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 »


Laura Avery Sumner: How about this dress for her first birthday? This one for her baptism. This is one for her second birthday. And, uh, this one for when she turns three, huh?
Karen Cooper Fairgate MacKenzie: Whoa, wait a minute. Laura, I heard of planning ahead, but this is really planning ahead.
Laura Avery Sumner: Well, I have to plan ahead.
Karen Cooper Fairgate MacKenzie: Why?
Laura Avery Sumner: Because there's a lot of things that I'm not going to do with Meg.
[Laura looks at Karen and realizes that Laura is dying]
Laura Avery Sumner: Don't get upset, I mean. If you're gonna get upset, I'm gonna get upset, okay. I'm sorry. Please,...
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one of TV's all time best dramas
13 June 1999 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Knots Landing,the TV stalwart through the 80's and some of the 90's was one of TV's best dramas. The characters were so real,they became as well known as family members. The series excelled in complex characters. From the strong women like Karen, Laura,Paige and Abby to the utterly fascinating flawed men like Greg Sumner and Gary Ewing.The show was not without its mistakes- not all the serpentine,complicated plots worked, and the reliance of the plots in later episodes on insane stalkers, was predictable. Nevertheless, when Knots stories jelled,the effects were often breathtaking. Who can forget the great moments like Sid's death and Karen's coping, Abby's marrying Greg in the middle of his romance with Paige, Laura's funeral,the return of Val's twins, the body under the cement, Olivia's drug addiction and Abby's intervention, Jill's shocking villainy revealed to Val...the list of great Knots moments goes on.There hasn't been a show like it on TV since. It is sorely missed.

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