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Pacific Palisades (TV series)

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Pacific Palisades
Main cast
GenreSoap opera
Created by
Written by
Directed by
Theme music composerDan Foliart
Opening theme"Pacific Palisades"
ComposerTim Truman
Country of originUnited States
Original languageEnglish
No. of seasons1
No. of episodes13 (list of episodes)
Executive producers
  • Derek Berlatsky
  • Bob Bring
  • Mitchell Danton
Camera setupMulti-camera
Running time45 minutes
Production companyAaron Spelling Productions
Original release
ReleaseApril 9 (1997-04-09) –
July 30, 1997 (1997-07-30)

Pacific Palisades is an American soap opera that aired on Fox during prime time from April to July 1997. Produced by Aaron Spelling, the show was canceled after thirteen episodes despite a last-minute attempt to increase ratings by casting Joan Collins as Laura's mother.

The show was originally supposed to be a vehicle for Erika Eleniak.[1] She was due to play the Laura Sinclair role, but turned it down due to the racy scene where the character described as "an aggressive real estate agent" seduces a client to secure an offer. The scene was eventually toned down, with Eleniak still passing, and eventually Kimberley Davies was cast.



Set in the Los Angeles district of the same name, the series follows the lives of young professionals who have it all, but haven't paid for it yet, on the Southern California fast track to fame, fortune, scandal and ruin.

The cast of characters includes Joanna (Michelle Stafford) and Nick Hadley (Jarrod Emick), a young married couple who left their native Midwest for the Pacific Coast where Nick has landed a job as an architect; Joanna's troubled teenage sister Rachel Whittaker (Natalia Cigliuti) – later discovered to be her illegitimate daughter at the end of the series; Rachel's friends Ashley (Jennifer Banko) and Michael (J. Trevor Edmond) who excel in sneakiness; Robert (Greg Evigan) and Kate Russo (Finola Hughes), whose sterling life is beginning to tarnish; Jessica Mitchell (Jocelyn Seagrave), a rising professional whose choice of men leads to trouble; Matt Dunning (Lucky Vanous), a construction businessman with a dark side; Laura Sinclair (Kimberley Davies), a real estate agent who does whatever it takes to close a deal; Cory Robbins (Joel Wyner and then Dylan Neal), a promising but manipulative plastic surgeon; and beautiful Beth Hooper (Brittney Powell), who rents an apartment from Laura and is being romanced by Cory.








No.TitleDirected byWritten byOriginal air date
1"Welcome to the Neighborhood"Richard LangDiane Messina Stanley & James StanleyApril 9, 1997 (1997-04-09)
2"The Bet"Eleanore LindoJoel J. FeigenbaumApril 16, 1997 (1997-04-16)
3"The Other Woman"David SemelDiane Messina StanleyApril 23, 1997 (1997-04-23)
4"All Hell Breaks Loose"Chip ChalmersHeather ConkieApril 30, 1997 (1997-04-30)
5"Mothers and Other Strangers"Les SheldonCarla KettnerMay 7, 1997 (1997-05-07)
6"Runaway"James Whitmore, Jr.James StanleyJune 11, 1997 (1997-06-11)
7"Past & Present Danger"David SemelHeather ConkieJune 18, 1997 (1997-06-18)
8"Desperate Measure"Richard DenaultJoel J. FeigenbaumJune 25, 1997 (1997-06-25)
9"Best Laid Plans"Gabrielle BeaumontLynn Marie LathamJuly 2, 1997 (1997-07-02)
10"Private Showing"Les SheldonDiane Messina StanleyJuly 9, 1997 (1997-07-09)
11"Motherly Love"Mel DamskiLynn Marie LathamJuly 16, 1997 (1997-07-16)
12"Sweet Revenge"David SemelJames StanleyJuly 23, 1997 (1997-07-23)
13"End Game"Les SheldonPeter DunneJuly 30, 1997 (1997-07-30)


  1. ^ Ray Richmond (January 14, 1997). "Fox exex soft-shoe critical barrage". Variety.