‘Dallas’ 2014: Remembering Those We Lost

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Several people who contributed to “Dallas” died during the past 12 months. Here’s a list of those we lost, along with notable deaths that occurred among the show’s extended family. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   James Avery December 31, 2013 (age 68) Avery, who […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 138 — ‘Ray’s Trial’

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I always remembered the mystery surrounding Mickey Trotter’s death as boiling down to a single question: Did Ray or Lil pull the plug on him? Last week, when I re-watched “Ray’s Trial” for the first time in a few years, I realized “Dallas” also poses a second, more complicated question: Did Mickey want to live […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 132 — ‘The Road Back’

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With “The Road Back,” “Dallas” delivers the first hour of its seventh season and the most thrilling opening in its history. It begins with a nighttime shot of Southfork, which looks familiar against the dark sky except for the flames shooting out of the roof. Director Nick Havinga then brings us inside the house, where […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 118 — ‘The Reckoning’

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Few moments on “Dallas” stir as many emotions for me as Miss Ellie’s testimony at the end of “The Reckoning.” Ellie, who is trying to overturn Jock’s will because it’s dividing her family, reads aloud one of the last letters he sent her before his death in South America. The words are sad and sentimental, written […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 97 – ‘The Maelstrom’

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Oh, these Ewing women. How they confound me. Every time it seems like they’re about to find happiness on their own terms, they fall back into frustrating old patterns. This usually means falling back into the arms of men who are no good for them. In “The Maelstrom,” after Sue Ellen puts the kibosh on […]

Critique: TNT’s ‘Dallas’ Episode 4 – ‘The Last Hurrah’

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I like “The Last Hurrah,” but I can’t help but feel a little disappointed by it. This episode brings together more characters from the original “Dallas” than any TNT entry so far – in addition to J.R., Bobby and Sue Ellen, we get to see Lucy, Ray and Cliff – yet none of these old […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Bypass’

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Jock (Jim Davis) suffers a heart attack and receives help from J.R. (Larry Hagman) in this 1978 publicity shot from “Bypass,”a second-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘We’ve Had a Good Life, Ellie’

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In “Bypass,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Jock (Jim Davis) lies in his hospital bed, talking to Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes). JOCK: [Smiling] You know, Ellie, sometimes I worry I, I don’t think I’ve been a very good father. ELLIE: Yes, you have. JOCK: Gary pulling out. Drifter. Maybe I could’ve done better by him […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 9 – ‘Bypass’

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“Bypass” has a little bit of everything – a health crisis, family squabbling, corporate intrigue. There’s not much romance, but there is a cattle drive. The small moments in this episode are among its best, beginning with Jock and Miss Ellie’s heart-to-heart in his hospital room. As he lies in bed, with medical tubes taped to […]


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