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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"Oh what a tangled web we weave, eh, Juan?"
27 April 2004 | by (Sydney, Australia) – See all my reviews

I can only second all the preceding calls that this masterpiece of modern American comedy be issued on DVD. It was shown here in Australia in the late 80s and missed by most, but I was lucky enough to see it and it remains a cherished memory. My girlfriend (now wife) and I and all our flatmates laughed our guts out at the time, but how dearly I wish now that I'd kept the videotape!

I loved the whole cast, Carol really shines, must be her best comedy part ever IMO; the whole team is totally spot-on; this was my second major sighting of Bill Paxton, who's very funny indeed, and it's all done with such a straight face, a twinkle in the eye and *perfect* timing. Dabney Coleman at his hilarious, magnificent, slimy best best ... Charles Grodin (also a personal best IMO) hamming it up magnificently as the petulant Cane, Teri Garr fantastically funny as uber-bitch Talon ... Gregory Harrison perfect as the the mega-dumb Torch, who literally does not have his shirt on for one single shot in the entire show ... Valerie Mahaffey *wonderful* as the oh-so-dim Tiffany. The shot that stays in my mind is Carol's sidesplitting look of non-plussed resignation as she clambers into the back of the station wagon.

The script is brilliant, funny in its own right as well as striking its targets with perfect accuracy -- anyone who has ever watched any of the daytime or primetime soapies will squeal with laughter. It stripmines the entire genre for send-ups -- the overacting, the improbable shots and set-ups, the overblown emotions, the ridiculous names, the unbelievable plots and coincidences, the flouncy 'rivalry' between the antagonists, the gordian interpersonal relationships ... the whole Armenian name shtick ... oh I could go on for ages ...

It's really sad that this hasn't kicked on and attracted the kind of following that similar efforts like 'Soapdish' enjoy, because it's every bit as good.

I can only conclude by appealing: CBS - PLEASE issue this wonderful show on DVD RIGHT NOW!!!!!!! I've been waiting nearly 20 years - we all wanna see it. What's up? Don't you want the money???

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