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10 Television Shows That Are Unapologetically About Rich People

From Gossip Girl to Billions, here's what they got right-and what they got wrong.
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1. BILLIONS (2016-)



What it gets right: New York Times financial reporter Andrew Ross Sorkin is a co-creator, and the show nails the financial wheelings and dealings on Wall Street and in Washington.


What it gets wrong: Hedge funder Bobby Axelrod's fixation on Metallica feels like an excuse to play "Master of Puppets." Yeah, we get it.

2. DOWNTON ABBEY (2010-2015)



What it gets right: This upstairs-downstairs drama serves as an explainer for the rise (and inevitable decline) of Britain's landed gentry.

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What it gets wrong: Even Queen Elizabeth, who used to frequent Highclere Castle, where the show was filmed, loves to fact-check the little historical inaccuracies that crop up on Downton—down to the types of medals on an officer's uniform.

3. GOSSIP GIRL (2007-2012)



What it gets right: The social dramas of New York City prep schools can definitely feel as high stakes as a wild soap opera.


What it gets wrong: The geography of New York City certainly is creative on the show. DUMBO to the Upper East Side that fast? Not likely.

4. ARRESTED DEVELOPMENT (2003-2006, 2013-)

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What it gets right: For a comic take on the various shady real estate and business dealings of a kooky Orange County clan, Arrested Development somehow nails the hijinks of the family who always land on their feet, despite the hilarious chaos and mayhem.


What it gets wrong: We've never found money like that in the banana stand.

5. NASHVILLE (2012-2016, 2017-)




What it gets right: This drama set among the biggest stars in Music City has all the rivalries and love triangles you can handle, but with music supervisor T. Bone Burnett on board it always gets the music right.

What it gets wrong: It vastly overestimates the presence of the paparazzi and tabloid press in the Tennessee city.

6. ODD MOM OUT (2015-)




What it gets right: Star Jill Kargman wrote the book on adventures in Upper East Side parenting: Momzillas, on which the show is based. A native New Yorker whose father was the president of Chanel, Kargman knows all the ins, outs, quirks, and foibles of the neighborhood: from cutthroat kindergarten admission to exercise crazes to charity obsessions.

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What it gets wrong: The most fantastical element of the show is the insane metabolism of the donut and pastry-loving Jill Weber (a fictionalized version of Kargman).

7. EMPIRE (2015-)




What it gets right: The hip-hop family drama features the best fashion on television and music straight from the charts, courtesy of producer Timbaland.

What it gets wrong: While there's nothing fake about Cookie's heavy-duty shade, her deft social media and music-production skills right out of the clink stretch the suspension of disbelief.

8. REVENGE (2011-2015)


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What it gets right: The seaside mansions of the Hamptons in this beachy thriller are just the right amount of ostentatious.


What it gets wrong: There's no way the high-society scions wouldn't recognize the notorious Emily Thorne, daughter of an accused terrorist, even after a few years.

9. THE OC (2003-2007)


What it gets right: The tony Southern California enclave is certainly insular, so we're not surprised an outsider from Chino was greeted with "Welcome to the O.C., bitch!"

What it gets wrong: With writer Josh Schwartz scripting their intelligent banter, SoCal teens have never sounded so eloquent.

10. GUILT (2016-)




What it gets right: Freeform's study-abroad murder thriller has a ripped-from-the-headlines mythology straight from the Amanda Knox saga—you literally can't make this stuff up. In this version, the damsel in distress has a rich stepdad who can hire powerful lawyers, which sounds about right.

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What it gets wrong: We've never seen a more attractive bunch of detectives and barristers than the ones populating Scotland Yard on Guilt.

This story originally appeared on Townandcountrymag.com.
* Minor edits have been made by the Townandcountry.ph editors.

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