Filthy Rich & Catflap is an American sitcom television series that ran on UPN from June 30, 1998 to September 2, 1999. It serves as a transatlantic equivalent to the 1980s British sitcom of the same name.
The series takes place in Austin, Texas and features the activities of three men in showbiz: Thomas "Filthy" Flanders (Jeroem), Ernie Justin Rich (Reed), and Hayko "Catflap" Karapetyan (Oedekerk).
- Thomas "Filthy" Flanders (Hank Jeroem; counterpart of Ralph Filthy played by Nigel Planer): Rich's sleazy agent, born in Cambridge, Massachusetts. He often speaks using carnie slang and refers to the other people he represents or has discovered as "Flanders' (future) super-stars!". His lapel also features a blue rose, a symbol of a quest for the impossible.
- Ernie Justin Rich (Rex Reed; counterpart of Richie Rich played by Rik Mayall): A past-his-prime actor, born in Asbestos, Quebec, Canada; whose most prominent work to date includes an appearance in a widely-hated commercial for Donald Duck orange juice. Because of his age, he's been relegated to appearing in Razzie-nominated comedy films and in bit parts and TV commercials. Despite this, he considers himself "the best of Flanders' super-stars!" and has paranoid delusions about everyone he meets wanting to either cash in on his fame or assassinate him.
- Hayko "Catflap" Karapetyan (Steve Oedekerk; counterpart of Edward Didgeridoo Catflap played by Adrian Edmondson): The faithless and disloyal Armenian-American bodyguard of Ernie, born in "a little Armenian shanty town in a city in Syria with a unpronounceable name". Hayko uses his job to exploit Thomas and Ernie's failures as part of a series of off-screen "get rich quick" schemes.
Season 1 was taped before a live studio audience at CBS Studio Center in Los Angeles. For Season 2, Carsey-Werner moved taping to Ottawa for grants and tax breaks from the Canadian government. Much of the "indoors" taping for Season 2 took place at CHUM Square.