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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Larry Riley had been on Knots Landing for five seasons playing cop-turned-attorney Frank Williams when in February 1992 audiences were shocked when they saw his haggard appearance after the show had been on a five-month hiatus. Larry explained had he had lost 80 pounds (from 220) during that time due to kidney trouble which he attributed to "high blood pressure" and would be on dialysis for the remainder of his life. After his death only four months later, his widow Nina disclosed that Larry's renal failure was actually due to AIDS. See more »

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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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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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