Santa Barbara

NBC (ended 1993)



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Santa Barbara

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Santa Barbara was a long-running soap opera centered on the lives of a wealthy Capwell family, living in Santa Barbara, California, and the other families such as the Lockridges, Andrades and Perkinses. The show was created by Bridget and Jerome Dobson, the two writers that gave the show dramatic stories combined with comedy and romance. After the Dobsons were forced to leave the show in 1987, the soap changed, started focusing on different characters and the show was never the same. In 1991, the Dobsons returned to the show, but were unable to save the show, and then got fired again. In 1992, Pamela K. Long was hired as the new Head Writer and, in an attempt to save the show, she introduced a bunch of new characters and left out many original characters, which only buried the show deeper. During its stay on television, the soap was at the bottom of ratings, although it was very popular and considered a "cult favorite." The show won numerous awards. In 1993, the show was canceled. 2137 episodes were aired. Although the show didn't have good ratings in America, the popularity of the show in Europe was amazing.


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  • Judith McConnell

    Judith McConnell

    Sophia Wayne Capwell (1984-1993)

    A Martinez

    A Martinez

    Cruz Castillo (1984-1992)

    Robin Mattson

    Robin Mattson

    Gina Blake Lockridge (#2) (1985-1993)

    Marcy Walker

    Marcy Walker

    Eden Capwell Castillo (1984-1991)

    Jed Allan

    Jed Allan

    C.C. Capwell (#4) (1986-1993)

    Robin Wright

    Robin Wright

    Kelly Capwell (#1) (1984-1988)

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    • awesome series

      i like it very much!
    • Santa Barbara was really unique I love it . I still have dvd to remember all those great moments

      Eden and Cruz's first romance when Eden believed it was she who had pulled the plug on her father's life support - but it was actually Gina! And Eden marrying Kirk, the preppy villain, because he pretended he knew her "secret." Marcy and A Martinez [Cruz] always knocked our socks off. The first leg of their romance was very magical, even though they stayed together for most of the show's run. Eden and Cruz's epic romance was the best thing about the show. Oh, and Carrington Garland as Kelly was fun to write for as well. I love it
    • Great show with great characters. Writers have to realize (as they learned @ Melrose Place) that you have to keep the core characters to make the show strong (like they've done @ Y&R). You can't replace the core characters of the family.moreless

      Santa Barbara was one of the best soaps of all time. I was very sad to see it go. They made a mistake when they let Lane Davies walk away & when they changed writers. Another problem happened when both Marcy Walker & A Martinez(Cruz & Eden) left the show because they were the show. That would be like losing both Victor Neuman & Nicki Newman on Y&R! I think it was very sad that the producers/writers didn't try to revive the show because it was an awesome show & I still think of it now & again. All in all it was a one of a kind great show!!!moreless
    • the best show ever to hit airways.I was 15 years old when i started my journey with SANTA BARBARA.It was un experience i never forget.It was my inspiration in life with kelly&joe romantic love,mason&julia,eden&cruz and all the others behinde.moreless

      beautiful and very smart writting,perfect acting such as lane davies,robin wright,marcy waker,nancy grahn,a martinez,robin mattson,justin deas,nicholas coster,louse sorel,judit&jad allan and everybody else.Loved it.In albania we used to watch SANTA BARBARA from italian tv(RAI UNO,RAI DUE)so i learned italian language thanx to this perfect show,that the hole world felt in love with.I remember schiping school with my friends just to watch it.Well,it worth it.Now anytime i talk to my friends or family we remember those years with great nostalgy.Very missed.Now i hope that soapnet will deside to re-air the most beloved soap in the world.Now here in the US,iv'got a chance to watch it on youtube and there are many other links to.Anyway,i will love this show forever.moreless
    • eighties cult soap ! loved it !

      I was hooked.. the writing of this show was fantastic at times! It could also be very camp, crazy and very funny.. dreamsequences, evil twins, people coming back from the dead, one character being played by three different actors, comas, murders, epic lovestories, CC Capwell, the man you love to hate, Gina, the woman you love to hate..

      I particularly loved the dynamic of the Julia & Mason storyline, with of course Lane Davies as Mason Capwell.

      These two had the best lines, tongue and cheek clever with a lot of wit !

      They were hilarious! I agree with previous reviews; after Lane Davies left the shown it all went downhill and it never seemed to recover.. too bad..moreless

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