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(1978–1991)

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The "Who Shot J.R.?" episode shown in November 1980 was watched by 83 million people in the United States and over 300 million worldwide. In America, it was the highest rating for a single episode of a television series until the finale of M*A*S*H beat it in 1983.
Originally, the show was intended as a starring vehicle for Victoria Principal due to the fact that Pam would act as a buffer between the Ewings and the Barnses and J.R. would have been more of a supporting character. However, the producers were so impressed by Larry Hagman's portrayal of the immoral J.R. that he immediately was bumped up to be the show's main character.
In the mid 1980s, Linda Gray was briefly fired from Dallas after asking for a pay rise and requesting that she be given a chance to direct episodes like Larry Hagman and Patrick Duffy. However, Larry Hagman threatened to leave the show because he didn't feel they could have JR without Sue Ellen.
The house used as the "Southfork Ranch" house was an actual Texas residence called Duncan Acres, owned by Joe R. Duncan (or J.R. Duncan). When the show became popular, tourists from all over the world visited the house day and night. The Duncan family was forced to sell the house and it is now a museum devoted to the show.
When Steve Kanaly was talking about leaving the show due to his character's lack of development, it was Larry Hagman who came up with the idea to make the Ray Krebs character the illegitimate son of Jock Ewing in order to get Kanaly to stay
Larry Hagman (John Ross 'J.R.' Ewing, Jr.) is the only actor to appear in all 357 episodes of the series.
Larry Hagman was not the first choice to play J.R. The part was offered first to Robert Foxworth who declined because he felt the character needed "softening". Foxworth later played a more sympathetic character on the hit prime-time soap Falcon Crest (1981). Ken Kercheval was originally to play Ray Krebbs, while Steve Kanaly was to play Bobby Ewing. Linda Evans was to play Pamela, and Mary Frann was to play Sue Ellen.
Spinoff show Knots Landing (1979) was actually created first, but the producers were unable to sell it. They developed Dallas instead and when that became a success, and the network asked for a spinoff, they were able to dust off the Knots Landing idea.
Howard Keel refused to do a script reading for Dallas producers at his first meeting with them, saying he was a "lousy reader" and that "what they saw was what they got".
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Larry Hagman and Ken Kercheval were the only members of the cast to stay with the series throughout its entire run. However, Ken Kercheval does not appear in every episode, unlike Larry Hagman.
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In May 1981, Delta Burke landed the role of Katherine Wentworth but she was forced to turn down the part because she was contractually obligated to the then-yet-to-be-picked-up series Filthy Rich (1982), which was a spoof of "Dallas".
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Originally, Linda Gray's Sue Ellen really didn't have a part, so it was up to her and Larry Hagman to improvise their scenes in the background. Fortunately, Leonard Katzman and others saw their work in the dailies of the episodes and Sue Ellen's character was fleshed out.
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After Jim Davis died, a portrait of him hung above the fireplace at Southfork as a memorial to the actor. When Miss Ellie remarried in 1984, the picture was moved to the Ewing Oil set.
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In several of the early episodes of the series, Lucy and Ray were often portrayed as lovers. However, when it became revealed that Ray was Jock's illegitimate son, and therefore Lucy's uncle, his affair with Lucy was never mentioned again.
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Larry Hagman (John Ross J.R. Ewing, Jr.), Patrick Duffy (Bobby Ewing), Ken Kercheval (Cliff Barnes), Linda Gray (Sue Ellen Shepard Ewing) and Steve Kanaly (Raymond 'Ray' Krebbs) are the only actors to appear in both the first and last episodes of the series.
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German broadcasting network ARD refused to translate and show seven episodes of season 1 to 3 because of controversial or "unnecessary" story lines.
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Producers originally planned to bring back Jock Ewing's character, but fans were against having anyone play Jock Ewing except Jim Davis. Steve Forrest appeared on the show as Wes Parmalee, claiming to be Jock Ewing, but it was revealed that he was not.
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Howard Keel was originally signed for two brief cameos in two episodes. His character, Clayton Farlow, was such a hit with viewers, however, it was decided to make him a regular.
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When Patrick Duffy was asked to return to the show in 1986, his wife told him that the only way it could happen is if his character had actually died in a dream. This led the producers to decide that Bobby Ewing's death (in addition to the entire 1985-86 season) was just a dream that Pam Ewing had.
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Several actors including Charlene Tilton and Jim Davis were filmed firing the gun that shot J.R before it was decided who would be the shooter. The gun is on display at the real Southfork Ranch site in Dallas.
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Susan Howard was only supposed to appear once as Donna Culver, but she impressed the producers enough that she eventually became a regular.
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Miss Ellie did have an older brother named Garrison Southworth. Middle son Gary is named after him.
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Jenilee Harrison has the distinction of playing the only character to be killed off twice. Jamie Ewing Barnes was killed off the first time in the last episode of the "Dream Season" when she was blown up in her brother's car. The second time came midway through the next season, when she was killed while rock climbing in Mexico. Though the second death didn't occur on camera.
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When ratings fell in the late 1980s, CBS considered dropping the show's serial format and switching to self-contained episodes more like the first few episodes in 1978.
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Susan Howard is the only cast member to write episodes of the series (9.23 "Sitting Ducks" and 10.23 "The Ten Percent Solution").
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Larry Hagman claimed the show received more fan mail for Jeremy Wendell, played by William Smithers, than any other villain.
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Despite the competition between the two shows, Dallas and Dynasty (1981) shared many guest stars, including Brian Dennehy, Dale Robertson, Joel Fabiani and Tracy Scoggins.
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Barbara Bel Geddes is only nine years older than Larry Hagman, though they played mother and son. Hagman is 18 years older than Patrick Duffy, who played his younger brother, though we assume them to be only a few years apart in age.
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When Barbara Bel Geddes first left the show in 1984, Larry Hagman suggested that his real life mother, Mary Martin play Miss Ellie.
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In Season 10, JR attempts to weaken OPEC's influence over the price of oil by hiring a group of mercenaries to blow up several oil fields in the Middle East. This storyline is loosely based on Texas businessman Ross Perot's mission to rescue American hostages in Iran in 1979.
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Barbara Bel Geddes was David Jacobs's first choice for Miss Ellie, she accepted the job only because she was flat broke much due in part of her savings after her husband's death, six years earlier.
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Barbara Bel Geddes left the show in 1984 due to the producers not agreeing to her demands for a pay rise, and Donna Reed took her place the following season. When Bel Geddes decided to return in 1985, Reed was fired. Reed sued the producers of the show for breach of contract, who settled with her for an undisclosed sum of money. Ironically, Reed died (of cancer) in January 1986, mere months after she left the show which meant she would not have been able to continue for the duration of her contract anyway.
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Several references were made during the show's run about Clayton Farlow having a past history of singing. Of course, Howard Keel, the actor who portrayed Clayton, was famous for his powerful bass-baritone singing voice.
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While his grave in Pam's dream lists the year of his birth as 1949, in the "reality" of the series, Bobby's date of birth was given as 16 February 1950.
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The closing credits in The Search (#5.13) rolled in silence, as the episode was dedicated to Jim Davis (Jock Ewing) who passed away at age 71 of cancer.
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The series was a huge success in the UK where it was shown by the BBC for its entire run. However, the BBC ran into contractual problems with the show's international distributor, Worldvision, on more than one occasion. In 1981, Worldvision attempted to reneg on an agreement with the BBC and raised the price tag per episode, assured in the knowledge that the BBC's main rival ITV were planning to buy the series. Litigation ensued but the matter was settled out of court and the series remained at the BBC. Then in early 1985, the problem resurfaced when the ITV company Thames Television "poached" the series by entering into a contract with Worldvision behind the BBC's back. A protracted legal battle ensued, made worse by the fact that not all stations in the ITV Network were prepared to show the series. As a countermeasure, the BBC temporarily halted transmission of the current (1984-85) season midway, as a way of sabotaging ITV's planned screening of the next season (1985-86) later that year. Although the BBC finished screening the 1984-85 season in July 1985, it took until early 1986 for the matter to be resolved. The series ultimately stayed with the BBC who began screening the next season in March 1986.
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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.
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The view of the Dallas skyline in the opening credits is approaching the city from the south on Jefferson Blvd.
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Miss Ellie, Sue Ellen and Donna Krebbs belonged to a ladies organization called the Daughters of the Alamo or DOA for short.
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A character named Louella Lee Caraway, a secretary at Ewing Oil during the first four seasons, was named after staff writer Louella Lee Caraway.
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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).
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Barbara Bel Geddes was living in New York when cast for the series. Throughout the making of the series, Bel Geddes would fly home to New York and back every weekend and on other breaks to be with her family.
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Barbara Bel Geddes appeared in over 250 episodes of the series. She missed the first 11 episodes of the 1983-84 season after having quadruple bypass heart surgery in March 1983. However, in 1984, she decided to leave the show altogether after producers declined her request for a payrise. She was replaced in 1984 by Donna Reed. However, following Patrick Duffy's exit in 1985, producers offered Bel Geddes a salary increase if she would return to the role. She accepted and Reed was fired, for which she promptly sued the production company. Bel Geddes returned as Miss Ellie for the 1985-86 season and stayed until the end of the 1989-90 season.
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When Jim Davis died in 1981, it was decided to write him off by first having his character, Jock Ewing, disappear in the Amazon and eventually having him declared legally dead.
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The characters of Clayton Farlow and his son, Dusty, get their surname from the show's production manager Wayne A. Farlow. Also the maiden name of Clayton's first wife, and Dusty's mother was Wayne.
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Early episodes alternately referred to the Ewings' company as Ewing Enterprises as well as Ewing Oil before finally just referring to it as Ewing Oil.
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In the hungarian translation J.R. has renamed to Jockey and Sue Ellen to Samantha.
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David Ackroyd originally played the role of Gary Ewing until Ted Shackelford took over the role.
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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.
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Mentioned in the lyrics of the song "The Day Before You Came" by Abba, and "TV Party" by Black Flag.
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Two sets were used for the ranch: A real ranch and a ranch set in a sound stage. The filming would move from the real ranch to the studio setting in the second half of each season.
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April Stevens, Bobby's second wife, was born 7 August 1957.
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