Sunset Beach was an American soap opera that aired on NBC from January 6, 1997 to December 31, 1999. It was co-produced by NBC and Aaron Spelling Productions.
It was aired in South Africa by the SABC in the early 2000s and was resurrected by e.tv in 2007, premiering on Wednesday 19 September, at 10h30.
Set in a small coastal California community, Sunset Beach made its mark on daytime television by combining traditional daytime drama storytelling with the natural beauty of Southern California's beach locations.
Sunset Beach features characters from all walks of life - rich, poor, heroes, villains, lovers, friends and enemies.
Families such as the Richards, the Deschanels, the Torres and the Cummings are all interwoven, often coming together at the funky blues/rock club, The Deep, or at the cyber coffeehouse, Java Web.
They work as police officers, lifeguards, reporters, waiters, lawyers and restaurant owners.
In true escapist soap opera spirit, the storylines are outrageous and sensationalist and nearly everyone in the drama is young, single, ultra-hip and sexy. The show has been aired in nearly 70 countries around the world.
There are 755 episodes.