Dallas (1978–1991)

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The soapy, backstabbing machinations of Dallas oil magnate J.R. Ewing and his family.

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 J.R. Ewing (356 episodes, 1978-1991)
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 Cliff Barnes (339 episodes, 1978-1991)
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 Bobby Ewing (327 episodes, 1978-1991)
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 Sue Ellen Ewing (308 episodes, 1978-1991)
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 Miss Ellie Ewing / ... (300 episodes, 1978-1990)
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 Ray Krebbs (285 episodes, 1978-1991)
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 Clayton Farlow (262 episodes, 1981-1991)
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 Pamela Barnes Ewing / ... (251 episodes, 1978-1987)
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 Lucy Ewing Cooper / ... (235 episodes, 1978-1990)
Susan Howard ...
 Donna Culver Krebbs / ... (198 episodes, 1979-1987)
Deborah Rennard ...
 Sly Lovegren (180 episodes, 1981-1991)
Sherril Lynn Rettino ...
 Jackie Dugan / ... (167 episodes, 1979-1991)
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 Jenna Wade / ... (144 episodes, 1983-1988)
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Popular evening 'soap-opera' style television drama. The show was set in Dallas and chronicled the exploits of wealthy Texas oil millionaires. Many of the plots revolved around shady business dealings and dysfunctional family dynamics. Written by Tad Dibbern <DIBBERN_D@a1.mscf.upenn.edu>

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Morgan Fairchild played Jenna Wade, Bobby's childhood sweetheart, in a 1978 episode. When Jenna was seen again for two episodes in 1980, she was played by Francine Tacker as Fairchild was busy working on her own series Flamingo Road (1980). In 1983, with Flamingo Road now canceled, the producers approached Fairchild to reprise the role but she declined feeling that she did not want to return to a small role. However, the producers decided to recast the role with Priscilla Presley and the character became a series regular for five years. Fairchild later claimed that her mother never forgave her for turning down a role in her favorite soap. See more »

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JR Ewing: Oh Barnes, you just get dumber and dumber every day.
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Good story
10 January 2007 | by (Ravenna, Italy) – See all my reviews

When Dallas was aired for the first times in the 80s I was a child and I couldn't appreciate it yet. Since last September, when a satellite channel proposed again this Soap Opera, I had a small crush of it. I became fond of J.R.'s intrigues, his rivalry with Bobby and Cliff Barnes, the beautiful Pamela and nice Miss Ellie.

Dallas' strength is the plot. Not completely concerned about love and betrayals (typical but annoying), the Ewing Oil battles can move even the male audience transforming the Soap in a TV-series. Jim Davis' death (the mythical Jock, R.I.P.) put a lot of fuel in the "engines" with the legacy questions and relations getting worse. J.R.'s Machiavellian plans filled the script of amusing and caustic irony, always enjoyable.

The recitative level wasn't so great; all the actors, actually, had their height in this series, but the general quality is decent. Except for Ken Kercheval and Steve Kanaly, which proved to be good actors giving a great shape to their characters, challenging J.R. at any cost. Special mention to Charlene Tilton, which is really beautiful and should have had greater relief in the story.

Ending too late, in 1991 (2-3 years too many), the story was slowly plagued by script tricks and poorly credible deaths or departures, compromising its heritage made of several Emmys and 1 Golden Globe won.

6,5 / 10


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