Jan. 12, 1981
60 min.
ABC TV Network

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The saga of a wealthy Denver family in the oil business: Blake Carrington, the patriarch; Krystle, his former secretary and wife; his children: Adam, Fallon, Steven and Amanda, hidden from him by his ex-wife, the conniving Alexis. Most of the show features the conflict between 2 large corporations, Blake's Denver Carrington and Alexis' ColbyCo.

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  • Angie Dickinson was offered the role of Krystle Carrington.
  • Sophia Loren, Elizabeth Taylor, and Raquel Welch were all considered for the role of Alexis.
  • Michael Nader beat out 400 other actors for the role of Dex Dexter.
  • This was the very last acting role for Rock Hudson' who played Daniel Reese from December 1984 to April 1985. (Hudson's last appearance as "himself" was with longtime pal Doris Day on the premiere episode of her series Doris Day's Best Friends.) Hudson passed away of AIDS on October 2, 1985. Incredibly, so little was known about AIDS at the time of this series that it was thought to be transmissible by casual contact, and many feared for the health of Linda Evans because she had kissed Rock Hudson in a scene on the show. Even more incredibly, a minor panic broke out in Hollywood about kissing scenes in films and TV. The "National Enquirer" gossip tabloid carried a picture of Rock Hudson kissing Linda Evans', and carried a story which further fueled the rampant paranoia at the time.
  • Lee Bergere was fired from this show for simply asking for more screen time for his character. 'Catherine Oxenberg' was fired because of a contract dispute.
  • Despite popular belief that Alexis Carrington was designed as a rip-off of JR Ewing of Dallas (1978), the character was originally conceived as being a low key passive-aggressive villainess. Joan Collins, who was a fan of Dallas (1978) and the JR Ewing character, suggested that the writers portray Alexis as an all-out female version of JR Ewing. Collins' suggestion was backed by ABC executives, who felt that "Dynasty" needed a JR-type character to go head-to-head with Dallas (1978).
  • The original plans for the second part of season 7 was that Blake would develop amnesia and fall in love with Alexis. However, this was changed because John Forsythe routinely vetoed any storyline involving adultery.
  • Al Corley, who took the controversial role of Steven Carrington in order to exploit the social impact of playing the first openly gay main character in a prime-time series, quit when the show's producers caved into network demands that Steven Carrington be cured of his homosexuality. Jack Coleman was hired to replace Corley and in order to explain away the change in actors, a storyline was written where Steven was in an oil rig explosion that required extensive plastic surgery to fix, resulting in Steven being given a brand new face as a result of numerous surgeries to rebuild his face.
  • The character Alexis Carrington ranked #1 in a survey by German network RTL searching "the 10 greatest TV villains" (2005).
  • Heather Locklear was a regular in season two, and left to join another Aaron Spelling program, T.J. Hooker, but continued to make appearances on "Dynasty". She rejoined the series as a regular in season six.
  • Other ideas for the true identity of Dominique Devereaux that were considered by the writers included Cecil Colby's real widow and Kirby Ander's long-lost mother.
  • In season six, Blake says his mother's name was Ellen Carrington. However, in an earlier season, Fallon stated that she was named after Blake's mother
  • Originally, the name of Blake's ex-wife was supposed to be Madeleine, not Alexis.
  • SPOILER: Alexis and Sable are cousins, which would make Fallon and her second husband Miles second cousins. It also makes Fallon and her first husband Jeff second cousins, since Jeff's mother is Sable's sister.
  • In the original draft of the early scripts for Dynasty, the two main families - the Carringtons and the Colbys - were named the Parkhursts and the Corbys respectively.
  • In the late 1980s this was the most popular TV series in Yugoslavia. It was broadcast every Monday at 9pm, and the streets were empty.
  • Diahann Carroll had planned to make some cameos during the show's eighth season, but it never happened because of budget problems. It was also rumored that she would have rejoined the cast during the tenth season, but "Dynasty" was taken off the air after the ninth season.
  • Richard Chamberlain was approached for the role of Daniel Reece. Rock Hudson accepted when Chamberlain declined.
  • Raquel Welch, Angie Dickinson and Anne Archer were considered for the role of Lady Ashley Marshall.
  • John James originally tested for the role of Steven.
  • Wayne Rogers and Melissa Sue Anderson were tapped to play Krystle's first husband, Mark Jennings, and Joseph's daughter, Kirby Anders.
  • When Alexis was introduced for the cliff-hanger finale of season one, the character had not yet been cast. Joan Collins was cast during the break between season one and two. In the season one cliff-hanger, Alexis was introduced during a trial as a surprise witness to testify against Blake. A friend of the producers played the part of the yet-uncast Alexis, who made a dramatic entrance wearing dark glasses and a wide-brimmed hat with a veil covering most of her face.
  • Except when famous jewellers such as Tiffany, Harry Winston or Edwar of Beverly Hills lent their jewelry to the actresses, the jewelry was created by Nolan Miller who also designed all the clothes for the show. To the shock of many fans, Miller admitted that all of the jewelry he created was fake.
  • Jon-Erik Hexum, who had starred with Joan Collins in Making of a Male Model (1983) (TV), lost the role of Dex Dexter to Michael Nader.
  • In an interview on Larry King Live in 2002, Joan Collins said that Jessica Walter was one of the top considerations for the role of Alexis before it was given to her.
  • Krystle's maiden name is Grant.
  • Long before the show started, John Forsythe had actually been friends with Linda Evans's family, since she was a teenager. Together, they met on the set of Bachelor Father.
  • Producers tried to conceal Pamela Bellwood's real-life pregnancy in season 6 as it was not written into the script, but it was sometimes apparent on-screen that she was pregnant. Pamela also missed five episodes in mid season 6 when she had her baby.
  • The original plans after the infamous Moldavian Massacre were for King Galen to propose Alexis to marry him and become Queen of Moldavia. Alexis would have refused the proposal, however a dream sequence of the wedding had been shot in December 1985. Because the viewer response to the entire Moldavian storyline was highly unfavorable, several scenes of three episodes were replaced by new scenes, including the royal wedding dream sequence.
  • Markus Hoffmann appeared as an extra in the series.

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