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The center character, Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) is the owner of a big Oil empire, Denver Carrington and his worst enemy is his cruel ex-wife, Alexis Carrington (Joan Collins), who owns Colby Co Oil Empire.
During their Union, they had 4 children, Adam (Gordon Thomson/Robin Sachs) who has been kidnapped at birth, Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin/Emma Samms) who had an amnesia and then saw UFO, Steven (Al Corley/Jack Coleman), who had facial plastic surgery and then took it over, and Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg/Karen Cellini) who has been forgotten when she left to Europe. Later, Blake married Krystle Jennings (Linda Evans) twice...
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good-value bundle pack of the first two "Dynasty" yearsJune 27 2010
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The ABC Network's answer to the hugely-popular primetime soap "Dallas", DYNASTY was created by Esther and Richard Shapiro to be the most flamboyant, daring and outrageous of all night-time drama series. The lives of Denver's oil-rich Carrington family unfolded each and every week to the fascination of viewers all over the world, who couldn't get enough of their scandalous private affairs.
In the debut season, we first meet oil magnate Blake Carrington (John Forsythe), the tough but fair CEO of Denver-Carrington, as he's preparing to marry former secretary Krystle Jennings (Linda Evans). The show's opening story, "Oil", is spread over three episodes and sets up the characters and plots that would unfold throughout the season.
Sweet-as-pie Krystle is met with all-out resentment by Blake's stuffy butler (SORRY, "major domo") Joseph, played to perfection by Lee Bergere, and the staff follow suit. Meanwhile, Blake's grown children are causing their own headaches. Wild child Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) proudly admits to bedding half the players on Carrington's football team and is also carrying on with studly chauffeur Michael (Wayne Northrop). In the midst of all the bed-hopping comes a tantalising deal from Blake's chief rival Cecil Colby (Lloyd Bochner): if Fallon marries Cecil's nephew Jeff (John James, of the quizzical expressions and upturned eyebrows), he'll absorb the $9.5 million debt owed by Blake and help the continued association between Denver-Carrington and ColbyCo.
Blake's son Steven (Al Corley) is another kettle of fish altogether. Returning to Denver after spending a year in New York with his...da-da-dum...gay lover Ted (Mark Withers), Steven's relationship with his father (and sexuality) goes through some particularly bumpy patches, to say the least. Steven was the first regular gay character on a soap and broke many boundaries.
On the other side of the social divide we find the middle-class Blaisdel clan. Matthew (Bo Hopkins) was kicked out of the Middle East, where he managed oil wells belonging to Denver-Carrington. Lovely wife Claudia (Pamela Bellwood) has suffered a breakdown and spent a long spell in a mental institution, and daughter Lindsay (Katy "New Adventures of Heidi" Kurtzman) spends all her time looking like she's on the verge of bursting into tears. Yawn. Audiences didn't really enjoy their involvement in the show, and the Blaisdel family was written out after the first year, except for good ole "Crazy Claudia" who provided lots of value in some of DYNASTY's best storylines in the years to come.
And what of the legendary Alexis (Joan Collins)? Well, you'll have to stick out the entire first season before she makes her dazzling entrance as the surprise witness in the last episode. Starting in Season 2, Alexis makes pulls no punches in her vendetta against Krystle and the war on Denver-Carrington. The show is still enjoyable without Alexis, but the last few episodes seem to drag a lot in their build-up to her arrival.
Season One includes the following: Disc 1: Oil (Parts 1, 2 & 3) Disc 2: The Honeymoon / The Dinner Party / Fallon's Wedding / The Chauffeur Tells a Secret Disc 3: The Bordello / Krystle's Lie / The Necklace / The Beating Disc 4: The Birthday Party / The Separation / Blake Goes to Jail / The Testimony
The second season opens with the arrival of Blake's first wife Alexis Carrington as the surprise witness in Blake's murder trial. The one thing missing from the first season of DYNASTY was a real villainess, and Joan Collins' casting as the scheming Alexis gave the show a much-needed shot of adrenaline. Whether she's rolling around on the floor with Krystle or rolling in the sheets with Blake's rival Cecil Colby, Alexis is a complete one-of-a-kind soap creation, an almost epic combination of old school wicked witch and one-woman demolition derby. Did I mention the delicious studio catfight between Krystle and Alexis? It's a doozy.
Claudia Blaisdel awakens in the hospital to discover that Matthew has skipped the country with their daughter Lindsay, and is later pimped and blackmailed by Cecil into stealing valuable documents from Denver-Carrington. Things really go to pot when Claudia and Krystle struggle over a gun and Claudia's brain is literally shot to pieces - here comes "Crazy Claudia"!
Fallon and Jeff break up, and make up...then break up some more...but in between they manage to conceive little Blake Junior who is born premature after Fallon was involved in an auto accident. Nurse Susan (Christine Belford, aka "Wonder Woman"'s duplicitous Baroness von Gunther) is assigned as the kid's nanny. Should have smelled a rat right there...
New characters: In addition to the amazing Alexis, Season 2 also boasts the arrival Dr. Nick Toscanni (James Farentino), a psychiatrist/sometime neurosurgeon with an axe to grind about the role Blake (John Forsythe) played in his half-brother's death, who quickly falls into bed with Fallon and causes a few temptations for Krystle as well! Krystle's "gosh darn" niece Sammy Jo (Heather Locklear) also comes to stay for a spell...looking for her own piece of the Carrington pie!
Season Two includes the following: Disc 1: Enter Alexis / The Verdict / Alexis' Secret / Fallon's Father Disc 2: Reconciliation / Viva Las Vegas / The Miscarriage / Mid-East Meeting Disc 3: The Psychiatrist / Sammy Jo and Steven Marry / The Car Explosion / Blake's Blindness Disc 4: The Hearing / The Iago Syndrome / The Party / The Baby Disc 5: Mother and Son / The Gun / The Fragment / The Shakedown Disc 6: The Two Princes / The Cliff
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As soaps go, the cream of the crop (along with Dallas).May 28 2007
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001 "Oil - Part 1" Original airdate 12 January 1981
Wealthy oil tycoon Blake Carrington prepares to marry his former secretary Krystle.
002 "Oil - Part 2" 12 January 1981
Things get even more complicated when an old friend of Matthew's, Walter Lankershim, approaches Matthew about forming a business partnership. But Matthew says his loyalties lie with Blake -- until Walter's oil well is sabotaged and it looks like Blake was behind it.
003 "Oil - Part 3" 12 January 1981
As Blake and Krystle recite their wedding vows, Walter arrives with a gun determined to get revenge.
004 "The Honeymoon. 19 January 1981
The honeymoon is cut short when Blake's Middle East oil business runs into trouble.
005 "The Dinner Party" 26 January 1981
When Blake throws an elaborate dinner party and invites Matthew in hopes of luring him back to Denver-Carrington, Fallon overhears Matthew telling Krystle he still loves her.
006 "Fallon's Wedding" 2 February 1981
007 "The Chauffeur Tells a Secret. 16 February 1981 Michael finds out about Cecil's deal with Fallon and tells Blake.
008 "The Bordello" 23 February 1981
Blake attempts to save his business by putting key holdings in Krystle's name, Krystle pawns an
expensive necklace to help Matthew.
009 "Krystle's Lie"2 March 1981
Matthew discovers one of his own workers was paid by Blake to sabotage the oil rig and blame it on
Steven. Blake goes into a rage when he finds Krystle's birth control pills.
010 "The Necklace" 2 March 1981
Michael tells Fallon that Krystle sold an emerald necklace and gave the money to Matthew. Claudia
picks up a young man at a singles bar but when she changes her mind and calls Steven to come get her, they end up spending the night together.
011"The Beating" 9 March 1981
Steven moves out of the mansion then tells Blake he'll come work for Denver-Carrington. Lindsay finds out her mother slept with Steven, and Blake has Michael beaten after learning he slept with Fallon.
012 "The Birthday Party. 16 March 1981
Michael tells Blake that Krystle pawned her necklace and gave the money to Matthew.
013 "The Separation" 23 March 1981
Fed up with Blake's games, Krystle leaves. Steven also plans to leave Ted, but Ted tracks him to the Carrington mansion where their good-bye hug leads to disaster.
014 "Blake Goes To Jail" 13 April 1981
Krystle returns to stand by Blake after he's arrested for the murder of Ted Dinard.
015 "The Testimony" 20 April 1981
Back at the mansion tempers erupt over Steven's testimony. When Claudia is called to the stand,
forcing her to reveal her affair with Steven, Matthew is outraged and attacks Blake. But all this is just a warm-up to the prosecution's surprise witness.
Season Two (1981-1982)
# Title Original airdate
016 "Enter Alexis" 11/4/1981
017 "The Verdict" 11/11/1981
018 "Alexis' Secret" 11/18/1981
019 "Fallon's Father" 11/25/1981
020 "Reconciliation" 12/2/1981
021 "Viva Las Vegas" 12/9/1981
022 "The Miscarriage" 12/16/1981
023 "The Mid-East Meeting" 1/6/1982
024 "The Psychiatrist" 1/13/1982
025 "SammyJo & Steven Marry" 1/20/1982
026 "The Car Explosion" 1/27/1982
027 "Blake's Blindness" 2/3/1982
028 "The Hearing" 2/10/1982
029 "The Iago Syndrome" 2/17/1982
030 "The Party" 2/24/1982
031 "The Baby" 3/3/1982
032 "Mother And Son" 3/10/1982
033 "The Gun" 3/24/1982
034 "The Fragment" 4/7/1982
035 "The Shakedown" 4/14/1982
036 "The Two Princes" 4/28/1982
037 "The Cliff" 5/4/1982
7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
Dynasty season 1&2Sept. 16 2007
Skot John Arbery
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The glitz, the glamour, the catfights. I remember it all so well and now I can relive them again and again with the complete seasons of Dynasty. Can't wait for the rest of the seasons to be released.
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"The Continuing Story of "Dynasty"April 19 2013
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Fans have been waiting nearly a year to hear of the news that "Dynasty-The Complete Seventh Season" will be made available on July 9th, 2013. Paramount seems to be following a pattern, thankfully, of releasing the series anually, and with the fact that seasons 8 and 9 are already available in the U.K. and other countries it will only be a matter of time before the complete library of "Dynasty" episodes will FINALLY be put onto DVD for posterity.
Season 7 deals with the news that Claudia (played by original cast member Pamela Bellwood) has died in a fire that Blake may have had a hand in, the repercussions of Alexis taking control of the Carrington mansion and Denver/Carrington, the campy and elegant British actress Kate O'Mara joining the cast as Alexis' long-lost sister Caress who has spent years in prison due to Alexis which ignites a feud between the two sisters, the arrival of the Fallmonts and their involvment with the Carringtons, the love story between Adam and his former sweetheart Dana (played by Emmy-winng actress Leanne Hunley for her role on "Days of Our Lives") and a super ending with Alexis life in danger and the Carrington's being held captive at the mansion by a former character who everyone thought had died.
Season 7 is great fun with some intelligent plot twists, lots of sexy men for people to enjoy looking at, the women are dressed divinely and "Dynasty" proves that although the series wasn't nearly as popular as it once was (the series finished at #24 with a 17.2 Nielsen Rating for the 1986-1987 TV Season) loyal viewers stuck with it.
The only argument I have about this particular year was the lackluster writing the powers that be had for Diahanne Carrol and her character Dominique. They quietly wrote her off the series and completely forgot about her in subsequent seasons. There was also the terrible recasting of Amanda by Karen Cellini who couldn't act her way through a school play let alone a TV soap opera. Catherine Oxenberg, the original Amanda and a beautiful and superb actress, had asked Aaron Spelling for a $1000 a week pay rise and he fired her!
This season set contains all season 7 episodes (28) and are also available in 2 separate sets.
Welcome back "Dynasty"...the greatest primetime soap of them all!
3 of 3 people found the following review helpful
I'm hookedMarch 30 2013
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Awesome classic show. I understand why people were glued to their tv set each week back in the 80's. Great cast.