Dallas Decoder Asks: How Should J.R. Die?

Of course, legends never really die

J.R. Ewing’s funeral will be seen in the “Dallas” episode that airs Monday, March 11, TNT confirmed yesterday. But how should the legendary character die? And what’s the best way to honor Larry Hagman, the actor who portrayed J.R. for more than three decades? Dallas Decoder asked four members of the original show’s creative team to […]

The Dal-List: Kristin Shepard’s Greatest Moments

Thanks for the memories, darlin’

Dallas Decoder kicks off its newest periodic feature, “The Dal-List,” with a look back at the 13 most memorable moments featuring “Dallas” vixen Kristin Shepard, played by the magnificent Mary Crosby. 13. Leaving Rudy. Feeling neglected by J.R. (Larry Hagman), Kristin turned to old flame Rudy Millington (Terry Lester) – and for a moment, it […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 4

Highs and lows

“Dallas’s” fourth season was the show’s most-watched. Is it also the best? Performances In Season 4, J.R. recovers from an assassination attempt, learns to walk again and suffers a humiliating exile from Ewing Oil. Through it all, Larry Hagman never misses a beat. The actor takes us deeper into J.R.’s psyche, revealing vulnerabilities we never dreamed […]

Drill Bits: This Week, Ratings Rose for TNT’s Dallas

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Harris Ryland, Mitch Pileggi, Patrick Duffy, TNT, Truth and Consequences

Ratings for TNT’s “Dallas” rebounded this week after dipping on Independence Day. Approximately 3.4 million viewers watched “Truth and Consequences,”the show’s fifth episode, on July 4. Although the audience was down about 18 percent from the previous week – no surprise there, TV audiences always shrink on holidays – “Truth and Consequences” still managed to […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 59 – ‘Taste of Success’

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Patrick Duffy, Taste of Success

“Dallas” ties up the “Who Shot J.R.?” saga’s loose ends within the first 10 minutes of “Taste of Success.” Kristin confesses her crime to the Ewings, J.R. and Sue Ellen send her packing, and Miss Ellie breathes a big sigh of relief at the Southfork breakfast table. “Well, it’s over,” she says. Indeed, it is. […]

Linda Gray is Speaking Up – Just Like Sue Ellen Would

Still our girl

Atta girl, Linda Gray. In a candid interview with Ultimate Dallas last week, the actress expressed her disappointment with the amount of screen time her character, the indomitable Sue Ellen Ewing, has received on TNT’s “Dallas” revival. The cable channel has telecast five hours so far, and Gray has been missing from two of them. […]

Dallas Styles: Sue Ellen’s ‘Who Done It?’ Dresses

Subject to contrast

When “Who Done It?” begins, Sue Ellen is at the Dallas police station, where she is being arrested for J.R.’s shooting. We see her have her mug shot taken and get fingerprinted, and then Detective Frost reads her her rights. We also watch as Sue Ellen removes her jewelry – rings, earrings, bracelets, pearls – […]

The Art of Dallas: ‘Who Done It?’

Art of Dallas - Who Done It

Sue Ellen (Linda Gray), after being arrested for J.R.’s shooting, has her mug shot taken in this 1980 publicity shot from “Who Done It?” a fourth-season “Dallas” episode.

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘It Was You, Kristin, Who Shot J.R.’

Dallas, Kristin Shepard, Mary Crosby, Who Done It, Who Shot J.R.?

In “Who Done It?,” a fourth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) arrives at Southfork to find J.R. (Larry Hagman) reading in his wheelchair on the patio. SUE ELLEN: J.R.? J.R.: [Looks up from his book, startled] What are you doing here? SUE ELLEN: Where’s Kristin? J.R.: Don’t come any closer. [Moves his wheelchair toward […]

Critique: Dallas Episode 58 – ‘Who Done It?’

Dallas, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, Who Done It, Who Shot J.R.?

“Who Done It?” brought the world to a standstill. Eighty-three million Americans, or roughly one-third of the nation’s population, watched this episode on the night it aired in 1980, a record at the time. The global audience is estimated in the hundreds of millions. I’m sure many viewers still remember where they were and who […]

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