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Dynasty: The First Season

 Review by Suzanne Lanoue 2/1/17

I didn't watch this show when it first ran, probably because it was on opposite other shows I watched...this was back in the "old days" before we had VCR's, DVD's, DVR's or streaming shows.  Or perhaps I was just too busy. It debuted in 1981, when I was struggling on my own. I started watching it later, and watched the earlier episodes in re-runs.  It's great to have them on DVD because they're just so good.

First of all, I love the story of Krystal torn between the suave, rich, handsome Blake and the young, virile, handsome (but married) Matthew.  Matthew's wife was in the hospital because she had a breakdown, but he refused to divorce her.  Krystle was clearly in love with both men.  Eventually they wrote out the middle-class Matthew and concentrated just on the rich folks. At the end of this season, they brought in Alexis, which completely changed the tone of the show. It became all about the big rivalry between Alexis and Krystal. They probably got better ratings from that.

The great thing about watching any old TV shows is to spot actors when they were very young. There are two "Days of Our Lives" stars in this series.  Wayne Northrop (who played Roman for many years on DOOL) plays the chauffeur with whom Fallon has an affair.  Stephen Nichols ("Patch" on DOOL) has a very small part in the first episode as an airline pilot.

There are some really good interviews with Al Corley (the original Steven) and Pamela Sue Martin (the original Fallon). It's clear from what they both said that the writing got worse as time went on, and that's part of why they both left the show. In the case of Steven, the network wasn't good at figuring out whether he was gay or bisexual, so they kept changing the character.  The show really did jump the shark later on as it got more and more outlandish.  It started out as a very realistic melodrama.

Any fan of soap operas or old 80's TV should love this disk set. I really enjoyed the special features. Besides those two character profiles, there's a good one called "Family, Furs and Fun: Creating Dynasty."  I look forward to future seasons!  They actually did come out with all of the seasons before, so I guess they are starting over with a better format. There's going to be a new "Dynasty" show, so I assume that's the main reason they came out with it again.


Dynasty: The First Season DVD
Street Date: February 7

The first season of Dynasty, the powerhouse primetime 80s soap opera, begins with oil tycoon Blake Carrington marrying his former secretary, Krystle. Krystle's former lover, Matthew, returns to town and causes more problems when he tells Krystle that he's still in love with her. Blake's daughter Fallon does not support his marriage, and chooses to marry childhood friend Jeff Colby just for her father's benefit.


Relive all the glitz, glamour and drama from the premiere season of the powerhouse ;80s soap opera, Dynasty, on DVD for the first time in over a decade. Created by Richard and Esther Shapiro, and produced by TV legend Aaron Spelling, the Dynasty: Season One DVD colleciton includes all 15 episodes from season one, plus special features including cast interviews and Family, Furs and Fun: Creating Dynasty, a featurette that dives into the making of the series.

Dynasty follows the Carringtons, a wealthy family residing in Denver, Colorado. After oil tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe) marries his former secretary, Krystle Grant Jennings (Linda Evans), her former lover Matthew Blaisdel (Bo HOpkins) who has been working as a geologist on one of Blake's oil rigs, returns to town and causes further problems when he tells Krystle that he's still in love with her. Blake's daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin) does not support his marriage, and chooses to marry Childhood friend Jeff Colby (John James Anderson) against her father's wishes. Dynasty: Season One also includes guest appearances from Golden Globe winner Brian Dennehy.

Special Features: Al Corley Character/Steven Carington Profile - Interview with Al Corely on his character, Steven Carrington.
Pamela Sue Martin Character/Fallon Carrington Colby - Interview with Pamela Sue Martin on her character Fallon Carrington Colby
Family, Furs and Fun: Creating Dynasty - Interviews with show creators Richard and Esther Shapiro, and actors Al Corley and Pamela Sue Martin, along with a behind-the-scenes look at the making of the series.

Specifications: Full Screen format; English mono; English SDH Subtitles

Rating: Not rated.
Runtime: Approximately 11 hours, 58 minutes.

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