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As the series opened, tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) was about to marry Krystle Jennings (Linda Evans), a younger woman whom he met when she took a job as a secretary at his company, the monolithic Denver-Carrington.
Krystle was young, beautiful and vulnerable, described by the show's creator Esther Shapiro as "an American Aphrodite". She found a hostile reception in the Carrington household - the staff patronised her, Blake's daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) resented her, and her husband was too preoccupied with his work. Krystle's only ally in the Carrington house was her stepson, the sexually ambivalent Steven (Al Corley).
At the conclusion of the show's first season, as Blake Carrington stood trial for the murder of his gay son's lover, Ted Dinard, the script called for the return of Blake's former wife, the sultry, elegant Alexis Carrington. (In early drafts of the script the character was named Madelaine Carrington.) With the role uncast, a model was used in the season finale.
In the first episode of the second season, titled Enter Alexis, the mysterious stranger removed her Dior sunglasses to reveal English actress Joan Collins who chewed her way through the scripts, and confirmed Alexis Carrington, later Alexis Colby, as one of the greatest TV characters of all time. She blazed a trail across the show and the program quickly shot up in the ratings.
By the end of the 1981-1982 season Dynasty entered the Top 20 in the Nielsen ratings, and eventually hit #1 in the ratings in 1985. The show epitomized an era of glamour and decadence and was the talk of the nation. Even former President Gerald Ford guest-starred.
With Alexis settled as Krystle's implacable nemesis, mother and stepdaughter Fallon settled their differences - a bond which riled the displaced and resentful Alexis even further.
In the seasons which followed, Alexis caused Krystle's miscarriage, tried to ruin her marriage by finding Krystle's former husband (Samuel) Mark Jennings and proving that their divorce was never finalised (and that, consequently, Krystle's marriage to Blake was invalid) as well as provoking a handful of trademark catfights, beginning with one in the Carrington estate's art studio, another in the lily pond, a third in a mud pool in a park and a fourth (in Dynasty: The Reunion) in a fashion studio.
The most memorable aspects of the series, outside the high camp scripts from writer/creators Richard and Esther Shapiro and writers Robert and Eileen Mason Pollock, were a stream of infamous cliffhanger storylines including a fire in the hotel La Mirage, an Alexis/Krystle showdown which ended in an inferno in Steven's cabin, and the show's most famous - the so-called "wedding massacre" when Blake's daughter Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg) married Prince Michael of Moldavia (Michael Praed) on the eve of a military revolution in his country.
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|Last Airing||May 11, 1989|
|Premiere||January 12, 1981|
|Format/Time||Color / 60 Minutes|
|Upcoming Airs||Not currently airing|
Krystle Grant Jennings Carrington/Rita Lesley
Gordon Thomson.... Adam Alexander Carrington (1982-1989)
Joan Collins.... Alexis Morell Carrington Colby Dexter Rowan (# 2) (1981 (season 2)-1989)
Catherine Oxenberg.... Amanda Bedford Carrington (#1) (1981-1986)
Karen Cellini.... Amanda Bedford Carrington (#2) (1986-1987)
Christopher Cazenove.... Benjamin 'Ben' Carrington (1986-1987)
John Forsythe.... Blake Carrington
Kate O'Mara.... Cassandra 'Caress' Morrell (1986)
Lloyd Bochner.... Cecil Baldwin Colby (1981-1982)
Pamela Bellwood.... Claudia Johnson Blaisdel Carrington (1981-1986)
Ted McGinley.... Clayburn 'Clay' Fallmont (1986-1987)
Leeann Hunley.... Dana Bethany Waring Carrington (1986-1988)
Rock Hudson.... Daniel Reece (1984-1985)
Michael Nader.... Dex Dexter (1983-1989)
Emma Samms.... Fallon Carrington Colby (1985, 1987-1989)
Pamela Sue Martin.... Fallon Carrington Colby (1981-1984)
John James.... Jeffrey Broderick 'Jeff' Colby (1981-1985, 1986-1989)
George Hamilton.... Joel Abrigore (1985-1986)
Lee Bergere.... Joseph Arlington Aynders (1981-1983)
Kathleen Beller.... Kirby Alicia Aynders Colby (1982-1984)
Ali MacGraw.... Lady Ashley Mitchell (1985)
Terri Garber.... Leslie Carrington Saunders (1987-1988)
Geoffrey Scott.... Mark Howard Jennings (1982-1985)
Bo Hopkins.... Matthew Blaisdel (1981, 1987)
Wayne Northrop.... Michael Culhane (1981, 1986-1987)
Diahann Carroll.... Millie "Dominique" Cox Deveraux (1984-1987)
Tracy Scoggins.... Monica Colby (1989)
Helmut Berger.... Peter De Vilbis (1983-1984)
Michael Praed.... Prince Michael of Moldavia (1985-1986)
Stephanie Beacham.... Sabella 'Sable' Scott Colby (1988-1989)
Heather Locklear.... Samantha Josephine 'Sammy Jo' Dean Reece Carrington Fallmont (1981-1982, 1985-1989)
James Healey.... Sean Aynders Rowan (1987-1988)
Al Corley.... Steven Daniel Carrington #1 (1981-1982)
Jack Coleman.... Steven Daniel Carrington #2 (1982-1988)
Deborah Adair.... Tracy (Kendell)
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