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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Complete series cast summary:
...  Karen MacKenzie / ... 344 episodes, 1979-1993
...  Gary Ewing 344 episodes, 1979-1993
...  Valene Ewing / ... 327 episodes, 1979-1993
...  M. 'Mack' Patrick MacKenzie / ... 291 episodes, 1982-1993
...  Gregory Sumner / ... 269 episodes, 1983-1993
...  Abby Ewing / ... 236 episodes, 1980-1993
Pat Petersen ...  Michael Fairgate 209 episodes, 1979-1991
Constance McCashin ...  Laura Avery / ... 201 episodes, 1979-1992
...  Paige Matheson / ... 183 episodes, 1986-1993
...  Lilimae Clements 165 episodes, 1980-1987
...  Olivia Cunningham / ... 152 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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Donna Mills once claimed that she did all her own make-up for her character Abby Ewing. See more »

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Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: [talking about Val's attempted suicide] Olivia, something terrible has happened.
Olivia Cunningham Dyer: What? Did you run out of eye make-up?
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Even Better Than the Show That Spawned It
14 October 2003 | by See all my reviews

When this show first premiered, many didn't give it a chance due to the fact that it was a spin off from the hugely popular Dallas. A lot of people didn't think that a show featuring the least known of the Ewing brothers, Gary, and his wife Val would last. However, it did last and boy did it ever. For fourteen years we saw the saga of the cul de sac and their various residents and the main reason that this show became great is the fact their was such great chemistry among the leads and that led to some great performances, especially from the woman who eventually became the lead, Michele Lee. Also, many of the stories, unlike most nighttime soaps, were based in reality. Subjects such as drug and alcohol addiction, colon cancer and rape were all covered in this show. But, perhaps the most dramatic change occurred several seasons after the show debuted when the Williamses, an African-American couple and their daughter, were introduced in 1987. This was at a time when many blacks were becoming upwardly mobile and this was just a reflection of that trend. This show definitely will always be fondly remembered by everyone.


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