A long-format spoof of 1980s prime-time soap operas, set in raisin town Fresno, California.
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1986  
Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 1 nomination. See more awards »
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 Charlotte Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Tyler Cane (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Torch (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Talon Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Cane Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Juan (2 episodes, 1986)
Pat Corley ...
 Earl Duke (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Tiffany Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Kevin Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Bobbi Jo Bobb (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Tucker Agajanian (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Charles (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Desiree DeMornay (2 episodes, 1986)
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 2nd Henchman (2 episodes, 1986)
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 1st Henchman (2 episodes, 1986)
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 Mr. Acme (2 episodes, 1986)
Natalie Gregory ...
 China Kensington (2 episodes, 1986)
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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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Charlotte Kensington: [when employee, Juan, asks for a raise] Juan, there are two types of people in the world: those who have, and those who have not. I have. You have not.
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Spoofs Dallas (1978) See more »

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Why Isn't This on Video???
25 April 2001 | by (Hollywood) – See all my reviews

After so many years, I still get these spontaneous flashbacks about "Fresno"

  • like LSD, except this is even tripier! Think of an extended Carol Burnett


skit as the most outlandish take-off, with the most insane dialogue and characters; and think of all of this as dead on target - the soap opera mini-series à la "Dallas" and "Dynasty," with a little "Santa Barbara" thrown in, and you get (I'm laughing as I type this) "Fresno".

Usually, after the premise has worn off, this kind of satire doesn't have the inventiveness or the talent to sustain a feature. But with "Fresno," the idiocy, the inanity, the hilarity is indeed sustained throughout: for the whole ride you really don't know what new goof is around the corner.

I would love to have seen Harvey Korman in the cast. Hey, can't have everything, though with "Fresno," I almost do. Something else outrageous, though un-funny, about "Fresno" is that no video has been issued for this, one of the greatest comedies in television history.


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