Dynasty is an American prime time television soap opera that aired on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. The series, created by Richard and Esther Shapiro and produced by Aaron Spelling, revolved around the Carringtons, a fictional wealthy family, residing in Denver, Colorado. The series was ABC's competitor to CBS's prime time series, Dallas.
John Forsythe starred as oil tycoon Blake Carrington, who runs Denver-Carrington, a highly successful oil business in Denver. Linda Evans played his beautiful young wife Krystle Jennings and Joan Collins played his evil former wife Alexis Carrington Colby.
For the first four seasons, Pamela Sue Martin played his uncontrollable daughter Fallon, and for the first two seasons, Al Corley played his homosexual son Steven. Lloyd Bochner played Blake's business rival Cecil Colby and John James played Cecil's nephew Jeff Colby.
Ratings for the show's first season were lower than imagined, but the fall 1981 arrival of Joan Collins as Blake's scheming ex-wife Alexis Morell Carrington, saw ratings enter the top twenty. By the fall of 1982, it was a top ten show, and by the spring of 1985, it was the #1 show in the United States and Great Britain. Other notable cast members included Heather Locklear, Michael Nader, Diahann Carroll, Emma Samms, Ted McGinley, Rock Hudson, Kate O'Mara and Stephanie Beacham among others.