Sunset Beach

Season 1 Episode 1

Episode 001

Aired Unknown Jan 06, 1997 on NBC



  • Trivia

    • Clive Robertson landed the role of Ben Evans during a three-week vacation in Los Angeles. He had only a few weeks to return to his home in London, England, acquire a visa, and move to a new country.

    • The character of Caitlin was originally called Kayla.

    • The character of Meg was originally named Susan Cummings, but was changed when Susan Ward was casted in the role.

    • Originally the character of Olivia was called Sheila.

    • Kristin Davis of Sex and the City was originally offered the role of Meg, then called Susan, but she turned it down.

    • Dax Griffin plays caracter called Tim Truman. In true life, there is a person called Tim Truman who is actually the original maker of Sunset Beach's theme songs.

    • Some scenes for this episode were shot in Kansas.

  • Quotes

    • Elaine Stevens (the legend of Sunset Beach): When the moon rises early just as the Santa Ana winds kick up out of nowhere and the sun is just dropping out of sight, whoever you meet at the far side of the pier is who you're destined to be with.

  • Notes

    • The opening episode features a variation of the style opening credits used between episodes 2 and 140. It is only used for this episode and does not feature the actors names under their pictures (as they would starting with episode 2). Priscilla Garita doesn't appear in this version of the opening credits.

    • The music used during this episode is the actual "Sunset Beach" theme song which will be used for the opening credits as of episode 140.

    • Priscilla Garita is already featured in the opening credits, although she won't appear on the show until next month.

    • Carol Potter (Joan Cummings) makes her first recurring appearance on the show. She will go on to make various recurring appearances during this year, and then join the show next year. Also, John Reilly makes his first recurring appearance as Del Douglas.

    • Introducing:
      Susan Ward as Meg Cummings
      Dax Griffin as Tim Truman
      Clive Robertson as Ben Evans
      Sarah Buxton as Annie Douglas
      Timothy Adams as Casey Mitchum
      Jason Winston George as Michael Bourne
      Leigh Taylor-Young as Elaine Stevens
      Adrienne Frantz as Tiffany Thorne
      Sam Behrens as Gregory Douglas
      Lesley-Anne Down as Olivia Douglas
      Laura Harring as Paula Stevens
      Hank Cheyne as Ricardo Torres
      Nick Stabile as Mark Wolper
      Kathleen Noone as Bette Davis
      Peter Barton as Eddie Connors

  • Allusions