To fans of 1980s prime time soap, David Paulsen is known as the guy who tried to make Dynasty more human in the last season (1988-89). Or perhaps "the guy who tried to turn Dynasty into Dallas" in the final season.
For a few seasons Dynasty marched along with its so-bad-it's-good method of acting. In 1988, after just leaving several years of Dallas, Paulsen moved onto Dynasty and attempted to replace the show's melodramatic acting with a more happy and realistic tone.
Now, all of a sudden, the Dynasty cast would be seen making light conversation, smiling and making jokes.
Some viewers welcomed the change while many others single out Paulsen as the guy who killed Dynasty.