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Dynasty (ABC)

Dynasty was an American primetime soap that aired for 9 seasons, from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989 (a total of 222 episodes). This was another of producer Aaron Spelling’s primetime soaps. Dynasty was ABC’s answer to CBS’ primetime soap Dallas. The ratings for the first season were not spectacular, but the second season addition of Joan Collins as Alexis Carrington saw Dynasty enter the top twenty. By the third season (the fall of 1982), it was top ten and in the spring of 1985, it became the number one show in the U.S.

Between 1981 and 1986, Dynasty was nominated as Best TV Drama Series by the Golden Globes — winning in 1984. A spin-off The Colbys aired for two seasons from November 1985 to March 1987. A two-part miniseries, Dynasty: The Reunion was broadcast in October 1991.

Dynasty revolved around the Carringtons, a wealthy family that lived in Denver. Dynasty starred John Forsythe as patriach Blake Carrington and Linda Evans as his wife Krystle as well as Joan Collins who played Blake’s ex-wife. It could be argued that due to the intensity of jealousy and hatred between Krystle and Alexis that the “catfight” was a co-star too (Krystle and Alexis often engaged in physical altercations). Dynasty co-starred Emma Samms, Heather Locklear, Diahann Carroll and a wealth of others.

By the final ninth season, Dynasty switched broadcast nights from Wednesday to Thursday and saw some integral cast members leave. In fact, John Forsythe was the only cast member to appear in all 222 episodes and only Forsythe and John James (Jeff Colby) were the only two original cast members to appear in the final episodes. The ninth season ratings saw it come in at #57 — the lowest of its entire run and the only season below the Top 40.