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

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Complete series cast summary:
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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)
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 Donna Culver Krebbs / ... (198 episodes, 1979-1987)
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 Sly (186 episodes, 1981-1991)
Sherril Lynn Rettino ...
 Jackie Dugan / ... (177 episodes, 1979-1991)
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 John Ross Ewing / ... (149 episodes, 1983-1991)
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 Jenna Wade / ... (144 episodes, 1983-1988)
Deborah Tranelli ...
 Phyllis Wapner (144 episodes, 1981-1991)
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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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2 April 1978 (USA)  »

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(356 episodes)

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Victoria Principal claimed in interviews that she left Dallas in 1987 because she was unhappy with the show's writing and that she felt she has played the role for too long and wanted to move on. Other sources claimed that she had asked for a substantial salary increase after seeing her co-star Patrick Duffy return to the series with a huge payrise, but that she had asked for more money than the show's budget could afford to pay her. See more »

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JR Ewing: You wouldn't be trying to blackmail old J.R., would you?
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The show that re-defined prime time soaps
17 November 2004 | by (Ozark, Alabama) – See all my reviews

This show literally changed prime-time television for the better. The show centers around the lives, loves and scandals of the Ewings, a family of oil-rich barons who reside in-where else?-Dallas. When the

show started on CBS in the spring of 1978, the show centered around the "Romeo & Juliet" love story of Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) and Pamela Barnes Ewing (Victoria Principal), the daughter of the Ewings' arch enemy Digger Barnes. Story lines, and ratings. changed for the better when DALLAS refocused on the devilish dealings of Bobby's oldest brother John Ross "JR" Ewing, Jr. (Larry Hagman. DALLAS reached the peak of its' popularity when JR was shot in the spring of 1980. For years, the show would remain at the top of the ratings until it started getting competition first from ABC's "Dynasty" and then NBC's "The Cosby Show". DALLAS' ratings was never the same after 1986 when Pam dreamed the entire 1985-1986 season. The show ran until 1991, when low ratings virtually killed it. It also spun off the longest-running prime-time soap ever, KNOTS LANDING.


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