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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.

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Complete series cast summary:
...  J.R. Ewing 356 episodes, 1978-1991
...  Cliff Barnes 342 episodes, 1978-1991
...  Bobby Ewing 327 episodes, 1978-1991
...  Sue Ellen Ewing / ... 308 episodes, 1978-1991
...  Miss Ellie Ewing / ... 304 episodes, 1978-1990
...  Ray Krebbs 286 episodes, 1978-1991
...  Clayton Farlow 265 episodes, 1981-1991
...  Pamela Barnes Ewing / ... 252 episodes, 1978-1991
...  Lucy Ewing Cooper / ... 243 episodes, 1978-1990
...  Donna Culver Krebbs / ... 198 episodes, 1979-1987
...  Sly 186 episodes, 1981-1991
Sherril Lynn Rettino ...  Jackie Dugan / ... 178 episodes, 1979-1991
...  John Ross Ewing / ... 149 episodes, 1983-1991
...  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, 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>

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Long before the show started, Barbara Bel Geddes had become friends with Patrick Duffy's family, where his future father-in-law, met her in Bel Geddes' first Broadway play, "The Moon is Blue". See more »

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[repeated line]
JR Ewing: Oh Barnes, you just get dumber and dumber every day.
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A groundbreaker, in so many ways

"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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