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

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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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(356 episodes)

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Barbara BelGeddes (Miss Ellie) decided she needed to take some time off from the show for health reasons, and she did. Donna Reed took her place for one season. But when BelGeddes saw Donna Reed playing her part she got jealous and heartsick about leaving the show, so she asked producers if she could return, which they allowed her to. Donna Reed sued producers over the breach of contract and won, and according to family members never really got over getting fired from Dallas; she was bitter and heartsick about that till the day she died. See more »

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JR Ewing: You wouldn't be trying to blackmail old J.R., would you?
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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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