Show Type: Sitcom

First Telecast: August 9, 1982

Last Telecast: June 15, 1983

Broadcast History:

August 1982, Monday 9:30-10:00 on CBS

October 1982 November 1982, Wednesday 9:30-10:00

January 1983 February 1983, Monday 8:30-9:00 on CBS

June 1983, Wednesday 8:30-9:00 on CBS


Big Guy Beck (1982)..... Slim Pickens

Big Guy Beck..... Forrest Tucker

Kathleen Beck..... Delta Burke

Carlotta Beck..... Dixie Carter

Stanley Beck..... Charles Frank

Wild Bill Weschester..... Jerry Hardin

Marshall Beck..... Michael Lombard

Bootsie Weschester..... Ann Wedgeworth

Winona "Mother B" Beck..... Nedra Volz

George Wilhoit (Pilot Only)..... David Healy

George Wilhoit..... Vernon Weddle


Filthy Rich 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.