Knots Landing

Knots Landing
Ted Shakelford, Joan Van Ark, Don Murray, Michele Lee, Constance McCashin, and John Pleshette in Knots Landing

(1979-1993)

Knots Landing is an American prime time television drama that aired on CBS from December 27, 1979, to May 13, 1993. A spin-off of Dallas, it was set in a fictitious coastal suburb of Los Angeles. It initially centered on the lives of four married couples living on a cul-de-sac — Gary and Valene Ewing, relatives to the popular Ewing clan of Dallas; Sid and Karen Fairgate (Michele Lee), their all-American neighbors; Richard and Laura Avery; Kenny and Ginger Ward, a newlywed couple; and divorcee Abby Cunningham, Sid’s scheming sister.

Knots Landing was first pitched to CBS, but CBS wanted something more “saga-like.”  So David Jacobs then created Dallas.  It was a hit. Then David re-pitched Knots Landing, spinning off the two characters of Gary and Valene Ewing, who moved from Dallas to a cul-de-sac in California. 

By the time of its conclusion Knots Landing was the longest running prime-time drama in US television history.

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