Show Type: Sitcom
First Telecast: August 9, 1982
June 15, 1983
Monday 9:30-10:00 on CBS
– November 1982, Wednesday 9:30-10:00
– February 1983, Monday 8:30-9:00 on CBS
Wednesday 8:30-9:00 on CBS
Guy Beck (1982).....
Big Guy Beck.....
Beck..... Delta Burke
Weschester..... Ann Wedgeworth
"Mother B" Beck.....
Wilhoit (Pilot Only).....
was an unabashed send-up of the Dallas/Dynasty/Falcon Crest school of
prime-time soap opera about the machinations of the unscrupulous rich. The
founder of the family fortune, Tennessee land baron Big Guy Beck, was dead, but
he still controlled the lives of his heirs. Before dying, and being
cryogenically frozen, he had produced a living will on videotape, and each week
another section of it was played for the family. The terms of the will were
hardest on socially prominent elder son Marshall and his equally
status-conscious wife Carlotta. They were forced to welcome Big Guy's
illegitimate son, Wild Bill Weschester, and Bill's flaky wife, Bootsie, into
their family mansion, Toad Hall. For the simple Weschester's, this was paradise,
but for the Beck's it was humiliating. Big Guy's greedy, social-climbing, sexy
young widow, Kathleen, was looking for a new meal ticket, while his first wife,
Mother B, belied her age by repeatedly escaping from the nursing home where she
was living. Only Big Guy's youngest son, Stanley, who was independently wealthy,
seemed to be normal. He was considerate and charming, and spent much of his time
foiling the devious plans of Marshall and Carlotta to rid themselves of both the
Weschesters and the constraints of the will. George Wilhoit was the attorney who
administered Big Guy's taped will.
When this limited-run series returned to the air
in October 1982, Forrest Tucker was seen as Big Guy in the tapes, since actor
Slim Pickens had died after the first few episodes had been produced.