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.
J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.
Five years after J.R. Ewing lost Ewing Oil and apparently committed suicide, he turns up alive and well. He returns to Dallas and plots to bring his family back together, and regain control of Ewing Oil from his archenemy Cliff Barnes.
Set in Riverside on the upper West Side of Manhattan, Ryan's Hope centered mostly on the working class Ryans, an Irish-American family headed by Maeve and Johnny Ryan. They owned Ryan's Bar... See full summary »
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
Michelle Phillips first joined the series as scheming Anne Matheson in 1987, for a fixed number of episodes, but she was asked to reprise her role in 1989 after the departure of Donna Mills (Abby Ewing), the show's main villainess. When audiences felt that the character had become too sympathetic, the writers created Claudia Whitaker (Kathleen Noone), who was seen as a more devious Abby-like character, with whom Anne often battled. See more »
I have to admit that I didn't watch Knots Landing when it was coming on CBS. When it first started I hadn't been born and when I was old enough to watch it I just didn't care to. But, when I caught it one summer morning on TNT, I just couldn't stop watching it. When I went back to school I started taping the episodes. I loved Karen, Val, Laura, and even Abby. I was surprised when they added a black family to the show. That was special, because Knots Landing didn't use them for window dressing diversity like most TV shows do. They gave them interesting story lines, just like the other families on the show. Perhaps my favorite thing about Knots Landing is that the families were middle class and not rich. The families on Knots Landing had problems that the average person could relate to. I doubt there will ever be another night soap that will be as good as Knots Landing.
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