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Knots Landing TV Show

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Television Show Summary

The 80's TV show and nighttime soap opera series Knots Landing chronicles the lives of five families living on an seaside cul-de-sac in the town of Knots Landing in Southern California.

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DVD Release Dates and Info for Knots Landing Series

03/28/2006 - Complete 1st Season

TV Show Plot For Knots Landing

The Knots Landing TV show was a spin off the successful CBS soap series Dallas. The series premiered in the middle of the 1979-80 season. Knots Landing became a top rated show on it's own and ran for fourteen years and a total of 344 episodes.

The main characters of Knots Landing were: Gary (Ted Shackelford) and Valene Ewing (Joan Van Ark), Sid (Don Murray) and Karen Fairgate (Michele Lee), Richard (John Pleshette) and Laura Avery (Constance McCashin), and Kenny (James Houghton) and Ginger Ward (Kim Lankford). Dallas characters Jr and Bobby appeared on the show in it's early seasons. Other characters included politician and businessman Greg Sumner (William Devane) who left Knots Landing after being accused of murder. Kevin Dobson played Mack Mackenzie, who would marry Karen when Sid was killed in a car accident.

Gary was the weaker of the Ewing sons and was a recovering alcoholic. He had deserted his wife Valene Ewing, then later remarried her. They moved to Southern California to escape the pressures of life with the Dallas Ewings.

Cast of Knots Landing TV Show

Ted Shackelford - Gary Ewing
Constance McChasin - Laura Avery Sumner
Pat Peterson - Michael Fairgate
Steve Shaw - Eric Fairgate
Donna Mills - Abby Cunningham Ewing Sumner
Tonya Crowe - Olivia Cunningham
Julie Harris - Lilimae Clements
Kevin Dobson - M. (Mack) Patrick MacKenzie
Douglas Sheehan - Ben Gibson
William Devane - Gregory Sumner

Trivia for the TV Show Knots Landing

The thirteen episodes of the first Knot Landing season were released on DVD in 2006.

Ted Shackelford and Michele Lee were the only Knots Landing cast members to appear in all 14 seasons of the series (Michelle Lee appeared in all 344 episodes).

In 1997, the Knots Landing cast rejoined to shoot a two-part TV reunion movie called "Back to the Cul-De-Sac".

Top 20 Ratings Info for Knots Landing Series

1982-83 - 4th Season - Ranked #20
1983-84 - 5th Season - Ranked #11
1984-85 - 6th Season - Ranked #9
1985-86 - 7th Season - Ranked #17

80's TV Show Facts:

The TV Show Knots Landing was televised from 12/20/1979 to 05/13/1993, on the CBS network.

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