Following the release of the 9th and final series of Dynasty on DVD in November, in the UK, the complete box-set has now been released. The box-set contains all nine seasons of the iconic guilty pleasure but does not include the 1990’s reunion movie which has yet to be released on DVD.
Dynasty was a more glamorous version of Dallas in many ways; it had the oil like its CBS counter-part but Dynasty had shoulder pads, cat-fights, caviar and an endless stream of long lost relatives. Dynasty launched in 1981 and revolved around the Carrington family headed by oil tycoon Blake (John Forsythe) and by his new young wife Krystle (Linda Evans) who tries to find her place in the hostile Carrington household.
The early drama revolved around Blake’s attempts to keep his oil company afloat while daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) slept with her father’s chauffeur (Wayne Northrop) and gave Krystle a very rough ride. Blake’s strained relationship with gay son Steven (Al Corley) was also a central storyline and resulted in the tycoon causing the death of Steven’s lover and standing trial for murder in the season one finale.
It was the introduction of Blake’s ex wife Alexis (Joan Collins) which really put Dynasty on the television map and drove the drama for the following seasons; characters were recast and new relatives sprang out of nowhere such as two more children for Blake and Alexis in the form of Adam (Gordon Thomson) and Amanda (Catherine Oxenberg). Blake gained a sister, Dominique (Diahann Carroll) and Alexis also gained a sister, Caress (Kate O’Mara) and a cousin in the form of Sable Colby (Stephanie Beacham) who also was a main character of spin-off series The Colby’s before being added to the cast of Dynasty’s ninth and final season.
In 1989 after nine seasons of sex, betrayal, lies, passion and affairs the drama was brought to a close due to declining ratings. The cliff-hanger ending though prompted ABC to bring Dynasty back as a special reunion movie in the early 1990s. More recently with the successful revival of Dallas, on TNT, there has been plenty of press speculation that Dynasty could follow suit. Joan Collins and Stephanie Beacham have both stated they’d happily return should Dynasty be resurrected.
The complete box-set of Dynasty is available to buy now from all good highstreet and online retailers.