An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.
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Series cast summary:
Peter Strauss ...  Rudy Jordache 9 episodes, 1976
Nick Nolte ...  Tom Jordache 9 episodes, 1976
Susan Blakely ...  Julie Prescott 9 episodes, 1976
Dorothy McGuire ...  Mary Jordache 7 episodes, 1976
Tim McIntire ...  Brad Knight 6 episodes, 1976
Ray Milland ...  Duncan Calderwood 5 episodes, 1976
Robert Reed ...  Teddy Boylan 5 episodes, 1976
Bill Bixby ...  Willie Abbott 4 episodes, 1976
Norman Fell ...  Smitty 4 episodes, 1976
Lawrence Pressman ...  Bill Denton 4 episodes, 1976
Helen Craig ...  Martha 4 episodes, 1976
Kim Darby ...  Virginia Calderwood 3 episodes, 1976
Murray Hamilton ...  Sid Gossett 3 episodes, 1976
Herbert Jefferson Jr. ...  Roy Dwyer 3 episodes, 1976
Van Johnson ...  Marsh Goodwin 3 episodes, 1976
William Smith ...  Falconetti 3 episodes, 1976
Talia Shire ...  Teresa Santoro 3 episodes, 1976
Edward Asner ...  Axel Jordache 2 episodes, 1976
Dorothy Malone ...  Irene Goodwin 2 episodes, 1976
Dick Sargent ...  Eddie Heath / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Eddie Barth ...  Papadakis 2 episodes, 1976
Craig Stevens ...  Asher Berg 2 episodes, 1976
Nate Esformes ...  Alsie 2 episodes, 1976
Jo Ann Harris ...  Gloria Bartley 2 episodes, 1976
Harvey Jason ...  Pinky 2 episodes, 1976
Charles Tyner ...  Matusik 2 episodes, 1976
Allen Price Allen Price ...  Billy 2 episodes, 1976
Walter Lott Walter Lott ...  Mr. McKinley / ... 2 episodes, 1976
Anthony James ...  Wayne 2 episodes, 1976
George Brenlin ...  Barry 2 episodes, 1976
Terence Locke Terence Locke ...  O'Hara 2 episodes, 1976
W.T. Zacha W.T. Zacha ...  Third Mate 2 episodes, 1976
Bernie Kuby ...  Postman 2 episodes, 1976
Mike Evans ...  Arnold Simms 1 episode, 1976
Eric Friedman Eric Friedman ...  Billy Abbott 2 episodes, 1976


An examination of the trials and tribulations of the Jordache family, from the period following World War II to the late 1960s.

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Did You Know?


Alex North's main opening theme originally appeared in the 1956 Clark Gable film "The King and Four Queens." See more »


Tom's wife is pregnant before she leaves him and the child is never discussed when they where looking for her. See more »


Mary Jordache: [to Tom] It takes a lot of pain and love to raise a boy, maybe I gave so much to Rudy, there wasn't enough left over for you.
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Followed by Rich Man, Poor Man - Book II (1976) See more »

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I am always talking about this mini series
26 March 2007 | by djb11853See all my reviews

Every time I go in a video store or look up videos to rent or purchase online, I always put Rich Man Poor Man in the search engine. Always to come up empty though. This was TV at its best. Nothing topped this back in the 70's but maybe Luke and Laura on General Hospital. I remember always getting pumped up cause a new episode was coming on. If my memory is correct, I am pretty sure it was tuesday night, I know the opening episode was a 2 hr long Sunday night treat.

I really wish I could watch this again and see if it still holds up to this day. I really don't think it could lose much of the magic, since it was told in an earlier year sequence anyways. I guess the only thing different now would be the actors are a lot older these days. I will never forget the Tom Jordache and Falconetti last episode. That will always stay in my memory forever. Ed Asner was also excellent.

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1 February 1976 (USA) See more »

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Rich Man, Poor Man See more »

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1.33 : 1
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