We would challenge anyone reading this to name a television show that epitomizes the '80s -- with its focus on everything as BIGGER, BETTER, and SHINIER -- more than "Dynasty." Sure, "Dallas" (which was also awesome) had the whole grand Texas modern-day-Greek-myth vibe to it, but "Dynasty" was like a soap opera on crack, with some caffeine thrown in. Everyone was totally insane, totally stupid, totally evil, or totally British. Everyone dressed for a black tie event, even when they were working out (hence Joan Collins's Alexis's preference for exercising in heels and diamonds). Also, characters had great names like "Sable," "Caress," and "Dex Dexter" -- and spelled common names in a fancy way, like "Krystle," because, y'know, that's just so elegant.
Anyway, "Dynasty" will be forever remembered for many things: Joan Collins showing you could be fabulous at 50 with her totally amazing performance as Alexis, still THE gold standard of primetime bad girls; the Nolan Miller fashions; that Linda Evans's hair never moved; the infamous Moldavian Massacre story, where terrorists stormed Amanda and Prince Michael's wedding and gunned everyone down, but only actually killed Ali McGraw and Steven's boyfriend; all the infamous catfights (which took place in an art studio, a mud pit, a lily pond, AND an attic, notable because it featured Linda Evans fighting ... Linda Evans); making Heather Locklear a household name; really sleek opening credits that were the fodder for many college papers on semiotics and the media; Alexis calling Krystle "that ex-stenographer"; Rock Hudson's infamous kiss with Linda Evans that spawned paranoia at the beginning of the AIDS crisis; birthing a spinoff that was so big it starred Charlton Heston AND Barbara Stanwyck; and the fact that Alexis always had a different male secretary whose name she never remembered.
Since we're in love with this show at SOAPnet.com, we've decided to take a look at where the Carringtons and co are at now. Check out our "'Dynasty': Where Are they Now?" slideshow.
But, no "Dynasty" slideshow would be complete without some classic Alexis bon mots: