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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Patrick Duffy had wanted the lead role in the 1986 series Heart of the City (1986). When Robert Desiderio was given the part (with a young Christina Applegate playing his daughter), Duffy decided to return to Dallas. Heart of the City lasted only 13 episodes while Dallas remained on the air for several more seasons. Desiderio later appeared in a recurring role in the Dallas spin-off, Knots Landing (1979). See more »

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JR Ewing: Oh Barnes, you just get dumber and dumber every day.
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Greatest TV soap ever by a long way
21 January 2012 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Dallas was and still is a TV phenomenon. It took the model of the tired old American soap and turned it into something fresh, fascinating and compelling watched by millions of people around the world. It used for the first time the device of the cliffhanger at the end of the season to keep people coming back for more. Personally I believe the 1981-1984 central seasons were its high point with the titanic struggle between JR and Bobby for control of Ewing Oil plus other strong story lines.

What was the secret of its success and longevity? I believe this is down to 3 factors.

1. The story lines cleverly combined subjects that would appeal to a mass audience - love and sex, glamour, money and power, family problems, and controversial subjects for the time e.g. Sue Ellen's alcoholism that attracted interest and raised awareness.

2. Excellent writing with top notch scripts.

3. Superb acting from the key cast team. I have to single out Larry Hagman's performance as JR, I have never seen any performance to match it in any TV drama. He completely got under JR's skin and while he showed us what a monster the man was, he also made us aware of his redeeming features (particularly his strong sense of family) so that we never quite lost empathy for him. Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray and Ken Kercheval also gave remarkable performances as Bobby the good brother who was never boring, Sue Ellen the wronged wife who eventually found a life of her own and Cliff, JR's neurotic, bungling rival who rarely managed to best him.


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