‘Dynasty’ Aired From ’81 to ’89


Ratings for Dynasty were unimpressive in the first season, but after the show was revamped to include Joan Collins it took off.

When Blake’s scheming ex-wife Alexis (Collins) joined the cast, Dynasty 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 number one show in the United States.

Other notable cast members included Linda Evans, Pamela Sue Martin, Lloyd Bochner, Heather Locklear, Michael Nader, Diahann Carroll, Emma Samms, Ted McGinley, Rock Hudson, Kate O’Mara and Stephanie Beacham.

The series declined considerably in popularity during its final two seasons, and it was ultimately cancelled in the spring of 1989 after nine seasons and 220 episodes. Dynasty ran on ABC from January 12, 1981 to May 11, 1989. A two-part mini-series, Dynasty: The Reunion, aired in October 1991.