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Series cast summary:
 Cruz Castillo (1,305 episodes, 1984-1992)
Marcy Walker ...
 Eden Capwell Castillo / ... (1,172 episodes, 1984-1991)
 Julia Wainwright / ... (958 episodes, 1985-1993)
 C.C. Capwell (915 episodes, 1986-1993)
 Sophia Capwell / ... (891 episodes, 1984-1993)
 Mason Capwell (871 episodes, 1984-1989)
Robin Mattson ...
 Gina Timmons / ... (838 episodes, 1985-1993)
 Ted Capwell (586 episodes, 1984-1989)
 Kelly Capwell Perkins / ... (525 episodes, 1984-1988)


In Santa Barbara, California, the fascinating and tumultuous life of the rich Capwells around who gravitate other families, from the Lockridges, the rival family, to the Andrades or the Perkins, more modest families but which destinies know the same torments. Written by Anonymous

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Release Date:

30 July 1984 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

California Clan  »

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(1984-1987)| (1987-1993)


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1.33 : 1
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When the characters of Cruz and Eden were expecting a child an audience poll was conducted to see what name they would like the child to be given. Two boys names and two girls names were given. In the end they had a girl and the child was named Adriana. See more »


[Struggling to come up with nice things to say about Gina]
Mason: Well, I never actually saw her pull the wings off butterflies.
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Unique, special, a perfect dream

To understand why so many people LOVE this soap opera, why millions of fans are deeply moved and hooked on SANTA BARBARA, you only have to watch episode number 1 and you disclose this secret.

For a real fan the first episode is the most magical, suspenseful and spectacular event in TV history and the show is...beyond comparison. There's NOTHING not a quarter as good as SANTA BARBARA.

During episode #1 you get to know Joe Perkins (played adorable by Dane Witherspoon), who spent 5 years in jail for a crime he didn't commit. Joe was accused of killing Channing Capwell Jr. (Robert Brian Wilson in flashbacks, he is such a great actor !), son of multi millionaire CC Capwell (Peter Mark Richman was great, Paul Burke was fun and Charles Bateman was terrific. Jed Allan later impersonates this character). Joe is in love with Capwell's daughter Kelly (talented, beautiful and enchanting Robin Wright), but she believes he is guilty and wants to marry Peter Flint (Stephen Meadows: one of the best actors around). When Joe returns to town he is received by a repelling crowd. Santana Andrade (Ava Lazar: glamorous and sexy), Channing's love interest, for example, wants to kill him right away.

The most important storyline, the murder of Channing, embraces every character of the show and is one of the most clever and complex storylines ever written for tv. But there is so much more to admire. Every scene is played and directed with such a brilliance, you almost don't believe it. You get unforgettable impressions from actors like Lane Davies (Mason Capwell), Todd McKee and Julie Ronnie as Ted Capwell and Laken Lockridge who fight for their love because their families are the worst enemies, Dame Judith Anderson as Minx Lockridge (she calls the police because she feels disturbed by the noise of the Capwell party), Louise Sorel as Augusta Lockridge and Valorie Armstrong as Joe's mother Marissa Perkins.

WATCH it, FEEL it, LOVE it ! Santa Barbara is both fun and thrill, it is unique in every way.

In the show's run you can see A Martinez, Marcy Walker, John Allen Nelson, Harley Jane Kozak, Robin Mattson, Ally Walker, Justin Deas, Judith McConnell, Sherilyn Wolter, Mark Arnold and Julia Campbell to name a few. Perfect cast ! Perfect soap, almost a movie ! The first four years are the best. There is nothing to complain about, it is like a dream. It's SANTA BARBARA.

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