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.
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.
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.
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 »
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>
Over the first eight years, internal, creative conflicts between Executive Producer Philip Capice on one hand, and Larry Hagman and the writers, most notably Leonard Katzman, on the other, had increased, finally resulting in Katzman leaving his position as Producer of the show at the end of season eight. Although Katzman continued writing for the show during season nine, albeit to a limited degree, as "Creative Consultant", the fact that neither Arthur Bernard Lewis nor David Paulsen returned for season nine, meant that this show was faced with not only a new production team (joining Executive Producer Philip Capice and Associate Producer Cliff Fenneman, were James H. Brown as Producer and Peter Dunne as Supervising Producer), but also an all new team of writers (headed by Dunne, Executive Story Consultant Joel J. Feigenbaum, and Story Editors Hollace White and Stephanie Garman). See more »
The size and layout of Southfork Ranch cannot possibly hold the number of bedrooms the series suggests it has. When the show first starts, four bedrooms would be needed (one for Miss Ellie and Jock, one for JR and Sue Ellen, one for Bobby and Pam, and one for Lucy). The following year, a nursery is added along with a guest room for John Ross's live-in nurse, totalling six. In later years, Sue Ellen has her own room for a while, and during episodes of the 1984-85 season, there would need to be at least eight bedrooms to accommodate the family and various guests. Additionally, many of the bedrooms have their own bathrooms and walk-in dressing rooms, which cannot possibly match up with the exterior of the house. See more »
You wouldn't be trying to blackmail old J.R., would you?
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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 »
Well, I just want to publish my very own personal review about this global smash hit. And keep it that way.
Liked it A lot when it was on screen here in Sweden during the years about 1981-1993(?). (Some 2-3 year delay from U.S prime time.) That was a usual standard for American TV shows for European watchers by then.... (National television was Russian style in Sweden too, you know.) Got curious when my mother got hooked on the Ewing/Barnes feud, myself being just seven years old at the time. (I naturally didn't get so much out of it then.)
What was meant by the creators of "DALLAS" to be a five act drama TV show with the troublesome marriage between Bobby Ewing and Pamela Barnes in center, grows to be the major series of the 80's. (The response from the viewers after some episodes were so good that the producers called for an extension.)
We were allowed to get into the flesh of a family, with sons and daughters always fought each other for power and wellness. Office suits mixed with rancher blue jeans. Oil business and kettle care in the same sweet melody.
When the DALLAS show was released over here on DVD in a "two season per year-plan" in the early 00's, It was time to take the trip all over again. During a six year period, I consistently dug deeply into it season by season during free time, and enjoyed it to the fullest.
The Southfork Ranch almost became my own living room.
Not A member of A fan base, I want to share my own profit of taking the trip from start to finish:
"The Jock Ewing Years" are/were DALLAS at it's best. Jim Davis was the Brando of the Ewings, without doubt. The plot of the whole show was more centered and interesting while he was present. The screen writers re-grouped the three sons of an oil-mafia matriarch, surly in a "godfather" style. Late Larry Hagman (R.I.P) was the senior son J.R, the natural heir of the throne. Always thinking business, besides the hunger for women as a pleasure. Stone cold and calculating, he smashed every fly that came around him trying to steal his limelight.
2nd son Gary was placed beside in script, for several reasons. (Fans aware of "Knots Landing", uh?)
Baby brother Bobby eventually took the fight with his older brother for the captain's seat; after having his "easy living"-years he rapidly learn the business, but a little too late to ever compete with his way too superior brother, who were always one step ahead.
(Actor Patrick Duffy once said that an early take with Larry Hagman, which included some physical acting, ending up with Hagman laughing at his opponent's bad acting, was a real boost to shape up, and never feel minor in acting skills to Larry in a scene ever again.)
Cowboy Ray Krebbs (Steve Kanaly), the janitor of SF ranch, grows highly during this long history of the Ewings. Starting as kind of a youth manservant to them, he turns out to be more family than anybody of the Ewings ever dreamed of. (My personal favorite down to earth personality figure during the whole saga.) Forced into a world he never wanted to be part of.
On the opposite side, One Cliff Barnes always moaning of his father's stolen piece in the Ewings wealth, him being a partner to Jock Ewing in their oil "teen-years". (But drank it away.) Cliff B builds his own castle, but keeps up having hard time to compete with old J.R Ewing as Texas Oil Baron no. 1. Some good strikes on the way for Clifford, from time to time, always gave the series some fresh air and a forward push.
The family drama went on for years and years. People comes and goes. Weddings, barbecue parties, and some good fist fights at the annual Oil Baron's Ball. Liquor for breakfast, coffee for lunch. Heavy fuel for hard people.
Halfway the series gets a little stalled, but the writers kept on finding new and sometimes cheer ways to keep the story going on.
Yes, there's alcoholic intoxicated wives on the way.
It's getting kind of silly around the "dream-season" alright. (A solution created because of the actors big egos $....)
But I kept on watching it after that anyway, didn't I?
And did I love the ride?
YES. To the final "shot".
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