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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Though it had outlasted all of its contemporaries (even Dallas (1978)) and was still in the top 40 ratings, the network and the producers mutually agreed that that the show's 14th season (1992-93) was to be its last as further budget cuts would have to be made should it have stayed on air for a 15th season. The producers and the network decided that less episodes would be produced (19) for the final season and all actors were required to be absent from at least some of the episodes to save money. However, Michele Lee offered to forgo her usual salary and film some episodes for actors union "scale pay". She therefore she became the only character to appear in all 344 episodes. See more »


Laura Avery Sumner: You are such a slut!
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: Well, it takes one to know one, doesn't it, dear?
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Even Better Than the Show That Spawned It
14 October 2003 | by (Los Angeles, California) – See all my reviews

When this show first premiered, many didn't give it a chance due to the fact that it was a spin off from the hugely popular Dallas. A lot of people didn't think that a show featuring the least known of the Ewing brothers, Gary, and his wife Val would last. However, it did last and boy did it ever. For fourteen years we saw the saga of the cul de sac and their various residents and the main reason that this show became great is the fact their was such great chemistry among the leads and that led to some great performances, especially from the woman who eventually became the lead, Michele Lee. Also, many of the stories, unlike most nighttime soaps, were based in reality. Subjects such as drug and alcohol addiction, colon cancer and rape were all covered in this show. But, perhaps the most dramatic change occurred several seasons after the show debuted when the Williamses, an African-American couple and their daughter, were introduced in 1987. This was at a time when many blacks were becoming upwardly mobile and this was just a reflection of that trend. This show definitely will always be fondly remembered by everyone.

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