- 9 Seasons
Falcon Crest is a night-time soap opera that surrounds the warring factions within the wealthy Gioberti/Channing wine families in the Tuscany Valley of San Francisco. The Channing family is headed by the scheming and powerful Angela Channing (Jane Wyman) who inherited the majority share of Falcon Crest Vineyards from her father. Chase Gioberti (Robert Foxworth) and his family, including wife Maggie (Susan Sullivan) and their children Cole (William R. Moses) and Vickie (Jamie Rose), relocate to the area after Chase inherits his father's shares when he accidentally dies. Chase is an easy-going man who opts not to get involved in the wine business. The death of his father, unfortunately, forces his entry into the business. Angela's brother is Chase's father. Even though they have blood ties, Angela isn't about to allow an interloper to take what she feels is rightfully hers. Angela's daughters include Julia (Abby Dalton), who is also the head winemaker, and Emma (Margaret Ladd). Her shiftless, playboy grandson Lance (Lorenzo Lamas) is also conniving but cannot be controlled by Angela. Angela's faithful housekeeper Chao Li (Chao Li Chi) keeps her secrets and is also her chief defender. After realizing that her schemes to relieve Chase of his shares won't work, she exploits other means to expand her vast empire. Angela sets up an arranged marriage between Agretti Wine heiress Melissa Agretti (Ana Alicia) and Lance, which turns out to be volatile and troubled. The duo fight constantly and keep many secrets from one another. Melissa is also scheming and manipulative and will do anything to get her way. Her brief affair with Cole leaves her pregnant, but she marries Lance anyway. Angela meets her match when her late husband's illegitimate son Richard Channing (David Selby) arrives in town. Richard has controlling shares in the family newspaper, which gives him a great deal of power. Richard, Angela and Chase engage in a long-standing war, with Angela and Richard attempting to dupe Chase and each other.