20 Little-Known Facts About The 1980s Soap Opera Dynasty

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There can be no doubt that Dynasty has earned its place in popular culture today. The mega-popular soap opera ran from 1981 to 1989 and was a primetime television hit; in fact, at the end of season five, over 60 million viewers tuned in to see one of TV’s most memorable cliffhangers. Moreover, Dynasty was nominated for a Golden Globe every year from 1981 to 1986, proving just how much of a critical success it was too. But while there was plenty of drama on screen, there was also plenty of behind-the-scenes-drama that you might not have been aware of…

20. The show was originally called Oil

There can be no denying that a show called Oil doesn’t sound quite as impactful as Dynasty. And yet, originally, this is what the popular soap opera was going to be called. In 1985, moreover, creator Esther Shapiro told New York magazine, “We wanted to do something that would be fun, an American fantasy.”

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