J.R. Ewing, a Texas oil baron, uses manipulation and blackmail to achieve his ambitions, both business and personal. He often comes into conflict with his brother Bobby, his arch-enemy Cliff Barnes and his long-suffering wife Sue Ellen.
The residents of Knots Landing, a coastal suburb of Los Angeles, deal with various issues such as infidelity, health scares, rape, murder, kidnapping, assassinations, drug smuggling, corporate intrigue and criminal investigations.
A wealthy mystery man named Charlie runs a detective agency via a speakerphone and his personal assistant, John Bosley. His detectives are three beautiful women, who end up in a variety of difficult situations.
Five years after J.R. Ewing lost Ewing Oil and apparently committed suicide, he turns up alive and well. He returns to Dallas and plots to bring his family back together, and regain control of Ewing Oil from his archenemy Cliff Barnes.
Popular evening soap opera-style television drama. The show was set in Dallas, Texas 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>
The series became the longest running American primetime series then on the air after The Love Boat (1977) ended on May 24, 1986 and retained that status until its final episode on May 3, 1991. It was succeeded by its own spin-off Knots Landing (1979). See more »
You wouldn't be trying to blackmail old J.R., would you?
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Three episodes that aired as two-hour episodes "The Family Ewing" (Season 9), "Return to Camelot" (Season 10), and Conundrum (Season 14), are edited into two separate episodes for syndication. See more »
"Dallas" created some HUGE TV moments ... J.R. Ewing's shooting, the "Dream Season" and Bobby returning in the shower ...
Beyond that, though, I especially loved the writing of "Dallas," particularly in the working of J.R.'s various schemes, both at the Ewing Oil offices and offsite. He was just-plain the master manipulator, and while I don't encourage anyone to aspire to this kind of mastery(!), it sure was FUN to watch him in action! Yikes! The way he executed those deals seemed to set the show apart from rivals like "Dynasty."
I enjoyed the way the show evolved in the later seasons. In the last two seasons, in particular, there seemed to be this sophisticated edge that avoided insulting the viewer (as sometimes the campiness of "Dynasty" could). While "Dynasty" was busy being flashy (and hey, I liked that, too -- I was a teen when it originally aired, after all), "Dallas" was playing the game just a bit cooler, calmer, a touch more complicated. Plus, Jeannie aside, Larry Hagman was BORN to do that role. Meow!
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