|Created by||Bridget and Jerome Dobson|
|Country of origin||United States|
|No. of episodes||2,137|
|Running time||60 mintues|
|Distributor||New World Television|
|Picture format||NTSC (480i)|
|Original run||July 30, 1984 – January 15, 1993|
Santa Barbara is an American television soap opera that ran from July 30, 1984 to January 15, 1993 on the NBC television network. It was created by Bridget and Jerome Dobson, (Bridget was the daughter of Frank and Doris Hursley, the creators of General Hospital) who were real-life residents of Santa Barbara, California (where the show was set) and it focused originally on the lives of four diverse families in Santa Barbara: the wealthy Lockridges and Capwells; the more middle-class Perkins, and the poorer Andrade families. While most of the focus was on the wealthy Capwells, the other families were also featured as well.
The Capwells consisted of patriarch C.C. Capwell (Peter Mark Richman; Paul Burke; Charles Bateman; Jed Allan); his former wife, Sophia (Rosemary Forsythe; Judith McConnell); his daughter, Eden (Marcy Walker); his son, Mason (Lane Davies); Ted (Todd McKee); and Kelly (Robin Wright Penn).
On the rival side was the Lockridges, consisting of widowed matriarch, Minx (Dame Judith Anderson; Janis Paige); her son, Lionel (Nicolas Coster); his wife, Augusta Wainwright (Louise Sorel); their son, Warren (John Allen Nelson; Jack Wagner) and their daughter, Laken (Julie Ronnie).
Minx was the widow of T. MacDonald Lockridge "T for Tiger", she growled. She was a sour old woman who was a lifelong Capwell hater. At first she did not approve of her granddaughter, Laken's romance with Ted Capwell, but after convincing her that he was nothing like his father, Minx relented and even helped her granddaughter to sneak around with Ted, as she knew that it would get Laken's mother, Augusta's goat. Minx made it abundantly clear that she hated Augusta, and the feeling was mutual.
However, Augusta was clearly on her mother in-law's side when her hatred of C.C. was so great that when he tried to take her mansion away from her after he discovered that she had taken his son away from him, she retaliated against her lifelong enemy by shooting him in the backside with an antique gun that her late husband owned, which was loaded with buckshot!
The show started slowly, but later gained a cult following for its mix of soap opera intrigue as well as its comedic style and offbeat writing. One of the show's most remembered moments was the death of one Mary Duvall McCormick (Harley Jane Kozak), who met her end while standing on the roof of the Capwell Hotel, where the large letter C of the sign fell on top of her, crushing her. Despite a fan campaign wanting her to return and an offer by the show to have her return, Ms. Kozak had decided that she would never work in a soap opera again.
Another quite offbeat character was a mobster named Bunny Tagliatti. He was a mobster who had a crush on Gina Timmons but had one quirk......he loved to dress in women's clothes, a la Corporal Klinger from M*A*S*H!
Many actors have worked with the show and they include Lane Davies; Robin Wright Penn; Marcy Walker; Kim Zimmer; Dame Judith Anderson (who was the undisputed star as the sour Minx); Janis Paige (who replaced Dame Judith as Minx); Louise Sorel; Nicolas Coster; Jack Wagner; Jed Allan, among many others.
The first story of the show was the murder of Channing Capwell, Jr. Originally, it was thought that Kelly Capwell's fiance, Joe Perkins (Dane Witherspoon; Mark Arnold) had killed her brother, but it was later revealed that her mother, Sophia had accidentally killed him. Joe himself was murdered by Kelly's vengeful later fiance, Peter Flint (Stephen Meadows) who was a serial killer. Flint himself was shot dead by Cruz Castillo (A Martinez) after Flint made an attempt on his ex-fiancee, Kelly's life.
One of the show's supercouples was that of Eden Capwell (Marcy Walker) and Cruz Castillo.