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In Fresno, California, the once-wealthy Kensington family's raisin-growing empire has fallen on hard times. They are led by widowed matriarch Charlotte, who is locked in a deadly power struggle with rival raisin magnate Tyler Cane.




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Series cast summary:
Charles Grodin ...  Cane Kensington 5 episodes, 1986
Luis Avalos ...  Juan 5 episodes, 1986
Pat Corley ...  Earl Duke 5 episodes, 1986
Valerie Mahaffey ...  Tiffany Kensington 5 episodes, 1986
Anthony Heald ...  Kevin Kensington 5 episodes, 1986
Teresa Ganzel ...  Bobbi Jo Bobb 5 episodes, 1986
Jerry Van Dyke ...  Tucker Agajanian 5 episodes, 1986
Charles Keating ...  Charles 5 episodes, 1986
Melanie Chartoff ...  Desiree DeMornay 5 episodes, 1986
Michael Richards ...  2nd Henchman 5 episodes, 1986
J.E. Freeman ...  1st Henchman 5 episodes, 1986
Jeffrey Jones ...  Mr. Acme 5 episodes, 1986
Natalie Gregory ...  China Kensington 5 episodes, 1986
Teri Garr ...  Talon Kensington 5 episodes, 1986
Carol Burnett ...  Charlotte Kensington 5 episodes, 1986
Dabney Coleman ...  Tyler Cane 5 episodes, 1986
Gregory Harrison ...  Torch 5 episodes, 1986
Bill Paxton ...  Billy Joe Bobb 4 episodes, 1986
Louise Latham ...  Ethel Duke 4 episodes, 1986
Tom Poston ...  Doc Parseghian 4 episodes, 1986
Henry Darrow ...  Commandante 4 episodes, 1986
Tammy Lauren ...  Candy Cane 4 episodes, 1986
George Wallace ...  Judge Henry Bejajian 4 episodes, 1986
Dakin Matthews ...  Prosecutor 4 episodes, 1986
Raye Birk ...  Mr. Loats 4 episodes, 1986
Thomas Hill ...  Mr. Crowther 4 episodes, 1986
Jack Kehler ...  Sergeant Cooper 4 episodes, 1986
Bill McIntyre Bill McIntyre ...  Bailiff 4 episodes, 1986
Mary Anne Dorward Mary Anne Dorward ...  Female Newsperson 4 episodes, 1986
Todd Susman ...  Sergeant Dobbs 4 episodes, 1986
Troy Curvey Jr. Troy Curvey Jr. ...  Troy 4 episodes, 1986
Terry Beaver Terry Beaver ...  1st Guard in Visiting Room 4 episodes, 1986
Raleigh Bond Raleigh Bond ...  Organ Store Manager 4 episodes, 1986
Greg Lewis ...  2nd Guard in Cellblock 4 episodes, 1986
Peter Jolly Peter Jolly ...  Mall Policeman 4 episodes, 1986
Mike Jolly Mike Jolly ...  1st Policeman 4 episodes, 1986
Robert Hanley ...  2nd Policeman 4 episodes, 1986
Mitch Kalamian 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) See more »

Also Known As:

Fresno See more »

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MTM Enterprises See more »
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1.33 : 1
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Did You Know?


Although this mini-series plays it for laughs, the raisin industry is in fact known for being competitive, with a small number of players fighting over limited market shares. The New York Times reported, for example, that the wildly successful "California Raisins" commercial campaign ended in part because of squabbles over licensing and profits. See more »


Tiffany Kensington: Which one of you Bozos is my father?
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Alternate Versions

Later re-aired in a trimmed down version with a laugh track added (apparently in the belief that early audiences didn't realize that it was supposed to be a comedy). See more »

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Why Isn't This on Video???
25 April 2001 | by jacksflicksSee 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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