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Dynasty (1981–1989)

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The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; ... See full summary »

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This movie picks up where the series ended; well not exactly where it ended. Instead of continuing where we were when the series ended, we are now two years later. Blake Carrington has just... See full summary »

Director: Irving J. Moore
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Series cast summary:
 Blake Carrington (217 episodes, 1981-1989)
 Krystle Carrington / ... (209 episodes, 1981-1989)
 Alexis Carrington Colby / ... (204 episodes, 1981-1989)
 Adam Carrington (182 episodes, 1982-1989)
 Jeff Colby (168 episodes, 1981-1989)
 Dex Dexter (151 episodes, 1983-1989)
 Steven Carrington (149 episodes, 1982-1988)
 Sammy Jo Dean Carrington / ... (127 episodes, 1981-1989)
 Claudia Blaisdel / ... (119 episodes, 1981-1986)
 Fallon Carrington Colby / ... (88 episodes, 1981-1985)


The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; Fallon, pampered and spoiled; Steven, openly gay; and Amanda, hidden from him by his ex-wife, the conniving Alexis. Most of the show features the conflict between 2 large corporations, Blake's Denver Carrington and Alexis' ColbyCo. Written by Phil Fernando

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Synopsis Greed. Seduction. Betrayal. Revenge. Dynasty has it all and more!




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Release Date:

12 January 1981 (USA)  »

Also Known As:

Dinastía  »

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Shay Duffin was the original actor chosen for playing Joseph. He even shot the first pilot along with George Peppard in April 1980. When the pilot was re-shot in October 1980, Duffin was replaced by Lee Bergere. See more »


Sammy Jo Dean Carrington: In case you've forgotten Danny is my son.
Alexis: Yes, I know. Poor little thing. That's a cross he'll just have to bear. Excuse me.
Sammy Jo Dean Carrington: I can't really blame Steven for moving out on you and taking Danny. At least I know you won't be able to contaminate my child with your conniving and your lying and your dirty ways.
Alexis: [laughs] Dirt seems to be the big word in your vocabulary, Sammy Jo. You grew up on the road with racing cars and dirt. You modeled through all those dirty magazines. You're covered in it.
Sammy Jo Dean Carrington: If ...
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Referenced in Charles in Charge: Dating (1987) See more »


Dynasty Opening Theme
Composed by Bill Conti
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Dynasty: Crazy, Campy and Way Over-the-Top!!!
24 April 2005 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

I watched Dynasty from episode one and very rarely ever missed the Wednesday night saga of the Carringtons. Having recently purchased the DVD set of the first season, I've been giving the show a lot of thought... Like many other TV shows both past and present, Dynasty started without a clear focus and eventually matured into something unique and far removed from what the producers originally intended. The show had two distinct eras: pre-Alexis and post-Alexis. No, Joan Collins didn't make or break Dynasty, but she gave it a heck of a fun "flavor." At its inception, Dynasty was a serious, almost somber account of the lives of the super rich Carringtons of Denver, CO. There was patriarch Blake, confused son Steven, spoiled brat Fallon, and Blake's new and very overwhelmed wife, Krystle. Having now watched a little of that first season, I find myself eagerly waiting for Alexis to turn the family on its collective ear! Dynasty's ultimate strength, and also its downfall, was in its becoming campy and larger than life. While some of us may expect the super-wealthy to act crazy, Dynasty added plot lines and characters that were the traditional soap-opera themes magnified with a huge budget, and beautiful people... illicit affairs, long-lost children, traumatic pregnancies, murders, trials, etc... There were frequent mis-steps (the Moldavian Prince, Michael, comes to mind as well as the entire 'The Colbys' series) and there were truly fun characters like Alexis and son Adam whom we loved to hate. But to me, the bottom line will always be that Dynasty was campy and much larger-than-life. It was a lot of fun those eight years, always wondering what would happen next...

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