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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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It has been two years since Bobby and Sue Ellen Ewing took over control of Ewing Oil. Although J.R. is successfully managing a large oil conglomerate, he wants to once again own his ... See full summary »

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Cast

Complete series cast summary:
Larry Hagman ...  J.R. Ewing 356 episodes, 1978-1991
Ken Kercheval ...  Cliff Barnes 342 episodes, 1978-1991
Patrick Duffy ...  Bobby Ewing 327 episodes, 1978-1991
Linda Gray ...  Sue Ellen Ewing / ... 308 episodes, 1978-1991
Barbara Bel Geddes ...  Miss Ellie Ewing / ... 304 episodes, 1978-1990
Steve Kanaly ...  Ray Krebbs 286 episodes, 1978-1991
Howard Keel ...  Clayton Farlow 265 episodes, 1981-1991
Victoria Principal ...  Pamela Barnes Ewing / ... 252 episodes, 1978-1991
Charlene Tilton ...  Lucy Ewing Cooper / ... 243 episodes, 1978-1990
Susan Howard ...  Donna Culver Krebbs / ... 198 episodes, 1979-1987
Deborah Rennard ...  Sly 186 episodes, 1981-1991
Sherril Lynn Rettino Sherril Lynn Rettino ...  Jackie Dugan / ... 178 episodes, 1979-1991
Omri Katz ...  John Ross Ewing / ... 149 episodes, 1983-1991
Priscilla Presley ...  Jenna Wade / ... 144 episodes, 1983-1988
Deborah Tranelli ...  Phyllis Wapner 144 episodes, 1981-1991
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Storyline

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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Drama | Romance

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USA | Canada

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English

Release Date:

2 April 1978 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Oil See more »

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Runtime:

(356 episodes)

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Mono | Stereo (CBS StereoSound) (seasons 12-14)| Mono (seasons 1-11)

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Color

Aspect Ratio:

4:3
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Trivia

Larry Hagman admitted that his alcoholism and boredom with the routine of playing the same role for so long inclined him to drink heavily at work, consuming as much as five bottles of champagne a day. Hagman claimed that despite this his tolerance was such that he never missed a day's work or spoiled a take for being drunk. See more »

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[repeated line]
JR Ewing: You wouldn't be trying to blackmail old J.R., would you?
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Alternate Versions

In the Hungarian dubbed version, during the entire series, J. R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) is called 'Jockey Ewing', and Sue Ellen Ewing (Linda Gray) is called 'Samantha Ewing'. The reason of using the alternate names is a mystery, although rumor has it that Sue had to be renamed because her English name sounded too close to "SZU ellen", which is Hungarian for "against the Soviet Union", and such a name would be unacceptable in a (at the time) socialist country. See more »

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Greatest TV soap ever by a long way
21 January 2012 | by sophieahmedSee 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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