The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington (John Forsythe), the patriarch; Krystle (Linda Evans), his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam (Gordon Thomson), lost in childhood after a kidnapping; Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin and Emma Samms), pampered and spoiled; Steven (Jack Coleman), openly gay; and Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg), hidden from him by his ex-wife, the conniving Alexis (Dame Joan Collins). Most of the show features the conflict between two large corporations, Blake's Denver Carrington and Alexis' ColbyCo.Written by
Despite popular belief that Alexis Carrington was designed as a rip-off of J.R. Ewing of Dallas (1978), the character was originally conceived as being a low key passive-aggressive villainess. Joan Collins, who was a fan of Dallas (1978) and the J.R. Ewing character, suggested that the writers portray Alexis as an all-out female version of J.R. Ewing. Collins' suggestion was backed by ABC executives, who felt that this show needed a J.R.-type character to go head-to-head with Dallas (1978). See more »
I've come to make peace, Blake.
Oh, really? Did you check your hatchet with my secretary outside?
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A show that made its own mark in television history
Although ABC's "Dynasty" really began as a response to the wildly popular "Dallas" on CBS, the show became so much more over its original U.S. run, from 1981 to 1989.
While "Dallas" had a bit of the earthy element of the ranch and the land and their value (think Miss Ellie) mixed in with the big-bucks oil industry, "Dynasty" was all glitz, all the time. After the show found its way during the first season, and Alexis arrived for the second, the characters went great guns in their portrayal of '80s capitalism and high living. We all wanted to watch. Maybe, in a way, we all wanted to live those lives. But would we, really? Hmmm ...
Being a chick, I enjoyed the **fashions** and the intrigue as I watched the show originally in the 1980s. I was a teen who hadn't yet experienced the big world out there yet, and I think the show appealed to a lot of people my age for that same reason. I'm thankful that the show has been released on DVD now, because I talked to so many fans over the years who desperately longed for the videos (back before DVD)!
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