New shows such as Revenge, Ringer, GCB and Downwardly Mobile win viewers with stories of inequality, covering ground where US politicians fear to tread.

This article titled “American TV dramas take aim at amoral super-rich elite” was written by Paul Harris New York, for The Observer on Saturday 3rd March 2012 13.36 UTC

It sounds so nice in theory. A hyper-rich American family, amoral to the core and living in the wealthy playground of the Hamptons, get their thoroughly deserved comeuppance at the hands of an ordinary American girl whose own family they destroyed.

In the age of the Occupy Wall Street movement that has popularised the concept of the 99% and demonised the activities of the elite 1%, no wonder such a story has a strong pull for the American public.

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