Knots Landing

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


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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