Set in the vineyards of California, this prime-time soap opera featured the conflict within the powerful Gioberti family, owners of the vast Falcon Crest Winery.

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Complete series cast summary:
...  Angela Channing 228 episodes, 1981-1990
...  Lance Cumson 228 episodes, 1981-1990
...  Chao-Li Chi / ... 213 episodes, 1981-1990
...  Richard Channing 209 episodes, 1982-1990
...  Maggie Gioberti / ... 207 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Emma Channing 193 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Melissa Agretti Cumson / ... 178 episodes, 1982-1989
...  Chase Gioberti 155 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Cole Gioberti 140 episodes, 1981-1987
...  Julia Cumson / ... 98 episodes, 1981-1986
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Set in the vineyards of California, this prime-time soap opera featured the conflict within the powerful Gioberti family, owners of the vast Falcon Crest Winery. Written by Phil Fernando

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4 December 1981 (USA)  »

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Maktkamp på Falcon Crest  »

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Marion McCargo Bell, the real-life mother of William R. Moses, played the character of Harriet Roberts, the mother of Jordan Roberts (Morgan Fairchild). In 1980, Bell unsuccessfully auditioned for the role of Maggie Gioberti, but the producers thought she was too old to play the part. In 1984, she auditioned for the role of Maggie's mother Charlotte Pershing, but this time the producers thought she was too young. See more »

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When Richard Channing takes control of his fathers newspaper he renames it The New San Francisco Globe. Throughout season 2 some establishing shots of the exterior of the building still show the original "The San Francisco Globe" sign. See more »

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Angela Channing: [discussing Richard with Father Bob] How can I love the baby I lost and hate the man he's become?
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A solid, classic soap opera
5 January 2001 | by See all my reviews

Set in the fictional Tuscany Valley of California, Falcon Crest focused on a large family of wealthy vinyardists, who were either bickering with each other, plotting against each other, and occasionally swapping mates. Legendary film star Jane Wyman played the ambitious matriarch Angela Channing, constantly at loggerheads with her nephew Chase Gioberti (Robert Foxworth), an airline pilot (and ex-Vietnam vet) who returned to Falcon Crest to claim his inheritance following his father's mysterious death. Others in the FC's large cast included Chase's long-suffering wife Maggie (Susan Sullivan), their children Cole (Billy Moses) and Vickie (Jamie Rose, Dana Sparks); Angela's children Emma (Margaret Ladd) and Julia (Abby Dalton), Abby's irresponsible son Lance (Lorenzo Lamas), who married the conniving Melissa (Ana-Alicia), when she was pregnant with Cole's child. A solid soap during its first season, FC got a major boast with the arrival of nefarious Richard Channing (David Selby), who turned out to be related to the Giobertis and would stop at nothing to get his share of Falcon Crest. The first 5-6 seasons of Falcon Crest remain among the best television has ever offered, with terrific acting, strong storylines, suspenseful and unforgettable cliffhangers, and a wonderfully dry wit. Currently, SoapNet runs episodes 3 times daily, Mon-Fri; try to see it if you can, Falcon Crest is an absolute must.


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