Filthy Rich

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CBS (ended 1983)

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Filthy Rich

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"Now, Big Guy Beck left a whole lot of cash, but he said in his video will, his money-hungry family could never collect if they didn't love his illegitimate son, Wild Bill. He said they had to be one happy family, and that's gonna be a mighty tough switch. But they want that gold and they would sell their souls, cuz they wanna be Filthy Rich." They are dubbed "the characters you love to hate." In literature, on the stage or in a television series, they are the people you really don't like but you can't wait to see what they will do next. Somehow they are the most fascinating if they are the most cunning, deceitful and nasty. In 1982, two new acerbic, beautiful, love-to-hate-em characters invaded the television screen in Filthy Rich, a campy half-hour comedy series from Linda Bloodworth and Larry White Productions designed to parody Dallas and other prime-time soaps of the era. Filthy Rich centered around the Becks, a fabulously wealthy Tennessee family, and the Westchesters, their newly-acquired poor relations. The Becks do anything to keep the family's fortune to themselves, and the members of the clan who scheme the hardest are Carlotta and Kathleen. Carlotta, the wife of the eldest son of the Beck family, is a vision of sugar-coated haughtiness with a demeanor that would put the best head waiter in his place. Kathleen, a former beauty queen who was married to the much-moneyed, now deceased patriach of the clan for a scant 10 months, is catty, ambitious and extremely well endowed. These two lovely ladies cook up some of the most outlandish plans to destroy their opponents to hit the small screen since J.R. Ewing came to Dallas! Carlotta's husband, Marshall, was pompous, arrogant and prone to childlike hissy-fits. Often times, it was he who came up with the botched schemes to drive the Westchesters from the family home, Toad Hall. His brother, Stanley, was handsome, well grounded and independently wealthy. This Dr. Pepper addict was often seen in the bathtub sporting his cowboy hat. Stanley was really the only normal member of the Beck clan, and as such, took sides with the Westchesters. Being rich and single, Stanley often had to fend off Kathleen, who was constantly making advances. Stanley and Marshall's mother, "Mother B," was a fun, senile firecracker who lived, for a time, at the local nursing home because her eldest son and his wife deemed her crazy. It wasn't long before she fled the nursing home and came to live with the family. "Wild" Bill and Bootsie Westchester were a happily married, yet somewhat trashy, couple that had been married for years. Bill, with his thick Southern-accent, sold RV's and appeared in the dealership's commercials, which ran on late-night television. Housewife Bootsie was rather dimwitted yet well read on many subjects (such as volumes A-Y of the encyclopedias) and she sold synthetic "Fantasy Fur" in her spare time.moreless
David Healy

David Healy

George Wilhoit (pilot only)

Slim Pickens

Slim Pickens

Big Guy Beck (Pilot Only)

Jerry Hardin

Jerry Hardin

Wild Bill Weschester

Nedra Volz

Nedra Volz

Winona 'Mother B' Beck

Forrest Tucker

Forrest Tucker

Big Guy Beck (II)

Dixie Carter

Dixie Carter

Carlotta Beck

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  • Sad and kinda funny....

    9.0
    Well, I know my summary is part of the theme song for this show. I remember some of the words but not all of it. I know this show was a little corny but like we dont have any today?? But cmon it made us laugh and forget our troubles for awhile. The characters were played by a wonderful cast. They were just tuning their craft. I am sure they look back on this show today ans wished they hadnt...LOL....But it took them to bigger and better things. I have heard people say that spoiled rich kids should earn a living....well, what about todays world? There are a lot more out there...look at reality TV...so all in all I stand behind this show as one that I really liked and enjoyed during its short run.moreless
  • Spoiled child that should have to really work for a living.

    1.1
    How could Fabian's Father let him make such an A__ of himself? If that was my son, I would be dragging him home and putting him to work permanently or he would be on his own. I cannot believe any human being could be that spoiled. Oh well, at least we can change the channel!!!!!!!

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