Jesse Armstrong. When the aging patriarch (Brian Cox) of a global-media conglomerate decides to not retire, a power ...more

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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 5 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern

Premiered: 2010

Downton Abbey (PBS, 2010) is a British historical drama television series created by Julian Fellowes. A chronicle of the lives of the British aristocratic Crawley family and their servants in ...more

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The Crown is listed (or ranked) 6 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby

Premiered: 2016

The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series created by Peter Morgan. A young Queen Elizabeth II's (Claire Foy) political rivalries and romances guide the events ...more

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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Emily VanCamp, Madeleine Stowe, Gabriel Mann

Premiered: 2011

Revenge (ABC, 2011) is an American drama television series created by Mike Kelley, inspired by the Alexandre Dumas novel The Count of Monte Cristo. An emotionally troubled young woman (Emily ...more

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The Fresh Prince of Bel-... is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro

Premiered: 1990

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Elite is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
OdinFT added María Pedraza, Itzan Escamilla, Miguel Bernardeau

Premiered: 2018

Elite (Netflix, 2018) is a Spanish thriller teen drama web television series created by Carlos Montero and Darío Madrona. When three working-class teenagers begin attending an exclusive ...more

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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Reese Witherspoon, Nicole Kidman, Shailene Woodley
Big Little Lies (HBO, 2017) is an American dramatic miniseries created by David E. Kelley, based on the novel by Liane Moriarty. While Madeline (Reese Witherspoon) and Celeste (Nicole Kidman) ...more

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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Ben McKenzie

Premiered: 2003

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90210 is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Rob Estes, Shenae Grimes, Tristan Wilds

Premiered: 2008

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The Royals is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park

Premiered: 2012

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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon

Premiered: 2004

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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi

Premiered: 2003

Arrested Development (Fox, 2003) is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz. Level-headed son Michael Bluth (Jason Bateman) takes over family affairs after his father is ...more

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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd

Premiered: 2015

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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington
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Arrow is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Stephen Amell, Katie Cassidy, Colin Donnell

Premiered: 2012

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Empire is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray

Premiered: 2015

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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis

Premiered: 1998

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The Great is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Elle Fanning, Nicholas Hoult, Michael Odin Cartwright

Premiered: 2020

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Belgravia is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Alice Eve, Philip Glenister, Tamsin Greig

Premiered: 2020

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The Marvelous Mrs. Maise... is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein

Premiered: 2017

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The Biebers on Watch is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Justin Bieber, Hailey Bieber

Premiered: 2020

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Boys Over Flowers is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong

Premiered: 2009

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