Dallas

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In the ranks of prime-time dramas, this was one of the biggest. Dallas, the saga of the Ewing Family, began as a five part mini-series in 1978. Throughout its thirteen seasons, many actors passed through the gates of Southfork. In the late 1960's, Peyton Place was a nighttime serial drama success-a novelty at the time. But since then, no P.M. show had caught the soap opera crowd's attention… until Dallas. The show first went on the air for a five week run in early 1978, and then fell into a Saturday nighttime slot later that year. Ratings were fair, but they were nothing compared to when the show moved to Friday nights, when the ratings well didn't run dry for a long, long time. The Ewing family lived at the sprawling South Fork ranch, in hoity-toity Braddock County just outside Dallas. Like any good power family, there was a matriarch and patriarch, and three sons- this core group, their extensive romantic relations, and the Barnes clan of rival oilers were all Jacobs needed to create a self-contained histrionic world of intrigue, dysfunction and passion. Borrowing from Romeo and Juliet, the youngest Ewing boy, Bobby, fell for a beautiful Barnes girl. And with a nod to the biblical Cain and Abel, Bobby and older brother J.R. didn't exactly play nice with each other like you might expect brothers to. Whereas J.R. was nearly a hundred percent scoundrel, Bobby had discernable streaks of honesty and integrity…but that patented Ewing viciousness certainly reared its head once in a while. The South Fork ranch housed Jock and Miss Ellie, the king and queen of South Fork, J.R. and long-suffering wife Sue Ellen, and Bobby and Pamela…though why they all lived under one roof demands a little poetic license, because money certainly wasn't a problem, and it wasn't like there was a whole lot of binding inter-family harmony. Here's just a taste of the drama devices that ensued: insane asylums, car accidents, affairs, illegitimate children, gunfights, fistfights, catfights, lies, drinking problems (both real and imagined), poufy 80's hairstyles for the ladies and best of all, notorious season finale cliffhangers. The most famous, of course, came at the end of the 1979-80 season, when a mysterious late-night intruder shot J.R. in the chest while he was toiling away at the office one night. The resulting "Who Shot J.R.?" publicity raced around the globe, because by that time, Dallas was an international hit in just about every developed country in the world. Odds on the shooter's identity were figured, bets were placed, and theories were construed– since there were about fifteen possible candidates, fans and pundits were kept very busy indeed. Don't read the next part of this sentence if you want to remain one of the few of-age humans who doesn't know whodunit… it was Kristin, J.R.'s scorned sister-in-law and recent romantic entanglement. Dallas was conceived as a show that had plenty of sex and romance for the female audiences, and a lot of cowboy posturing and business intrigue for the male viewers. The formula worked, because by the early 1980's, it was one of the most popular shows in TV history. There were magazine covers galore, a spin-off named Knots Landing about Gary, the middle Ewing son who wasn't seen or heard from much during proceedings at South Fork, and primetime serialization imitators like Dynasty and Falcon Crest. So for the show that kicked off the nighttime drama trend that's status quo today, we tip those ten-gallon hats and breathe a secret sigh of relief that J.R. was just a fictional character who couldn't manipulate us in real life. Because let's be honest, that guy could have taken most of us down. CBS Broadcast History: April 2, 1978- April 30, 1978----Sundays----10:00-11:00 P.M. September 23, 1978- October 14, 1978----Saturdays----10:00-11:00 P.M. October 15, 1978- January 14, 1979----Sundays----10:00-11:00 P.M. January 26, 1979- November 27, 1981----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. December 4, 1981- May 17, 1985----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. September 27, 1985- May 16, 1986----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. September 26, 1986- May 13, 1988----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. October 28, 1988- March 9, 1990----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M. March 16, 1990- May 11, 1990----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. November 2, 1990- December 21, 1990----Fridays----10:00-11:00 P.M. January 4, 1991- May 3, 1991----Fridays----9:00-10:00 P.M.

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Barbara Bel Geddes

Barbara Bel Geddes

Eleanor 'Miss Ellie' Southworth Ewing

Larry Hagman

Larry Hagman

John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing

Donna Reed

Donna Reed

Miss Ellie

Sheree J. Wilson

Sheree J. Wilson

April Stevens Ewing (1986-91)

Jim Davis

Jim Davis

Jock Ewing (1978-1981)

Howard Keel

Howard Keel

Clayton Farlow

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SUBMIT REVIEW
  • best show ever made

    10
    Dallas needs to be one among the best ever TV shows, as a result of it had all of the attributes for diversion. It had nice casts, smart producers and scripts that stretched from the bizarre to nobility. Watching each episode has lots of breathtaking moments, it's merely the main factor that makes it very entertaining and reposeful. For those who have already seen this show can recognize what I'm sayin'! What is most amazing about this show is the truly incredible, good scripts from each episodes .The characters are great mostly JR Ewing - the evil cash lover who would stroll over any person to get ahead. He keeps doing such things because of his dedication to their family business! It is a tough TV series with large portraying from Linda Gray, Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy. "Dallas" had a long run with wide range of dedicated fans and when it got cancelled, everyone felt like it's the end of the world. Missing this show made me decide to order a DVD set from memorylanedvd. com which happens to be an honest seller. They have a great customer service and always provide follow-ups on the shipping status of my order. When I received the parcel, I checked the first disc and noticed that the quality is good. It also came in mint condition. I'm very glad to own this as it will certainly brings back not only the memoirs but also the pleasure of watching this great show. Nothing will beat this original series and it is certainly the best show ever made!moreless
  • One of those classic TV hits from heaven ;)

    7.0
    Oh, boy ... the whole world knows this show and that certainly means something special. It was incredibly big. Those storylines, cliffhangers, fights, money issues, affairs .... I only gave it 7 because of the later seasons. The quality went downhill and the season when Bobby died and then we found out he was actually alive all the time and it was all just a dream. Yeah, that was BAD WRITING :)moreless
  • A Meaner Man

    8.0
    Exciting stuff!! Have just been watching the first series still with Hagman in it but sadly once he is gone it will leave a big Junior is good but a bit too young and "punkish". They need to bring in a long lost son of JR seniors who was a illegitimate born from JR Seniors early days. So this son needs to be early 40s or late 30s and they need him to be MEAN (but charming -just like his daddy was) to fill Hagmans place and stir up those others. It would take careful choosing big shoes to fill with Hagman gone.moreless
  • RIP Larry!

    10
    Hey everyone,



    not sure if you've already seen it or not, but the tribute page for Larry has been set up here: http://www.memmento.com/Memorial-at-Memmento/3482/Larry-Hagman



    Feel free to contribute with a memory and share



    Petr
  • Dallas was as big and brazen as Texas itself!

    8.0
    Dallas was a hoot! I really enjoyed watching it and still do occasionally when it's on Soapnet. Unfortunately, it started to really lose steam (and believability) after the 6th season. Of course, it really "jumped the shark" when Miss Ellie was replaced by Donna Reed and then replaced again with the original Miss Ellie, Barbara Bel Geddes. What was that all about? If that wasn't proof that Dallas was past its prime, the whole dream sequence explanation for Bobby's "death". Yikes! Overall, Dallas was fun to watch. Who could forget the whole "Who Shot J.R.?" mania that swept the country? The storylines weren't always believable and sometimes they were downright predictable. But it made you want to watch to see if J.R. would ever get what was coming to him.moreless
  • YEEHAW

    TNT Orders a Third Season of Dallas

    The drama will return next year with 15 new episodes.

  • LEVERAGE AND RIZZOLI, TOO!

    News Briefs: TNT Announces Return Dates for Dallas, Southland, and More

    Plus: Patton Oswalt joins one of our favorite shows, trouble for The Munsters remake, and The Mob Doctor is almost out.

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    • © 1982 Ron Galella/WireImage.com
    • © 1982 Ron Galella/WireImage.com
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