When Adam was six months old, he was mysteriously kidnapped from his nursery by the boyfriend of his then-nanny, Theresa. Following an investigation and hostage negotiation, the kidnapper sent Blake and Alexis one of Adam's fingers to prove his intent. Fearful of her boyfriend's instability, Theresa took Adam and ran to Billings, Montana to raise him as her son, Mikey Harrison.
Adam grew up believing that Theresa was his biological mother. He had a history of violent outbursts, especially toward Theresa. He eventually got in trouble with the law but his records were sealed sometime after. ("My Hangover's Arrived") As an adult, he went to medical school and became a physician.
Theresa suffered from intense pain in her middle age and became an opioid addict. Adam, a physician, prescribed painkillers for his patients without them knowing, and collected the prescription for his mother. When his medical practice found out they revoked his license, which led him to become a veterinarian. He used animal tranquilizers to relieve his mom's discomfort instead. Theresa, in a spell of pain, divulged to Adam that he was born a Carrington. An infuriated Adam gave Theresa double the lethal dose of tranquilizers and killed her.
He then fled Billings and eventually tracked down his biological half-brother, Steven Carrington, and befriended him under the guise of Englishman, George Emerson.
Adam is the charmingly unstable Carrington newcomer with the unsettling ability to seem as normal as the situation demands. He can be both playful and obsessive. He can go from being calm to unstable in a matter of seconds, as seen when he killed his adoptive mother for lying to him about his birth family. He has a problem with liars and sees himself as the one who has to punish them for it. Upon learning that Steven lied about tying to find his "long-lost brother", Adam concealed his identity to form a plot against Steven. This shows his ability for planning and forethought, and certainly, the patience to wait to enact his plan. Adam made Steven think he was going insane and had him committed which created the perfect opportunity for Adam to reveal himself to the rest of the Carrington family.
Adam is intelligent and manipulative, yet wants only to have a family and a sense of belonging. His abandonment issues and sense of self makes it difficult for him to form important relationships. He is confident despite relying on others for self-gratification. When trying to impress Blake, Adam became obsessed and willing to do anything to prove himself a loyal son. He even poisoned Jeff Colby and attempted to tamper evidence to assist in Blake's murder trial. Adam wants to help others, as shown by his desire to be a doctor, but often sabotages his good intentions with a morally compromised idea. He can be blind when it comes to relationships, especially his budding romance with Kirby Anders. Alexis refers to Adam as the worst of both her and Blake.
After a near-death experience, while donating a portion of his liver, Adam decided it was time for him to change. He took his survival as a sign that he is meant to do something more with his life. Kirby donned him, "Saint Adam" as he leaned away from the questionable deed he used to partake in. He avoided the sexual advances of his boss, was willing to take responsibility for his actions, and attempted to make amends with those he wronged. After being slighted again by Blake, Adam was infuriated and gave up "Saint Adam" and turned back to his old ways of lying and deceit.
In I Answer to No Man, Blake mentions that he and Alexis had a child, a son named Adam, who was older than Steven. Adam was kidnapped from his nursery when he was six months old. Blake noted that his suspension believed Adam died a long time ago.
In Don't Con A Con Artist, Steven found out about Adam and the kidnapping.
In Something Desperate, after smelling a gas leak coming from the fireplace in Fallon's room, Adam attempted to shut it off when something triggered the fireplace to explode. The paramedics were called, but Adam feared that he would never regain his vision and would be blinded for the rest of his life.
In Mother? I'm at La Mirage, he had been discharged from the hospital but was still blind. The doctors were unsure if his vision would ever return, and would have to wait until the swelling and redness around his eyes went down. As he struggled to cope with his new disability, Blake and Cristal decided to hire an OCT nurse to help him adjust and cope. While he was initially apprehensive about the idea and refused help, he came around after he accidentally hit Nadia after she tried to get him to use a cane.
While Steven was in Paraguay "figuring himself out," he met Adam, who was using the alias George Emerson, which he got from the book that influenced Steven the most, Room With A View.
As part of his "game", Adam convinced Fallon and Sam that Steven was losing the plot by making them believe that George was fake and that Steven was attempting to hang himself. Steven is put into a sanitarium in Paris, where Adam appears and reveals the more he got to know Steven, the more he resented him. He claimed Steven walked away from the perfect life and having everything handed to him by Blake, and reveals he's returning home to claim everything.
While with Steven, Adam found out that Alexis had previously sent Steven on a mission to find the long-lost Adam Carrington. He also discovered that Alexis had purposely fed Steven with false leads and faked the DNA test of the person Steven found to be her missing son. Upon Adam's arrival at the Carrington Manor, Alexis refused to accept that Adam was her real son, to protect her lie about Hank being her authentic son. These incidents caused Adam to be furious with his mother, and in retaliation for her actions, Adam shoved his mother's head into the fireplace.
Theresa's ex-boyfriend kidnapped Adam from the Carringtons when he was still an infant. Fearful of her boyfriend's instability, Theresa took Adam and ran to Billings, Montana to raise him as her son, Mikey Harrison. She suffered from intense pain in her middle age and became an opioid addict. Adam, a physician, prescribed painkillers for his patients without them knowing, and collected the prescription for his mother, which resulted in the compromise of his medical license. He then became a veterinarian and uses animal tranquilizers to relieve his mom's discomfort instead. Theresa, in a spell of pain, divulged to Adam that he was born a Carrington. Adam, furious at her lies, gave Theresa double the lethal dose of tranquilizers and killed her.
Nadia is Adam's blindness coach after he lost his eyesight in an accident at the Manor. He initially rejected her as he didn't want his life to change. When he was stumbling near the steps Nadia tried to help him and he accidentally hit her. Following the incident, he finally allowed her to help him get used to his new disability. She seemed to have a vendetta against his stepmother Cristal. She latched onto Adam quickly, with him reciprocating her feelings rather quickly. They formed a working relationship, with Nadia carrying out Adam's plans that he couldn't do himself due to his blindness. Nadia slowly earned his trust by carrying out his plans. They flirted and kissed in A Used Up Memory. In Shoot From the Hip, they kept their budding relationship a secret from the Carrington family at Thanksgiving. Cristal caught Adam and Nadia holding hands under the table. The couple later had sex when Nadia helped him undress and he confessed his love for her. Unbeknownst to Adam, Nadia is working with his sister, Fallon, and accepting large sums of cash in exchange for a relationship with Adam.
Though never stated, Adam and Laura Van Kirk have possibly broken up. However, their relationship might have just been casual sex. Even so, it is still unknown how or when they broke up.
Adam's relationship with Kirby Anders was originally on an acquaintance level. It wasn't until Adam helped rescue Kirby from a synergy group that she began to notice him in a different light. She developed a crush on him and, despite warnings from Sam, sent Adam an invitation to the secret admirer party at La Mirage. The pair eventually admitted their feelings for one another and their relationship quickly blossomed into casual sex. Over time, they began exclusively seeing one another, but have kept it a secret to avoid drama with the Carrington's or their friends.
|Dynasty: Season 1 (0/22)|
|"I Hardly Recognized You":||"Spit It Out":||"Guilt is for Insecure People":||"Private as a Circus":||"Company Slut":||"I Exist Only For Me":||"A Taste of Your Own Medicine":||"The Best Things In Life":||"Rotten Things":||"A Well-Dressed Tarantula":||"I Answer to No Man":|
|"Promises You Can't Keep":||"Nothing But Trouble":||"The Gospel According to Blake Carrington":||"Our Turn Now":||"Poor Little Rich Girl":||"Enter Alexis":||"Don't Con a Con Artist":||"Use or Be Used":||"A Line From the Past":||"Trashy Little Tramp":||"Dead Scratch":|
|Dynasty: Season 2 (9/22)|
|"Twenty-Three Skidoo":||"Ship of Vipers":||"The Butler Did It":||"Snowflakes in Hell":||"Queen of Cups":||"That Witch":||"A Temporary Infestation":||"A Real Instinct for the Jugular":||"Crazy Lady":||"A Champagne Mood":||"The Sight of You":|
|"Filthy Games":||"Even Worms Can Procreate":||"Parisian Legend Has It...:||"Motherly Overprotectiveness":||"Miserably Ungrateful Men":||"How Two-Faced Can You Get":||"Life is A Masquerade Party":||"This Illness of Mine":||"New Lady in Town":||"Thicker Than Money":||"Deception, Jealousy, and Lies":|
|Dynasty: Season 3 (20/20)|
|"Guilt Trip to Alaska":||"Caution Never Won A War":||"Wild Ghost Chase":||"Something Desperate":||"Mother? I’m At La Mirage":||"A Used Up Memory":||"Shoot From the Hip":||"The Sensational Blake Carrington Trial":||"The Caviar, I Trust, Is Not Burned":||"What Sorrows Are You Drowning?":|
|"A Wound That May Never Heal":||"Battle Lines":||"You See Most Things in Terms of Black & White":||"That Wicked Stepmother":||"Up A Tree":||"Is The Next Surgery on The House?":||"She Cancelled...":||"You Make Being a Priest Sound Like Something Bad":||"Robin Hood Rescues":||"My Hangover's Arrived":|
- In the first season, Blake divulged to Sam that Adam lost one of his fingers because he received a severed finger from the kidnappers. When the real Adam makes his appearance, he has all of his fingers intact, and it's revealed that the kidnappers stole the finger from a morgue.
- Adam has appeared in every episode since his introduction in the season two episode, "Parisian Legend Has It...".