Fresno (1986)

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A long-format spoof of 1980s prime-time soap operas, set in raisin town Fresno, California.

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1986 | unknown
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »


Series cast summary:
 Charlotte Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
 Tyler Cane (2 episodes, 1986)
 Torch (2 episodes, 1986)
 Talon Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
 Cane Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
 Juan (2 episodes, 1986)
Pat Corley ...
 Earl Duke (2 episodes, 1986)
 Tiffany Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
 Kevin Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
 Bobbi Jo Bobb (2 episodes, 1986)
 Tucker Agajanian (2 episodes, 1986)
 Charles (2 episodes, 1986)
 Desiree DeMornay (2 episodes, 1986)
 2nd Henchman (2 episodes, 1986)
 1st Henchman (2 episodes, 1986)
 Mr. Acme (2 episodes, 1986)
Natalie Gregory ...
 China Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)


A mini-series spoof of various TV primetime sopa operas set in Fresno, America's 64th largest city and showing the raisin production family of the Kensingtons centering on the matriarch Charlotte's feud with the family's arch rival Tyler Cane, the head of a powerful raisin conglomerate. Among the players are Charlotte's son, the vile, power-mad Cane Kensington; his voluptious nympho wife Talon; and a shirtless stranger, named Torch, who gets hired as a Kensington ranch hand and captures the attentions of all women he comes into contact with. Written by Anonymous

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The Power!...The Passion!... The Produce!







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16 November 1986 (USA)  »

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Fresno  »

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1.33 : 1
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Spanish Conquistador: [with disgust, as he spits out the grapes he is tasting] These grapes taste like Fresno!
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Spoofs Dallas (1978) See more »

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27 May 2009 | by (mission, ks) – See all my reviews

It's a mini-series, they had several hours to fill, so, no, it doesn't play like a movie. Fresno does drag a bit in the second half. Doesn't matter. Relax, enjoy, and look for the details: Anthony Heald, as noted elsewhere, is hilarious; breakfast at the Kensingtons' involves Terri Garr and Carol Burnett dressing for a Presidential Inaugural Ball and tossing Bloody Marys in quick succession, with Terri Garr's gown, at one point, nearly releasing BOTH bazongas onto the tablecloth, worth the price of admission on its own; there was clearly someone in on the script who's spent a LOT of time in the Central Valley, f'rinstance Jerry Van Dyke as a country bar owner named Tucker Agajanian, or the marvelous fly-in shot at the opening. And, yeah, from time to time they DO show a print of this at various artistic functions in Fresno.

Now, I understand and comply with the guidelines posted for IMDb that says Thou Shalt Not Discuss Availability. But there's an easy way to find out for sure. Just Google the name of the show, with the URL of the IMDb entry. Oh, yeah--remember to enclose it all in quotes, so you don't use up a lot of resources unnecessarily searching the entire Net.

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