Knots Landing (1979–1993)

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Gary and Valene Ewing, relatives of the Ewing clan of Dallas, arrive in Knots Landing to make a new home for themselves. However, scheming Abby Fairgate-Cunningham later breaks up their marriage when she seduces Gary.


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Complete series cast summary:
 Karen MacKenzie / ... (344 episodes, 1979-1993)
 Gary Ewing (342 episodes, 1979-1993)
 Valene Ewing / ... (327 episodes, 1979-1993)
 M. 'Mack' Patrick MacKenzie (291 episodes, 1982-1993)
 Gregory Sumner (269 episodes, 1983-1993)
 Abby Ewing / ... (236 episodes, 1980-1993)
Constance McCashin ...
 Laura Avery / ... (199 episodes, 1979-1992)
Pat Petersen ...
 Michael Fairgate (186 episodes, 1979-1991)
 Paige Matheson (181 episodes, 1986-1993)
 Lilimae Clements / ... (165 episodes, 1980-1987)
Tonya Crowe ...
 Olivia Cunningham / ... (139 episodes, 1980-1990)


A popular night time soap opera, it followed the adventures of five families living in a coastal suburb of Los Angeles in California: Gary and Valene Ewing, relatives of the popular Ewing clan of Dallas; Sid and Karen Fairgate, their all-American neighbors; the troubled Richard and Laura Avery; young newlyweds Kenny and Ginger Ward; and divorcee Abby Cunningham, Sid's scheming sister. Written by Phil Fernando

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The series' signature cul-de-sac, Seaview Circle, was actually Crystalaire Place in Granada Hills, a suburban street in Los Angeles' San Fernando Valley about 20 miles north of the Pacific Ocean. The opening credits during the first two seasons were edited in such a way to make it appear that the cul-de-sac was closer to the ocean. The owners of the homes allowed filming to take place on the exteriors of the houses, but all interior shots were filmed on a studio soundstage. See more »


Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: Give it to me!
Olivia Cunningham Dyer: Give you what?
[Abby pushes the cocaine on her nose and shoves it into her nostril]
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: Give me your car keys.
Olivia Cunningham Dyer: I have to have a car to go to school.
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: I told you I would not allow you to use drugs, you're not going to school. Give me your house keys.
Olivia Cunningham Dyer: What are you gonna do? Lock me out?
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: No, I'm not gonna lock you out. I'm gonna lock you in with me.
Brian Cunningham #2: [on a different show, Abby chops down the bathroom door, to stop Olivia from snuffing cocaine] Mom!
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: Go to bed, Brian.
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Best Show ever
12 September 2003 | by (USA) – See all my reviews

Knots Landing has got to be one of the best shows ever to grace our TV sets. The show that started out as a spin off of another good show Dallas turned into a guaranteed hour of enjoyable tv. Yes the show had its good and bad episodes but you always knew you could look foward to seeing your favorite neighbors on the Cul-Da-Sac Seaview Circle. By far the greatest female character on the show was Karen Fairgate Mackenzie(Michele Lee), she was married to the 2 greatest men ever Sid Fairgate(Don Murray) the owner of Knots Landing Motors and after his death she met and married Mack Mackenzie(Kevin Dobson)a lawyer. I enjoyed these two together most, they had such great chemistry together on screen they actually were believable as a married couple. When Abby(Donna Mills) arrived the show became even better, her character was always after someones husband and usually ended up with him. Sumner(Bill Devane) was another great addition to the show, his character brought a comic humor with the words he chose to use in tense drama situations. Then you had the Val(Joan Van Ark) and Gary(Ted Shackelford) the two childhood lovers who you just knew would always be together even if a few marriages got in between them. The show also had some other great characters like Laura(Constance McCashin), Richard (John Pleashette), Paige(Nicolette Sheridan), Lilimae(Julie Harris), Claudia(Kathleen Noone), Anne(Michelle Phillips), Frank(Lary Riely), Olivia(Tonya Crowe). Knots also had a ton of guest stars like Ava Gardner, Alec Baldwin, Lisa Hartman Black, Red Buttons,and Pam Grier just to name a few. Overall this show still holds up to todays standards and hopefully it will be put on DVD soon so everyone can enjoy it.

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