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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Nominated for 1 Golden Globe. Another 41 wins & 44 nominations. See more awards »





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 ...  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


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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Drama | Romance


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On one episode Knots Landing: Fair Warning (1992), when Gary & Val moved back to the cul-de-sac, the writers wanted to include flashbacks like Richard Avery welcoming The Ewings's 1st night there at their new home, followed by Lilimae singing: "Shady Grove," also wishing their twin children: Betsy & Bobby "A Happy Birthday", probably because them moving back into the house on the cul-de-sac reminded Val of their first night, at the house, and all the memories the house held over the years. See more »


Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: Oh, by the way, Paige, are you still sleeping with Greg?
Paige Matheson: Morning, noon and night. He just keeps getting better and better.
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: I didn't think so. Well, have a nice day.
[Abby leaves]
Paige Matheson: Bitch.
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The Best Programme In The History Of Television!!!
8 March 2002 | by bob639See all my reviews

This was undoubtedly the best TV series EVER!!! Great characters, great stories, witty scripts, fantastic acting, fantastic theme tune, the list is endless.

I watched all 344 episodes throughout the show's 14 year run (15 if you lived in the UK). I watched it grow from an average suburban series set in a Californian cul-de-sac to an international phenomenon that perhaps didn't reach the same heights as 'Dallas' or 'Dynasty', but make no mistake, this series had a devoted following all across the world - such was it's enduring appeal.

Who could forget the night Sid was driven off a cliff? Talk about a Cliffhanger!!! Who could not feel sorry for "Poor Val" when her babies were kidnapped at birth or when the evil Jill Bennett (played convincingly by Teri Austin) attempted to kill her by forcing pills down her throat? Add to that those heartbreaking scenes when Laura (played by the wonderful Constance McCashin) died of a brain tumour and 'Greggy' was left all alone to raise their child.

Then there were all those wonderfully complex stories involving all the cul-de-sac's residents united to fight against a common enemy. Wolfbridge? Treadwell? The list is endless. Knots had that unique ability to tell a good tale. It carried on telling such 'good tales' for 14 amazing years - never once really dipping in quality.

In the finale, Kevin Dobson told how it was a quality series - the type of quality that television needs. How right he was! Television didn't see such quality prior to the series' launch in 1979, and sadly it hasn't seen it since.

A fantastic production in a bygone era. The likes of which we will never see again...

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