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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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30 July 1984 (USA)  »

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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 »


Courtney: Mason, you look wonderful in your tux.
Mason: But not as lovely as you two ladies. What did you do, Madeline, mug a chandelier on the way in?
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Hooked by a Soap
31 December 2003 | by (Belfast, Ireland) – See all my reviews

What was it about "Santa Barbara" that managed to get dedicated non-Soapists like me hooked? Humour, in a word. SB is the only soap I'm aware of that had an all-the-way-thru' sense of humour about itself. I discovered this , as so many do, while surfing the channels. Up came an incident in SB when a lawyer character is seen in a coma. He fantasises himself into an all-white version of his lawyer's office (i.e. Heaven) where he is seen arriving bedecked in white from head to toe. His first stop is his secretary's desk. "She", also a vision in white, is not his real secretary but one of SB's male characters who is also a transvestite. He/she is seated at his/her desk, filing his/her nails AND--here is the piece of resistance that made SB irresistable to me--watching the opening credits of his/her favourite soap on the office TV. The favourite soap being--what else?--"Santa Barbara! A nice little touch of post-modernism there, I think.

Then there was the murder of the lounge singer by the local District Attorney and her husband.(A very Santa Barbara reversal of the usual plotline!) They hide the body in a freezer which provides a superb full- face picture of the corpse for the closing credits. The make-up artist has done a superb job, ice crystals mixing with mascara and blusher to achieve that all-over "dead" effect. AND, forgoing the Santa Barbara theme music, the episode ends with the dear departed lounge singer's own voice singing the highly appropriate "AM I BLUE?"!!!

From then on I was hooked. Humour and a wonderfully anarchic script that had characters trapped in dungeons at the beginning of an episode and attending a" black tie 'n' frocks party" at the end, are what made Santa Barbara a soap like no other. And I daresay we shall not see its like ever again.

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