30 years ago the world was introduced to the Carrington Family of Denver, Colorado. On January 12, 1981 Blake Carrington, the wealthy oil tycoon played by John Forsythe, has just brought his new fiancé and former secretary Krystle Jennings, played by Linda Evans, to live in his mansion and finalize the details of their wedding. Krystle finds herself being ignored by the staff, painfully mocked by Blake's spoiled daughter Fallon and her only ally is Blake's son, Steven (with whom Blake has a rocky relationship), and that is just in the first episode! Welcome to Dynasty, the world of over indulgence complete with caviar and champagne.
In the years that follow the Carrrington clan is rocked by murder, scandal, betrayal, catfights, romance, revenge, greed, secrets, lies, amnesia and did we mention the catfights?! Enter Alexis Carrington, played by the glamorous Joan Collins, Blake Carrington's ex-wife and mother of his children. Alexis would become Krystle's arch-rival making for deliciously entertaining drama fueled episodes.
Dynasty was one of the great guilty pleasure's of the 1980's. For eight years we enjoyed all the highs and lows with the Carrington family from weddings that turned tragic to reunited lovers and the lost family members that are found.The Episode "Moldavian Massacre" was the most famous cliffhanger in series history. The episode which closed season five in May of 1985 in where Alexis and Blake's daughter Amanda, played by actress and real life princess Catherine Oxenberg and Prince Michael's royal wedding is interrupted by terrorists in a military coup of Moldavia. The ceremony quickly turns from a happy occasion to that of complete chaos and horror when the terrorists open fire on the wedding party and guests. The camera slowly pans away to show only lifeless bodies where its seems no one not even major characters could be saved from this tragedy. It was the most talked about show that summer and with its highly anticipated return that fall we found that only two minor characters had perished in the incident.
At the height of its popularity the show and its veteran actors Forsythe, Evans and Collins each earned awards for their performances, Prince included the title of the show in one of his songs, and there was a spinoff to the show titled The Colby's.
Dynasty even spawned a line of luxury goods and a fabulous haute couture clothing line. The show's costume designer Nolan Miller created the Dynasty Collection inspired by the fashions worn by Evans, Collins and Diahann Carroll.
So now I raise my glass of bubbly to this show that gave us all the glitz, over -the-top glamour and good old fashion scandal we could shake an aerosol can of hairspray at~ Cheers to you Dynasty on your 30 year anniversary!
-Christy Pastore @christypastore