YMMV / Dynasty

  • Arc Fatigue: Krystle's kidnapping storyline in season 6 spanned over 13 episodes (nearly half the season), with increasingly frustrating results.
  • Ass Pull: The "Moldavian Massacre" conclusion, resulting in only Steven's lover Luke and Lady Ashley Mitchell being the only major casualties of the massacre. It's not surprising that the show steadily dropped in ratings in the remaining years of the show, after this.
  • Awesome Music and Ear Worm: The theme song, of course.
  • Ensemble Darkhorse: Joan Collins' scenery chewing glee as Alexis has become such an iconic part of the show's image that it's a bit hard to believe she didn't show up until season 2.
  • Germans Love David Hasselhoff: In the late 1980s this was the most popular TV series in Yugoslavia. It was broadcast every Monday at 9pm, and the streets were empty.
  • Growing the Beard: Season 1 had middling ratings, and not enough bite to sustain a major audience. Come season 2, more experienced writers, not to mention the introduction of Joan Collins, saw the show's ratings increase.
  • Harsher in Hindsight: Adam's numerous homophobic comments became even more cringe-inducing when Gordon Thomsen came out of the closet at age 72, and frankly discussed the self-loathing he'd suffered from being a gay man in his generation.
  • Magnificent Bitch: Alexis. Total Rich Bitch, almost the Trope Codifier. So fun to watch on-screen.
  • Seasonal Rot: After the "Moldavian Massacre", there was no way that the show could top itself in terms of cliffhangers, and new storylines. The show's declining ratings reflected the show's rot.
  • "Seinfeld" Is Unfunny: Most of the things that made this show a success have since become a Cliché Storm of Discredited Tropes which are difficult to take seriously anymore. That is to say, if you only see it long after it was cancelled.
  • Sickeningly Sweethearts: the relationship between Blake and Krystle is often redolent of this.
  • Tastes Like Diabetes: Krystle can come off like this in comparison to almost all the other women in the cast.
  • The Woobie: Claudia Blaisdel-Carrington in spades. Becoming a mom at 16, getting married because of it, suffering a major mental breakdown that sent her to a mental institution for a year and a half, her failed reconciliation attempts with husband Matthew, getting involved with the gay Steven, Matthew kidnapping her daughter Lindsey and spiriting her away to South America, later learning that both were killed in a car wreck in Peru ( actually, Matthew survived, though Lindsey succumbed to her wounds), spent another year in the loony bin for another mental breakdown, got married to Steven though they later divorced, got involved (and married to) Adam though that relationship failed as well, and finally, her death in a hotel fire, unintentionally set by herself. All the while feeling that she was alone in the world.