Dallas

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1979X-Ray13+
Power, wealth, sex ... and glorious extravagance. They all find a home in the sprawling saga of the Ewing clan in Dallas.
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Barbara Bel GeddesJim DavisPatrick Duffy
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  1. 1. Digger's Daughter
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    April 1, 1978
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    An age old feud between the Ewings and the Barnes starts up again when Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes reveal the shocking news to their families they have married.
  2. 2. Lessons
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    April 8, 1978
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    Seeking acceptance into the Ewing family, Pamela does her best to befriend Lucy despite the situation being not as easy as it would seem.
  3. 3. Spy in the House
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    April 15, 1978
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    When information from sensitive paperwork for the family business ends up with Cliff Barnes, J.R. accuses his new sister-in-law, Pamela, of leaking Ewing Oil information in front of the entire family.
  4. 4. Winds of Vengeance
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    April 22, 1978
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    Texas is being threatened by a powerful storm. As the hurricane approaches two men arrive at Southfork and take hostages. One of the men is out for revenge on J.R. for having an affair with his wife.
  5. 5. Barbecue
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    April 29, 1978
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    The annual Ewing barbecue is a source of tension between the Ewing and Barnes families when Pam's pregnancy is announced.
  6. 6. Reunion part 1
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    September 22, 1978
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    Bobby thinks he has hit the jackpot in Las Vegas when he runs into Gary, Lucy's father, and convinces him to return to the family ranch in Texas.
  7. 7. Reunion part 2
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    September 29, 1978
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    J.R.'s attempts to make his long-lost brother Gary comfortable in his new surroundings is a ploy to pressure him into taking over one of the Ewing businesses. Val, Gary's former wife.
  8. 8. Old Acquaintance
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    October 6, 1978
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    Jenna Wade, a young woman Bobby once asked to marry, returns to his life asking for help for herself and her fatherless daughter, "Charlie".
  9. 9. Bypass
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    October 13, 1978
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    Bobby and J.R. both feel guilty for their father's apparent heart attack when Jock becomes distressed over Bobby's threat to leave the Ewing Oil Company after continually arguing with J.R.
  10. 10. Black Market Baby
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    October 14, 1978
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    Afraid that Pam and Bobby will produce the first Ewing grandchild, Sue Ellen tries to adopt, but upon learning the waiting period could be years, she decides to buy a "black market" baby.
  11. 11. Double Wedding
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    October 20, 1978
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    Pam tries to keep a secret from Bobby -- that she was previously married -- but cannot when her ex-husband appears at J.R.'s office to declare he wants her back.
  12. 12. Runaway
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    October 27, 1978
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    Lucy runs away from home when Jock refuses to allow her to invite her mother to her birthday party. She accepts a ride from someone who turns out to be a psychotic thief.
  13. 13. Election
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    November 4, 1978
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    Cliff Barnes' race for state senator places Pam in an awkward position when she decides to help her brother's candidacy against the man backed by the Ewing family.
  14. 14. Survival
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    November 11, 1978
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    A severe thunder storm forces the Ewing plane, with bobby and J.R. as its sole passengers, to crash into a swamp. The Ewing women try to keep the news from Jock due to his recent heart operation.
  15. 15. Act of Love
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    November 18, 1978
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    With J.R. out of town, Sue Ellen continues her romantic encounters with Cliff Barnes only to surprise everyone, including herself, with the news that she's pregnant.
  16. 16. Triangle
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    November 25, 1978
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    Ray Krebbs falls in love with an ambitious country singer and proposes marriage but finds himself faced with stiff competition from J.R.
  17. 17. Fallen Idol
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    December 2, 1978
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    It's reunion time for Bobby when his former college idol, Taylor "Guzzler" Bennett, arrives in town and they decide to renew their friendship by becoming partners in the construction business.
  18. 18. Kidnapped
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    December 16, 1978
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    A trio of kidnappers plan to grab J.R. and hold him for ransom but accidentally capture Bobby instead.
  19. 19. Home Again
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    January 6, 1979
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    Garrison Southworth, Ellie's brother whom she believed had died many years ago, appears at the ranch with a young woman. Jock and J.R. believe he's resurfaced to claim his inheritance.
  20. 20. For Love or Money
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    January 13, 1979
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    Sue Ellen, embarrassed once more with J.R.'s unfaithfulness, decides to leave him and seeks comfort from Cliff Barnes and understanding from her mother and younger sister.
  21. 21. Julie's Return
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    January 25, 1979
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    Jock, feeling useless with everyone treating him like and invalid, strikes up a friendship with Julie Grey who has returned to Dallas and makes a point to see him.
  22. 22. The Red File Part 1
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    February 1, 1979
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    Julie Grey decides once and for all that J.R. is only using her and is determined to repay him by spilling his secrets to Cliff Barnes.
  23. 23. The Red File Part 2
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    February 8, 1979
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    Pam believes J.R. framed her brother for the murder of Julie Grey and moves out of the house leaving Bobby confused.
  24. 24. Sue Ellen's Sister
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    February 15, 1979
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    Kristin, Sue Ellen's sister, decides to see if Bobby is susceptible to her charms while he is separated from Pam and J.R., of course, does everything he can to encourage her.
  25. 25. Call Girl
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    February 22, 1979
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    Pam acquires a new friend, Leanne, but is unaware of her shady past. When J.R. sees the two girls together he decides it's a great opportunity to ruin both Ben Maxwell's reputation.
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Linda GrayLarry HagmanCharlene TiltonVictoria PrincipalKen KerchevalSteve Kanaly
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1979
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Reginald D. GarrardReviewed in the United States on February 4, 2007
5.0 out of 5 stars
A classic in American television if there ever was one!
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When "Dallas" premiered as a five-part trial miniseries in 1978, it followed on the heels of the last primetime soap opera, "Peyton Place." While the earlier show had the benefit of being adapted from a bestselling novel and successful movie adaptation, "Dallas" could only find itself being a distant reminder of "Giant," featuring Elizabeth Taylor, Rock Hudson, and James Dean, a film about the struggle between two powerful Texas oil families.

Also, "Peyton Place" had a cast of established stars (Oscar winner Dorothy Malone and Ed Nelson) and exciting up and comers (Mia Farrow, Barbara Parkins, and Ryan O'Neal, among others). "Dallas" boasted an actor known primarily for his successful comedic turn as an astronaut saddled with a mischievous genie (Larry Hagman in "I Dream of Jeanie"); a veteran of stage and screen (Barbara Bel Geddes); an actor that starred in the short-lived sci-fi show "The Man from Atlantis" (Patrick Duffy); an actor that had been featured in countless westerns (Jim Davis); and an actress that had some less-than-stellar appearances in television and on film (Victoria Principal). The other key roles on the show were assigned to performers that were virtual unknowns to TV audiences (Steve Kanaly, Ken Kerchival, Linda Gray, and Charlene Tilton).

However, once "Dallas" premiered, it was obvious that America found something engaging about the ongoing saga of the wealthy Ewing clan and its ongoing battle to remain at the top, regardless of whatever bodies fall by the wayside. Most popular of the show's characters was the anti-hero J.R., played by Hagman. J.R. was ruthlessness personified and Hagman obviously relished playing the part.

The actor could do more with a pause, a look, or an aside than more actors could do with entire pages of dialogue. Witness his look in the late-in-the-season installment, "Call Girl," when he discovers that his plan to drive hated sister-in-law Pam (Principal) out of the family has fallen through and hears her voice behind him.

In the words of the credit card commercial, his expression is priceless.

As far as the total DVD compilation is concerned, the show is addictive as each episode delves into not just J.R.'s machinations and addresses such topics as drug and alcohol addiction, environmental concerns, marital strife, sexuality, family in-fighting, and adolescent wanderings.

Yes, for all their wealth, the Ewings reflected the America of its day.

Besides Hagman's award-deserving performance, the other performers are equally up to the task. Of the remaining cast members, it is Linda Gray's longsuffering "Sue Ellen" that emerges as the breakout performance of the series. Intially a secondary character, Sue Ellen develops as the character with whom the audience can most sympathize: a woman in a loveless marriage to a man to whom she is no more than a trinket of his romantic conquest. Her scenes with Hagman, often vicious and filled with histrionics, are the stuff of legend and both actors go at it, tooth and nail.

The best examples of Gray's work can be seen in the installments "Act of Love," "For Love of Money," "Sue Ellen's Sister," and "John Ewing III (Parts I and II)".

The first season compilation also boasts guest star turns from a couple of western performers and one of the cast of another classic 60's comedy. Gene Evans is great as Miss Ellie's brother, Garrison, in "Home Again," while John McIntyre appears as a revered statesman in "The Outsiders." The latter episode also features Susan Howard who would later become one of the regulars in a few seasons to come.

Tina Louise, late of "Gilligan's Island," appears in several episodes as J.R.'s secretary Julie, the holder of many of her boss's sinister business dealings.

Also, there are appearances of future stars of film and television: Brian Dennehy, Kate Mulgrew, Peter Horton, Veronica Hamel, and Greg Evigan.

Even the secondary tier of actors, those whose characters are essential to the storyline are memorable, chief among these being Fern Fitzgerald as "Marilee Stone," the wife of one of J.R.'s chief allies and Barbara Babcock as Pam's boss, Liz Craig.

This DVD collection would also mark the first and last appearance by actors whose part will be recast in later seasons, to the betterment of the show: David Wayne's "Digger Barnes" would be later portrayed by movie legend Keenan Wynn while Colleen Camp's "Kristen Sheppard" would find itself more memorably assayed by Mary Crosby.

One thing to note about a welcome change in later seasons was the change in the characters of Lucy (Tilton) and Ray (Kanaly). Though the characters had had a romantic relationship in the miniseries, as well as for much of the first half of the initial season, the producers wisely choice to eventually downplay it and ultimately remove it from the show.

This is especially beneficial in that in later seasons, it would be revealed that Ray was the illegitimate son of Ewing patriarch Jock, making him Lucy's uncle.

Pedophilia and incest are two things that this series didn't need to add to its other melodramatic trappings.
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David Von PeinReviewed in the United States on September 3, 2004
5.0 out of 5 stars
The First 29 "Dallas" Episodes! Humdinger Of A Boxed Set!
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This stylish Warner Brothers' five-disc set contains the inaugural 29 "Dallas" episodes (out of a total of 357 aired during the show's CBS-TV network run of 13-plus years), with every wheeling-dealing moment and bickering family feud Digitally realized via this great format known as "DVD". This set combines the so-called 5-episode "Mini-Series" with the first FULL season (1978-1979). So we're getting two seasons (sort of) in one collection here.

The series began on April 2, 1978, with "Digger's Daughter", which has Bobby Ewing (Patrick Duffy) coming home to Dallas with new bride, Pam (Victoria Principal), in tow. And seeing as how Pamela is "Digger's Daughter", we know we're not going to be experiencing a comfortable day at the beach from the get-go of this ultra-popular prime-time soap opera. Because, you see, "Digger" is not exactly thought too highly of around Ewing territory -- and vice-versa. A great debut episode!

Video and audio quality rate pretty good marks here (IMHO). Picture quality is kind of hit-&-miss in places, with some portions looking better than others. The opening credits are speckled with artifacts and grain (which seems to be common among a lot of TV-on-DVD products being produced; evidently many DVD companies don't go to the added expense to "clean up" the repetitive opening and closing credit sequences on many TV series).

Colors aren't super-bright on this DVD set, but they aren't extremely dull either. For the most part, I'd say the shows look and sound fairly good on these Digital Discs. A good representation of how the first seasons of "Dallas" looked when the episodes first aired on network TV.

The original Full-Screen television ratio (1.33:1) is used for these twenty-nine episodes; while audio comes from highly-adequate Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono tracks (English only). (The Audio Commentary tracks are in DD 2.0.) The distinctive opening theme music comes across very nicely here, via the 1-channel Dolby Digital audio. The booming "Dallas" theme is one of the best ever written for a TV series, in my opinion.

These "Dallas" programs are definitely presented here in their original full and UNCUT form, with a run time of approximately 48 minutes per episode. This running time *does* include the "trailer" clips at the beginning of each show, just as they were originally broadcast on CBS-TV in 1978 and 1979. However, the "Next Week On Dallas..." trailers (with clips of the next episode in the series) are not included on these DVDs.

Special Features:

>> "Soap Talk: Dallas Reunion" (42 minutes). This fun bonus feature serves up new (2003) interviews with members of the "Dallas" cast (Larry Hagman, Patrick Duffy, Linda Gray, and Charlene Tilton). The four famous "Ewings" fondly reminisce about the show. The genuine affection these actors and actresses have for each other is quite readily apparent and easily shows through during this entertaining "Soap Talk" bonus. Video clips from various "Dallas" episodes are also shown during this program. Pretty good stuff.

>> Audio Commentaries for three episodes. Participating in the commentary tracks are Larry Hagman, Charlene Tilton, and series' creator David Jacobs. .... The three episodes featuring the commentary tracks are: "Digger's Daughter", "Reunion (Part 1)", and "Reunion (Part 2)".

>> Subtitles can be accessed in English and French, as well as Spanish.

>> A "Play All Episodes" option is included on all discs.

Packaging:

Warner Home Video gives us these 29 "Dallas" episodes in an attractive fold-out "Digipak" type of box, with some nice artwork adorning it. The inner case, which slides out very easily from its outer slipcover, securely holds the five double-sided discs. When all 5 discs are removed from their individual tray holders, a grandiose picture of the skyline of downtown Dallas emerges, with large letters (in the familiar font associated with this TV series) spelling out "DALLAS" laid over the top of the skyline image. Quite impressive indeed.

No booklet is included with this DVD set. Instead, episode information (with original CBS air dates) is shown on the various flaps of the inner disc-housing part of the package.

Menus:

The Menus are all static, with no lengthy animations of any kind. From the Main Menu, you can access Sub-Menus of: "Episodes", "Languages", and "Special Features" (on applicable discs). Selecting "Play" from the Main Menu will play all the episodes on that side of the disc. Discs 1 through 4 each contain three episodes per side. Disc 5 has three programs on Side A, and 2 shows (plus bonus material) on Side B. Each time you return to a disc's Main Menu, the rousing "Dallas" theme song plays all the way through (just like on the opening credits for every episode). The theme music repeats if the Main Menu remains on-screen.

Chapter breaks are included on all episodes, including a much-appreciated chapter stop immediately after the opening titles.

Watching these top-notch episodes again on DVD makes a "Dallas" fan yearn for the next installment in the series on Digital Disc, which will include the most famous "cliffhanger" in TV history -- when J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) falls victim to a bullet in episode 54, "A House Divided".
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Tracy McClellandReviewed in the United States on July 25, 2022
5.0 out of 5 stars
Bring me back to my child hood
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Love love it. Even want to see south fork in real to. Rewatching the whole serious again just remember good times with my dad for
A change. I recommend it
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KaseyGReviewed in the United States on February 5, 2011
5.0 out of 5 stars
"I Can't Tell the Players Without a Scorecard"...
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...says Victoria Principal's character Pam in a 1979 episode. Actually, nothing could be further from the truth because these first two seasons of "Dallas" take their time introducing the main players at Southfork and the cast did not become huge and sprawling until the '80s were well underway.

The first season of "Dallas" originally aired as a CBS mini-series in the spring of 1978 and was so successful that the network picked up the show as a weekly series for the 1978-79 TV Season. The episodes that composed both that "trial-run" and first full season are contained here. The suprising thing about these early "Dallas" offerings is that, while many plot threads are stretched throughout the season, each episode is also suprisingly self-contained so that anyone stumbling across one of these randomly will still be able to follow the action. Speaking of action, it's amusing to see how many outlandish events occur in this first box set alone: two kidnappings, a hostage crisis, a plane crash and a heart attack all within the first 20 episodes. There are some missteps as when the writers throw these outsider plots into the mix, such as random characters holding the Ewing women hostage, or kidnapping Bobby. The show works best when it sticks to the back-stabbing within the world of the Ewings and the high-powered oil industry.

The acting is top-notch all around. Larry Hagman has already captured the evil but amusing essence of J.R. Ewing. Charlene Tilton gets some juicy material in the first episodes, but isn't given as many interesting things to do as the season progresses. Ken Kercheval is a delight as the impish and devious Cliff Barnes, especially during his fling with Sue-Ellen when he knows how badly it would get under J.R.'s skin. Linda Gray is most interesting as Sue-Ellen when she's standing up to J.R. and throwing out ultimatums. Patrick Duffy and Victoria Principal are adorable as the beautiful newlyweds with the world in their hands, and each of them parade around in swimsuits in nearly every other episode, filling the cheesecake/beefcake quota more than adequately. Victoria looks gorgeous whether she's sporting long, lustrous locks or the sassier, choppier hairstyle she adopts late in Season 2. Tina Louise shows up as J.R.'s secretary/lover and looks the same as she did 15 years earlier as Ginger on "Gilligan's Island" except for the feathered Farrah 'do. Her performances are more interesting when she returns late in Season 2, though her Southern accent comes and goes within any given appearance.

There are some dated and wince-inducing bits such as a few disco scenes and Sue-Ellen being forced to sing "People" at gunpoint in her Miss Texas sash and swimsuit, but for the most part "Dallas" is still fun and entertaining over 30 years later. I am enjoying every minute of it and I was not a big fan of prime-time soaps back in their heyday. I am glad for the chance to revisit them on DVD and see what I missed the first time 'round.

The picture quality varies from episode to episode, with some scenes looking bright, colorful and clear while others are washed out and show dirt and specks and are overall grainy. There are various cast commentaries from the likes of Hagman and Tilton, but I didn't find them that interesting, so will just enjoy the episodes themselves.
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Tim KotulaReviewed in the United States on June 8, 2013
4.0 out of 5 stars
A Promising Start
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"Looks like I underestimated the new Mrs. Ewing. I surely won't do that again." -J.R. Ewing

Thus ends the pilot episode, with Pam having foiled the first of J.R.'s schemes to get her out of the Ewings' lives, but it is certainly far from the last!

Other reviews have provided readers with a layout of the plot, so I'll just say a few things that have probably already been said, but are worth repeating. First, the show has some good early episodes (Digger's Daughter, Spy in the House, Barbecue, Reunion Parts 1&2, Black Market Baby, and Election), but in my opinion the writing is hit-or-miss until approximately 2/3 of the way into Season "2" (S1 on TV), when two major events happen. Both events are, of course, soap storyline staples, but both served to rapidly thicken the plot and serialize the show for good.

As for the cast, it really helped make the series what it was. One-time comedy star Larry Hagman takes a bit of a backseat initially, but by the end of the first season you can sense that his portrayal of amoral, selfish, philandering J.R. has just scratched the surface of its potential, and that he is about to become the breakout character (indeed, THE television character of the early-to-mid 80s). Linda Gray, previously most famous for being Anne Bancroft's leg double in the best-known promotional image for 'The Graduate', turns in a solid performance as J.R.'s wife Sue Ellen, a neglected, fading beauty queen unhappy with her marriage and her life. Former Broadway star, and occasional Hitchcock cast member Barbara Bel Geddes embodies matriarch Miss Ellie like no other. Jim Davis, a veteran of B-list westerns, adds instant 'old wildcatter' credibility to the character of Jock. Patrick Duffy, whose career had been launched the year prior on the short-lived sci-fi TV series "The Man From Atlantis", turns Bobby into the sanctimonious antithesis of brother J.R. Victoria Principal's Pam is the star-crossed princess to Duffy's knight in shining armor, and is also there to look gorgeous. Ken Kercheval was not yet a regular, but his portrayal of power-hungry, yet naive Cliff Barnes in the episode 'Election', has him primed to be J.R.'s arch-nemesis and favorite chew toy for years to come.

It was aired in primetime, so there was only one episode a week/~22-30 per season, which means the plot advances at a decent pace. Bottom line - yes, it's a soap opera, but this isn't your mother's plodding daytime soap.
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Roger LongReviewed in the United States on August 5, 2009
4.0 out of 5 stars
Texas soap opry
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I'm not quite sure why this series interests me. As Jim Davis (patriarch Jock Ewing in the series, until he died) said in an interview, "It's just a damned soap opera." And it is, with the usual elements of soap opera:

(1) Single dimension characters. J.R. is a strutting womanizer and liar. Bobby, with his trick or treat haircut, is the good brother. Sue Ellen is the drunk and hit-me victim. Pam just slices through life with nary a worry about the future or funds. Miss Ellie is too sweet and understanding for words. Cliff can be counted on to do something stupid and get taken by J.R. You get the picture.

(2) There are meaningful close-ups, often baleful. Also, lots of half-whispered dialogue that is supposed to be dramatic.

(3) Many dramatic scenes take place in hospitals and court rooms. Almost everyone has some life-threatening malady or is charged with a serious crime at one time or other

(4) Whenever anyone comes into a room, someone is sure to ask, "Can I get you a drink?" Copious amounts of whiskey, wine, vodka and beer are imbibed, whereupon characters get in their cars and buzz off somewhere. Only Sue Ellen wrecks her car while DWI.

(5) There's just one crisis after another--murders, kidnappings, several plane crashes, car wrecks, fires, rapes, etc.

(6) While awl bidness money is at the center of the plots and vast fortunes are seemingly lost, no one ever seems to worry about where the next meal is coming from or how to pay the mortgage.

(7) There's always a parking space at the front door of office buildings, hospitals, etc.

(8) The Ewings have breakfast al fresco, and there are no insects to bother them. And it only rains at night.

And yet I can't help watching season after season of this campy program. It's like watching that movie short of two steam train engines colliding head on at full speed. The women are all beautiful victims. The men are all womanizers. And they all have the morals of alley cats. How could I resist that combination? Art it is not. Not even close.
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Antoine D. ReidReviewed in the United States on July 24, 2005
5.0 out of 5 stars
The First good Soap
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I was born in the '80s, never really got into shows like this until a few years ago. I've always thought "Dallas" to be one of those adult shows that wouldn't appeal to someone younger like me. Yet, after seeing this first box set, I'm impressed by "Dallas" and see why it stood out during it's run.

The first season was well written and well put together. I don't see any point, like some reviewers, in basically spoiling what Dallas is and what will happen to some of these characters, but I think as season 2 went on, the series really picked up. So much happened in these first two seasons that it's hard to imagine what else COULD happen with these characters. J.R. definately stands out as the guy you just can't stand but who really keeps the series together. Linda Gray as Sue Ellen, J.R.'s loving but desperate housewife, truly is the definition of "must see t.v."

What else is good about the first two seasons? All of the characters have their moment. Even Lucy gets her fair share of the spotlight as one of the younger characters. Miss Ellie, the mother and wife of the patriarch, Jock, is interesting to watch as well. It's entertaining to watch all of these characters interact with one another, and how no story-line really goes without being brought up later in the series. Great continuity, which makes this a really strong show and makes the stories even stronger.

Tina Louise, Kate Mulgrew and probably a few more actors appear in these first two seasons, the true mark of a soap opera with relevance. There were no moments when things really got out of hand or when the plot jumped the shark. It starts out rather slow and a bit dull but as the realization came that this show was going to be around for a while, you can tell because the writing got better. It never wasted a moment or opportunity, really getting in there and taking chances with the plot and the characters.

Like it's spin-off "Knots Landing" and ABC's "Dynasty," this show is a must-see. It's television history in the making, grappling with big issues (including homosexuality) and going places that most shows during that time didn't feel safe going into. If you like quality drama, witty writing, and soap-opera moments, this is for you. Into "Desperate Housewives"? Again, you'd probably like this because the women of "Dallas" definately were desperate in their own ways and had some real great moments on screen. Buy it, you won't regret it.
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Roger C.Reviewed in the United States on November 1, 2020
4.0 out of 5 stars
J.R. Ewing is definitely Lucifer’s Brother!
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Never watched the original series when it was the hot topic of the office water cooler back in the 70’s and 80’s. Wife never watched either. Decided we ought to find out what all the hubbub was about 40 years ago. Not a bad TV series and wife likes it more because it’s more like a cliffhanger soap opera. Characters are well played by the actors. Being from the Dallas Metroplex, I recognize the local landscape and downtown buildings of the day. It really irritates me when the show substitutes Southern California landscape backgrounds as Texas! I was born and raised in California and know immediately it’s not Texas! Storyline is still good!
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