Dynasty will be remembered as one of the campiest soap operas on television. The story of a Colorado tycoon Blake Carrington (John Forsythe), his family, and his diabolical ex-wife (Joan Collins) remains a popular staple in the minds of many.
Dynasty also featured one of the first gay men to ever appear on a prime-time drama. Steven Carrington (first played by Al Corley and then Jack Coleman) was the son of Blake Carrington. His homosexuality was an interesting plot device on so many occasions. His father accidentally killed his lover in season one and thus had to stand trial. This led to the introduction of the villianess of the drama, Blake's ex-wife Alexis.
And then Steven married a woman, had a child, had plastic surgery, fought his father for custody of the child, got married to another woman, got custody of his child, reconciled with his father, got into relationship with another man which ended when this guy was killed during a wedding massacre, saved his father, walked out on his family, came back and had a happy relationship with another man.
Whew. Well to tell the truth, Steven's trials and tribulations didn't interest me. The one thing I did find interesting though was how Steven's sexual orientation created a shift. Alexis, usually the villain in the soap opera, supported him, while Blake - the hero - had serious problems accepting him.
The scene above is from the Dynasty reunion miniseries when Blake finally, finally accepts Steven.
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