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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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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. See more »

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[repeated line]
JR Ewing: Oh Barnes, you just get dumber and dumber every day.
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The show that re-defined prime time soaps
17 November 2004 | by 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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