Synopsis by Hal Erickson
Who is better equipped to survive in the workaday world -- people accustomed to poverty or young folks born into great wealth? This was the question posed by the weekly, hour-long WB reality series Survival of the Richest. Fourteen youthful contestants were seen during the series' first season: seven were fabulously wealthy, with a combined worth of three billion dollars, while the other seven were desperately poor, "boasting" a cumulative debt of 150,000 dollars. Forced to live together for six weeks, the contestants competed in various challenges to see who was "better" at handling the exigencies of everyday life. Throughout, the rich kids were supposed to learn what it was like to actually work for a living, while the poor kids ostensibly picked up tips as to how to improve their lot in life. After the requisite elimination rounds, the two final contestants stood to win 100,000 dollars each. Not surprisingly, the wealthier players generally came off as imperious and snotty, though during season one there was one noteworthy exception: Kat Moon, who displayed admirable modesty and humility, even though her father was the zillionaire religious leader-entrepreneur Rev. Sun Myung Moon. Hosted by Hal Sparks, Survival of the Richest was first broadcast on March 31, 2006.