Season 1 Episode 1

Digger's Daughter

Aired Friday 12:00 AM Apr 02, 1978 on CBS

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  • What was this supposed to be originally?

    In the age of the mini-series five-parter "Dallas" arrived in 1978 as a pretty unassuming show. When you watch this episode now you can't help but be struck by the drabness of the setting. Filmed on location in winter or autumn, it is pretty gloomy. (In later seasons they would film most outside scenes on a sunny Los Angeles lot.) Apart from the unlikely fashionable secretary, most characters are dressed realistically. It is therefore clear that it was not meant to be a high-powered soap opera, but a family saga about oil and cattle. There are certainly enough characters for more than five episodes, so I presume they did consider it the start of something bigger. (Poor Sue Ellen, however, only has about five lines.) The writing is surprisingly witty at times, a quality they gave up when the convoluted plot lines took over.