He was the majordomo to the Carrington family, and planned their events, parties, and took care of the house. He was the general manager at La Mirage where he mentored Sam Jones in the world of business. Once Sam was able to handle things on his own, Joseph left the company and returned to the Carrington family. He was very orderly and neat and likes to be as prepared for everything.
Joseph Anders is a New Zealand native. One day, while trying to pickpocket a man, he was caught. Instead of being punished, the man, Thomas Carrington, offered Anders a job with his family. Anders accepted and eventually became the Carrington's majordomo, caring for almost every aspect of the Carrington's lives. He also cared for Thomas and Ellen's son, Blake, and helped raise the boy. Anders witnessed the rise and retirement of Thomas, and the rise of Blake to reach the helm of the family company.
He was present for Blake's marriage to Alexis Morell and the birth of their firstborn, Adam. Anders mourned the kidnapping of Adam alongside Blake and Alexis. Alexis took comfort in Anders and the two had an affair that only lasted one night. Alexis became pregnant with their child, but lied to Blake and claimed the child was his. She later gave birth to Steven Carrington. Anders helped raise Steven and was a father figure to the boy despite having to keep his true parentage a secret. Anders also helped raise Alexis and Blake's daughter, Fallon.
Anders eventually moved his young daughter, Kirby, to the States where she lived with him and the Carrington's. During this time, Kirby struggled to adapt to the States and her new home. Later, Alexis caught Kirby spying on her and Anders and feared that the girl overheard them talking about their child, Steven. Alexis framed Kirby for a fire in Fallon's room which forced Anders to send Kirby back to New Zealand to live with her mother. Even though it killed him to send his daughter away, he believed the lies Alexis told more than he believed Kirby.
A few years later, Fallon brought home one of her best friends, Trixie Tate, for a sleepover. That night, the girls were drinking when they got into a fight over something petty. Trixie wanted to leave but Fallon didn't want her to leave while she was so intoxicated, and grabbed Trixie's arm in an attempt to stop her. They struggled at the top of the stairwell, and Trixie fell over the balcony and onto the floor below. Fallon panicked and asked Anders for help, and he assured her that he would take care of it. Unbeknownst to Fallon or anyone else, Trixie died upon impact. Anders and Blake put Trixie's body in the Carrington lake to cover up the crime and protect Fallon. They then perpetuated the story by claiming that they weren't paying attention to the girls but heard Trixie leave that night but never saw her again.
Anders is fiercely loyal to the Carrington family and took an immediate disliking to Blake Carrington's bride, Cristal Flores Carrington. He hired a private investigator who discovered unsavory factors about her past.
In "Go Rescue Someone Else", Anders helps Fallon find a missing and kidnapped Liam Ridley, promising his help to her in finding her husband. Through Anders's PI, they find a warehouse registered too Katy Lofflan's brother. The devise a plan that Fallon promptly breaks, resulting in her kidnapping. Anders saves them by entering carrying a computer case, as Katy had requested Liam's computer in exchange for his life. He warns that the police are on their way and brokers a deal for their lives in exchange for the computer. Katy doesn't believe that the police are coming and instructs her men to kill the trio once they verify the computer is real. Anders cuts Fallon and Liam free seconds before the computer explodes, sending Katy and her men to the ground. Anders is caught in the blast radius and injures his ribs, though the police arrive in time to arrest Katy.
Once at the manor, Fallon apologizes to Anders for getting him hurt and putting him in the middle again. He assures her that it's fine as he's lost count of how many times he's saved her life; he stopped counting when she was sixteen. As they talk, he admits that she's like a daughter to him with her sharing how much he means to her too. She reminds him that his real daughter, Kirby, is out there and needs his forgiveness. He admits that he's already forgiven Kirby and wants her back in his life, a fact her plans to tell her once he finds her. In the meantime, he has plans to visit Cristal in the hospital.
On his way there, he sets a beautiful bouquet of flowers in the passenger seat. They slide to the floor so he leans over to pick them up, taking his eyes off the road. The car swerves into the other lane with an oncoming car honking their horn. Anders sits up abruptly, though the pain in his ribs cripples him. He manages to swerve out of the way of the oncoming car, but loses control of the vehicle as it slams into a pole. The car crumples upon impact, and Anders dies instantly.
His funeral is held soon after, with his memory being honored by a priest and the Carrington's. Fallon, Blake, Adam, Liam, Sam, Michael, Jeff, and Alexis are all in attendance. Sam admits that he thought Anders was indestructible; that death wouldn't dare come near him. Michael agrees as he worked for the Carrington's for years but never saw Anders falter or be unsure of anything. Blake remains in a state of shock, while Fallon, while heartbroken, wonders where Kirby could be. They know it will be hard to tell Kirby that she missed Anders's funeral.
He is very protective and cares deeply for Blake's safety. In early episodes, they have serious conversations about what's going on around the house. He seems to always have Blake's back.
Even though he doesn't like her at the beginning of episode one, he becomes suspicious about her and the terrible events of her past. In episode eight, when he found out about the truth and the envelope that says her name. On it, Cristal quickly asks for his help. He might think it's risky for helping her but decides to do it since she asks him to help her. After he helps her, Anders says he's the majordomo that can protect his family and those that he can't trust.
In the beginning, they had their differences. Anders wasn't fond of Sam's behavior, particularly his dancing and attitude. Anders' attitude was cool and off-putting toward him. He later manipulated Sam to stop Ted from rekindling his relationship with Steven. After Claudia trapped them in basement of the house, they were forced to rely on one another and trust each other. They eventually escaped when they picked the locks on both doors.
In I Answer to No Man, after Sam learned of his father's death, Anders politely gives Sam a drink and cheers to apologize. Their relationship subsequently evolved from there and they now have more of a father-son relationship. In Deception, Jealousy, and Lies, Anders resigned from his position with the Carringtons and joined Sam in renovating and managing La Mirage.
- In the original series, Anders had a daughter named Kirby, who was involved with both Jeff Colby and Adam, Blake and Alexis' oldest son. He also had a son, Sean, who married Alexis, and a second daughter, Victoria.
- In the reboot, Anders has a daughter named Kirby, who is mentioned and heard in the first season and becomes a main character in the second season. He is also the biological father of Steven Carrington, due to an affair with Alexis.
- When Joseph left the Carrington's, he left behind a binder outlining everything important in the Carrington's lives that his successor might need. It included everything from day-to-day operations to Blake's Blockbuster account number. ("Shoot From the Hip")
- He has a signature drink that he gives Blake called an Anders Manhatten. ("Shoot From the Hip")
- He has both been fired from the Carrington's employees and quit on his own regard, at least once.
- Anders's life-long dream is to open a beachfront restaurant in New Zealand, which is where he wants to eventually retire. Blake later gave him the deed to one that will be ready for Anders to take over when he retires. ("Robin Hood Rescues")
- Ander's death on the thirteenth episode of the fourth season makes him the second major character death from a former main character, preceded by Celia Machado at the end of Season 1.
- Joseph had a collection of kookaburras. ("A Good Marriage in Every Sense")
- The producers were going to kill Anders by a heart attack but Alan Dale requested to die another way because of the fact that many of Dale's characters have passed away because of a heart attack.
|Dynasty: Season 1 (22/22)|
|"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 (21/22)|
|"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 (17/20)|
|"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":|
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|Dynasty: Season 4 (19/22)|
|"That Unfortunate Dinner":||"Vows Are Still Sacred":||"The Aftermath":||"Everybody Loves The Carringtons":||"New Hopes, New Beginnings":||"A Little Father-Daughter Chat":||"The Birthday Party":||"Your Sick and Self-Serving Vendetta":||"Equal Justice for the Rich":||"I Hate to Spoil Your Memories":||"A Public Forum for Her Lies":|
|"Everything But Facing Reality":||"Go Rescue Someone Else":||"But I Don't Need Therapy":||"She Lives in a Showplace Penthouse":||"The British Are Coming":||"Stars Make You Smile":||"A Good Marriage in Every Sense":||"Everything Looks Wonderful, Joseph":||"You Vicious, Miserable Liar":||"Affairs of State and Affairs of the Heart":||"Filled With Manipulations and Deceptions":|
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|Dynasty: Season 5 (0/22)|
|"Let's Start Over Again":||"That Holiday Spirit":||"How Did The Board Meeting Go?":||"Go Catch Your Horse":||"A Little Fun Wouldn't Hurt":||"Devoting All Of Her Energy to Hate":||"A Real Actress Could Do It":||"The Only Thing That Counts Is Winning":||"A Friendly Kiss Between Friends":||"Mind Your Own Business":||"I'll Settle For a Prayer":|
|"There's No Need to Panic":||"Do You Always Talk to Turtles":||"Vicious Vendetta":||"Ben":||"My Family, My Blood":||"There's No One Around to Watch You Drown":||"Episode 5.18":||"But a Drug Scandal?":||"Episode 5.20":||"Episode 5.21":||"Episode 5.22":|
- Blake gave him the deed to a beach front restaurant in New Zealand in "Robin Hood Rescues"