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Dynasty

Dynasty title card.
Genre Soap opera
Created by Richard & Esther Shapiro
Starring John Forsythe
Linda Evans
Joan Collins
Pamela Bellwood
Pamela Sue Martin
John James
Al Corley
Gordon Thomson
Jack Coleman
Heather Locklear
Diahann Carroll
Michael Nader
Catherine Oxenberg
Emma Samms
Karen Cellini
Theme music composer Bill Conti
Country of origin United States
No. of seasons 9
No. of episodes 220[1] (List of episodes)
Production
Executive
producer(s)
Aaron Spelling
Douglas S. Cramer
Richard & Esther Shapiro
Running time 46 Minutes
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run January 12, 1981May 11, 1989
External links
IMDb profile
TV.com summary

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Contents

Beginnings

Created by Richard and Esther Shapiro, the working title for Dynasty was Oil, and the starring role originally went to George Peppard (later of The A-Team). In early drafts of the pilot script the two main families featured in the series, the Carrington and Colby families, were written as Parkhurst and Corby respectively. Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ... Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ... George Peppard, Jr. ... For the United States Army military unit, see The A-Team (military). ...


Peppard, who had difficulties dealing with the somewhat unsympathetic role of Blake,[2] was replaced with John Forsythe (who voiced Charles Townsend in another Aaron Spelling production, Charlie's Angels). In the final production drafts the names Parkhurst and Corby were changed to Carrington and Colby, and their rivalry was written to emulate the Montagues and Capulets of Romeo and Juliet, that is, crossed in love and war. Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ... John Forsythe (born January 29, 1918 in Penns Grove, New Jersey), is an American stage, television and character actor who starred in three television series that spanned three decades such as single playboy father Bentley Gregg in the 1950s sitcom, Bachelor Father (1957 – 1962), as the unseen millionaire Charles Townsend... This article is about the television series. ... The name Montague can refer to: as a surname Andrew Jackson Montague Bruce Montague Charles Edward Montague Ed Montague (baseball player) Ed Montague (umpire), son of the baseball player Edwin Montague John Montague, a 20th century Irish poet and writer Lee Montague Magnificent Montague, DJ Richard Montague, American philosopher, cf. ... The seal of the House of Capulet The Capulets were a fictional Ghibelline family of Verona at mortal feud with the fictional family, the Montagues in William Shakespeares play Romeo and Juliet. ... For other uses, see Romeo and Juliet (disambiguation). ...


The first season, filmed in 1980, was delayed by animosity between the networks and the partnership of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists, which caused a strike. Many new shows were delayed for months, and Dynasty did not see the light of day on ABC until the first weeks of 1981. The Screen Actors Guild (SAG) is an American labor union representing over 120,000 film and television principal performers and background performers worldwide. ... The American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) is a performers union that represents a wide variety of talent, including actors in radio and television, as well as radio and television announcers and newspersons, singers and recording artists (both royalty artists and background singers), promo and voice-over announcers...


Plot

The Carringtons

As the series opened, tycoon Blake Carrington was about to marry Krystle Jennings, a younger woman whom he met when she took a job as a secretary at his company, the monolithic Denver-Carrington. Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ... Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ...


Krystle was young, beautiful and vulnerable. She found a hostile reception in the Carrington household — the staff patronised her, Blake's daughter Fallon resented her, and her husband was too preoccupied with his work. Krystle's only ally in the Carrington house was her stepson, the sexually ambivalent Steven. The young adults of the Carrington dynasty had their own problems. Steven was uneasy about fitting into the mold cast for him as Blake's successor and was constantly in conflict with his father, who refused to accept his son's homosexuality. The decadent, ruthless Fallon was Blake's natural heir but unable to enter the Denver-Carrington boardroom because she was a woman; she channelled her energies into toying with various male suitors, such as the Carrington chauffeur Michael Culhane, and being unfaithful to her husband Jeff Colby, whom she had only married as part of a business deal with Jeff's uncle Cecil. Emma Samms as Fallon Carrington Colby Fallon Carrington Colby is a fictional character on the American TV series Dynasty, and its spin-off The Colbys. ... Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ... Homosexuality refers to sexual interaction and / or romantic attraction between individuals of the same sex. ... There are several minor but significant characters featured in the ABC television series Dynasty. ... Jeffrey Broderick Colby is a fictional character on the American TV series Dynasty, and its spin-off The Colbys. ... There are several minor but significant characters featured in the ABC television series Dynasty. ...


The first season also heavily featured Matthew Blaisdel, Krystle's first love, who worked for Blake Carrington as a geologist and was unhappily married to the emotionally fragile Claudia, who had recently spent time in a psychiatric hospital. There are several minor but significant characters featured in the ABC television series Dynasty. ... Bellwood as Claudia, from The Triple-Cross (1986) Claudia Blaisdel Carrington is a fictional character on the American TV series Dynasty. ...


Alexis

Buzz and ratings began to rise in Season Two when Joan Collins joined the cast
Buzz and ratings began to rise in Season Two when Joan Collins joined the cast

In the first episode of the second season, titled "Enter Alexis," the mysterious surprise witness from the previous season's finale removed her sunglasses to reveal British actress Joan Collins as a new arrival to the series. Collins' Alexis Carrington blazed a trail across the show and its storylines; the additions of Collins and the "formidable writing team" of Eileen and Robert Mason Pollock are generally credited with Dynasty's subsequent rise in the Nielsen Ratings.[3] By the end of the 1981-1982 season Dynasty entered the Top 20,[4] and eventually hit #1 in 1985. The Pollocks "soft-pedaled the business angle" of the show and "bombarded viewers with every soap opera staple in the book, presented at such a fast clip that a new tragedy seemed to befall the Carrington family every five minutes."[3] With Dynasty's popularity soaring, former President Gerald Ford guest-starred as himself in 1983 along with wife Betty and Henry Kissinger. Image File history File links Joanalexis. ... Image File history File links Joanalexis. ... Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award winning British actress and bestselling author. ... The following is a complete list of episodes for the 1980s television series Dynasty, in broadcast order. ... Joan Henrietta Collins OBE (born 23 May 1933) is a Golden Globe Award winning British actress and bestselling author. ... Dynasty was an American primetime television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 10, 1989. ... Eileen Pollock and Robert Mason Pollock are married American television screenwriters and producers best known as writers on the long-running 1980s series Dynasty, its spin-off series The Colbys and the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion. ... Eileen Pollock and Robert Mason Pollock are married American television screenwriters and producers best known as writers on the long-running 1980s series Dynasty, its spin-off series The Colbys and the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion. ... When TV viewers or entertainment professionals in the United States mention ratings they are often referring to Nielsen Ratings, a system developed by Nielsen Media Research to determine the audience size and composition of television programming. ... The first TIME magazine cover devoted to soap operas, dated January 12, 1976. ... Federal courts Supreme Court Circuit Courts of Appeal District Courts Elections Presidential elections Midterm elections Political Parties Democratic Republican Third parties State & Local government Governors Legislatures (List) State Courts Local Government Other countries Atlas  US Government Portal      For other uses, see President of the United States (disambiguation). ... For other persons named Gerald Ford, see Gerald Ford (disambiguation). ... Betty Fords official White House portrait, painted in 1977 by Felix de Cossio Elizabeth Anne Bloomer Warren Ford (born April 8, 1918) is the widow of former United States President Gerald R. Ford and was the First Lady from 1974 to 1977. ... Henry Alfred Kissinger (born Heinz Alfred Kissinger on May 27, 1923) is a German-born American politician, and 1973 Nobel Peace Prize laureate. ...


With Alexis settled as Krystle's implacable nemesis, stepmother and stepdaughter Fallon settled their differences, forging a bond which riled the displaced and resentful Alexis even further.


Krystle and Alexis

The iconic trio of Krystle, Blake and Alexis, as featured on the Season 3 (Part 1) DVD
The iconic trio of Krystle, Blake and Alexis, as featured on the Season 3 (Part 1) DVD

In the seasons that followed, the rivalry between Blake Carrington's current and former wives became a driver for the melodrama. Alexis resented Krystle's supplanting of her position as mistress of the Carrington household and tried to undermine her at every opportunity. DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ...


Alexis caused Krystle's miscarriage and tried repeatedly to ruin her marriage, most notably by finding Krystle's former husband (Samuel) Mark Jennings and proving that their divorce was never finalized (and that, consequently, Krystle's marriage to Blake was invalid).


They had many verbal confrontations. On one occasion Krystle overheard Alexis gossiping about her in an adjoining cubicle at the beauty parlour. Krystle appeared and announced that she too could "throw mud", and tossed a bowl of face mud over Alexis.


There are a handful of trademark catfights, beginning with one in Alexis' art studio on the Carrington estate (in which Krystle won soundly, destroying Alexis's art studio and a painting of Blake in the process), another in the lily pond, one in a mud pool in a park and a final spat (in Dynasty: The Reunion) in a fashion studio. The verbal spars between Krystle and Alexis also marked one of the first times the word "bitch" was used on US television. The subject of this article may not satisfy the notability guideline or one of the following guidelines for inclusion on Wikipedia: Biographies, Books, Companies, Fiction, Music, Neologisms, Numbers, Web content, or several proposals for new guidelines. ... Dynasty: The Reunion was a mini-series, produced in 1991 which reunited the characters from the primetime television soap opera Dynasty which had aired on ABC from 1981 to 1989. ... Look up bitch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ...


Cliffhangers and the "Moldavian Massacre"

Perhaps the most memorable aspects of the series, outside the high-camp scripts from the Shapiros and the Pollocks, were a stream of famous cliffhanger storylines. Campy redirects here. ... For other uses, see Cliffhanger (disambiguation). ...


The second season cliffhanger saw Blake left for dead on a mountain after a fight with Nick Toscanni, the third involved Alexis and Krystle being lured to Steven's cabin one night and locked inside while the cabin was set ablaze by an unseen arsonist (later revealed to be Joseph, the butler and Kirby's father). The fourth saw the disappearance of Fallon just before her second wedding to Jeff as her car seemingly collided with a truck on a stormy night (to accommodate the departure of Pamela Sue Martin from the series) whilst Alexis was arrested for murder and imprisoned in a jail cell full of "ladies of the night". There are several minor but significant characters featured in the ABC television series Dynasty. ...


Perhaps the most famous Dynasty cliffhanger is the so-called "Moldavian massacre", when Blake's youngest daughter Amanda Carrington married Prince Michael of Moldavia on the eve of a military revolution in his country. Although the massacre itself (arrived at by writer Camille Marchetta, who had devised the wildly-successful 'Who Shot J.R.?' scenario on Dallas five years earlier) had superb production qualities and became the most talked-about episode of any TV series during the calendar year of 1985, it is nonetheless largely remembered for its disappointing resolution four months later. Dynasty title card. ... There are several minor but significant characters featured in the ABC television series Dynasty. ... The Southfork Ranch, home of the Ewing family The original cast of Dallas. ...


Nearly every character was in attendance at the royal wedding in the season's final episode which aired in May 1985. At the conclusion of the wedding, revolutionaries stormed in, apparently gunning down everyone in the chapel. The final scene of the episode, with nearly every character on the ground appearing lifeless, gave the impression that anyone could have died, and in the summer that followed many magazines published stories speculating about which characters would survive the massacre.


When the series resumed in the fall viewers quickly learned the outcome of the fifth season finale, where it was revealed that everyone had survived with the exception of two minor characters: Steven's boyfriend, Luke Fuller and Lady Ashley Mitchell played by Ali McGraw. The underwhelming resolution disenchanted fans who felt the storyline had built to nothing, and it is frequently cited as the moment when the series "jumped the shark".[citation needed] In the 2006 CBS special Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar, Gordon Thomson reiterated that it was the follow-up that was the letdown, not the cliffhanger itself. Joan Collins had been conspicuously absent from the season six opener; she was in a tense contract renegotiation with the show, seeking an increased salary. As a result, the first episode had to be rewritten to explain her absence and many scenes were abandoned or given to other characters. Collins' demands were met (she reportedly signed a $60,000 per episode contract) and she returned to the series in the season's second episode, though a planned storyline to make her Queen of Moldavia was scrapped. There are several minor but significant characters featured in the ABC television series Dynasty. ... The moment when Fonzie jumps over a shark while on water skis in a scene in Happy Days. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ...


Aside from the glamour and campy drama, the show's later years covered controversy surrounding a storyline involving former matinee idol Rock Hudson as Daniel Reece, a character who enjoyed a romantic interaction with Krystle Carrington. Hudson's scenes required him to kiss Linda Evans and, as news that he had contracted AIDS broke, there was hysterical speculation Evans would be at risk. The tone or style of this article or section may not be appropriate for Wikipedia. ... For other uses, see AIDS (disambiguation). ...


The end of the Dynasty

Dynasty cast (1987-88)

The lackluster reaction to the 1985 Moldavian conclusion at the onset of season six, combined with a poorly-received dual role for Evans (as Krystle and as Rita, an actress impersonating Krystle for 11 episodes) that same year, the difficult recasting of key character Fallon (now played by Emma Samms), and excessive time spent introducing characters to be spun off onto The Colbys weakened the show. Image File history File links Dynasty_cast. ... Image File history File links Dynasty_cast. ... Emma Samms Emma Samms (born Emma Samuelson on 28 August 1960, in London) is a British television actress // Career Samms played Holly Sutton Scorpio on the daytime soap opera General Hospital from 1982 to 1985, and from 1992 to 1993 and again in 2006. ... The Colbys (originally titled Dynasty II: The Colbys) was a primetime television soap opera which aired from November 1985 to March 1987. ...


After the characters returned from Moldavia, Blake spurned Alexis and in retaliation she found his long-departed brother Ben and they swindled Blake out of his fortune. An enraged Blake tried to strangle Alexis to death at the Carrington mansion (which now belonged to Alexis) as the season cliffhanger, just as the hotel La Mirage burned down, killing Claudia. In an interesting turn, the fire at La Mirage caused Amanda to fall into the pool outside the hotel, and when she was pulled out in the next season opener, she was suddenly played by a different actress, and no longer spoke with a British accent. (Oxenberg had left the show after failed contract negotiations.)


During the seventh season, Blake recovered his money, but was rendered an amnesiac in an explosion. Alexis found him and convinced him they were still married, but felt guilty and told him the truth. Blake and Krystle also had to deal with their daughter Krystina being kidnapped. Other stories in that season featured Adam's romance with Dana Waring, Sammy Jo's doomed marriage to Clay Fallmont and reconciliation with Steven (who had recently broken up with closeted politician Bart Fallmont). Also, Amanda suddenly vanished from the show mid-season. A letter left by her explained that she went back to London, and her character was never heard from again. The season ended with Matthew Blaisdel and a gang of gun-toting South American guerillas gatecrashing Adam and Dana's wedding reception and taking the family hostage; while Alexis drove her car off a bridge into a river.


When The Colbys was cancelled, Fallon and Jeff returned for the 1987-1988 season. Steven killed Matthew, revealing his "dark side". Alexis was rescued by Sean Rowan, a mystery man whom she later married. Blake and Alexis each ran for governor of Colorado (they both lost to a third-party candidate); Alexis suffered at the hands of Sean (who planned to kill her due to her part in the death of his father, Joseph, the former Carrington butler); and Steven's reconciliation with Sammy Jo collapsed due to her affair with drug-addicted football player Josh Harris. The 8th season ended with Sean and Dex fighting in Alexis's penthouse when a shot rang out (it would be Sean who died); Sammy-Jo accepting Jeff's proposal while Fallon hid in his bedroom; and Blake returning home to find his bedroom trashed and Krystle missing. The Colbys (originally titled Dynasty II: The Colbys) was a primetime television soap opera which aired from November 1985 to March 1987. ...


In the 9th and final 1988-1989 season, despite the introduction of a new executive producer who rejuvenated the show and a team of writers who improved the story quality arguably for the first time in years, the ratings continued to plummet, exacerbated by a disadvantageous time slot change. Linda Evans departed the series within a few weeks; Krystle Carrington was sent to Switzerland for emergency surgery, where she fell into a coma, with the door left open for Evans to return at a later stage. In a money-saving move, Joan Collins was contracted for only 13 out of the season's 22 episodes. Former Colbys cast member, Stephanie Beacham, was brought in to reprise her role as firecracker Sable Colby (Tracy Scoggins also returned to her role as Sable's daughter Monica), written into Dynasty as a new antagonist for Alexis to battle against. Beacham's performance won praise and caused many to deem the final season as the best of the series' later years. Stephanie Beacham (born 28 February 1947) is an English actress who has had an extensive acting career. ... Tracy Scoggins (b. ...


Joan Collins and Michael Nader both announced that they would leave Dynasty at the end of the ninth season while it was rumored that Diahann Carroll was asked to return to the series for a potential tenth season. But after moving the series to a new Thursday night slot which proved unsuccessful, ABC pulled the plug in 1989. Fittingly, the show ended on a cliffhanger, with both Blake and Alexis in mortal peril (Blake being shot in the chest and Alexis and Dex Dexter falling off a hotel balcony when the guardrail protecting them broke) and the rest of the cast in similar life-threatening situations.


Dynasty spin-offs and television events

A spin-off, The Colbys, debuted in 1985 as Fallon "returned from the dead" and ex-husband Jeff followed her to Los Angeles, where they became embroiled in the family intrigues of Jeff's wealthy California relatives. Pamela Sue Martin had been asked to reprise the role of Fallon, but declined; the unpopular show lasted for just two seasons, ending in 1987, and both Fallon and Jeff returned to Dynasty. The Colbys (originally titled Dynasty II: The Colbys) was a primetime television soap opera which aired from November 1985 to March 1987. ... Los Angeles and L.A. redirect here. ... This article is about the U.S state. ...


A miniseries, Dynasty: The Reunion, aired in October 1991. Billed as a wrap-up for the dangling plotlines left by the series' abrupt cancellation 2½ years earlier, The Reunion wasn't produced by the same team as the final season and created more loose ends. Dynasty: The Reunion was a mini-series, produced in 1991 which reunited the characters from the primetime television soap opera Dynasty which had aired on ABC from 1981 to 1989. ...


The cable channel SOAPnet aired repeats of all nine seasons. In January 2004, creator Esther Shapiro participated in a marathon of the show's episodes, called "Serial Bowl: Alexis vs. Krystle", giving behind-the-scenes tidbits and factoids. SOAPnet (stylized from 2000 to 2002 as SoapNet) is an American cable television channel. ...


On January 2, 2005, ABC aired a television movie, Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, purporting to tell of the creation and backstage details of Dynasty. The movie received mixed reviews both for content and for historical accuracy, and was criticized by John Forsythe, Linda Evans and Joan Collins in different press releases. The movie was filmed in Australia (rather than Los Angeles) and a good majority of the cast members were non-Americans. Forsythe was played by Bartholomew John, Evans by Melora Hardin and Collins by Alice Krige. Much dramatic license was taken with the script of Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, so the show is not an accurate guide to either behind-the-scenes events nor the on-screen storylines of Dynasty. Misleading events include Al Corley being written out in the oil-rig explosion (Corley had already long left the show when the explosion was devised as a way to reintroduce the character of Steven and to explain his change in appearance), Sammy Jo at the Moldavian wedding massacre (she was actually in New York, involved in a separate storyline) and Amanda being written off when her portrayer asked for a raise (Catherine Oxenberg did allegedly leave the show over salary demands, but the role was recast with Karen Cellini). Furthermore, the TV movie made no reference at all to long-running characters Fallon Carrington, Adam Carrington, Jeff Colby, and Claudia Blaisdel. is the 2nd day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... “Telefilm” redirects here. ... Bartholomew John (born 24 August 1952 in Christchurch, New Zealand) is an actor best known for his roles on television. ... Melora Hardin (born June 29, 1967, in Houston, Texas), is an American actress, singer, and former child actress. ... Alice Maud Krige (born June 28, 1954) is a South African actress known for introducing the role of the Borg Queen in the Star Trek motion picture, She reprised her role for the final episode of // Krige was born in Upington, South Africa, the daughter of Pat, a psychologist, and... Karen Cellini is an American actress, best known for replacing Catherine Oxenberg in the role of Amanda Carrington in the 1980s prime-time drama Dynasty. ...


On May 2, 2006, Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar aired on CBS. It assembled for the first time all the original actors who played the Carrington children (Pamela Sue Martin, Al Corley, Gordon Thomson, and Catherine Oxenberg), who reminisced about making the show with other former cast members, including John Forsythe, Joan Collins and Linda Evans. The special was filmed at the Filoli mansion. It was the first time Martin and Oxenberg, as well as Corley and Thomson, shared screen time. is the 122nd day of the year (123rd in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2006 (MMVI) was a common year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... This article is about the broadcast network. ... Filoli is a famous mansion and 654 acre (2. ...


Main characters

Blake Carrington (John Forsythe (original cast), 1981-1989; 1991)
Patriarch of the Carrington family and self-made CEO of monolithic Denver-Carrington, oil tycoon Blake's marriage to Krystle Grant Jennings brings his adult children Fallon and Steven home to Denver. The later reappearance of first wife Alexis Morell Carrington further complicates his life. Initially a ruthless man in both business and family matters, the character soon softens into a more benevolent figure due to the influence of actor Forsythe.
Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington (Linda Evans (original cast), 1981-1989; 1991)
The new wife of Blake Carrington, and one-time lover of Matthew Blaisdel, a married geologist who works for Denver-Carrington. At first given an icy reception by Blake's daughter Fallon, Krystle later gains a fierce nemesis in Alexis, Blake's first wife.
Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan (Joan Collins, 1981-1989; 1991)
Blake's first wife and mother to his four eldest children. A former socialite turned businesswoman, her schemes to destroy Blake, undermine Krystle and control her children drive much of the action over the series' run.
Fallon Carrington Colby (Pamela Sue Martin (original cast), 1981-1984; then Emma Samms, 1985, 1987-1989, 1991)
The eldest daughter of Blake and Alexis, and later wife of Jeff Colby. As a young woman, she is famously indiscreet and enjoys affairs with, among others, Blake's chauffeur Michael Culhane, doctor Nick Toscanni and Krystle's ex-husband Mark Jennings.
Steven Daniel Carrington (Al Corley (original cast), 1981-1982, 1991; then Jack Coleman, 1983-1988)
The sexually confused younger son of Blake and Alexis; the revelation of his homosexuality sets him at odds with Blake. Steven is paired with male lovers Ted Dinard, Luke Fuller and Bart Fallmont over the course of the series, but also marries Sammy Jo Dean and Claudia Blaisdel.
Adam Alexander Carrington (Gordon Thomson, 1982-1989; later Robin Sachs, 1991 only)
First born son of Blake and Alexis, kidnapped during infancy and raised as Michael Torrance in Billings, Montana. Michael is told of his Carrington identity upon the death of his supposed grandmother, Kate Torrance, and in the third season he arrives in Denver to claim his birthright. Married to Claudia Carrington and later Dana Waring, he is a ruthless schemer — constantly plotting to enhance his position in the family.
Amanda (Bedford) Carrington (Catherine Oxenberg, 1984-1986; then Karen Cellini, 1986-1987)
Appearing in the fifth season, Amanda is the "secret" fourth child of Blake and Alexis, hidden by her mother and raised in London as "Amanda Bedford" by Alexis' cousin Rosalind. Amanda becomes romantically involved with Alexis' fiance Dex Dexter, and later marries and divorces Prince Michael of Moldavia. She briefly romances the former Carrington chauffeur Michael Culhane — as her sister Fallon had years before — much to the chagrin of Blake.
Jeffrey Broderick Colby (John James (original cast), 1981-1985, 1987-1989; 1991)
The nephew and protege of Cecil Colby, Jeff has been in love with Fallon Carrington since childhood. He marries her not knowing she has made a deal with Cecil to save her father; their marriage is a rocky one. Fallon later shares Jeff feelings, and their on again-off again relationship plays out through much of the series.
Claudia Barrows Blaisdel Carrington (Pamela Bellwood (original cast), 1981-1986)
The emotionally fragile wife of Matthew Blaisdel, mother of Lindsay, and for a time a close friend of Krystle's. With Matthew distracted by his feelings for Krystle and rivalry with Blake, Claudia befriends Steven and they soon have an affair. Matthew ultimately leaves her, and his and Lindsay's death precipitates a breakdown. She later marries both Steven and Adam.
Samantha Josephine "Sammy Jo" Dean Reece Carrington Fallmont, (Heather Locklear, 1981-1989, 1991)
Greedy, trouble-making yet beautiful niece of Krystle Carrington, wife of Steven Carrington and Clay Fallmont, and mother of Steven's son Danny. It is later revealed that she is the daughter of Daniel Reece.
Dominique Deveraux (Diahann Carroll, 1984-1987)
Successful and wealthy chanteuse; illegitimate daughter of Tom Carrington and Laura Matthews and thus half-sister to Blake and Ben Carrington.
Farnsworth "Dex" Dexter (Michael Nader, 1983-1989)
Alexis' third husband, and arguably the second great love of her life, after Blake. Dex carries on a brief affair with Alexis' daughter Amanda, which strains the relationship between mother and daughter and ultimately ends his marriage.
Dana Waring Carrington (Leann Hunley 1986 - 1988)
Blake's beautiful and loyal assistant at Denver-Carrington. She and Adam fall and love and marry, but dark secrets, Adam's struggle with alcohol and their struggle to have a child strains their marriage irrevocably.
Benjamin "Ben" Carrington (Christopher Cazenove, 1986-1987)
The vengeful brother of Blake, who was cut off by Blake after the death of their mother. Alexis brings him to Denver to stir up trouble and help her destroy Blake.
Sabella "Sable" Scott Colby (Stephanie Beacham, 1988 - 1989)
The ex-wife of Colby Enterprises magnate Jason Colby and the cousin of Alexis. Revived from the failed spin-off The Colbys, Sable leaves Los Angeles and comes to Denver, where she supports Blake after Krystle's departure to a Swiss clinic and becomes a formidable opponent of Alexis.
Monica Scott Colby (Tracy Scoggins, 1988 - 1989)
First cousin of Jeff Colby, she was believed to be Jeff's half-sister until her mother, Sable, revealed that Monica and her twin brother Miles were not Jason Colby's children. Monica follows her mother to Denver, helping her in her efforts to fight Alexis. Monica had previously been a character on The Colbys.
Leslie Saunders Carrington (Terri Garber, 1987 - 1988)
Daughter of Ben Carrington and Melissa Saunders. During her short stay in Denver, she managed to become the lover of Dex Dexter, Michael Culhane, Jeff Colby, Sean Rowan and Clay Fallmont.

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Pivotal characters

Matthew Thomas Blaisdel (Bo Hopkins (original cast), 1981; 1987)
Denver-Carrington geologist and former love of Krystle Carrington. Married to the emotionally fragile Claudia, with whom he shares a teenaged daughter, Lindsay.
Cecil Baldwin Colby (Lloyd Bochner (original cast), 1981-1982)
The uncle of Jeff Colby, Cecil is a longtime friend and business rival of Blake Carrington.
Michael Culhane (Wayne Northrop (original cast), 1981; 1986-1987)
Blake Carrington's shady chauffeur, secretly having an affair with Fallon.
Joseph Arlington Anders (Lee Bergere (original cast), 1981-1983)
The Carringtons' longtime majordomo. Staunchly loyal to Blake Carrington, Joseph takes an immediate dislike to his new bride Krystle.
Lindsay Blaisdel (Katy Kurtzman (original cast), 1981)
The sensitive teenaged daughter of Matthew and Claudia.
Walter Lankershim (Dale Robertson (original cast), 1981)
Veteran wildcatter, friend to Matthew Blaisdel and in conflict with Blake Carrington.
Dr. Nick Toscanni (James Farentino, 1981-1982)
Psychiatrist and surgeon, out for revenge against Blake Carrington.
Kirby Alicia Anders Colby (Kathleen Beller, 1982-1984, 1991)
The daughter of Joseph Anders, the Carrington major-domo. Schooled in Europe at Blake Carrington's expense, she returns to Denver in 1982. She marries Jeff but is pregnant with Adam's baby; Alexis' meddling later prevents her from marrying Adam.
Samuel "Mark" Howard Jennings (Geoffrey Scott, 1982-1984)
Handsome tennis pro and former husband of Krystle Carrington is brought to Denver due to the machinations of Alexis, who wishes to break up Blake and Krystle's marriage. He romances both Alexis and Fallon.
Tracy Kendall (Deborah Adair, 1983-1984)
Public relations employee of Denver-Carrington. Scheming and ambitious, Tracy seeks to advance her career either by subterfuge or by sleeping her way to the top. She acts as a spy for Alexis, but is dismissed after she is exposed.
Peter De Vilbis (Helmut Berger, 1983-1984)
Devilish playboy who seduces Fallon while trying to exploit the Carringtons for his own financial advantage.
Brady Lloyd (Billy Dee Williams, 1984-1985)
Husband of Dominique Deveraux who follows her to Denver.
Daniel Reece (Rock Hudson, 1984-1985)
Wealthy businessman and the real father of Sammy Jo. He has a past with Krystle.
Lady Ashley Mitchell (Ali McGraw, 1984-1985)
American-born widow of British diplomat Lord Maynard Mitchell and renowned photographer for World Finance Magazine. Ashley has romantic feelings for Blake Carrington and assists him in battling Alexis for the control of valuable South China oil leases.
Prince Michael of Moldavia (Michael Praed, 1985-1986)
The heir to the (fictional) European kingdom of Moldavia, Michael becomes romantically involved with Amanda Carrington, whose mother Alexis schemes for them to wed.
Joel Abrigore (George Hamilton, 1985-1986)
Film director who plots with Sammy Jo to arrange the kidnapping of Krystle.
Garrett Boydston (Ken Howard, 1985-1986)
Lawyer for the Colby family (and a regular on The Colbys). He has a romantic past with Dominique.
Miles Andrew Colby (Maxwell Caulfield, 1985-1986, 1991)
The spoilt, hot-headed son of Jason and Sable Colby and twin brother of Monica Colby. Miles is a major character on the spin-off series The Colbys.
Cassandra "Caress" Morell (Kate O'Mara, 1986)
The manipulative sister of Alexis. Rescued from a South American prison by Dex Dexter, she is reunited with her sister in Denver.
Clay Fallmont (Ted McGinley, 1986-1987)
The son of Senator Buck and Emily Fallmont, Clay engages in affairs with Amanda, Sammy Jo and Leslie Carrington.
Sarah Curtis (Cassie Yates, 1987)
Friend of Dex Dexter, whose husband and daughter die in a car crash. Sarah is persuaded to allow her daughter's heart to be transplanted into Blake and Krystle's critically ill young daughter Krystina. She becomes obsessed with Krystina and kidnaps her.
Sean Rowan Anders (James Healey, 1987-1988)
Handsome stranger who saves Alexis from drowning after a car accident, and becomes her fourth husband.

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Recurring characters

Jeanette Robbins (Virginia Hawkins, 1981-1989; 1991)
The Carrington housekeeper.
Gerard (William Beckley, 1981-1989; 1991)
The Carrington butler.
Hilda Gunnerson (Betty Harford, 1981-1989; 1991)
The Carrington cook.
D.A. Jake Dunham (Brian Dennehy, 1981)
Prosecutor who tries Blake's case regarding the death of Ted Dinard.
Ted Dinard (Mark Withers, 1981)
Steven's boyfriend, accidentally killed by Blake.
Ray Bonning (Lance LeGault, 1981-1982)
Rashid Ahmed (John Saxon, 1982-1984)
Alexis' former flame.
Congressman Neal McVane (Paul Burke, 1982-1984; 1987; 1988)
Alexis' former flame, whose scheming puts him at odds with both her and the Carringtons.
Morgan Hess (Hank Brandt, 1982 - 1988)
Private investigator who pops up from time to time, usually working for Alexis.
Gerald Wilson (John Larch, 1982-1988)
ColbyCo employee.
Tony Driscoll (Paul Keenan, 1982-1984)
The Carrington groundsman.
Dr. Jonas Edwards (Robert Symonds, 1982-1987)
Father figure to Adam when he was growing up as Michael Torrance.
Chris Deegan (Grant Goodeve, 1983-1987)
Gay lawyer friend of Steven's.
Gordon Wales (James Sutorius, 1984-1988)
Tabloid reporter Gordon circles the Carringtons and Colbys for years.
Luke Fuller (Billy Campbell, 1984-1985)
During his marriage to Claudia, Steven finds himself attracted to coworker Luke.
Dean Caldwell (Richard Hatch, 1984-1985)
Her marriage to Steven troubled, Claudia finds solace with Dean.
Nicole Simpson (Susan Scannell, 1984 - 1985)
Ex-wife of Peter De Vilbis. Marries Jeff Colby, but her lies strain their relationship.
King Galen of Moldavia (Joel Fabiani, 1985 - 1986)
Prince Michael's father and old friend of Alexis Colby.
Nick Kimball (Richard Lawson, 1985 - 1986)
Romances Dominique and convinces her to leave town with him.
Bart Fallmont (Kevin Conroy, 1985-1986)
Clashes with Steven on environmental issues with Denver-Carrington, but the two cannot ignore their attraction.
Elena, Duchess of Branagh (Kerry Armstrong, 1985-1986)
Former flame of Price Michael.
Jonathan Lake (Calvin Lockhart, 1985-1986)
Jackie Deveraux (Troy Beyer, 1986-1987)
Daughter of Dominique.
Emily Fallmont (Pat Crowley, 1986)
Bart and Clay's mother, it is revealed she had an affair with Ben Carrington years ago, raising the question of Clay's parentage.
Buck Fallmont (Richard Anderson, 1986-1987)
Senator Buck Fallmont disapproves of his son Bart's homosexuality, and later disowns his son Clay after he finds out about his wife's indiscretion.
Karen Atkinson (Stephanie Dunham, 1987-1988)
Surrogate mother contracted by Adam and Dana in their pursuit of a child.
Jesse Atkinson (Christopher Allport, 1987-1988)
Karen's estranged husband, and father of her other children.
Josh Harris (Tom Schanley, 1987-1988)
Troubled player on a Carrington-owned football team; briefly involved with Sammy Jo.
Sgt. John Zorelli (Ray Abruzzo, 1988-1989)
John is a cop who becomes involved with Fallon. He is investigating the long-ago murder of Roger Grimes.
Joanna Sills (Kim Terry, 1988-1989)
Employee of Sable Colby.
Rudy Richards (Lou Beatty Jr., 1988-1989)
Police partner of Zorelli.
Virginia Metheny (Liza Morrow, 1988-1989)
Krystle's cousin from Ohio, who shares a dark past with Dex.
Father Tanner McBride (Kevin Bernhardt, 1989)
Priest who becomes involved with Sammy Jo.
Captain William Handler (John Brandon, 1988-1989)
The crooked cop who shoots Blake in the series finale after his schemes are exposed.

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Behind the scenes

The mansion that appeared as the Carrington mansion in the opening credits, establishing shots and some outdoor scenes is not actually in Colorado, where Dynasty was set; it is the Filoli estate in Woodside, California. The mansion can be seen with the same decor as it had in Dynasty in Warren Beatty's 1978 film Heaven Can Wait. Many exterior shots of the Carrington mansion (including the Lily Pond catfight) were shot at a house called Arden Villa. It has also been used in films, television series, and music videos. Filoli is a famous mansion and 654 acre (2. ... Woodside (pop. ... This article is about the U.S state. ... Henry Warren Beatty (born March 30, 1937), better known as Warren Beatty, is an Academy Award and Golden Globe-winning American actor, producer, screenwriter, and director. ... Year 1978 (MCMLXXVIII) was a common year starting on Sunday (link displays the 1978 Gregorian calendar). ... For other uses, see Heaven Can Wait. ...


John Forsythe was the only cast member to appear in all 220 episodes of the series, and both Forsythe and John James were the only two original cast members to appear in the final episode. Linda Evans appeared in the next highest number of episodes, for a total of 204 of the 220 episodes. She appeared in only six episodes of the ninth and final season before leaving the series.


Dynasty in popular culture

Dynasty has inspired a rash of parodies, imitations and homages. A sequence in the mid-1990s the sitcom The Nanny featured Fran (Fran Drescher) and her rival CC (Lauren Lane) as Alexis and Krystle with Maxwell Sheffield (Charles Shaughnessy) as Blake. This scene quickly degenerated into a catfight between the two women. Collins herself appeared in another episode as Maxwell's stepmother, a maid who had married her boss with hints she may have been somewhat of a gold-digger. The sitcom Roseanne featured a storyline about a prince from Moldavia (played by Jim Varney) who dated Jackie for a while. Joan Collins would also appear in the series, playing Roseanne's nouveaux riche cousin Ronnie. Dynasty was also referenced in an episode of American Dad!, where it was Roger the Alien's favorite TV show. The characters did nothing but slap each other and hurl insults (Bitch! Slut! Bitch! Slut!). Finally, in an episode of Histeria! about the history of China, Miss Information mistakenly refers to this program when defining the word "dynasty". The Nanny is an American situation comedy co-produced by Sternin & Fraser Ink, Inc. ... Francine Joy Drescher (born September 30, 1957) is an American film and television actress. ... Lauren Lane (born February 2, 1961 in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma) is an actress, best known for her portrayal of C.C. Babcock in the 1990s sitcom, The Nanny. ... Charles Shaughnessy Charles Shaughnessy (b. ... Jackie Harris redirects here. ... James Albert Varney Jr. ... American Dad! is a satirical American animated series produced by Underdog Productions and Fuzzy Door Productions for 20th Century Fox Television. ... Look up bitch in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Look up slut in Wiktionary, the free dictionary. ... Histeria! was an animated television series of the late-1990s, created by Tom Ruegger (who also created Tiny Toon Adventures, Animaniacs, and Pinky and the Brain) at Warner Bros. ... Miss Information is a fictional character featured on the Warner Bros. ...


In the 1988 film Big Business, one of Bette Midler's characters is obsessed with Dynasty. She rehearses a speech by imitating Alexis in a scene from the show, and later quotes Alexis in the film's denouement. Some drag queens in the 1990 documentary Paris is Burning stated that they wished to be and live like the female leads on the show. // Michael Jacksons first film was Moonwalker Rain Man, starring Dustin Hoffman and Tom Cruise Who Framed Roger Rabbit, starring Bob Hoskins Coming to America, starring Eddie Murphy Big, starring Tom Hanks Twins, starring Arnold Schwarzenegger and Danny DeVito Crocodile Dundee II Die Hard, starring Bruce Willis The Naked Gun... Big Business is a 1988 comedy film starring Lily Tomlin and Bette Midler. ... Bette Midler (born December 1, 1945) is an American singer, actress and comedienne, also known to her fans as The Divine Miss M. She is named after the actress Bette Davis although Davis pronounced her first name in two syllables, and Midler uses one. ... Drag queens are performers - usually gay men, sometimes transgendered women - who dress in drag, clothing associated with the female gender, usually highly exaggerated versions thereof. ... Paris Is Burning is a 1990 documentary film directed by Jennie Livingston. ...


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Dynasty commercial tie-ins

The creations of series costume designer Nolan Miller became so popular that Dynasty spawned its own line of women's apparel [3] called "The Dynasty Collection" — a series of haute couture designs based on costumes worn by Joan Collins, Linda Evans and Diahann Carroll. Christopher Schemering's The Soap Opera Encyclopedia notes that later, "capitalizing on that success, the show put out a men's fashion line, Dynasty sheets and towels, 'Forever Krystle' perfume, dolls, and — in keeping with the nothing-is-sacred spirit of the show — even wall-to-wall carpeting and panty hose." [3] Haute couture (French for high sewing or high dressmaking; IPA: ) refers to the creation of exclusive custom-fitted fashions. ... The Soap Opera Encyclopedia is a 1985 book by Christopher Schemering which assembles comprehensive information on all daytime and prime time soap operas broadcast up to the time of publication. ... The Soap Opera Encyclopedia is a 1985 book by Christopher Schemering which assembles comprehensive information on all daytime and prime time soap operas broadcast up to the time of publication. ...


In addition, the Crystal Light beverage hired Linda Evans as a spokesperson due to her character's name (Krystle) on Dynasty. Crystal Light is the name of a sugar-free, energy-free beverage (originally just a beverage powder, which could be soluble in water). ...


Two fictional novels were published, based on scripts from early episodes — Dynasty[5] and Alexis Returns[6] — written by Eileen Lottman. In 1984, Doubleday/Dolphin published the companion book Dynasty: The Authorized Biography of the Carringtons,[7] which included an introduction by Esther Shapiro. The Authorized Biography featured storyline synopses in the form of extended biographies of the main characters, descriptions of primary locations (like the Carrington Estate and La Mirage) and dozens of photos from the series. It has been suggested that The Crime Club be merged into this article or section. ...


Glamour, Greed & Glory: Dynasty[8] by Judith A. Moose was released in 2005 and included facts, stories, episode guides and photos. Author Moose claims that through research at Spelling Entertainment, she discovered the middle names (unused on air) of some key characters: Alexis Marissa, Amanda Kimberly, Blake Alexander, Claudia Mary and Fallon Marissa.[9]


US Ratings

Season and rank (top 30 only).

  • Season 2 (1981-1982): #19 [4]
  • Season 3 (1982-1983): #5 [10]
  • Season 4 (1983-1984): #3 [11]
  • Season 5 (1984-1985): #1 [12]
  • Season 6 (1985-1986): #7 [13]
  • Season 7 (1986-1987): #24 [14]

DVD releases

Dynasty Season 1 DVD
Dynasty Season 1 DVD

The first season of Dynasty was released on Region 1 DVD on April 19, 2005 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. This edition includes all 15 episodes[15] of the first season, interviews with original cast members Pamela Sue Martin and Al Corley and audio commentary by creator Esther Shapiro and Corley. The set also includes a series overview featurette entitled Family, Furs and Fun: Creating DYNASTY. The rights to subsequent seasons reverted to CBS Home Entertainment in November 2006. Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x651, 103 KB) Summary DVD cover Licensing This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or the studio which produced the DVD in question. ... Image File history File links Download high resolution version (500x651, 103 KB) Summary DVD cover Licensing This image is of a DVD cover, and the copyright for it is most likely owned by either the publisher of the DVD or the studio which produced the DVD in question. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... The following is an excerpt of the article entitled DVD. For the sake of convenience, the terms Region 0, Region 1, Region 2, Region 3, Region 4, Region 5, Region 6, Region 7 and Region 8 redirect to this page. ... DVD (also known as Digital Versatile Disc or Digital Video Disc - see Etymology) is a popular optical disc storage media format. ... is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... 20th Century Fox logo Fox Plaza, the company headquarters. ... CBS Home Entertainment (formerly CBS Video Enterprises) is the home video entertainment arm of CBS, Inc. ...


The second season was released on August 14, 2007. Season 3, Volume 1 was released on June 17, 2008,[16] and Season 3, Volume 2 will be released October 21, 2008. [17] is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

Season Ep # Release Date Comments
Season 1 15[15] April 19, 2005 Two commentary tracks, Family, Furs and Fun: Creating DYNASTY series overview, Fallon and Steven Carrington profiles.[18]
Season 2 22 August 14, 2007 Interactive Family Tree[19] (Blake, Alexis, Krystle, Fallon, Jeff, Steven, Sammy Jo and Little Blake profiles).
Season 3, Volume 1 12 June 17, 2008
Season 3, Volume 2 12 October 21, 2008

is the 109th day of the year (110th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2005 (MMV) was a common year starting on Saturday (link displays full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 226th day of the year (227th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 2007 (MMVII) was a common year starting on Monday of the Gregorian calendar in the 21st century. ... is the 168th day of the year (169th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ... is the 294th day of the year (295th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... 2008 (MMVIII) is the current year, a leap year that started on Tuesday of the Common Era (or Anno Domini), in accordance with the Gregorian calendar. ...

See also

The following is a complete list of episodes for the 1980s television series Dynasty, in broadcast order. ...

References and notes

  1. ^ The first three episodes of Dynasty were first broadcast in the US as a single, three-hour television special ("Oil"), and the two 1985 episodes which set up the spin-off The Colbys also aired in single two-hour block ("The Titans"). This technically makes the number of US broadcasts 217; however in syndication these episodes are presented individually, totalling 220.
  2. ^ Aaron Spelling/Douglas S. Cramer interview by Richard Hack in The Hollywood Reporter; retrieved at UltimateDynasty.net ~ Casting
  3. ^ a b c d Schemering, Christopher. The Soap Opera Encyclopedia, September 1985, pg. 80-81, ISBN 0-345-32459-5 (1st edition)
  4. ^ a b 1981-1982 Ratings - ClassicTVhits.com
  5. ^ Lottman, Eileen. Dynasty, 1983, Bantam Books, ISBN 0-553-17084-8.
  6. ^ Lottman, E. Alexis Returns, 1984, Bantam Books, ISBN 0-553-24431-0.
  7. ^ Dynasty: The Authorized Biography of the Carringtons, 1984, Doubleday/Dolphin, 150 pg. ISBN 0-385-19525-7.
  8. ^ Glamour, Greed & Glory: Dynasty, 2005, Signing Stars, 704 pg. ISBN 1-419-60375-2.
  9. ^ Dynasty Middle names - UltimateDynasty.net
  10. ^ 1982-1983 Ratings - ClassicTVhits.com
  11. ^ 1983-1984 Ratings - ClassicTVhits.com
  12. ^ 1984-1985 Ratings - ClassicTVhits.com
  13. ^ 1985-1986 Ratings - ClassicTVhits.com
  14. ^ The Directory of Primetime Television Shows, 2003 edition, Ballantine Books, p1467. ISBN 0-345-45542-8.
  15. ^ a b The first three episodes of Dynasty were first broadcast in the US as a single, three-hour special, but in syndication these episodes are presented individually. The DVD contains the full 15 segments of Season One, each with main titles and end credits, but the packaging advertises "13 episodes," noting that the series premiere is three parts.
  16. ^ Dynasty - Studio Confirms Christmastime Scoop for 3rd Season DVDs" - TVshowsonDVD.com
  17. ^ Dynasty - NOW We'll Get the Alexis/Krystle Lily Pond Catfght: Season 3, Vol. 2 Announced!" - TVshowsonDVD.com
  18. ^ Dynasty Season 1 DVD packaging (2005).
  19. ^ Dynasty Season 2 DVD packaging (2007).

A television special is a television program, typically a short film or television movie, which interrupts or temporarily replaces programming normally scheduled for a given time slot. ... The following is a complete list of episodes for the 1980s television series Dynasty, in broadcast order. ... A spin-off (or spinoff) is a new organization or entity formed by a split from a larger one such as a new company formed from a university research group. ... The Colbys (originally titled Dynasty II: The Colbys) was a primetime television soap opera which aired from November 1985 to March 1987. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ... Aaron Spelling (April 22, 1923 – June 23, 2006) was an American film and television producer. ... Douglas S. Cramer is an American television producer perhaps best known as an executive producer on the long-running 1980s series Dynasty, its spin-off series The Colbys and the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion. ... Richard Hack (March 20, 1958) is an American writer best known for his biographical books and screenplays. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... The Soap Opera Encyclopedia is a 1985 book by Christopher Schemering which assembles comprehensive information on all daytime and prime time soap operas broadcast up to the time of publication. ... The Soap Opera Encyclopedia is a 1985 book by Christopher Schemering which assembles comprehensive information on all daytime and prime time soap operas broadcast up to the time of publication. ... Bantam Books is a major U.S. publishing house owned by Random House and is part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ... Bantam Books is a major U.S. publishing house owned by Random House and is part of the Bantam Dell Publishing Group. ... It has been suggested that The Crime Club be merged into this article or section. ... In broadcasting, syndication is the sale of the right to broadcast radio shows and television shows to multiple stations, without going through a broadcast network. ...

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