The Dal-List: Classic Dallas’s 13 Most Harrowing Kidnappings

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The Ewings discover Ann and Emma (Brenda Strong, Emma Bell) have been kidnapped in “Boxed In,” TNT’s latest “Dallas” episode. Fortunately, our favorite TV family has plenty of experience dealing with this kind of thing. Here’s a look at the 13 most harrowing kidnappings from the original series. 13. Lucy (1978). When the Ewings refused to let […]

Critique: TNT’s Dallas Episode 36 — ‘Hurt’

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Bobby Ewing is the steward of Southfork, but Patrick Duffy is the steward of Bobby Ewing. In “Hurt,” Duffy steps behind the camera and directs his first “Dallas” episode in more than two decades, demonstrating how well he knows both his character and the mythology that defines this franchise. This is an hour rooted in […]

The Dal-List: Another 15 Reasons to Watch TNT’s Dallas

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“Dallas” is back to finish its third season on TNT, beginning Monday, August 18. If Dallas Decoder’s earlier list didn’t persuade you to start watching this show, hopefully this one will. 15. “Dallas” is “Beach Read TV.” The world becomes a different place this time of year, don’t you think? Even when you’re not on […]

3 Days, 33 Episodes: Here’s How to Catch Up on TNT’s Dallas

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Did you promise yourself you’d spend the summer getting acquainted — or reacquainted — with TNT’s “Dallas”? Did you fail to keep this promise? Relax: You still have time. Grab your DVDs and downloads and have a marathon of your own this weekend. Here’s how to watch all 33 hours of the show before the […]

#DallasChat Daily: How Did J.R. Change?

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No one goes through life without changing at least a little — even mighty J.R. Ewing. We watched J.R. for more than 35 years, observing him through milestones like the death of his daddy, the birth of his son, the dissolution of his marriage and the fall and rise of his empire. How did these moments affect […]

#DallasChat Daily: What Was J.R.’s Greatest Weakness?

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Bullets may not have had much effect on him (until the end, that is), but J.R. Ewing wasn’t invulnerable. He was easily tempted by other women, he had trouble making ethical business decisions and his deep-seated jealousies often got the better of him. Your #DallasChat Daily question: What was J.R.’s greatest weakness? Share your comments […]

#DallasChat Daily: Do You Admire J.R.?

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J.R. Ewing achieved a lot of great things in life, but his methods were usually terrible. Did the ends justify the means? Did the good outweigh the bad? Are you able to look past all of J.R.’s lying, cheating and scheming and find qualities in him that are commendable? Your #DallasChat Daily questions: Do you […]

#DallasChat Daily: What Was J.R.’s Worst Act?

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We all loved J.R. Ewing, even though he wasn’t exactly Mr. Nice Guy. During the course of the original “Dallas,” he lied, cheated and stabbed the backs of friend and foe alike. But what was his worst act of all? Was it putting Sue Ellen in the sanitarium? Having an affair with Kristin? Driving Cliff to […]

Tonight on #DallasChat: ‘All Our J.R.s’

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You’re invited to Dallas Decoder’s next #DallasChat on Twitter, which I’ll hold Monday, August 4, from 9 to 10 p.m. Eastern time. We’ll discuss three of the “Dallas” franchise’s most fascinating characters — John Ross Ewing Sr., John Ross Ewing Jr. and John Ross Ewing III — so our theme will be: “All Our J.R.s.” […]

#DallasChat Daily: What’s the Best J.R./Pam Scene?

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Perhaps no two characters had better battle scenes than J.R. and Pam, whose constant clashes were one of the original “Dallas’s” highlights. Do you have a favorite fight? Was it their first encounter on the day Bobby brought his new bride home to Southfork? Or maybe it was the time J.R. threatened Pam’s life if […]


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