The trials and tribulations of two feuding families, the Carringtons and the Colbys, both oil rich families in Denver, Colorado.
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Series cast summary:
...  Blake Carrington 217 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Krystle Carrington / ... 209 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Alexis Carrington Colby / ... 204 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Adam Carrington 182 episodes, 1982-1989
...  Jeff Colby 168 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Dex Dexter 151 episodes, 1983-1989
...  Steven Carrington 149 episodes, 1982-1988
...  Sammy Jo Dean Carrington / ... 127 episodes, 1981-1989
...  Claudia Blaisdel / ... 119 episodes, 1981-1986
...  Fallon Carrington Colby / ... 88 episodes, 1981-1985
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The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, lost in childhood after a kidnapping; Fallon, pampered and spoiled; Steven, openly gay; and Amanda, hidden from him by his ex-wife, the conniving Alexis. Most of the show features the conflict between 2 large corporations, Blake's Denver Carrington and Alexis' ColbyCo. Written by Phil Fernando

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Synopsis Greed. Seduction. Betrayal. Revenge. Dynasty has it all and more!

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12 January 1981 (USA)  »

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Kirby's middle name is Alicia, Adam's middle name is Alexander, and Cecil's middle name is Baldwin. See more »

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Sable Colby: Don't flatter yourself. You never had a relationship with Jason.
Alexis: Actually, you're right. That's true. It was more like... a fling. But it was terribly romantic. He was mad about me. Remember?
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Referenced in Girls on Top: Cancel Toast (1985) See more »

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Composed by Bill Conti
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happy memories of the '80s
23 November 2005 | by See all my reviews

Dynasty was a huge favorite of myself and my friends, and I have many memories of discussing the show with them either over the phone as it was happening or the next day. The Carringtons were created to compete with the highly successful Dallas and Ewings of South Fork, but Dynasty was never a copycat show. While Dallas certainly focused on the soap opera elements common to all these programs, J.R.'s sliminess in business was a focal point. Dynasty was about obvious, over the top luxury and family with some camp elements included that made it special. What I loved about Dynasty was that, at least in the beginning, it was never camp for camp's sake - the camp was part of the show. For instance, when the casting of Fallon changed, the portrait of the old Fallon that hung over the fireplace was quietly replaced with a painting of the new one, Emma Samms, that looked like a paint by the numbers from Woolworth's. And of course, Joan Collins' Alexis had camp built right into the character. And there was Steven's plastic surgery...so many happy moments.

And no other show could boast the wardrobe of Dynasty, or the beauty of Linda Evans. I can still see her, bedecked in diamonds, walking toward Blake in a blue gown slit all the way up her thigh.

For me, once they had Alexis disguised as a nun and the whole Moldavian thing started, the show became self-conscious camp, as these shows often do, and I lost interest. But certainly Dynasty was a bright spot in the '80s and for a time, you couldn't beat it.


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