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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 Karen MacKenzie / ... (344 episodes, 1979-1993)
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 Gary Ewing (342 episodes, 1979-1993)
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 Valene Ewing / ... (327 episodes, 1979-1993)
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 M. 'Mack' Patrick MacKenzie (291 episodes, 1982-1993)
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 Gregory Sumner (269 episodes, 1983-1993)
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 Abby Ewing / ... (236 episodes, 1980-1993)
Constance McCashin ...
 Laura Avery / ... (199 episodes, 1979-1992)
Pat Petersen ...
 Michael Fairgate (186 episodes, 1979-1991)
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 Paige Matheson (181 episodes, 1986-1993)
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 Lilimae Clements / ... (165 episodes, 1980-1987)
Tonya Crowe ...
 Olivia Cunningham / ... (139 episodes, 1980-1990)
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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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In 1985, Gary got a phone call telling him his brother Bobby (of Dallas) was dead. However, when the producers of Dallas decided to retcon Bobby's death the following year by making it all a dream that Pam Ewing had had, the producers of Knots Landing chose not to go along with its parent series in order to not confuse viewers. Bobby Ewing's "resurrection" therefore was never mentioned on Knots Landing and the series never associated itself with Dallas again. See more »

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Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: Oh, by the way, Paige, are you still sleeping with Greg?
Paige Matheson: Morning, noon and night. He just keeps getting better and better.
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: I didn't think so. Well, have a nice day.
[Abby leaves]
Paige Matheson: Bitch.
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The greatest prime time soap is missed very much
13 February 1999 | by (Redwood Shores, California) – See all my reviews

"Knots Landing", for 14 years, was the greatest television experience ever. From December 27, 1979, until May 13, 1993, we followed the sudsy lives of our favorite characters. From Val and Gary's initial movie into the neighborhood, to Abby's arrival and her nonstop manipulations, to Laura's terminal brain cancer and the impact it had on everyone's lives, to the ultimate psycho Jill, it was all terrific entertainment. Not overly-glossy and implausible like other night-time soaps, "Knots" had a realism all it's own. It will be missed and remembered fondly.


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