The Dal-List: 37 Reasons to Love ‘Dallas’

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“Dallas” debuted 37 years ago today. Here’s why we still love the Ewings. 37. “Digger’s Daughter.” Bobby marries Pam, Lucy and Ray take a roll in the hay and Jock calls J.R. a jackass. Could this show have gotten off to a better start? 36. Southfork. To a lot of us, the white house on Braddock […]

Poll: Who is ‘Dallas’s’ Second Greatest Character?

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J.R. will always be “Dallas’s” greatest character, but who’s the runner-up? Vote for your choice or share other options in the comments section. Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 7

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“Dallas’s” seventh season clocks in at 30 hours, making it the show’s longest season yet. Does quantity equal quality? Performances If Cliff Barnes were played by anyone other than Ken Kercheval, we’d probably hate him. Cliff is foolish, petty, self-centered — yet throughout the seventh season, Kercheval brings a startling amount of vulnerability to the […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You Needed Slapping Down, Cliff’

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In “End Game,” “Dallas’s” seventh-season finale, Cliff (Ken Kercheval) pours a drink in his office for Vaughn (Dennis Patrick), who sits in front of the desk. CLIFF: Vaughn, now look, we’re two civilized human beings. [Hands him the drink] We’ve made money before and we’ll make money again. I’m just asking you for a little […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 161 — ‘End Game’

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The “End Game” cliffhanger is still powerful, especially when you watch the entire episode. In scene after scene, we’re led to believe everyone is gunning for J.R., just like they were four years earlier. The momentum builds until the final moments, when an unseen figure steps off the Ewing Oil elevator, enters J.R.’s office and fires […]

Poll: What is ‘Dallas’s’ Best Third-Season Scene?

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The “Dallas: The Complete Third Season” DVD set arrives Tuesday, January 13. Time to choose a favorite moment!   Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

Dallas Parallels: The Puppeteer

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Cliff Barnes may be “Dallas’s” biggest loser, but give the devil his due: He has a knack for pulling the strings of women who’ve been wronged by J.R. Ewing. On TNT’s “Dallas,” after the Ewings framed Cliff (Ken Kercheval) for J.R.’s “murder,” he summoned Elena Ramos (Jordana Brewster) to his Mexican jail cell and made […]

Poll: What is ‘Dallas’s’ Best Cliffhanger?

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Every “Dallas” fan has a favorite finale. What’s yours?   Share your comments below and vote in Dallas Decoder’s other polls.

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 154 — ‘Fools Rush In’

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One reason Larry Hagman is so damn good is because he knows what the audience wants and how to give it to us. Take “Fools Rush In’s” most entertaining scene, when J.R. chews out Katherine for inadvertently making a Bobby/Pam reconciliation possible. It’s somewhat ridiculous to see a grown man so consumed with his brother’s love life, […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re in Over Your Head, Barnes’

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In “And the Winner Is …,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Cliff (Ken Kercheval) is at the Oil Baron’s Club when he spots J.R. (Larry Hagman). CLIFF: What are you doing here? J.R.: Curiosity. I wanted to see if the biggest idiot in the oil business was really going to show his face here tonight. CLIFF: […]

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