When Big Guy Beck dies, the heirs to his estate are given a stipulation (via a pre-recorded video will) before they inherit his wealth. They have to live with Big Guy's illigitimate son, ... See full summary »
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1983   1982  
Nominated for 1 Primetime Emmy. See more awards »

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Complete series cast summary:
Dixie Carter ...  Carlotta Beck 15 episodes, 1982-1983
Charles Frank ...  Stanley Beck 15 episodes, 1982-1983
Jerry Hardin ...  Wild Bill Weschester 15 episodes, 1982-1983
Michael Lombard Michael Lombard ...  Marshall Beck 15 episodes, 1982-1983
Nedra Volz ...  Winona 'Mother B' Beck 15 episodes, 1982-1983
Ann Wedgeworth ...  Bootsie Weschester 15 episodes, 1982-1983
Delta Burke ...  Kathleen Beck 15 episodes, 1982-1983
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When Big Guy Beck dies, the heirs to his estate are given a stipulation (via a pre-recorded video will) before they inherit his wealth. They have to live with Big Guy's illigitimate son, Wild Bill Westchester and his wife Bootsie, and they have to learn to accept the Westchesters as their own family. Of course, this does not bode well with the snooty Becks, and petty rivalries and catfights soon ensue in this sitcom spoof of '80s primetime dramas. Written by Anonymous

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How low will the Becks go to get Big Guy's bucks? See more »

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

9 August 1982 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Lo zio d'America See more »

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(15 episodes)

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Mono

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Color
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Over the span of a year, CBS ordered two pilot episodes. The network ultimately opted not to pick up the show, but they broadcast the pilots as filler during the summer of 1982. To their surprise, the broadcasts topped the Neilsen Ratings. Sure that they had a hit on their hands, the network scrambled to find a place on the fall schedule for the show. Ultimately, they bumped Mama Malone (1984) off the schedule altogether (it would be another two years before that series finally debuted). Initially airing opposite a new series called Family Ties (1982), ratings for the subsequent episodes of "Filthy Rich" were dismal. See more »

Quotes

Kathleen: Really, Carlotta, you should learn how to rub elbows with the little people more often. After all, this country was built on the common man.
Carlotta: Yes, not unlike your reputation.
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Referenced in Women of the House: The Conjugal Cottage (1995) See more »

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First two episodes were deliriously funny!
17 February 2001 | by drwhobob-2See all my reviews

Unfortunately, the storylines from the third episode forward didn't keep up the standards. First, they replaced Slim Pickens as the late "Big Guy" Beck with Forrest Tucker. Although a great actor, Forrest just didn't come off as funny as Slim did. (Unfortunately, I believe they had no choice, as that was about the time Slim passed away.) The banter between Delta Burke and Dixie Carter was incredible, and the addition of Nedra Volz as "Big Guy's" ex, whose elevator didn't go to the top, whose porch-light was on, but nobody was home, helped as well. If only the story-lines kept up the standards set by the first two, maybe the series would have lasted.

Even with that being said, this series should be released, as the first two episodes make the whole series worth having. (I was beside myself when Dixie Carter told Delta Burke to "shove her Mary Ann Mobley act into a hatbox and hit the road.")


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