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Dynasty
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Genre Soap opera
Created by Richard & Esther Shapiro
Directed by Irving J. Moore et al.
Starring John Forsythe
Linda Evans
Joan Collins
John James
Pamela Bellwood
Gordon Thomson
Pamela Sue Martin
Al Corley
Jack Coleman
Michael Nader
Lee Bergere
Catherine Oxenberg
Kathleen Beller
Emma Samms
Geoffrey Scott
Heather Locklear
Diahann Carroll
Kate O'Mara
Christopher Cazenove
James Farentino
Lloyd Bochner
Karen Cellini
Leann Hunley
Terri Garber
Stephanie Beacham
Deborah Adair
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
Production company(s) Aaron Spelling Productions
Distributor Metromedia/20th Television (before 2006)
CBS Television Distribution (2006-present)
Broadcast
Original channel ABC
Original run January 12, 1981 (1981-01-12) – May 11, 1989 (1989-05-11)
Chronology
Related shows The Colbys (1985-1987)
Dynasty: The Reunion (1991)
Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure (2005)
Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar (2006)

Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, revolved around the Carringtons, a fictional wealthy family, residing in Denver, Colorado.[2] The series was ABC's competitor to CBS's prime time series Dallas, and starred John Forsythe and Linda Evans as oil magnate Blake Carrington and his new wife Krystle.[2][3]

Ratings for the show's first season were low, but the fall 1981 arrival of Joan Collins as Blake's scheming ex-wife Alexis Morell Carrington saw ratings enter the top twenty.[2][4][5][6] By the fall of 1982, it was a top ten show, and by the spring of 1985, it was the #1 show in the United States.[5][7] Other notable cast members included Pamela Sue Martin, Lloyd Bochner, Heather Locklear, Michael Nader, Diahann Carroll, Emma Samms, Ted McGinley, Rock Hudson, Kate O'Mara and Stephanie Beacham.

Dynasty was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Drama Series every year from 1981 to 1986, winning in 1984.[8] Dynasty spawned a successful line of fashion and luxury products, and also a spin-off series called The Colbys. The series declined considerably in popularity during its final two seasons,[5] and it was ultimately cancelled in the spring of 1989 after nine seasons and 220 episodes.[9] A two-part mini-series, Dynasty: The Reunion, aired in October 1991.[9]

Beginnings[edit]

Aaron Spelling, already well known for his successful ABC series, including Starsky and Hutch, Charlie's Angels, The Love Boat, Fantasy Island, Vega$ and Hart to Hart,[10] took on Richard and Esther Shapiro's vision of a rich and powerful family who "lived and sinned" in a 48-room Denver mansion.[2] Esther Shapiro claimed that an inspiration for the show was I, Claudius, a fictionalized depiction of the Julio-Claudian dynasty of Roman emperors.[11] The working title for Dynasty was Oil, and the starring role originally went to George Peppard. In early drafts of the pilot script, the two main families featured in the series were known as the Parkhursts and Corbys; by the time production began, they had been renamed the Carringtons and Colbys. Peppard, whom had difficulties dealing with the somewhat unsympathetic role of patriarch Blake Carrington,[12] was quickly replaced with John Forsythe. Filmed in 1980, the pilot was among many delayed due to a strike precipitated by animosity between the television networks and the partnership of the Screen Actors Guild and the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists. Dynasty finally premiered on ABC as a three-hour event on January 12, 1981.[2]

Series history[edit]

The Carringtons[edit]

As Dynasty begins on January 12, 1981, powerful oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) is about to marry the younger Krystle Jennings (Linda Evans), his former secretary.[2] Beautiful, earnest, and new to Blake's world, Krystle finds a hostile reception in the Carrington household — the staff patronizes her, and Blake's headstrong and promiscuous daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) resents her. Though devoted to Krystle, Blake himself is too preoccupied with his company, Denver-Carrington, and blind to Krystle's predicament. Her only ally is her stepson Steven (Al Corley), whose complicated relationship with Blake stems from their fundamental political differences and Steven's resistance to step into his role as future leader of the Carrington empire. Meanwhile, Fallon, better suited to follow in Blake's footsteps, as a woman is underestimated by — and considered little more than a trophy to — father Blake. She channels her energies into toying with various male suitors, including the Carrington chauffeur Michael Culhane (Wayne Northrop). At the end of the three-hour premiere episode "Oil", Steven finally confronts his father, criticizing Blake's capitalistic values and seemingly-amoral business practices.[13] Blake explodes, revealing the secret of which Steven thought his father was unaware: Blake is disgusted by Steven's homosexuality, and his refusal to "conform" sets father and son at odds for some time.[13][14]

In counterpoint to the Carringtons are the Blaisdels; Denver-Carrington geologist Matthew (Bo Hopkins) — unhappily married to the emotionally fragile Claudia (Pamela Bellwood) — is Krystle's ex-lover. Returning from an extended assignment in the Middle East, Matthew quits and goes into business with wildcatter Walter Lankershim (Dale Robertson), and as Blake's behavior begins pushing Krystle toward Matthew, the men are set as both business and romantic rivals.[2] Blake is further enraged when Steven goes to work for longtime friend Matthew, to whom Steven sees qualities lacking in Blake. Though previously in a relationship with another man, Steven finds himself drawn to Claudia, who is putting her life back together after spending time in a psychiatric hospital. Fallon makes a secret business deal with Blake's old friend and more-powerful business rival Cecil Colby (Lloyd Bochner), marrying his nephew Jeff (John James) to secure Cecil's financial assistance for her father. When Blake stumbles upon Steven in an innocent goodbye embrace with his former lover Ted Dinard (Mark Withers), Blake angrily pushes the two men apart; Ted falls backward and hits his head, the injury proving fatal.[2][13] Blake is arrested and charged with murder,[2] and an angry Steven testifies that Ted's death had been the result of malicious intent. A veiled surprise witness for the prosecution appears in the season finale "The Testimony," and Fallon gasps in recognition: "Oh my God, that's my mother!"[2][14]

Enter Alexis[edit]

In the first episode of the second season, titled "Enter Alexis", the mysterious witness removes her sunglasses to reveal British actress Joan Collins as a new arrival to the series.[2] Collins' Alexis Carrington blazed a trail across the show and its story lines; 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.[2] 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."[2] Alexis' testimony notwithstanding, Krystle is immediately put off by the former Mrs. Carrington's condescending attitude and manipulations; Krystle's subsequent discovery that Alexis had caused her miscarriage by intentionally startling her horse with a gunshot settles Alexis as Krystle's implacable nemesis. Other new characters of the season are the psychiatrist Nick Toscanni (James Farentino), who tries to seduce Krystle while bedding Fallon and plotting against Blake; and Krystle's greedy niece Sammy Jo Dean (Heather Locklear), who marries Steven for his money.

The season finale sees Blake left for dead on a mountain after a fight with Nick. By that time, Dynasty had entered the Top 20.[5][6] In the third season, Alexis marries Cecil on his deathbed and acquires his company, Colbyco. In the meantime, Adam Carrington (Gordon Thomson), the long-lost son of Alexis and Blake who had been kidnapped in infancy, reappears in Denver. Also introduced are Krystle's ex-husband, tennis pro Mark Jennings (Geoffrey Scott), and Kirby Anders (Kathleen Beller), the daughter of longtime Carrington majordomo Joseph (Lee Bergere). Kirby catches Adam's eye but weds Jeff after his divorce from Fallon. In the middle of the season, news that Steven has been killed in an accident in Indonesia comes to the Carringtons; he survives, but undergoes plastic surgery and returns to Denver portrayed by Jack Coleman. In the third season cliffhanger, Alexis lures Krystle to Steven's cabin and the two are locked inside while the cabin is set ablaze by an unseen arsonist (later revealed to be Joseph, who had meant for the fire to kill only Alexis and not Krystle).

With the show's popularity soaring in the fourth season, former President Gerald Ford guest-starred as himself in 1983, along with his wife Betty and former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger. New characters included the charming and ambitious Farnsworth "Dex" Dexter (Michael Nader), the unscrupulous playboy Peter De Vilbis (Helmut Berger), and Blake's illegitimate African American half-sister, Dominique Deveraux (Diahann Carroll). The main story lines included a custody battle between Steven and Blake over Steven and Sammy Jo's son Danny, and a false accusation of illegal weapons dealings orchestrated by Alexis to ruin Blake's financial empire. In the season finale, Fallon disappears just before her second wedding to Jeff (now divorced of Kirby) as her car seemingly collides with a truck on a stormy night (to accommodate the departure of Pamela Sue Martin from the series), while Alexis is arrested for the murder of Mark Jennings.

In the fifth season, Alexis is exonerated and her secret daughter Amanda Bedford (Catherine Oxenberg) comes to Denver and discovers that Blake is her father. Steven has married Claudia but leaves her for a man, and Sammy Jo discovers she is the heiress to a huge fortune. At the end of the season, an amnesiac Fallon, now portrayed by actress Emma Samms, reappears while the rest of the family go to Europe for the wedding of Amanda and Prince Michael of Moldavia (Michael Praed). During the season, the series attracted controversy when Rock Hudson's real-life HIV-positive status was revealed after a romantic storyline between his character Daniel Reece and Evans' Krystle. Hudson's scenes required him to kiss Evans and, as news that he had contracted AIDS broke, there was speculation Evans would be at risk. Driven by the new head writer and producer Camille Marchetta, who had devised the wildly-successful "Who Shot J.R.?" scenario on Dallas five years earlier, Dynasty hit #1 that year.[5][7]

The "Moldavian Massacre"[edit]

Undoubtedly the most famous Dynasty cliffhanger is the so-called "Moldavian Massacre" during the May 15, 1985 fifth season finale. Amanda and Prince Michael's royal wedding is interrupted by terrorists during a military coup in Moldavia, riddling the chapel with bullets and leaving all of the major characters lying seemingly lifeless. It became the most talked-about episode of any TV series during the calendar year of 1985, with a viewership of 60 million.[15] In 2011, Ken Tucker of Entertainment Weekly named it one of the seven "Unforgettable Cliff-Hangers" of prime time dramatic television.[16]

When the series resumed on September 25, 1985, viewers quickly learned that only two minor characters of the series had died: Steven's boyfriend Luke Fuller (Billy Campbell), who was mortally wounded saving Claudia's life, and Jeff's love interest Lady Ashley Mitchell (Ali MacGraw). In the 2006 CBS special Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar, Gordon Thomson stated that it was the "follow-up" that was the letdown, not the cliffhanger itself. John James stated in the 2001 episode of E! The True Hollywood Story featuring Dynasty that the "Moldavian Massacre" was when the show "maxed out" and "overdosed" on outrageousness.[15] Creator Esther Shapiro stated in 2001 that she thought the cliffhanger was "well-produced" but that they "could've done something else".[15]

Joan Collins was conspicuously absent from the season six opener; she was in a tense contract renegotiation with the show, seeking an increased salary.[17] As a result, the first episode had to be rewritten to explain her absence and many of Alexis' scenes were given to Krystle. 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. Despite Collins' absence, the first episode of season six garnered a 28.1 rating (becoming the most watched episode of the series) as viewers wanted to see who survived the season five cliffhanger.[18]

Continuing seasons and decline[edit]

Forsythe and the women of Season Six (1985–1986)

Though still a top ten series, Dynasty dropped from #1 to #7 in the ratings for its sixth season,[5][19] which featured a lookalike woman named Rita who poses as Krystle (with both roles played by Evans), introduced Alexis' sister Caress (Kate O'Mara), and launched the spin-off The Colbys. Spurned by Blake, Alexis finds his estranged brother Ben (Christopher Cazenove) and she and he successfully plot to strip Blake of his fortune. Steven's budding relationship with closeted Bart Fallmont (Kevin Conroy) is ruined by Adam's business-motivated public revelation that Bart is gay, and the May 21, 1986 season finale finds Blake strangling Alexis while the rest of the cast is in peril at the La Mirage hotel, which is accidentally set afire by Claudia.

As the seventh season begins in September 1986, Blake stops short of killing Alexis, Claudia has died in the fire, and Amanda (now played by American Karen Cellini following Oxenberg's firing from the series) is rescued by a returning Michael Culhane, Blake's chauffeur from the earliest seasons. Blake turns the tables on Ben and Alexis and recovers his wealth but loses his memory after an oil rig explosion. Alexis finds Blake and, with everyone believing he is dead, perpetuates the belief that they are still married. Living with a clean slate, Alexis finds herself softening to Blake but ultimately tells him the truth as he reunites with Krystle. Krystina receives a heart transplant but is later temporarily kidnapped by Sarah Curtis (Cassie Yates), the mother of the girl who received Krystina's heart; Sammy Jo's marriage to Clay Fallmont (Ted McGinley) crumbles and she falls into bed with Steven; Amanda leaves town, and Ben's daughter Leslie Carrington (played by Terri Garber) arrives. Adam's season-long romance with Blake's secretary Dana Waring (Leann Hunley) culminates in a wedding, which is punctuated in the May 6, 1987 season finale by Alexis' car plunging off a bridge into a river and the violent return of a vengeful Matthew Blaisdel. Although the first episode of season seven premiered with a high Nielsen rating of a 20.1, the confrontation with Magnum P.I., now in the same time slot,[20] and the constant storyline changes led to Dynasty falling out of the top 20 to #24.[5]

With The Colbys cancelled, Jeff and Fallon return for Dynasty's eighth season, their marriage falling apart again. Matthew, returned from the dead but troubled by headaches, holds the Carringtons hostage in hopes that Krystle will run away with him. Steven ends the siege by reluctantly stabbing his old friend to death. Alexis is saved by a handsome, mysterious stranger, Sean Rowan (James Healey). She later marries him, not realizing that he is Joseph's son and Kirby's brother, bent on revenge. Steven and Sammy Jo's reconciliation is short-lived, and the pursuit of children unravels Adam and Dana's marriage. Sean begins to manipulate and destroy the Carringtons from the inside, with Dex and him fighting to the death in the March 30, 1988 season finale. Blake comes home to find Krystle missing and their bedroom in shambles. The show had now dropped to #33 in the ratings.[5]

The ninth and final 1988–1989 season brought a move from Wednesday to Thursday, and new Executive Supervising Producer David Paulsen, who took over the plotting of the series. In a money-saving move, Evans appeared in only six episodes early in the season as an ailing Krystle seeks brain surgery in Switzerland but is left in an offscreen coma -- a condition created as an out and back-in as Evans was ready to leave the series and the producers wanted a window in case she decided to return. Similarly to cut costs, Collins was contracted for only 13 out of the season's 22 episodes; former Colbys character Sable (Stephanie Beacham) was brought in as both a platonic confidante for Blake and a nemesis for Alexis, and Tracy Scoggins also reprised her Colbys role as Sable's daughter Monica. A storyline involving a murder and an old secret tying the Carrington, Colby, and Dexter families together spanned the season as Alexis and Sable sparred first over business and then over Dex.

Ratings, however, continued to decline and were further exacerbated by the change in time-slot as the series was in competition with the strong NBC Thursday prime-time line-up, which had regularly drawn the lion's share of the audience. The Cosby Show, which had supplanted Dynasty as the #1 show on television in 1986, continued to hold that lead. In May 1989, new ABC entertainment president Robert A. Iger cancelled Dynasty, making the last episode of season nine the series finale. The show ended with Blake, Fallon, Krystina, Alexis, and Dex in mortal peril.[9][21]

Miniseries[edit]

With the series cancelled in 1989, the final episode (featuring multiple cliffhangers and most of the main characters in dire straits and even mortal peril) was initially left unresolved. As an attempt to wrap up these loose plotlines, ABC produced a two-part miniseries entitled Dynasty: The Reunion, which aired in October 1991.[9]

Many of the cast members, including John Forsythe, Joan Collins, John James, Heather Locklear, and Emma Samms agreed to reprise their roles in early 1991. It was unknown during pre-production which characters the reunion film would include. Linda Evans was brought back last-minute, just before the final script was penned, as was Kathleen Beller. Jack Coleman, who had played Steven Carrington from 1982 to 1988, had agreed to appear in the film, but due to conflicts with producers, he was replaced with Al Corley, who originated the part in 1981. Gordon Thomson would not appear in the film when ABC refused to align the shooting schedule with his work on the daytime series Santa Barbara, and was replaced with Robin Sachs, who many involved felt was wrong for the part. Michael Nader did not appear in the film due to similar misunderstandings, and his character was written out of the script.[citation needed]

Dynasty: The Reunion aired on October 20 and October 22, 1991. The initial first night airing achieved moderate ratings, averaging ten million viewers. The second night fared worse, averaging just seven million viewers. Critical reviews were not favorable, with many feeling the script was poor and that the film was merely an attempt of ABC's wish to "cash-in" on an old series. Due to the unimpressive ratings and reviews, ABC decided not to further expand the Dynasty franchise.[citation needed]

The catfights[edit]

Over the run of the series, the rivalry between Alexis and Krystle is a primary driver for the melodrama. Alexis resents Krystle's supplanting of her position as mistress of the Carrington household and tries to undermine her at every opportunity, while Krystle makes increasingly bold efforts to keep Alexis from interfering in the lives of their mutual loved ones. The pair have numerous verbal spats, accented by slaps across the face, but on more than one occasion they have physical altercations. "Unfortunately, the thing people remember about this show is the catfights," noted Collins in 1991.[9] Krystle and Alexis famously brawl in Alexis' studio[22] and later in a lily pond,[23] hurl mud at each other at a beauty salon,[2] and slide down a ravine together into a puddle of mud[24] before their final showdown in a fashion studio in the 1991 miniseries Dynasty: The Reunion.[9] In 2008 Entertainment Weekly termed Alexis and Krystle's catfights "the gold standard of scratching and clawing."[25] Later in the series Alexis battles Blake's half-sister Dominique Deveraux (Diahann Carroll)[26] and her own cousin Sable Colby (Stephanie Beacham);[27] Heather Locklear's Sammy Jo has catfights with both Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg) in a swimming pool[28] and Fallon (Emma Samms) in a horse trough and the mud around it,[29] as well as a slapping match with Claudia (Pamela Bellwood). Evans even battles with herself at the climax of a 1985–1986 storyline in which Krystle is imprisoned and replaced by a lookalike, also played by Evans.[30]

Spin-offs and television events[edit]

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 which led to the casting of Emma Samms in the role. Ratings for The Colbys were poor and the show lasted for just two seasons, ending in 1987. Both Fallon and Jeff returned to Dynasty after the series ended.

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.

On January 2, 2005, ABC aired a fictionalized television movie entitled Dynasty: The Making of a Guilty Pleasure, chronicling the creation and backstage details of Dynasty. It received poor reviews both for content and for historical accuracy, and was criticized by Forsythe, Evans, and Collins in separate press releases.[31] Filmed in Australia, the movie starred Bartholomew John as Forsythe, Melora Hardin as Evans, and Alice Krige as Collins.[32] The film begins with a disclaimer noting the inclusion of "time compression and composite and fictionalized characters and incidents," and takes dramatic license with both the historical timeline and events, as well as the fictional storylines originally presented on Dynasty.

On May 2, 2006, a non-fiction television special named Dynasty Reunion: Catfights & Caviar aired on CBS. It assembled former cast members from the series, including John Forsythe, Joan Collins, and Linda Evans, as well as the four original actors who played the Carrington children (Pamela Sue Martin, Al Corley, Gordon Thomson, and Catherine Oxenberg). The special showed various clips from the series, as the cast reminisced about their time on the show. The special was filmed at the Filoli estate, the location originally used for exterior shots of the Carringtons' mansion in the series.

The Shapiros announced on January 12, 2011 that they had written a Dynasty prequel feature film script set in the 1960s, and were shopping it to studios for a possible film franchise.[33] In a September 2011 interview, Dynasty actress Joan Collins chatted about a Dynasty television revival: "I've been in constant contact with Esther Shapiro, who wrote it, and apparently they've written a script."[34] However, she has since stated that a revival is not going to happen after all.[citation needed]

Behind the scenes[edit]

An exterior view of Filoli, used as the Carrington mansion on the TV series Dynasty.

The Filoli estate in Woodside, California, was used as the 48-room Carrington mansion in the opening credits, establishing shots, and some outdoor scenes in the pilot episode. Some of the other exterior shots of the Carrington mansion (including the lily pond catfight) were shot at a 17-room Palladian house called Arden Villa.[35]

John Forsythe was the only cast member to appear in all 222 episodes of the series. Linda Evans appeared in 206 of the 222 episodes, leaving the series after appearing in only six episodes of the ninth and final season. Joan Collins, who did not join the cast until the second season, also missed one episode in season 6 and nine episodes in season 9, and was subsequently present for a total of 197 episodes. Forsythe and John James were the only two original cast members to appear in the final episode.

Commercial tie-ins[edit]

The creations of series costume designer Nolan Miller became so popular that Dynasty spawned its own line of women's apparel[2] 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 (named after the Krystle Carrington character) and a companion cologne 'Carrington' (named after Blake Carrington), dolls, and — in keeping with the nothing-is-sacred spirit of the show — even wall-to-wall carpeting and panty hose."[2]

In addition, the Crystal Light beverage hired Linda Evans as a spokesperson due to her character's name (Krystle) on Dynasty.[36]

Two fictional novels were published, based on scripts from early episodes — Dynasty (1983)[37] and Alexis Returns (1984)[38] — written by Eileen Lottman. In 1984, Doubleday/Dolphin published the companion book Dynasty: The Authorized Biography of the Carringtons, which included an introduction by Esther Shapiro.[39] 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.[39]

Broadcast history[edit]

NOTE: The most frequent time slot for the series is in bold text.

  • Monday at 9:00–10:00 PM on ABC: January 12—April 20, 1981
  • Wednesday at 10:00–11:00 PM on ABC: November 4, 1981—April 20, 1983; September 23, 1987—March 30, 1988
  • Thursday at 9:00–10:00 PM on ABC: November 3, 1988—May 11, 1989
  • Wednesday at 9:00–10:00 PM on ABC: September 28, 1983—May 6, 1987

Reception[edit]

Dynasty was a top 20 hit from its second to seventh seasons, reaching #1 for the 1984–1985 season with a nielsen rating of 25.0 or an average tune-in audience of 21.2 million homes per episode.[5][7] The series was popular in Europe as well, and especially in Yugoslavia.

Nielsen ratings[edit]

  • Season 1 (1981): #28 (19.0) [40]
  • Season 2 (1981–1982): #19 (20.2)[5][6]
  • Season 3 (1982–1983): #5 (22.4)[5][41]
  • Season 4 (1983–1984): #3 (24.1)[5][42]
  • Season 5 (1984–1985): #1 (25.0)[5][7]
  • Season 6 (1985–1986): #7 (21.8)[5][19]
  • Season 7 (1986–1987): #24 (17.2)[5]
  • Season 8 (1987–1988): #33 (14.33)[5][19]
  • Season 9 (1988–1989): #57 (10.40)[5][19]

Awards and nominations[edit]

Dynasty was nominated for a Golden Globe Award for Best TV Drama Series every year from 1981 to 1986, winning in 1984.[8] It is the only night-time soap to achieve this honor. Forsythe and Collins were also nominated for Best Actor and Best Actress every year from 1981 to 1986, and Evans was nominated for Best Actress every year from 1981 to 1985. Evans won in 1982 (tying with Barbara Bel Geddes of rival series Dallas),[43] Forsythe won in 1983[44] and 1984,[8] and Collins won in 1983.[44]

DVD releases[edit]

The first season of Dynasty was released on Region 1 DVD on April 19, 2005 by 20th Century Fox Home Entertainment. The rights to subsequent seasons (and Season 1 rights for other regions) reverted to CBS DVD (distributed by Paramount) in November 2006.

The show is rated  PG  for Parental Guidance in Australia and  PG  in New Zealand for adult themes.

Season Ep# Region 1 Region 2 (United Kingdom) Region 2 (Germany) Region 2 (Sweden) Region 4 (Australia) Additional Content
Season 1 15[45] April 19, 2005 March 9, 2009 July 3, 2008 April 9, 2008 April 9, 2008 All 15 episodes of the first season,[45] interviews with original cast members Pamela Sue Martin and Al Corley, two commentary tracks by creator Esther Shapiro and Corley, Family, Furs and Fun: Creating DYNASTY series overview featurette.[46]
Season 2 22 August 14, 2007 March 9, 2009 March 5, 2009 October 22, 2008 October 1, 2008 All 22 episodes of the second season, Interactive Season 2 Family Tree[47] (Blake, Alexis, Krystle, Fallon, Jeff, Steven, Sammy Jo and Little Blake profiles).
Season 3, Volume 1 12 June 17, 2008[48] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: First 12 episodes of Season 3
Season 3, Volume 2 12 October 21, 2008[49] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: Second 12 episodes of Season 3
Season 3, Complete Season 24 N/A May 18, 2009 September 3, 2009 April 29, 2009 April 2, 2009 All 24 episodes of Season 3 released in a single volume
Season 4, Volume 1 14 April 7, 2009[50] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: First 14 episodes of Season 4
Season 4, Volume 2 13 February 2, 2010[51] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: Second 13 episodes of Season 4
Season 4, Complete Season 27 N/A March 8, 2010 December 3, 2009 November 25, 2009 December 24, 2009 All 27 episodes of Season 4 released in a single volume
Season 5, Volume 1 15 July 5, 2011[52] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: First 15 episodes of Season 5
Season 5, Volume 2 14 July 5, 2011[52] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: Second 14 episodes of Season 5
Season 5, Complete Season 29 N/A June 21, 2010 July 8, 2010 July 28, 2010 August 5, 2010 All 29 episodes of Season 5 released in a single volume
Season 6, Volume 1 16 July 3, 2012[53] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: First 16 episodes of Season 6
Season 6, Volume 2 15 July 3, 2012 N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: Second 15 episodes of Season 6
Season 6, Complete Season 31 N/A January 24, 2011 December 9, 2010 November 24, 2010 June 26, 2013 [54] All 31 episodes of Season 6 released in a single volume
Season 7, Volume 1 16 July 9, 2013[55] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: First 16 episodes of Season 7
Season 7, Volume 2 12 July 9, 2013[55] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: Second 12 episodes of Season 7
Season 7, Complete Season 28 N/A January 30, 2012 December 8, 2011 November 16, 2011 June 26, 2013[54] All 28 episodes of Season 7 released in a single volume
Season 8, Volume 1 12 April 29, 2014[56] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: First 12 episodes of Season 8
Season 8, Volume 2 10 April 29, 2014[56] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: Second 10 episodes of Season 8
Season 8, Complete Season 22 N/A July 30, 2012 September 6, 2012 August 1, 2012 June 26, 2013[54] All 22 episodes of Season 8 released in a single volume
Season 9, Volume 1 12 September 9, 2014[56] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: First 11 episodes of Season 9
Season 9, Volume 2 10 September 9, 2014[56] N/A N/A N/A N/A US/Region 1: Second 11 episodes of Season 9
Season 9, Complete Season 22 TBA January 28, 2013 December 6, 2012[57] December 12, 2012[58] June 26, 2013[54] All 22 episodes of Season 9 released in a single volume
The Complete Seasons Boxset 220 TBA January 28, 2013 TBA December 12, 2012 TBA All nine seasons collected together in a single boxed set.
The Reunion Miniseries 2

See also[edit]

References and notes[edit]

  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 a 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. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m n o p Schemering, Christopher (September 1985). The Soap Opera Encyclopedia. pp. 80–81. ISBN 0-345-32459-5. 
  3. ^ Corliss, Richard (April 3, 2010). "Charlie's an Angel Now: John Forsythe Dies at 92". Time magazine (Time.com). Retrieved September 25, 2010. 
  4. ^ Mar, Alex (May 25, 2011). "The Dynasty That Could Have Been". Slate (State.com). Retrieved May 27, 2011. 
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  22. ^ Season 2 episode "The Baby" (March 3, 1982)
  23. ^ Season 3 episode "The Threat" (April 13, 1983)
  24. ^ Season 6 episode "Ben" (February 26, 1986)
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  26. ^ Season 7 episode "Fear" (December 31, 1986)
  27. ^ Season 9 episode "Blasts from the Past" (May 4, 1989)
  28. ^ Season 6 finale "The Choice (a.k.a.) The Vendetta" (May 21, 1986)
  29. ^ Season 9 episode "Alexis in Blunderland" (December 15, 1988)
  30. ^ Season 6 episode "The Vigil" (January 22, 1986)
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  38. ^ Lottman, Eileen (1984). Alexis Returns. Bantam Books. ISBN 0-553-24431-0. 
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  45. ^ 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.
  46. ^ Dynasty Season 1 Region 1 DVD packaging (2005)
  47. ^ Dynasty Season 2 Region 1 DVD packaging (2007)
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  51. ^ Dynasty – Season 4, Volume 2 DVD Set's Release Date Announced." – TVshowsonDVD.com
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