PEYTON PLACE pioneered the very genre of primetime soap, running for over 500 straight episodes with no repeats (a feat unmatched by any series before or since). Based on the infamous novel by Grace Metalious, the melodrama tracked the scandal-ridden lives of residents in a small New England town. This collection includes 33 half-hour episodes--shot in gloriously lovely black-and-white--and features breakout performances by Mia Farrow, Ryan O'Neal, and Dorothy Malone.
The sensational “television novel” that shattered the veneer of small-town morality continues in Part Two of Peyton Place. The winter holidays have come and gone, and the new year begins with a fresh dusting of snow and the return of Elliot Carson (Tim O'Connor) to Peyton Place. Convicted of murdering his wife, Carson has been paroled after 18 years in prison and is returning home to clear his name, setting off a chain reaction that threatens to reveal the truth about the “widow” Constance MacKenzie (Dorothy Malone), destroy the innocence of her daughter Allison (Mia Farrow) and take down Leslie Harrington (Paul Langton) and his family. Meanwhile, Betty Anderson (Barbara Parkins) has run away from her sham of a marriage to Rodney Harrington (Ryan O'Neal) and is hiding in New York, where her naïve dream of a new beginning is crushed under the realities of survival in the big city. Her beleaguered father George (Henry Beckman) goes completely insane and has to be institutionalized. Behind the picket fences of the clapboard houses, beyond the historic pillory in the quaint town square, the neatly wrapped New England town continues to unravel in ways no one could have imagined . . .