Dirty Sexy Money is an American drama television series created by Craig Wright and produced by Berlanti Television starring Peter Krause as Nick George, a lawyer who takes over the handling of the affairs of the rich and powerful Tripp family after his father - who previously held the job - dies under mysterious circumstances.
The series aired in the USA on ABC from 26 September, 2007 to 8 August, 2009. There are 23 hour-long episodes in two seasons.
Dirty Sexy Money originally aired in South Africa on M-Net from 18 September, 2008 to 19 February, 2009. The series later aired on DStv's M-Net HD and M-Net Series channels, and on SABC3. See "Seasons" below for seasonal broadcast dates and times.
Season 2 premiered on SABC3 on Tuesday 29 May 2012, at 21h10. New episodes broadcast weekly. There are 13 episodes in the second and final season.
Whoever says money doesn't buy you happiness, doesn't have enough.
Dirty Sexy Money, a potent cocktail of power, deceit, scandal and obese bank accounts, is all about the shenanigans of a super rich family, the Darlings, and their idealistic lawyer who very often has to save the day.
Nick George is the lawyer who, as a boy, watched his father offering his services as the Darling's family lawyer. Now it's his turn to cater for both their legal (and illegal) needs.
When Nick's father passes away suddenly, Tripp Darling, owner of vineyards and homes around the world, offers Nick the opportunity (and the salary that goes with it) to be the family's legal eagle, protecting their assets – and family secrets.
With the memories of the ways in which the overpowering Darlings bullied his father, Nick vows to never step in his footsteps - but is this a realistic stance?
Nick soon learns that money really talks and also finds out that his new position also requires him to be the Darlings' all-around problem fixer, hand-holder, therapist and public relations expert.
Meet Nick's dysfunctional new clients, the Darlings:
The powerful and persuasive Tripp Darling lives with his beautiful and graceful wife, Letitia and their five grown, troubled children.
First-born Patrick Darling, the attorney general for New York, has a transgendered girlfriend who won't go away.
The sexy, stunning and thrice-married Karen is the eldest daughter, who lost her virginity to Nick, a fact she isn't shy about telling her newest fiancé.
Brian Darling is a man of the cloth, working in the Episcopal church. He loathed Nick as a child and loathes him still. But now Brian needs Nick's help in sweeping a problem under the rug - an illegitimate son.
The youngest siblings are Juliet and Jeremy Darling, twins in their 20s. Juliet is a spoilt brat who longs to be taken seriously as an actress.
Jeremy is frequently seen in rumpled clothing, hung over, smoking cigarettes and pleading with Nick to get him out of a jam. He fears that he's the family disappointment and that his father hates him.
As Nick handles the whirlwind goings-on of the Darlings, his sensible wife, Lisa, is patient in parenting their young daughter while she still manages to get a kick out of the Darlings' lavish parties.
Dirty Sexy Money stars Peter Krause as Nick George; Donald Sutherland as Tripp Darling; William Baldwin as Patrick Darling; Natalie Zea as Karen Darling; Glenn Fitzgerald as Rev. Brian Darling; Samaire Armstrong as Juliet Darling; Seth Gabel as Jeremy Darling; Zoe McLellan as Lisa George; and Jill Clayburgh as Letitia Darling.
The Darlings may paint the picture of the great American family, but behind all this charm and money in the world lies scandal and deceit.
Dirty Sexy Money was created by Emmy-nominated Craig Wright (Brothers & Sisters, Lost, Six Feet Under).
Wright, Greg Berlanti (Brothers & Sisters, Everwood), Oscar and Golden Globe-nominated Matthew Gross (Day Break, Across the Universe), Bryan Singer (House, Superman Returns, The Usual Suspects) and Jon Harmon Feldman (Dawson's Creek) are executive producers.
Returning for a second season, critically-acclaimed Dirty Sexy Money continues to find the absurdly wealthy Darling family of New York City mixed up with the wrong people and embroiled in some bad situations.
Fortunately for the preeminent family, idealistic lawyer Nick George takes care of their legal needs, which often run into shady territory.
The mysterious and still unsolved death of Nick's father, Dutch George - who had been the Darling's trusted consigliere since Nick was a child - contributed to Nick's initial reluctance to follow in his father's footsteps.
Now Nick finds himself on a constant and challenging quest to keep the Darling name scandal-free and, in the process, learns that he is connected to the Darling family in ways he'd never imagined.
Nick works hard to help the Darlings - who consider themselves American royalty - to avoid potential disgraces, dispel rumours and keep their skeletons hidden.
In the midst of all of this comes a devastating blow that knocks the wind out of Nick and everyone else - a member of the Darling family is arrested for murder.
Tripp Darling, the family's powerful and persuasive patriarch, has had his share of seeing how his family and fortune are constantly under siege. He must deal with how the ever-changing events will affect the fragile relationships he has with his wife, Letitia, and their grown, often-troubled children.
Patrick Darling, the attorney general for New York, questions whether Tripp is involved in the disappearance of his transgendered lover.
While continuing his run for Senate, Patrick struggles to be a strong and credible politician. His many façades and the lies he has told himself and the public come back to haunt him.
The eldest Darling daughter, the four-times divorced Karen, is having a hot, torrid affair with Tripp's arch-nemesis, techno-billionaire Simon Elder. Karen is determined to not have feelings for someone who is considered the family's biggest enemy.
Brian Darling and Nick learned that they are half-brothers, a result of the secret 40-year affair that family matriarch Letitia Darling had with Dutch George.
Brian, who was suspended from the ministry, is still grappling to find himself. Although his main responsibility is to be an advisor to Tripp, his primary focus is doing everything possible to get his illegitimate son back from Brazil.
Youngest Darling son Jeremy fears that he is the family disappointment. To compensate, he worked incognito in one of the family's garages as a parking attendant. He pursues forbidden romance, and this indiscretion will cause trouble for him.
Nick's sensible wife, Lisa, tries to keep her marriage from being submerged under the demands of the Darling family. With her husband's new money, she is encouraged to strike a blow for independence and buy an art gallery.
The elusive Simon Elder continues to wield his fantastic wealth, power and mystery in the lives of Nick and all of the Darlings. Could he know more about - or even be involved in - the death of Nick's father?
The whip-smart, overachieving and very fashionable Nola Lyons weaves her way into the Darlings' inner circle. She realizes - a little too late in the game - that there is a complicated cost she must pay for gaining entry.
The Darlings' billions have created a great American family; those same billions now threaten to demolish it.
Hopefully the combination of their massive fortune and Nick George's skill as the family's all-around problem fixer will be enough to keep one of the Darlings out of prison, to rescue Darling Enterprises from possible demise and to preserve the family legacy.
Season 1 (10 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 18 Sep 2008 | Finale: 20 Nov 2008 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 3 Nov 2008 | Finale: 5 Jan 2009 | Mondays, 19h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 1 Dec 2008 | Finale: 2 Feb 2009 | Mondays, 19h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 20 Mar 2012 | Finale: 22 May 2012 | Tuesdays, 21h00
Season 2 (13 episodes)
Channel: M-Net | Premiere: 27 Nov 2008 | Finale: 19 Feb 2009 | Thursdays, 20h30
Channel: M-Net Series | Premiere: 9 Feb 2009 | Finale: 4 May 2009 | Mondays, 19h00
Channel: M-Net HD | Premiere: 8 Apr 2009 | Finale: 1 Jul 2009 | Wednesdays, 18h00
Channel: SABC3 | Premiere: 29 May 2012 | Finale: 21 Aug 2012 | Tuesdays, 21h10
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