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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Tiffany Kensington: Which one of you Bozos is my father?
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Great parody
13 March 2001 | by (Minneapolis, Minnesota) – See all my reviews

My family saw this 15 years ago, and we still laugh at all of the one liners. My sister just brought "Flame" or "Torch" or "Match" up in a conversation and it got us talking about the miniseries once again. I really wish this was on VHS, it is really something else.

It came out in 1986, and we haven't seen it since, except when it was replayed shortly afterward with a laugh track added, which really took away from the series. It was a parody of the night time soap operas of the day, like Dallas and Falcon Crest, except rather than oil or wine, the family was a dynasty in the raisin industry. I think their motto was "We dry no vine before its time" or something like that. I can still remember the scenes at the breakfast table, and you would see a bowl of raisins covering a little cereal at each of their seats. Wonderful.

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