The residents of Knots Landing, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles, deal with various issues such as infidelity, health scares, rape, murder, kidnapping, assassinations, drug smuggling, corporate intrigue and criminal investigations.

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Michele Lee ...  Karen MacKenzie / ... 344 episodes, 1979-1993
Ted Shackelford ...  Gary Ewing 344 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 / ... 266 episodes, 1983-1993
Donna Mills ...  Abby Ewing / ... 236 episodes, 1980-1993
Pat Petersen Pat Petersen ...  Michael Fairgate 210 episodes, 1979-1991
Constance McCashin Constance McCashin ...  Laura Avery / ... 201 episodes, 1979-1992
Nicollette Sheridan ...  Paige Matheson / ... 182 episodes, 1986-1993
Julie Harris ...  Lilimae Clements 165 episodes, 1980-1987
Tonya Crowe ...  Olivia Cunningham / ... 153 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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Language:

English

Release Date:

27 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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(344 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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Producers originally had Sid Fairgate survive the car crash. Don Murray asked to be released from his contract, so they had Sid die. Murray later regretted his decision to leave. See more »

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Laura Avery Sumner: Look, I'm just going away for treatment, that's all.
Gregory Sumner: You're going away to die.
Laura Avery Sumner: It's a very good clinic.
Gregory Sumner: It must be a hell of a place if people go there to die. I want to be there.
Laura Avery Sumner: I wanna be alone. It's my choice.
Gregory Sumner: It's not just your choice.
Laura Avery Sumner: It is my choice.
Gregory Sumner: Will you quit saying that! Your choice, your choice! What the hell am I? Nothing? A zero? I have a choice to you know and I choose to be there. You want me to imagine how you feel? Well, try to imagine how I feel saying when you say that I ...
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The longest running prime time soap ever
17 November 2004 | by k_dizzle_scarface_nizzleSee all my reviews

This spin off of CBS' DALLAS premiered midway through the 1979-80 season. KNOTS follows the lives of five families residing on an oceanside cul-de-sac in the town of Knots Landing, California. They are: Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark), a young remarried couple who move to the cul-de-sac to escape the pressures of living in Dallas (namely JR and the Ewing family), Sid (Don Murray) and Karen Fairgate (Michele Lee), the friendly neighbors whose marriage is on solid ground, Richard (John Pleshette) and Laura Avery (Constance McCashin), whose marriage is in dire straits even with a young son, and Kenny (James Houghton) and Ginger Ward (Kim Lankford), the newlyweds who have bought their first home in the cul-de-sac. The show crossed over with DALLAS in its' early years when JR and Bobby made occasional visits. Things were spiced up when Abby Cunningham (Donna Mills), Sid's younger sister moved in and managed to break up Gary and Val. Other characters included the smarmy politician-turned-businessman Greg Sumner (William Devane), who tangled with Abby and married Laura when Richard took off after being accused of murder. There was also Mack Mackenzie (Kevin Dobson), who would marry Karen when Sid was killed in an auto accident. Paige Matheson (Nicollette Sheridan), Mack's daughter, who tangled with Sumner, was a major character. One of the show's story lines included the birth of Gary and Val's twins that were stolen from her at birth. When Bobby Ewing died on DALLAS and Pam Ewing dreamt the whole season, KNOTS suspended its' crossover plots with the parent series, for fear that KNOTS viewers would think that the present season was all a dream as well. So while Bobby was alive on DALLAS, he remained dead on KNOTS.


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