Entertainment The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People  

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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
Gossip Girl is an American teen drama television series based on the book series of the same name written by Cecily von Ziegesar. The series, created by Josh Schwartz and Stephanie Savage, ...more
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Billions is listed (or ranked) 2 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Damian Lewis, Paul Giamatti, Maggie Siff
Billions (Showtime, 2016) is loosely based on the activities of crusading federal prosecutor Preet Bharara, the U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of New York. Bobby "Axe" Axelrod ...more
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Dynasty is listed (or ranked) 3 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
John Forsythe, Linda Evans, Joan Collins
Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, ...more
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Revenge is listed (or ranked) 4 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Madeleine Stowe, Emily VanCamp, Gabriel Mann
Revenge is an American primetime television series that airs on ABC, starring Madeleine Stowe and Emily VanCamp, which debuted on September 21, 2011. During its first season it aired on ...more
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Succession is listed (or ranked) 5 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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Big Little Lies is listed (or ranked) 6 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 Crown is listed (or ranked) 7 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Claire Foy, Matt Smith, Vanessa Kirby
The Crown (Netflix, 2016) is an American-British biographical drama series about the reign of Queen Elizabeth II of the United Kingdom. The series begins with the 1947 wedding of young Elizabeth ...more
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The Royals is listed (or ranked) 8 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Elizabeth Hurley, William Moseley, Alexandra Park
The Royals (E!, 2015) is an American drama television series created by Mark Schwahn. Helena (Elizabeth Hurley) is the matriarch of a fictional contemporary British royal family who must ...more
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The O.C. is listed (or ranked) 9 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Mischa Barton, Adam Brody, Peter Gallagher
The O.C. is an American teen drama television series that originally aired on the Fox network in the United States from August 5, 2003, to February 22, 2007, running a total of four seasons. The ...more
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Downton Abbey is listed (or ranked) 10 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Hugh Bonneville, Phyllis Logan, Elizabeth McGovern
Downton Abbey is a British period drama television series created by Julian Fellowes and co-produced by Carnival Films and Masterpiece. It first aired on ITV in the United Kingdom and Ireland on ...more
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Ballers is listed (or ranked) 11 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Dwayne Johnson, Rob Corddry, John David Washington
Ballers (HBO, 2015) is an American comedy-drama television series created by Stephen Levinson. Former football superstar Spencer Strasmore (Dwayne Johnson) tries to find success as a financial ...more
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Scream Queens is listed (or ranked) 12 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Emma Roberts, Jamie Lee Curtis, Billie Lourd
Scream Queens (Fox, 2015) is an American comedy horror television series created by Ryan Murphy, Brad Falchuk, and Ian Brennan. The semi-anthology series centers on characters being terrorized ...more
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90210 is listed (or ranked) 13 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Shenae Grimes-Beech, Tristan Wilds, AnnaLynne McCord
90210 is an American teen drama television series, developed by Rob Thomas, Gabe Sachs and Jeff Judah, that aired on The CW from September 2, 2008 to May 13, 2013. It is the fourth series in the ...more
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The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is listed (or ranked) 14 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Will Smith, James Avery, Alfonso Ribeiro
The Fresh Prince of Bel-Air is an American television sitcom that originally aired on NBC from September 10, 1990, to May 20, 1996. The show stars Will Smith as a fictionalized version of ...more
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Boys Over Flowers is listed (or ranked) 15 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Kim So-eun, Ku Hye-sun, Kim Hyun-joong
Boys Over Flowers is a 2009 South Korean television series starring Ku Hye-sun, Lee Min-ho, Kim Hyun-joong, Kim Bum, Kim Joon and Kim So-eun. It aired on KBS2 from January 5 to March 31, 2009 on ...more
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Empire is listed (or ranked) 16 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Terrence Howard, Taraji P. Henson, Bryshere Y. Gray
Empire (Fox, 2015) is an American musical drama television series created by Lee Daniels and Danny Strong. The life of hip hop mogul, and CEO of Empire Entertainment Lucious Lyon (Terrence ...more
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Sex and the City is listed (or ranked) 17 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Sarah Jessica Parker, Kim Cattrall, Kristin Davis
This show is an American television romantic sitcom created by Darren Star and produced by HBO. Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes. ...more
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Entourage is listed (or ranked) 18 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Kevin Connolly, Adrian Grenier, Kevin Dillon
Entourage is an American comedy-drama television series that premiered on HBO on July 18, 2004 and concluded on September 11, 2011, after eight seasons. The series was created and largely ...more
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Arrested Development is listed (or ranked) 19 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Jason Bateman, Michael Cera, Portia de Rossi
Arrested Development is an American television sitcom created by Mitchell Hurwitz, which originally aired on Fox for three seasons from November 2, 2003 to February 10, 2006. A fourth season of ...more
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The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel is listed (or ranked) 20 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Rachel Brosnahan, Michael Zegen, Alex Borstein
The Marvelous Mrs. Maisel (Amazon, 2017) is an American television series, created by Amy Sherman-Palladino and starring Rachel Brosnahan as a housewife in the 1950s who decides to become a ...more
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Famous in Love is listed (or ranked) 21 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Bella Thorne, Carter Jenkins, Keith Powers
Famous in Love (Freeform, 2017) is an American drama television series based on the book with the same name, written by Rebecca Serle. Paige Townsen (Bella Thorne), an ordinary college student, ...more
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Guilt is listed (or ranked) 22 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Daisy Head, Emily Tremaine, Cristian Solimeno
Guilt is a British/American mystery drama television series that premiered on Freeform on June 13, 2016. An American college student living in London becomes the prime suspect in her roommate's ...more
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Dallas is listed (or ranked) 23 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Susan Bertolini added Larry Hagman, Ken Kercheval, Patrick Duffy
Dallas is a long-running American prime time television soap opera that aired from April 2, 1978, to May 3, 1991, on CBS. The series revolves around a wealthy and feuding Texan family, the ...more
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Vanderpump Rules is listed (or ranked) 24 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Lisa Vanderpump, Jax Taylor, Tom Sandoval
Vanderpump Rules is an American reality television series airing on Bravo, featuring The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Lisa Vanderpump in the title role and her staff at ...more
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Grand Hotel is listed (or ranked) 25 on the list The Greatest TV Shows About Rich People
Demian Bichir, Roselyn Sanchez, Denyse Tontz
Grand Hotel (ABC, 2019) is an American drama television series based on the Spanish TV series. Charismatic Miami Beach hotel owner Santiago Mendoza (Demian Bichir), his second wife (Roselyn ...more