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.