Knots Landing

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Knots Landing
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Premiere December 27, 1979
Finale May 13, 1993
Creator David Jacobs
Network CBS
Style 60-minute soap opera
Company Roundelay Productions
(season 1),
Roundelay-MF Productions
(seasons 2–14)
Lorimar Productions
(seasons 1–7),
Lorimar-Telepictures
(seasons 8–9)
Lorimar Television
(seasons 9–14)
Seasons 14
Episodes 344 + 1 special + 2 TV movies
Origin USA

Knots Landing represented CBS's attempts to ride out the success of Dallas even further through the creation of a spin-off. The series, much like its parent series, was an hour long primetime soap opera. Initially, Knots Landing revolved around four families living on the same cul-de-sac on Seaview Circle, however later on the series shifted from a simple family drama to criminal investigations and corporate intrigue in order to compete with L.A. Law.

Contents

Cast

Actor Character Duration
Main Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Teri Austin Jill Bennett o o o o *
Alec Baldwin Joshua Rush * *
Tonya Crowe Olivia Cunningham Dyer o o o o o o o o o *
William Devane Greg Sumner * * * * * * * * * *
Kevin Dobson Marion Patrick "Mack" MacKenzie * * * * * * * * * * *
Stacy Galina Mary-Frances Sumner o
Kate Whittaker * * *
Julie Harris Lilimae Wiley Clements o * * * * * * *
Lisa Hartman Ciji Dunne o
Cathy Geary Rush o * *
James Houghton Kenny Ward * * * *
Kim Lankford Ginger Kilman Ward * * * *
Michele Lee Karen Cooper Fairgate MacKenzie * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Claudia Lonow Diana Fairgate Fenice o o o o * o o
Constance McCashin Laura Murphy Avery Sumner * * * * * * * * *
Donna Mills Abby Fairgate Cunningham Ewing Sumner * * * * * * * * * o
Don Murray William Sidney "Sid" Fairgate * * o
Kathleen Noone Claudia Sumner Whittaker * * *
Patrick Petersen Michael Fairgate o o o o o o o o o o * *
Michelle Phillips Anne Winston Matheson Sumner o o * * * *
John Pleshette Richard Avery * * * * o
Larry Riley Frank Williams o o o * *
Ted Shackelford Garrison Arthur "Gary" Ewing * * * * * * * * * * * * * *
Douglas Sheehan Ben Gibson * * * *
Nicollette Sheridan Paige Matheson o o * * * * *
Joan Van Ark Valene "Val" Clements Ewing Gibson Waleska * * * * * * * * * * * * * o
Orange/Red/o indicates a recurring or guest role during that season.
Dark Green indicates top billing during that season.
Supporting/Recurring Cast 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14
Steve Shaw Eric Fairgate * * * * * * * * * *
Danny Gellis Jason Avery * * *
Danny Ponce * * * *
Matthew Newmark * * *
Bobby Jacoby Brian Cunningham * * * * *
Brian Austin Green * * * *
Daniel Weisman Daniel Avery * * * * * *
Clayton Landey James Westmont * * *
Victoria Ann Lewis Peggy * * * * * * * * *
Hunt Block Peter Hollister * * *
Morgan Corey White Marguerite "Meg" Sumner Mackenzie * *
Whitney Harper White * *
Rhianna Janette * * *
Wendy Fulton Jean Hackney *
Joseph Cousins Bobby Gibson Ewing * * * * * *
Christopher Cousins * * *
Kathryn Lubran Betsy Gibson Ewing * * *
Tiffany Lubran * * *
Emily Ann Lloyd * * *
Kent Masters King Julie Williams * * * * *
Lynne Moody Patricia Williams * * *
Peter Reckell Johnny Rourke * *
Lar Park Lincoln Linda Fairgate * * * *
Sam Behrens Danny Waleska * * *
Betsy Palmer Virginia Bullock * * *
Paul Carafotes Harold Dyer * *
Melinda Culea Paula Vertosick * *
Robert Desiderio Ted Melcher * *
Joseph Gian Detective Tom Ryan * * *
Thomas Wilson Brown Jason Lochner * *
Lorenzo Caccialanza Nick Shillace * *
Bruce Greenwood Pierce Lawton * *

Seasons

Season  Premiere Finale #
CBS
Season One December 27, 1979 March 27, 1980 13
Season Two November 20, 1980 March 26, 1981 18
Season Three November 12, 1981 May 6, 1982 22
Season Four September 30, 1982 March 10, 1983 22
Season Five September 29, 1983 March 29, 1984 25
Season Six October 4, 1984 May 23, 1985 30
Season Seven September 26, 1985 May 15, 1986 30
Season Eight September 18, 1986 May 14, 1987 30
Season Nine September 24, 1987 May 12, 1988 29
Season Ten October 27, 1988 May 18, 1989 28
Season Eleven September 28, 1989 May 17, 1990 29
Season Twelve September 13, 1990 May 16, 1991 27
Season Thirteen September 12, 1991 April 9, 1992 22
Season Fourteen October 29, 1992 May 13, 1993 19 + 1
TV Movies
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac (1) May 7, 1997
Knots Landing: Back to the Cul-De-Sac (2) May 9, 1997

In-Depth

DVD Releases

Title Release Date #
Season Sets
The Complete First Season March 28, 2006 5

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The Complete Second Season April 14, 2009 4

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External Sites