Knots Landing

Season 1 Episode 1


Aired Thursday 10:00 PM Dec 27, 1979 on CBS
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Episode Summary

Gary and Val move to Knots Landing, in a new home that Gary's mother, Miss Ellie, bought for them. Once there, they get acquainted with their new neighbors, the Fairgates, the Averys and the Wards. Sid Fairgate's 18-year-old rebellious daughter, Annie, from a previous marriage, is visiting the Fairgates and is causing havoc among the family. Val attempts to fix Annie's relationship with her father.moreless

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Patrick Duffy

Patrick Duffy

Bobby Ewing

Guest Star

Karen Allen

Karen Allen

Annie Fairgate

Guest Star

Justin Dana

Justin Dana

Jason Avery

Guest Star

Steve Shaw

Steve Shaw

Eric Fairgate

Recurring Role

Claudia Lonow

Claudia Lonow

Diana Fairgate

Recurring Role

Pat Petersen

Pat Petersen

Michael Fairgate

Recurring Role

Trivia, Notes, Quotes and Allusions


  • TRIVIA (2)

    • In this episode, Karen tells new neighbors Gary and Val that her family, the Fairgates, are The Brady Bunch of the block and that they even have a dog. But this mystery dog is never seen in this episode or mentioned again throughout the entire series.

    • The opening title sequence for this episode is slightly different than from the opening sequence used throughout the first two seasons. It features shots of the actors superimposed over the houses where their characters. For the remainder of the first two seasons, the actors would be seen superimposed over the street.

  • QUOTES (5)

    • Karen: We're the neighborhood Brady Bunch: three kids, station wagon, dog. If the dog visits you, call and we'll send over the scoop squad.

    • Sid: Are you going to tell me what you were arrested for?
      Annie: Soliciting, turning tricks, whatever you want to call it.
      (To Karen)
      What'd you call it when you were on the streets, honey?

    • Gary: It's no Southfork.
      Val: I know, but it's a home and it's ours. Tell me again the name of this place.
      Gary: Knots Landing.
      Bobby: That sounds nice.

    • Annie: I feel like running barefoot on the beach, and then going into the ocean with all of my clothes on, then coming out drenched and dripping and peeling off my clothes, and rolling around in the sand until I'm covered like a breaded veal chop.... Anyone wanna do that with me?
      Richard: Sounds good to me!

    • Gary: Val, I've been runnin' all my life, I gotta stop sometime.
      Val: This place is not... we can't... I don't know.
      Gary: Hell, Valene... Knots Landing is just a place!

  • NOTES (10)

    • David Ackroyd had originated the role of "Gary Ewing" on the parent series, Dallas, in 1978, but was unavailable to reprise the role for the series, so the role was recast with Ted Shackelford.

    • Creator David Jacobs actually created Knots Landing before Dallas. He brought his original pitch for a series about four married couples to CBS but they wanted more of a larger than life soap opera, so he created Dallas. After Dallas became a hit, CBS went to Jacobs again and asked him to create a spin-off series, so he revamped his idea for Knots Landing, and incorporated the characters of "Gary Ewing" and "Val Ewing" from the parent series, Dallas.

    • Although on Dallas, the character of "Miss Ellie" (Gary's mother) had purchased the house for Gary and Val in the cul-de-sac, the character never appeared on the series throughout its entire series run, although a few references to her had been made.

    • Val took a walk with Sid's daughter (Annie) on the beach, for the very first time in this episode.

    • Patrick Duffy ("Bobby") of Dallas makes a cameo appearance in this episode.

    • Creator David Jacobs stated in an interview that his original concept for the series was a TV verision of the 1973 Ingmar Bergman film, "Scenes from a Marriage" (but focusing on 4 marriages instead of one). According to Jacobs, the title of the series, "Knots Landing", directly refers to marriage (as in tying the "knot", a euphemism for getting married).

    • The series aired on Thursday nights in the 10:00 p.m. time slot througout most of its run, although for 2 seasons it aired at 9:00 p.m.

    • Gary Ewing starts working for Sid Fairgate as the owner of Knots Landing Motors in this very first episode.

    • This is the first of two instances that we get to see members of Sid's previous marriage; the second being Sid's ex-wife's arrival in Episode 8.

    • This is a spinoff of the popular show "Dallas", which focused on rarely seen brother, Gary Ewing.