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Falcon Crest 

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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Earl Hamner Jr.
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Complete series cast summary:
Jane Wyman ...  Angela Channing 228 episodes, 1981-1990
Lorenzo Lamas ...  Lance Cumson 228 episodes, 1981-1990
Chao Li Chi ...  Chao-Li Chi / ... 213 episodes, 1981-1990
David Selby ...  Richard Channing 209 episodes, 1982-1990
Susan Sullivan ...  Maggie Gioberti / ... 207 episodes, 1981-1989
Margaret Ladd ...  Emma Channing 193 episodes, 1981-1989
Ana Alicia ...  Melissa Agretti Cumson / ... 178 episodes, 1982-1989
Robert Foxworth ...  Chase Gioberti 155 episodes, 1981-1987
William R. Moses ...  Cole Gioberti 140 episodes, 1981-1987
Abby Dalton ...  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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Drama | Romance

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Country:

USA

Language:

English

Release Date:

4 December 1981 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Maktkamp på Falcon Crest See more »

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Runtime:

(227 episodes)

Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Long before the show started, Jane Wyman had known Lorenzo Lamas since he was a baby, as she was friends with his family and with his parents, Fernando Lamas and Arlene Dahl. His father worked with her on Jane Wyman Presents The Fireside Theatre (1955). See more »

Goofs

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 »

Quotes

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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Referenced in Hollywood and the Muslim World (2003) See more »

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Night-time Soap or Family Drama? A Triumph in Either Case
11 March 2012 | by JasonDanielBakerSee all my reviews

Initially dismissed as "Dallas with grapes" Falcon Crest was created by Earl Hamner Jr. who also created such TV series as The Waltons and Apple's Way. His more wholesome take on a night-time soap was similar to that which you might think - one that romanticizes family values (While providing an examination of complicated family interpersonal relations) and work ethic. The Northern Italian roots of his maternal grandfather was an influence upon his crafting of the backstory of Falcon Crest.

But the main inspiration for Falcon Crest was Hamner's own experience owning an unsuccessful vineyard in the Napa Valley in California in the 1970s, an unprofitable investment which nevertheless inspired him via his experiences. His own time as a struggling writer is doubtless an inspiration for Maggie Gioberti - hapless freelancer.

Beginning as a more family friendly night-time soap airing right after Dallas on CBS Angela Channing was set to be portrayed by Barbara Stanwyck reflecting her matriarchal role on The Big Valley TV series in the 1960s. Barbara Stanwyck passed on the role which was then taken on by Jane Wyman.

The original unaired pilot for the series starred Clu Gulager as Chase and Samantha Eggar as Maggie. The roles were recast and Robert Foxworth who had been approached with playing the role of J.R. on Dallas was brought in to play Chase, a very different character on what would be a different kind of prime time serial.

The series inevitably declined in its later years long after it had said what it had to say. Hastening the decline was the departure of series stars and recycling of plot-lines.


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