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Fresno 

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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Nominated for 5 Primetime Emmys. Another 2 nominations. See more awards »

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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
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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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Taglines:

The Power!...The Passion!... The Produce!

Genres:

Comedy

Certificate:

TV-PG
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Country:

USA

Language:

English

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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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

Charlotte Kensington: [when employee, Juan, asks for a raise] Juan, there are two types of people in the world: those who have, and those who have not. I have. You have not.
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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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An extremely enjoyable mini series. Wish it was on VHS so we could view it again.
21 April 2001 | by drallabjSee all my reviews

My husband and I very much enjoyed all of the actors in the mini series. The entire film was beautifully directed and the cast was wonderful. We wish there was more television like this. Is there anyway that we can find out which network broadcast Fresno in 1986. We did attempt to record the series, but missed the last part. It would be great if the network would show the series again. Better yet, record it on VHS! We've been searching for this one for a long time.


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