The Dal-List: 15 Reasons You Should Be Watching ‘Dallas’

Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Julie Gonzalo, Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, TNT

Watch and love

What’s that, you say? You’re not watching the new season of “Dallas”? Well, put down that bottle of stupid pills and listen up. Here are 15 excellent reasons to start tuning in to the series, which TNT shows every Monday night.

Dallas, Judith Light, Judith Ryland, TNT

Snow’s the boss

15. Judith Ryland is nuts. Remember Angela Bower, Light’s sensible, self-controlled character on “Who’s the Boss?” Well, go ahead and put that performance out of your mind because Angela is nothing like Judith Ryland, the coke-snortin’, drug-traffickin’, truth-bomb-droppin’, cane-thumpin’ control freak Light plays on “Dallas.” Judith is the most wicked and unpredictable character on television today. What will crazy lady do next? I have no clue, but I can’t wait to find out.

Dallas, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Nicolas Trevino, TNT

Delicious

14. Di Pace = Divine. So the Ewings are sitting around their boardroom, being Ewings, when all of a sudden some dude named “Nicolas Treviño” waltzes in and starts bossing everyone around. Who is Nicolas? Who cares! What matters is that he’s played by Juan Pablo Di Pace, who is absolutely delectable. I mean, look at this guy. How is he even real? Di Pace is suave, charming and so far, he’s had sexual chemistry with virtually everyone he’s had a scene with. Don’t you want to be there when Judith meets him?

Dallas, Elena Ramos, John Ross Ewing, Jordana Brewster, Josh Henderson, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

Watch and learn

13. You can learn stuff. Did you know that in Texas, a company can’t unload a major division unless a “supermajority” of its shareholders approve the sale? Or that sometimes oil-rich “shale formations” can rise within a property’s “surface rights”? I know both things are true because “Dallas” tells me so. I’ll confess: I’m sometimes dubious of the veracity of the legal and technical mumbo-jumbo these characters spout, but it mostly checks out. So do your brain a favor and start watching. You’ll be entertained and enlightened.

Bum, Dallas, Kevin Page, Steve Jones, TNT

Bum in the night

12. Bum. You know what’s really cool about “Dallas” this season? Kevin Page is being featured more prominently than ever. His character, Steve “Bum” Jones, will go down in TV history as the last guy to shoot J.R., but Page’s greatest contribution to the show might be the way Bum has become John Ross’s conscience. And am I the only one who’s noticed Page’s off-the-charts chemistry with Linda Gray? He’s now a vital part of “Dallas.” Here’s hoping Bum gets bumped up to a series regular soon.

Christopher Ewing, Dallas, Jesse Metcalfe, TNT

Perfection

11. Jesse Metcalfe has a beard now. I know what you’re thinking: Metcalfe has such a nice face, why cover it up? I felt that way when I heard about the beard too. But then I saw it and oh my goodness it’s the best beard in the history of facial hair. (Yours is nice too, Mr. Pileggi.) I mean, take a look at that thing. What’s not to love? The sad part is the beard is going to go away midseason, but that’s still a good a reason to watch the show. Let’s all savor every second of Christopher’s scruff before he shaves it off.

Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Patrick Duffy, TNT

Total. Badass.

10. Bobby Ewing is still pissed! Remember when Bobby screamed at Ann before J.R.’s funeral last season? Well, Patrick Duffy continues to bring an edge to his character this year. Who didn’t love Bobby’s recent “stupid pills” quip, or how he always looks like he wants to throttle John Ross? There’s also this: Duffy’s portion of “Dallas’s” new opening credits feature last year’s scene in which Bobby did that badass, “Reservoir Dogs”-style slow-mo walk. Now we get to relive it each week!

Ann Ewing, Brenda Strong, Dallas, TNT

Feel the love

9. Brenda Strong is awesome. We love Ann Ewing. We love how she stands by Bobby, how she embraces the Ewings for all their Ewing-ness, how she never seems to regret that one time she tried to kill Harris. That’s what makes Strong such an amazing actress. No matter what the script calls for, she never let us lose sight of her character’s humanity — even when Ann grabs her gun and starts shooting people. And isn’t it cool that Patrick Duffy finally has a leading lady who can look him in the eye?

Dallas, Elena Ramos, Jordana Brewster, TNT

Spy in the house

8. Elena Ramos is a sneaky bitch. Did you watch the first two seasons of TNT’s “Dallas”? Remember how Jordana Brewster’s character never had much to do? Yeah, well, those days are over. Elena found out J.R. Ewing screwed over her daddy and now she’s joined forces with Cliff Barnes to secretly plot against the rest of the Ewings. Does it make sense? No, but Brewster is such a good actress, she makes it all seem perfectly reasonable. Isn’t it great to see her get a juicy storyline to sink her teeth into?

Dallas, Emma Bell, Emma Ryland, TNT

So good at being bad

7. Emma Ryland is a naughty bitch. Look, I love my bitches, OK? One of my all-time favorite “Dallas” characters is Mary Crosby’s Kristin Shepard, the shrew who shot J.R. The old show killed off Crosby waaay too soon, but now that we have Emma Bell slinking around Southfork, it’s almost like Kristin’s back. Bell’s character, shameless Emma Ryland, is an oversexed vixen who can’t keep her hands off John Ross. (Blame her?) It doesn’t hurt that Bell is also a terrific actress. No one does bad better.

Dallas, Julie Gonzalo, Pamela Rebecca Barnes Ewing, TNT

We’re not worthy

6. Julie Gonzalo is fabulous. Is there a more fascinating young heroine on television today than Pamela Barnes Ewing? The answer is no, there is not. Every season, Gonzalo unravels new layers of her character; she’s played Pamela as a sweet-as-spun-sugar ingénue, a corporate tigress, a devastated daughter, and now a suspicious bride. Gonzalo’s talents know no bounds, and even though I’m a gay man, I’m kind of in love with her. (It’s cool, though, because my partner loves her too.) All hail Queen Julie!

Dallas, Harris Ryland, Mitch Pileggi, TNT

This stud’s for us

5. Ryland, Harris Ryland. Mitch Pileggi may be best known as Skinner on “The X Files,” but is there any doubt Harris Ryland is the role he was born to play? Pileggi brings a wicked, Hagman-esque gleefulness to his “Dallas” performances; he’s so damned charismatic, you can’t help but root for Harris, no matter how mean he is to the Ewings. This character is constantly keeping us on our toes — now that we know he’s CIA, should we trust him? — but one thing is certain: Pileggi is a total stud.

AnnaLynne McCord, Dallas, Heather, TNT

Dressed to thrill

4. This is the best-dressed cast on TV. One of “Dallas’s” biggest stars works behind the camera: Rachel Sage Kunin, the show’s insanely gifted costume designer. In every scene of every episode, Kunin somehow chooses the absolute perfect look for each character. One example: Heather’s sexy dress/cowgirl boots combo, which showed how the character was both tough and feminine. Kunin isn’t just the show’s wardrobe chief; she’s a storyteller in her own right — and a hugely talented one at that.

Dallas, Linda Gray, Sue Ellen Ewing, TNT

Always our darlin’

3. Sue Ellen is drunk again. Hold on, darlins. I’m not celebrating the fact our beloved heroine has fallen off the wagon. OK, I guess I am celebrating it, but only because I know Sue Ellen’s road back to sobriety is going to be a blockbuster television — and that means we’re going to be treated to another knockout performance from Linda Gray. As phenomenal as she was last year, my gut tells me Gray is going to be even more spectacular this season. Who knew such a thing was even possible?

Dallas, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, TNT

The son also rises

2. This guy. Oh, Josh Henderson. Where do I even begin with you? You impress the hell out of me. Your performance honors both of your TV parents: In your capable hands, John Ross is as ambitious as J.R. and as sensitive as Sue Ellen. You’re also a brilliant foil for Uncle Bobby and Cousin Christopher and the perfect match for Pamela. And then there’s that smile of yours, which is sweet, sly and oh-so-sexy — all at once. Is John Ross now one of the best reasons to watch “Dallas”? Damn skippy, he is.

Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, TNT

Do it for him

1. This guy too. No one loved a good time more than Larry Hagman, the great actor who brought J.R. Ewing to life. If Mr. Hagman were still here, I have a feeling he’d love how much fun TNT’s “Dallas” has become. Everyone involved in creating the show — the writers, the directors, the actors, the crew — is making Mr. Hagman proud by churning out the most consistently entertaining hour of television, week after week. Now it’s time for the audience to do its part by watching and enjoying the show!

What do you love about “Dallas’s” third season? Share your comments below and read more “Dal-Lists.”

Comments

  1. What do I love best about Dallas? All of it! I also love the fact that they are keeping JR alive by having him involved in the show, even from the grave. JR’s bad deeds live!

  2. Great list! makes no sense why more aren’t watching.

  3. I got to be the first person to share on fb.

    I agree with your reasons. I also know that in order to keep watching new Dallas, it will require people to watch Dallas. The people involved with making the show are doing a great job. I am very very happy with Dallas on TNT. I am willing to help promote the show because they are really making a strong effort to make it great. If the people involved with making the show are putting in an extra effort, I think it is reasonable for us as fans to make that effort too.

  4. Brandon Childers says:

    Just watch it cuase it’s dallas

  5. Anonymous says:

    You can’t learn stuff if its not based on fact

  6. Anonymous says:

    Love it!!!! Always been in love with Sue Ellen since I was 10 years old!!

  7. Your a slacker McFly ! 15 reasons are great, but surely C.B. you can come upwith another15. Hell, its what J.R. would do boy!

  8. John Ross is the reason I watch the show

  9. Joseph Benge says:

    I just love Dallas. I think it was a great idea to bring it back to TV. I wish John Ross would leave Emma alone and be happy with Pamela. She is a great actress. This show has been cast with really good people and they are putting their heart and soul into their performances. Why Dallas won more award? If it has then I missed it.

  10. I love the 3 way split opening intro. I like the surprising endings in the past two episodes this season. I never would’ve thought that Ryland was connected to the CIA and Elena kissing Nicolas {Joaquin} even though it’s her uncle. Ryland’s mama snorting coke.
    I can’t wait to know what the mid-season finale will be all about. If it has the same shock and surprise as the previous episodes this first half of the season, then it should be a good one.

  11. I think its great that fans are finally popularizing the (want for a better term) memes from the new show “Bobby being pissed,” “Hot Mama Ryland,” “crying Ann,” “stupid pills,” etc. It harkens back to the classic series and subtle situations like “‘I am Takapa!’,” “Sue Ellen’s magical hairstyle,” “Cliff’s Chinese food,” and “‘Is that a fact?’.”

  12. You forgot the Lesser Prairie Chicken. I laughed so hard.

  13. It’s funny, for some reason all this time I’ve assumed that you were a straight woman, Chris B. I don’t know why. I guess “Chris” is gender-neutral, and y’know, the Soap Opera audience has always been predominantly female, so there’s that. Anyway, I’ve often felt that’s one thing this new Dallas was missing, an openly gay character, which is why in previous posts when I’ve talked of the possibility of bringing in some of the other Ewing spawn out there, like Lucas, Jimmy, Margaret, and Terrance, I’ve often said that I’d make one of them gay, just for the heck of it.

  14. Anonymous says:

    Josh is definitely the star of the show…he harkens back to JR’s role in the old dallas
    I love the opening mo
    ntage of each character…just like the old days.

  15. I loved the original Dallas. I think they did a great job on bringing it back. I LOVE the new Dallas also. Great job!

  16. I love this show, I never miss an episode!!! I have watched this show from it’s early years with my mom and grandma. I had to see the new series, just like the old series, that has kept me and my mom entertained for years!!!! I can’t get enough!! Please kept it going, I want to see more!! Thank you for keeping Bum in the series, I think he fits right in!!!

  17. Cindy WIllis says:

    Patrick Duffy should be nominated for an Emmy! Now who is going to make sure he gets a fair shot at this award? Other than that, I want to make sure the producers realize that the older fans need the older characters! Yes, we love the central young people now, but we also WANT the old character back!!!! You know who they are!

  18. Anonymous says:

    I do miss Larry Hagman so much but I must say Josh Henderson is every bit what Hagman was back when so I’m looking forward to watching his growth in that character!!!

  19. John Ross reminds me of a YOUNG JR… That smile and even mannerisms take me back to the original! LOVE THE SHOW! !

  20. Anonymous says:

    keep showing clips of JR and keep him alive in the episodes. after all, he made Dallas what it is today, along with Sue Ellen and Bobby. get rid of the John Ross and Emma scenes. Pamela is vindictive, and she will make him pay for his sins. she IS Cliff Barnes’ daughter, after all. Never trust Harris and his lying, cheating mother. Elana has made up her mind to go against the Ewings, which is dangerous. she should know better.

  21. Gloria Gregory says:

    It is NEVER boring. Always something happening and holds with the attitudes of the original Dallas of long ago.

  22. I loved the first Dallas, and I love the new one as well. I miss J R of course, but all the past and present cast are doing a great job with all the new drama!

  23. I am a huge Dallas fan! Watched the first series. And this new Dallas is awesome. The actors do a great job! Get on board and watch cuz u will get hooked and reeled in!!!!

  24. Teri manning says:

    Love the new show…………..Watched the old one with my mom. Miss Larry Hagman. The new show is a lot like the old one. Josh Henderson is so good at playing a bad boy. That smile has me melting. Just like Larry Hagman. Bad never looked so good. This new Dallas is naughty and nice. Judith Light is so wickedly good. Love her character. Must see T.V. on Monday Nights

  25. I thought everyone all over the world watched!! Original was great but the cast and writers, editors, are fantastic. It might help if they were on ABC or CBS or NBC. All people get these channels…some can’t get it on Dish.

  26. Patricia Martin says:

    I watched every one of the original Dallas and I haven’t missed any of the new ones. I’ve even watched some of them twice. Best show ever.
    I do miss Larry and Miss Ellie.

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