So in the fall of 1984 I watched 7 hours of tv regularly: Alice, Charles in Charge, The Cosby Show, The Dukes of Hazzard, The Facts of Life, Family Ties, It's Your Move, Kate and Allie, The Jeffersons, Miami Vice, Newhart, and Who's the Boss. To be fair, that was my dreary year in Hell-fer-Sartain, Texas.
And in the fall of 1986, I watched 3: The Golden Girls, Head of the Class, Mama's Family, Married with Children, and Dynasty.
I couldn't help Dynasty (1981-89). On Wednesday nights, every tv in West Hollywood tuned in. Bars had Dynasty Night. On Halloween, guys dressed up as Joan Collins.
I could see the attraction for drag queens. Blake's trophy wife Krystle (Linda Evans) and his ex-wife Alexis (Joan Collins) had big hair, fabulous outfits, and lots of temper tantrums. But what did gay men who weren't looking for fashion tips see in the succession of bikini-clad ladies lounging by poolside: Pamela Sue Martin, Emma Sams, Heather Locklear, Diahann Caroll.
John James (above) played Jeff Colby, who courts Blake and Alexis' daughter Fallon (Pamela Sue Martin). The two eventually spun off into their own soap, The Colbys.
Maxwell Caulfield (left) played Miles Colby, Jeff's cousin, who also courts Fallon. A little triangulation between them, but not enough for a subtext.
But then, seeing any gay person on tv in the 1980s, even a conflicted one who likes girls, felt like a victory.