was a prime time soap that ran from 1979 to 1993 on
CBS. This show was a spin-off of Dallas, with the focus
being on Gary and Valene Ewing, relatives of the
infamous Ewing family. Joan Van Ark starred as Valene
(Val) Ewing, Ted Shackelford as Gary Ewing, Michele Lee
as Karen Fairgate MacKenzie, Constance McCashin as Laura
Avery Sumner, and a there was a host of other regulars.
Ultimately running for 14 seasons, the show became one
of the longest running primetime series in TV history.
of this show will remember that the stories revolved
around Gary (Shackelford) and Val (Van Ark) Ewing, who
moved to California from Dallas to begin anew. Gary had
been the black sheep middle son of the Dallas Ewings,
and had been treated poorly by his father when compared
to his brother J.R.ís treatment. Gary married Val when
they were both teenagers. They were soon divorced, but
reunited years later. Just like your typical soap
opera, and in a similar style to Dallas, Knots Landing
featured plenty of adultery, fornication, and other
forms of blatant immorality. And of course there were
plenty of plot twists and cliff hangers.