The Best & Worst of TNT’s Dallas: Season 1

The Great One

The first season of TNT’s “Dallas” brought the Ewings back to series television after a two-decade absence. I loved it – mostly. Performances The new “Dallas” cast divides into two categories: Larry Hagman and everyone else. As the now-elderly J.R., Hagman was sometimes mischievous, sometimes moving and always magical. Trying to figure out how Hagman does […]

Drill Bits: TNT’s Dallas Finale Draws a Crowd

Dallas, Linda Gray, Revelations, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

TNT’s “Dallas” went out with a bang: “Revelations,” the first-season finale, scored 4.3 million viewers on August 8, becoming the evening’s most-watched cable program. The audience included 1.6 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the demographic advertisers covet. The show soared despite stiff competition from NBC’s Olympics coverage, which drew 29 million […]

Things Ewings Say

Don’t darlin’ her, either (Photo credit: Mark Seliger/TNT)

J.R. isn’t the only sharp-tongued Ewing on TNT’s “Dallas.” To help you prepare for tomorrow’s telecast of “Revelations,” the first-season finale, we offer this review of memorable lines from other characters. • “Count your blessings, Christopher. Those two old geezers would still find a reason to fight.” Lucy (Charlene Tilton), after her cousin announces J.R. […]

Things Ewings Say (J.R. Edition)

Bullets don’t seem to have much of an effect on him (Photo credit: Mark Seliger/TNT)

If the first season of TNT’s “Dallas” taught us anything, it’s this: J.R. Ewing (Larry Hagman) still has a way with words. With “Revelations,” the eagerly awaited season finale two days away, here’s a look back at some of his best lines. • “Son, the courts are for amateurs and the faint of heart.” Responding […]

Drill Bits: TNT’s Dallas Wrangles Big Audience

Ann Ewing, Brenda Strong, Changing of the Guard, Dallas, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

The June 13 debut of TNT’s “Dallas” drew 6.9 million viewers, becoming the year’s most-watched premiere of a cable drama or comedy. The audience included a healthy 1.9 million viewers between the ages of 18 and 49, the group advertisers pay a premium to reach. “Dallas’s” two-hour premiere drew more viewers than any program on […]

TNT’s Dallas Styles: Marta’s Hair

‘Hedging Your Bets’

On TNT’s “Dallas,” there is no greater chameleon than Marta del Sol, the sexy siren who specializes in deceiving Ewing men. Bobby believes he’s selling Southfork to Marta and J.R. believes he’s buying it from her, but neither brother knows the truth: Marta is really plotting with John Ross to seize the ranch and the […]

The Art of TNT’s Dallas: ‘Hedging Your Bets’

Art of TNT's Dallas - Hedging Your Bets

Marta (Leonor Varela) is seen in this publicity shot from “Hedging Your Bets,” the second episode of TNT’s “Dallas.” Photo credit: Zade Rosenthal/TNT.

TNT’s Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Are Still the Prettiest Girl at the Ball’

Dallas, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

In “Hedging Your Bets,” a first-season “Dallas” episode, J.R. (Larry Hagman) approaches Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) at the Cattle Baron’s Ball. SUE ELLEN: J.R., what are you doing here? I thought you weren’t well enough to even leave your room. J.R.: I just came by to congratulate you. And you deserve it, honey. Look at you. And […]

Critique: TNT’s Dallas Episode 2 – ‘Hedging Your Bets’

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Hedging Your Bets, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Patrick Duffy, TNT

“Hedging Your Bets,” the second of the two episodes TNT telecast on “Dallas’s” opening night, was solidly entertaining, even if it wasn’t quite as satisfying as the first hour, “Changing of the Guard.” The story continued to take unexpected twists, but I found myself hoping things would slow down so the audience could get better […]

Critique: TNT’s Dallas Episode 1 – ‘Changing of the Guard’

Changing of the Guard, Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Leonor Varela, Marta del Sol

TNT’s “Dallas” had two things to accomplish on opening night: hook today’s audiences on the Ewing saga and satisfy viewers who fondly remember the original series. I can’t speak for the newbies or my fellow fans, but the two-hour premiere exceeded my Southfork-sized expectations in every way. I loved it. “Changing of the Guard,” the […]


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