Great post, @Kenny Coyote! Has any show had so spectacular, if that's the right word, reversal of fortune as Dallas? Not just in terms of ratings such as Dynasty, but in quality. For me it didn't go from "must see" to "eh." It went from "must see" to "this is insulting and sad." I can't think of any show that had that dramatic a turnaround. Dallas and Dynasty could be seen in some ways as metaphors for empires or countries. Dallas built itself up with hard work and quality, achieved success, yet that very success led to bloated egos and cronyism which, imho, were the root of its demise. These were root factors in the fall of many dynasties, and in what unfortunately, we may be seeing occurring today. Dynasty reminds me of an economy that is celebrated yet no one is acknowledging that it's artificially created and can't last. It was at it's creative best when it wasn't as concerned with being no. 1 in the writings. When the amped up the publicity machine, the clothes and the outrageous plotlines, it was high in the ratings. Yet it couldn't last viewers grew weary of all that and the plots became insulting to the intelligence of most people. We have seen instances where economies or economic bubbles are doing wonderfully but burst because they weren't built on anything solid, i.e. when the housing bubble burst in the U.S. in 2008 leading to "The Great Recession." As a great Scandinavian philosopheronce said, "When the mask falls off it really makes a thud." Knots Landing is a good metaphor for an economy with a strong foundation. It could weather certain slumps because it was built on solid writing, directing, and acting, not clothes and publicity.