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Knots Landing 

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:
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
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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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English

Release Date:

27 December 1979 (USA) See more »

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Runtime:

(344 episodes)

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Mono

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Color

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4:3
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As ratings started to fall but costs were still escalating for all the US primetime soaps in the late 80s, Lorimar-Telepictures Productions were forced to reduce the budgets of each of their hit shows; Dallas (1978), Knots Landing and Falcon Crest (1981). Also, at the beginning of the ninth season, David Jacobs and Michael Filerman had decided to go into a different direction of this show. Consequently, Julie Harris (Lilimae Clements) and Constance McCashin (Laura Avery) were let go due to budget cuts. See more »

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Laura Avery Sumner: You are such a slut!
Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner: Well, it takes one to know one, doesn't it, dear?
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Excellent Show
28 September 2004 | by vs661966See all my reviews

Knots Landing was an excellent drama. I watched all 14 seasons of this series. I especially liked the first few seasons when the show focused on the families in the cul-de-sac, but after the fifth season the show's story lines became similar to other prime time soap opera fare with more of a focus on greed and the desire for wealth and power. Although the show changed direction, the writing, directing and especially the acting remained top-notch and were always superior to the other shows.

Knots Landing premiered on CBS in December 1979. It followed the lives and relationships of Gary & Valene Ewing (Ted Shackelford & Joan Van Ark), recently remarried and new to town; Sid & Karen Fairgate (Don Murray & Michele Lee), the strong married couple with three children; Richard & Laura Avery (John Pleshette & Constance McCashin), the couple with marital problems; and Kenny & Ginger Ward (James Houghton & Kim Lankford), the young newlyweds.

Abby Cunningham (Donna Mills), Sid's younger divorced sister in the "bitch" role, came to town with her two children at the beginning of the second season; she was added to stir up the pot, so to speak, and began trying to seduce everyone's husband; she eventually set her sights on Gary and married him after ruining his marriage to Val. Donna Mills, who had for years played weak female and "victim" roles in various TV shows and movies, was thrilled to play a strong, powerful female lead. In fact, the show had many strong female characters.

In the beginning, these characters were a lot like people that lived down the street. They wore jeans and did the dishes... something you would never see on "Dynasty" or "Dallas"! Also, the early episodes (first 2 seasons) were self-contained and did not have the serialized format that was standard for most of the other nighttime soaps.

Early in the third season, Sid Fairgate died during emergency surgery after a car crash because Don Murray wanted to leave the show. By the end of the fourth season, original characters Richard Avery, Kenny Ward and Ginger Ward were all written off the show. The new characters of Mack MacKenzie and Gregory Sumner became more prominent.

The biggest mistake was when the powers that be fired actress Constance McCashin during the 1987-1988 season due to her real-life pregnancy. They had written her two previous pregnancies into the story, but they did not plan to do so this time. Granted, the storyline involving Laura's brain cancer and subsequent death was very well written and poignant, and superbly acted by Constance McCashin and William Devane as her husband Greg Sumner; however, they could have just had Laura leave town or written the character out of a few episodes to accommodate the actress' pregnancy since Laura was not very heavily involved in a big story at that time. Apparently, many other reviewers liked this character and felt that letting this actress go was a mistake.

There were many great actors on this show, but special mention must go to Julie Harris as Lilimae Clements, Valene's mother, and Michelle Phillips as Anne Matheson, Paige's shallow, self-absorbed mother and Mack's ex-girlfriend. They both brought lighter comedic moments to the show with their roles.

The fact that the show lasted 14 seasons demonstrates that it was far better than the other prime time soaps. The show managed to stay true to form for the most part throughout the entire series run by focusing on the characters and their motivations and not on overly outlandish plots.


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