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




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Series cast summary:
 Cane Kensington (5 episodes, 1986)
 Juan (5 episodes, 1986)
Pat Corley ...
 Earl Duke (5 episodes, 1986)
 Tiffany Kensington (5 episodes, 1986)
 Kevin Kensington (5 episodes, 1986)
 Bobbi Jo Bobb (5 episodes, 1986)
 Tucker Agajanian (5 episodes, 1986)
 Charles (5 episodes, 1986)
 Desiree DeMornay (5 episodes, 1986)
 2nd Henchman (5 episodes, 1986)
 1st Henchman (5 episodes, 1986)
 Mr. Acme (5 episodes, 1986)
 China Kensington (5 episodes, 1986)
 Talon Kensington (5 episodes, 1986)
 Charlotte Kensington (5 episodes, 1986)
 Tyler Cane (5 episodes, 1986)
 Torch (5 episodes, 1986)
 Billy Joe Bobb (4 episodes, 1986)
Louise Latham ...
 Ethel Duke (4 episodes, 1986)
 Doc Parseghian (4 episodes, 1986)
 Commandante (4 episodes, 1986)
 Candy Cane (4 episodes, 1986)
 Judge Henry Bejajian (4 episodes, 1986)
 Prosecutor (4 episodes, 1986)
Raye Birk ...
 Mr. Loats (4 episodes, 1986)
Thomas Hill ...
 Mr. Crowther (4 episodes, 1986)
 Sergeant Cooper (4 episodes, 1986)
Bill McIntyre ...
 Bailiff (4 episodes, 1986)
Mary Anne Dorward ...
 Female Newsperson (4 episodes, 1986)
 Sergeant Dobbs (4 episodes, 1986)
Troy Curvey Jr. ...
 Troy (4 episodes, 1986)
Terry Beaver ...
 1st Guard in Visiting Room (4 episodes, 1986)
Raleigh Bond ...
 Organ Store Manager (4 episodes, 1986)
Greg Lewis ...
 2nd Guard in Cellblock (4 episodes, 1986)
Peter Jolly ...
 Mall Policeman (4 episodes, 1986)
Mike Jolly ...
 1st Policeman (4 episodes, 1986)
 2nd Policeman (4 episodes, 1986)
Mitch Kalamian
(4 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!







Release Date:

16 November 1986 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Pathos gia tin exousia  »

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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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A Dead on Spoof of Nighttim Soaps and a Nearly Forgotten Classic
1 December 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

FRESNO was a television rarity...a multi-part comedic TV miniseries. This near brilliant spoof of nighttime soaps like DALLAS and DYNASTY came right on time in 1986 when those shows were in their heyday. This laugh out loud miniseries followed the adventures of the Kensington family, the owner of the largest raisin dynasty in Fresno, California. The large and wonderful all-star cast included Carol Burnett, Dabney Coleman, Teri Garr, Anthony Heald, Bill Paxton, Michael Richards, Theresa Ganzel, Valerie Mahaffey, Melanie Chartoff, Pat Corley (Phil on "Murphy Brown")and despite the presence of all this comic talent, this entire mini series was stolen by Charles Grodin, in a brilliant comic turn as eldest son Cain Kensington. His JR Ewing take-off was perfectly executed comic genius and quite possibly Grodin's finest work on any screen anywhere. Just an exceptionally funny miniseries that stays fresh and hilarious throughout its extreme length. I, too used to have FRESNO on tape and lost it during a move. As another poster intimated, I too would gladly pay for a copy of FRESNO on VHS or DVD. If CBS hasn't put it on video it should be. A forgotten classic that is worthy of a second look for those who missed it the first time.

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