'Knots Landing', Michele Lee described, "was the show of a certain time. It was not political, but it said so much in so many ways." Kevin Dobson added, "It was a nice neighborhood show. You knew the people next door. You could relate to them."
Soap Opera Digest made the observation in 1987, "'Knots Landing' has never followed the traditional cliffhanger format. They prefer to treat the last show as (more or less) another segment in the continuing series. So, comparing 'Knots' to its counterparts is, as they say, like trying to choose between apples and oranges."
Irna Phillips maintained, "The essence of the drama is still conflict, of course - conflict within each person, conflict in the relationships between 2 people. But these relationships don't have to be sordid to be interesting." By 1978, David Jacobs recounted, "The network was nervous about serialization and wanted each show to be self-inclusive. 'Dallas' never worked as well with complete stories. The show was moved around on the schedule and didn't really take off until it settled down on Friday nights at 10:00."
Michael Filerman believed, "The audience is interested in character relationships. What goes on between people and among people, and not knowing how it's going to end or how it's going to grow. People on serialized dramas change, their attitudes change, their characters change, their relationships change..." David made the point, "The one thing network television can offer is a continuing drama and an involvement with characters who change. You can't go back to shows where the characters never changed or learned anything."