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Release Date:
27 December 1979 (USA) See more »
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Plot:
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. Full summary »
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Nominated for Golden Globe. Another 41 wins & 44 nominations See more »
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Cast

 (Series Cast Summary - 11 of 575)

Michele Lee ... Karen MacKenzie / ... (344 episodes, 1979-1993)

Ted Shackelford ... Gary Ewing (342 episodes, 1979-1993)

Joan Van Ark ... Valene Ewing / ... (327 episodes, 1979-1993)

Kevin Dobson ... M. 'Mack' Patrick MacKenzie (291 episodes, 1982-1993)

William Devane ... Gregory Sumner (269 episodes, 1983-1993)

Donna Mills ... Abby Ewing / ... (236 episodes, 1980-1993)
Constance McCashin ... Laura Avery / ... (198 episodes, 1979-1987)
Pat Petersen ... Michael Fairgate (186 episodes, 1979-1991)

Nicollette Sheridan ... Paige Matheson (181 episodes, 1986-1993)

Julie Harris ... Lilimae Clements / ... (165 episodes, 1980-1987)
Tonya Crowe ... Olivia Cunningham / ... (139 episodes, 1980-1990)
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Series Directed by
Nicholas Sgarro (54 episodes, 1980-1993)
Lorraine Senna (25 episodes, 1982-1992)
Joseph L. Scanlan (22 episodes, 1985-1991)
Nick Havinga (17 episodes, 1982-1989)
Jerome Courtland (16 episodes, 1988-1993)
Robert Becker (15 episodes, 1983-1992)
Alexander Singer (14 episodes, 1981-1985)
Larry Elikann (14 episodes, 1982-1986)
Lawrence Kasha (14 episodes, 1987-1990)
Bill Duke (10 episodes, 1982-1987)
Kate Tilley (10 episodes, 1986-1988)
Kevin Dobson (9 episodes, 1988-1993)
Michele Lee (9 episodes, 1989-1993)
Kim Friedman (8 episodes, 1980-1983)
David Jacobs (8 episodes, 1983-1987)
Joseph B. Wallenstein (6 episodes, 1981-1982)
Ernest Pintoff (6 episodes, 1982-1985)
Jeff Bleckner (5 episodes, 1981-1983)
John Pleshette (5 episodes, 1983-1991)
Joe Coppoletta (5 episodes, 1987-1989)
Edward Parone (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Harvey S. Laidman (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
William Devane (4 episodes, 1989-1992)
Henry Levin (3 episodes, 1980)
Roger Young (3 episodes, 1980)
Roy Campanella II (3 episodes, 1985-1987)
Linda Day (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
David Paulsen (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Timna Ranon (3 episodes, 1986-1989)
Michael Preece (3 episodes, 1986-1988)
Andre R. Guttfreund (3 episodes, 1988-1990)
Menachem Binetski (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
James Sheldon (2 episodes, 1980)
Gabrielle Beaumont (2 episodes, 1981)
Sheldon Larry (2 episodes, 1983-1984)
Beth Brickell (2 episodes, 1987-1993)
Anita W. Addison (2 episodes, 1990-1991)
Neal Ahern Jr. (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Michael Lange (2 episodes, 1991-1992)
Reza Badiyi (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
Joan Van Ark (2 episodes, 1992-1993)
 
Series Writing credits
David Jacobs (344 episodes, 1979-1993)
Bernard Lechowick (43 episodes, 1985-1991)
Lynn Marie Latham (40 episodes, 1985-1991)
James Stanley (26 episodes, 1988-1993)
Diane Messina Stanley (20 episodes, 1986-1991)
Diana Gould (12 episodes, 1980-1983)
Richard Gollance (10 episodes, 1982-1985)
Joel J. Feigenbaum (9 episodes, 1983-1987)
Parke Perine (9 episodes, 1985-1990)
James Magnuson (9 episodes, 1991-1993)
John Pleshette (8 episodes, 1980-1982)
Lawrence Kasha (8 episodes, 1986-1990)
Rob Gilmer (7 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ann Marcus (7 episodes, 1981-1993)
Scott Hamner (7 episodes, 1982-1991)
Lisa Seidman (7 episodes, 1992-1993)
David Paulsen (6 episodes, 1981-1986)
Diana Kopald Marcus (6 episodes, 1984-1986)
Lou Messina (6 episodes, 1986-1988)
Donald Marcus (6 episodes, 1991-1993)
Sara Ann Friedman (5 episodes, 1981-1986)
Peter Dunne (5 episodes, 1983-1985)
Alan Goldfein (5 episodes, 1984-1988)
Joyce Keener (5 episodes, 1984-1985)
Chuck Bulot (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
M.J. Cody (5 episodes, 1988-1990)
Ray Goldstone (4 episodes, 1982-1993)
Michael Filerman (4 episodes, 1983-1987)
Joel Okmin (4 episodes, 1986-1992)
William Devane (4 episodes, 1987-1993)
John Romano (4 episodes, 1991-1992)
Ellis Marcus (3 episodes, 1981-1982)
Rocci Chatfield (3 episodes, 1982-1993)
James Houghton (3 episodes, 1982)
Mona Houghton (3 episodes, 1982)
Ron Cowen (3 episodes, 1984)
Daniel Lipman (3 episodes, 1984)
John Leasure (3 episodes, 1987-1989)
Rachel Cline (3 episodes, 1991-1992)
William Hopkins (2 episodes, 1980-1981)
Don Murray (2 episodes, 1980)
L. Virginia Browne (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Joseph B. Wallenstein (2 episodes, 1981-1982)
Mann Rubin (2 episodes, 1982-1983)
Oliver Clark (2 episodes, 1982)
Michael L. Grace (2 episodes, 1983)
Michael Petryni (2 episodes, 1983)
Kathleen A. Shelley (2 episodes, 1983)
Neal Bell (2 episodes, 1985)
Roberto Loiederman (2 episodes, 1985)
Melanie Mintz (2 episodes, 1985)
Tom Citrano (2 episodes, 1986)
Don Mueller (2 episodes, 1988-1993)

Series Produced by
Michael Filerman .... executive producer (344 episodes, 1979-1993)
David Jacobs .... executive producer (344 episodes, 1979-1993)
Mary Catherine Harold .... producer / associate producer / ... (331 episodes, 1980-1993)
Lawrence Kasha .... producer / co-executive producer (184 episodes, 1985-1991)
Joel Okmin .... associate producer / co-producer / ... (92 episodes, 1987-1993)
Lynn Marie Latham .... producer (84 episodes, 1988-1991)
Bernard Lechowick .... producer (84 episodes, 1988-1991)
Peter Dunne .... producer (66 episodes, 1982-1985)
Joseph B. Wallenstein .... producer / associate producer (53 episodes, 1979-1982)
David Paulsen .... supervising producer (30 episodes, 1985-1986)
Ann Marcus .... supervising producer / senior producer (26 episodes, 1992-1993)
Joseph Hardy .... supervising producer (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Barbara Corday .... co-executive producer (19 episodes, 1992-1993)
John Romano .... co-executive producer (15 episodes, 1991-1992)
Richard Winnie .... associate producer (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
 
Series Original Music by
Jerrold Immel (49 episodes, 1979-1990)
Ron Grant (41 episodes, 1980-1991)
Lance Rubin (36 episodes, 1981-1990)
Christopher Klatman (22 episodes, 1985-1991)
Joel Rosenbaum (20 episodes, 1982-1990)
Craig Huxley (12 episodes, 1986-1990)
Bruce Miller (7 episodes, 1988-1990)
Richard Lewis Warren (5 episodes, 1981-1982)
Joel Hirschhorn (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Al Kasha (5 episodes, 1990-1991)
Larry Riley (4 episodes, 1989-1990)
Dana Kaproff (3 episodes, 1993)
Robert Folk (2 episodes, 1982-1983)

Kennard Ramsey (unknown episodes, 1990-1991)
 
Series Cinematography by
Hugh K. Gagnier (91 episodes, 1982-1989)
Craig Denault (32 episodes, 1987-1991)
John Elsenbach (25 episodes, 1980-1981)
Richard N. Hannah (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Lowell Peterson (22 episodes, 1990-1993)
Emil Oster (5 episodes, 1981)
Allen M. Davey (3 episodes, 1985-1986)
Robert F. Sparks (2 episodes, 1988-1989)
 
Series Film Editing by
Morton Tubor (77 episodes, 1980-1990)
Robert Phillips (57 episodes, 1980-1993)
Thomas Petersen (27 episodes, 1990-1993)
Harry Kaye (23 episodes, 1982-1985)
Tim Shoemaker (13 episodes, 1980-1982)
Howard Terrill (2 episodes, 1979-1982)
 
Series Casting by
Anthony Sepulveda (27 episodes, 1990-1991)
Marc Edson (2 episodes, 1979-1980)
Mark Saks (2 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Art Direction by
Ray Markham (283 episodes, 1980-1993)
 
Series Set Decoration by
Sal Blydenburgh (253 episodes, 1981-1993)
Charles Pierce (18 episodes, 1980-1981)
Philip Leonard (12 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Costume Design by
Travilla (60 episodes, 1984-1986)
Shannon Litten (3 episodes, 1993)
 
Series Makeup Department
Barbara Minster .... hair stylist (228 episodes, 1981-1993)
William Reynolds .... makeup artist (169 episodes, 1979-1990)
Leigh Mitchell .... makeup artist (104 episodes, 1980-1985)
Nicky Schillace .... makeup artist (45 episodes, 1988-1993)
Rebecca De Morrio .... hair stylist (44 episodes, 1986-1993)
Wayne Rust .... hair stylist (43 episodes, 1982-1984)
Charlotte Harvey .... hair stylist (30 episodes, 1980-1981)
Barry Rosenberg .... hair stylist (25 episodes, 1984-1985)
Eddie M. Barron .... hair stylist (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Lynne Brooks .... makeup artist (18 episodes, 1980-1981)
Kim Samson .... hair stylist (14 episodes, 1980-1981)
Terry Smith .... makeup artist (14 episodes, 1980-1981)
Jeffrey Hamilton .... makeup artist (9 episodes, 1989-1993)
Gus Le Pre .... hair stylist (7 episodes, 1988-1989)
Bren Plaistowe .... hair stylist (6 episodes, 1985-1986)
Rita Bellissimo .... hair stylist (5 episodes, 1984)
Lynn F. Reynolds .... makeup artist (5 episodes, 1986-1987)
Gene Bartlett .... makeup artist (4 episodes, 1986-1987)
Josee Nachbaur .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1980)
Gerald Solomon .... hair stylist (3 episodes, 1983)
Tony Lane .... makeup artist (3 episodes, 1985)
Dorothy Andre .... hair stylist (2 episodes, 1979-1988)
Gordon Freed .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1985)
Jeremy Swan .... makeup artist (2 episodes, 1988-1989)

Nina Kent .... makeup artist (unknown episodes)
 
Series Production Management
Edward O. Denault .... executive production supervisor / executive in charge of production (202 episodes, 1979-1987)
Mitch Ackerman .... production supervisor (130 episodes, 1979-1985)
R. Robert Rosenbaum .... executive in charge of production (79 episodes, 1988-1991)
Rowe Wallerstein .... unit production manager (57 episodes, 1985-1993)
Edward E. Vaughan .... unit production manager (47 episodes, 1982-1984)
Phillip M. Goldfarb .... unit production manager (32 episodes, 1984-1985)
Albert J. Salzer .... production manager (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Kim C. Friese .... unit production manager (18 episodes, 1980-1981)
Claude Lawrence Jr. .... unit production manager (12 episodes, 1980)
 
Series Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
David Lawson .... second assistant director (94 episodes, 1980-1984)
Rick Johnson .... second assistant director / first assistant director (51 episodes, 1985-1987)
Bea Ellen Cameron .... second assistant director / first assistant director (39 episodes, 1987-1993)
Robert Becker .... first assistant director (30 episodes, 1981-1983)
Neal Ahern Jr. .... first assistant director (29 episodes, 1985-1991)
Kate Tilley .... first assistant director (24 episodes, 1983-1985)
Richard Denault .... first assistant director / second assistant director (20 episodes, 1980-1993)
Lorraine Senna .... first assistant director (19 episodes, 1980-1982)
Rick Tunell .... first assistant director (19 episodes, 1992-1993)
James Fitzpatrick .... second assistant director (12 episodes, 1980)
Ross Brown .... first assistant director (12 episodes, 1984-1985)
James Nasella .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1980-1989)
Paula Marcus .... first assistant director (11 episodes, 1982-1983)
Fred Miller .... first assistant director (7 episodes, 1980-1989)
Amy D. Rosenbaum .... second assistant director (6 episodes, 1986-1987)
Michele Futrell .... first assistant director (5 episodes, 1980-1981)
Joyce Mayeda-Jones .... second assistant director (5 episodes, 1988)
Ray Marsh .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1980)
Xavier Reyes .... first assistant director (4 episodes, 1984)
Scott Thaler .... second assistant director (2 episodes, 1981)
Charlotte Dreiman .... first assistant director (2 episodes, 1986-1988)
 
Series Art Department
Gary Seybert .... property master (209 episodes, 1983-1993)
Eugene J. Reed .... set dresser (57 episodes, 1981-1983)
Ken Orme .... property master (44 episodes, 1981-1983)
Michael Walsh .... props (22 episodes, 1991-1992)
Bob McLing .... property master (21 episodes, 1979-1981)
Dick Kyker .... property master (12 episodes, 1980)
David Q. Quick .... property master (10 episodes, 1981)
Marc Meisels .... set dresser (8 episodes, 1989)
Margaret Mazzola .... set dressing (5 episodes, 1983-1984)

Kirk S. Heinlen .... assistant property master (unknown episodes)
Richard M. Kristy .... set dresser (unknown episodes)
 
Series Sound Department
James Bailey .... foley artist (276 episodes, 1979-1990)
Bob Sheridan .... production sound mixer (114 episodes, 1980-1985)
Louis C. Williman .... production sound mixer (114 episodes, 1985-1993)
Doug Grindstaff .... supervising sound editor / sound effects supervisor / ... (109 episodes, 1984-1989)
Victor Guarnier .... sound effects supervisor (100 episodes, 1979-1984)
Vanessa Theme Ament .... foley artist (68 episodes, 1981-1984)
Alfred T. Ferrante .... sound recordist (57 episodes, 1981-1992)
Joseph G. Sorokin .... sound effects editor / supervising sound editor / ... (56 episodes, 1981-1989)
Duncan McEwan .... sound recordist (53 episodes, 1979-1982)
Bill Rojas .... sound facility supervisor (32 episodes, 1989)
John Sheridan .... sound utility (25 episodes, 1983-1984)
Burton Weinstein .... sound effects editor / sound editor (19 episodes, 1980-1985)
Frank White .... sound effects editor / sound editor (19 episodes, 1982-1984)
Karen Spangenberg .... post-production sound (13 episodes, 1990)
Richard Corwin .... sound effects editor (12 episodes, 1983-1985)
Tom Carlin .... post-production sound (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Howard London .... prelay sound / prelay operator / ... (12 episodes, 1989-1990)
Robb Navrides .... adr editor (12 episodes, 1991-1992)
Galen Handy .... production sound mixer (11 episodes, 1980)
Avram D. Gold .... sound effects editor / sound editor (8 episodes, 1980-1981)
Elen Orson .... prelay sound (8 episodes, 1990)
Barbara Kaplan .... sound effects editor (6 episodes, 1980)
Larry Pitman .... prelay operator / post-production sound / ... (6 episodes, 1989-1990)
Michael O'Corrigan .... sound effects editor / sound editor (5 episodes, 1981-1982)
Charles McCann .... sound editor / sound effects editor (4 episodes, 1980-1981)
Terry Burns .... production sound mixer (3 episodes, 1980)
Arthur H. Pullen .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1981)
Thomas Burke .... sound effects editor (3 episodes, 1983-1984)
Donald W. Ernst .... sound effects editor (2 episodes, 1980)
Andrew Patterson .... sound editor (2 episodes, 1980)

John Asman .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Alfred J. Carranza .... assistant sound editor (unknown episodes)
Derek Casari .... dubbing engineer (unknown episodes)
Marty Church .... sound re-recording mixer (unknown episodes)
Albert Ibbotson .... sound effects editor (unknown episodes)
Nicholas James .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Catt LeBaigue .... sound editor (unknown episodes)
Mark L. Mangino .... dialogue editor (unknown episodes)
George Nemzer .... supervising sound editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Stunts
Jeffrey McDancer .... stunts (4 episodes, 1989-1992)
George B. Colucci Jr. .... stunts (2 episodes, 1991)

Rick Avery .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Tom Elliott .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Andy Gill .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Larry Holt .... stunt coordinator (unknown episodes)
Ray Lykins .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Randy Peters .... stunts (unknown episodes)
Pat Romano .... stunts (unknown episodes)
 
Series Camera and Electrical Department
Robert Gagnier .... first assistant camera (201 episodes, 1984-1991)
Earl C. Williman .... gaffer (47 episodes, 1982-1984)
Jim McConocha .... electrician (32 episodes, 1985-1988)
Walt Andrus .... camera operator: a (19 episodes, 1992-1993)
Stuart Abramson .... key grip (11 episodes, 1980-1993)
Peter McEvoy .... second assistant camera (8 episodes, 1985)
David Roth .... second assistant camera (2 episodes, 1984)

Ben Beaird .... key grip (unknown episodes)
John Bonfield .... electrician (unknown episodes)
Ken Sax .... still photographer (unknown episodes)
Robert Schoenhut .... camera operator (unknown episodes)
Scott C. Williman .... electrician (unknown episodes)
 
Series Casting Department
Barbara Miller .... executive in charge of casting / in charge of casting (284 episodes, 1979-1993)
Camille H. Patton .... casting (106 episodes, 1984-1988)
Elizabeth Larroquette .... casting (70 episodes, 1981-1984)
Shawn Linahan .... casting / casting assistant (57 episodes, 1988-1990)
Eileen Mack Knight .... casting (30 episodes, 1980-1981)
Melinda Gartzman .... casting (12 episodes, 1987)

Audrey Stanzler .... assistant casting coordinator (unknown episodes)
 
Series Costume and Wardrobe Department
Frank Callender .... costumer (222 episodes, 1980-1989)
Agnes G. Henry .... costumer (120 episodes, 1984-1990)
Darleen Engle .... costumer (56 episodes, 1982-1984)
Dorothy H. Rodgers .... costumer (43 episodes, 1980-1982)
Anna Schaeffer .... costumer (43 episodes, 1988-1991)
Annalisa Strickland .... set costumer (29 episodes, 1987-1988)
Henri Sigler .... costumer (16 episodes, 1990-1991)
Thomas Baxter .... costume supervisor (3 episodes, 1993)
Mitchell Ray Kenney .... costumer (2 episodes, 1985)
 
Series Editorial Department
Josef d'Bache-Kane .... telecine transfers (35 episodes, 1982-1984)
Jim Post .... assistant editor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)

Scott Klein .... master colorist (unknown episodes)
John W. Stuart .... assistant editor (unknown episodes)
 
Series Music Department
Bettie Biery .... music editor (87 episodes, 1980-1985)
Diane Griffen .... music editor (61 episodes, 1985-1993)
David Franco .... music supervisor (58 episodes, 1983-1985)
Richard Berres .... music supervisor (36 episodes, 1986-1990)
Michael Stone .... music mixer (26 episodes, 1991)
Ken Runyon .... music editor (24 episodes, 1980-1982)
Greg Sill .... music supervisor (20 episodes, 1990-1993)
Jerrold Immel .... composer: theme music (15 episodes, 1987-1993)
Robert Mayer .... music editor (4 episodes, 1984)
John Elizalde .... music editor (4 episodes, 1985)

Bruce Miller .... conductor / music arranger (unknown episodes)
 
Series Transportation Department
Michael Avallon .... driver (unknown episodes)
 
Series Other crew
Geoffrey R. Smith .... location manager (253 episodes, 1981-1993)
Gene Kraft .... title designer (159 episodes, 1981-1987)
Bruce Bryant .... title designer / main title design (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
James Castle .... title designer / main title design (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
Carol Johnsen .... title designer / main title design (97 episodes, 1989-1993)
Lynn Marie Latham .... executive story editor / story editor / ... (89 episodes, 1985-1988)
Bernard Lechowick .... executive story editor / story editor / ... (89 episodes, 1985-1988)
Diana Gould .... executive story consultant (87 episodes, 1980-1984)
Melissa J.L. Smith .... director of operations (86 episodes, 1988-1991)
James Stanley .... story editor / executive script consultant (69 episodes, 1988-1991)
Geoffrey Ryan .... location manager (60 episodes, 1985-1987)
Richard Gollance .... story editor / executive script consultant / ... (59 episodes, 1982-1985)
Sandy Dvore .... title designer (57 episodes, 1987-1989)
Diane Messina Stanley .... story editor / executive story editor (49 episodes, 1986-1991)
Joel J. Feigenbaum .... story editor / executive story editor (47 episodes, 1983-1985)
Chuck Bulot .... story editor (47 episodes, 1988-1990)
M.J. Cody .... story editor (47 episodes, 1988-1990)
Joyce Keener .... story editor (36 episodes, 1984-1985)
Audrey Stanzler .... assistant talent coordinator (35 episodes, 1984-1985)
Wayne Fitzgerald .... title designer (31 episodes, 1979-1981)
Parke Perine .... executive script consultant (29 episodes, 1985-1986)
Lou Messina .... story editor (29 episodes, 1986-1988)
Mimi Kennedy .... story editor (24 episodes, 1989-1991)
Rob Gilmer .... story editor / staff writer (22 episodes, 1980-1981)
Ann Marcus .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Ellis Marcus .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1981-1982)
Mann Rubin .... executive story editor (22 episodes, 1982-1983)
David Jacobs .... executive story consultant (12 episodes, 1980)
Diana Kopald Marcus .... story editor (9 episodes, 1986)
Mary Catherine Harold .... assistant to producer (8 episodes, 1980)
Michael Petryni .... story editor (8 episodes, 1983)
Scott Hamner .... story editor (8 episodes, 1991)
Doran William Cannon .... story editor (6 episodes, 1982)
Curtis Sanders .... story editor (4 episodes, 1980)
Walter D. Dishell .... medical advisor (4 episodes, 1981-1982)
Donald Marcus .... executive story consultant / story editor (4 episodes, 1991-1993)
Greg Richards .... production assistant (4 episodes, 1991)
Bob Talmage .... choreographer (3 episodes, 1980-1981)
Lisa Seidman .... executive story consultant (3 episodes, 1993)
Daniel Veluzat .... location liaison (2 episodes, 1991)

Jon Bell .... production assistant (unknown episodes, 1990-1991)
Lisa Hackett .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Irene Oncley .... production coordinator (unknown episodes)
Bill Sheehan .... first aid nurse (unknown episodes)
Jeffrey T. Spellman .... location manager (unknown episodes)
Sharon Thurgood .... studio teacher (unknown episodes)
 
Series Thanks
Lawrence Kasha .... this season is dedicated to the memory of (1 episode, 1991)
Steve Shaw .... in memory of (1 episode, 1991)
Larry Riley .... in memory of (1 episode, 1992)
Rowe Wallerstein .... in memory of (1 episode, 1993)
 

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60 min (344 episodes)
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Certification:
Australia:PG | Australia:M (some episodes) | Iceland:L (some epiosodes) | Iceland:12 (some episodes) | USA:TV-14

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Trivia:
During the first few seasons, there was a certain amount of interplay between this show and "Dallas" (1978), from which it was a spin off. Gary and Val also both appeared in the final episode of "Dallas" in 1991 when an angel showed J.R. how different their lives would have been had J.R. never been born.See more »
Quotes:
Garrison Arthur 'Gary' Ewing:[handing Abby a copy of what he'll settle for in their divorce settlement] Here, this should be to your liking.
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner:It's nice, but it's not enough.
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Referenced in Night of 100 Stars II (1985) (TV)See more »

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24 out of 25 people found the following review useful.
Excellent Show, 28 September 2004
Author: vs661966 from Scranton, PA

Knots Landing was an excellent drama. I watched all 14 seasons of this series. I especially liked the first few seasons when the show focused on the families in the cul-de-sac, but after the fifth season the show's story lines became similar to other prime time soap opera fare with more of a focus on greed and the desire for wealth and power. Although the show changed direction, the writing, directing and especially the acting remained top-notch and were always superior to the other shows.

Knots Landing premiered on CBS in December 1979. It followed the lives and relationships of Gary & Valene Ewing (Ted Shackelford & Joan Van Ark), recently remarried and new to town; Sid & Karen Fairgate (Don Murray & Michele Lee), the strong married couple with three children; Richard & Laura Avery (John Pleshette & Constance McCashin), the couple with marital problems; and Kenny & Ginger Ward (James Houghton & Kim Lankford), the young newlyweds.

Abby Cunningham (Donna Mills), Sid's younger divorced sister in the "bitch" role, came to town with her two children at the beginning of the second season; she was added to stir up the pot, so to speak, and began trying to seduce everyone's husband; she eventually set her sights on Gary and married him after ruining his marriage to Val. Donna Mills, who had for years played weak female and "victim" roles in various TV shows and movies, was thrilled to play a strong, powerful female lead. In fact, the show had many strong female characters.

In the beginning, these characters were a lot like people that lived down the street. They wore jeans and did the dishes... something you would never see on "Dynasty" or "Dallas"! Also, the early episodes (first 2 seasons) were self-contained and did not have the serialized format that was standard for most of the other nighttime soaps.

Early in the third season, Sid Fairgate died during emergency surgery after a car crash because Don Murray wanted to leave the show. By the end of the fourth season, original characters Richard Avery, Kenny Ward and Ginger Ward were all written off the show. The new characters of Mack MacKenzie and Gregory Sumner became more prominent.

The biggest mistake was when the powers that be fired actress Constance McCashin during the 1987-1988 season due to her real-life pregnancy. They had written her two previous pregnancies into the story, but they did not plan to do so this time. Granted, the storyline involving Laura's brain cancer and subsequent death was very well written and poignant, and superbly acted by Constance McCashin and William Devane as her husband Greg Sumner; however, they could have just had Laura leave town or written the character out of a few episodes to accommodate the actress' pregnancy since Laura was not very heavily involved in a big story at that time. Apparently, many other reviewers liked this character and felt that letting this actress go was a mistake.

There were many great actors on this show, but special mention must go to Julie Harris as Lilimae Clements, Valene's mother, and Michelle Phillips as Anne Matheson, Paige's shallow, self-absorbed mother and Mack's ex-girlfriend. They both brought lighter comedic moments to the show with their roles.

The fact that the show lasted 14 seasons demonstrates that it was far better than the other prime time soaps. The show managed to stay true to form for the most part throughout the entire series run by focusing on the characters and their motivations and not on overly outlandish plots.

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