“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 Road is more revered than the one on Pennsylvania Avenue.
35. Bourbon and branch. Forget oil. This is what really fueled the Ewing empire.
34. Every time Jock asks for “a touch” of bourbon. Spoiler: It was always more than a touch.
33. “Ray, get me the shotgun out of the hall closet.” The quintessential Miss Ellie moment.
32. Pam’s middle screen during the opening credits. It never changed! For almost a decade, she never stopped crossing the Southfork lawn.
31. J.R.’s first visit to “Knots Landing.” J.R.: Hey, that is good. What do you call this? Valene: Tuna fish.
30. Kristin Shepard. So much more than the answer to a trivia question.
29. Sue Ellen’s 180s. No one does the slow, dramatic turn better.
28. The cleaning lady who found J.R. Her reaction alone made it worth waiting eight months to find out who shot him.
27. “It was you, Kristin, who shot J.R.” The most famous line in “Dallas” history.
26. “Real power is something you take.” Or maybe this is the show’s most famous line. Six words that encapsulate the Ewing creed.
25. Breakfast on the patio. Would you like some insults with your bacon?
24. The musical stylings of Miss Afton Cooper. She can steal us away anytime she wants.
23. Headlines like these. The editors of The Dallas Press: The only people more obsessed with the Ewings than we are.
22. “Hey, Ray. … You getting good mileage on Donna’s car?” So nice of him to be concerned, isn’t it?
21. Donna vs. Bonnie. “Dallas’s” best barroom brawl.
20. Daddy’s will. Pitting your hyper-competitive sons against each other in a yearlong battle for control of the family empire? Sounds like a plan!
19. “I’m going to drink myself into oblivion.” And she damn near did.
18. The synthesized seventh-season theme music. We half expect Knight Rider to come roaring into the credits.
17. Bradford May’s cinematography. The Ewings never looked as gorgeous as they did from 1983 to 1984.
16. The phone at the Oil Baron’s Club. Be careful with that thing or you’ll poke out Dora Mae’s eye!
15. Lucy’s modeling career. There’s nothing about this picture I don’t love.
14. Katherine Wentworth. How can you blame a gal for going a little nuts over Bobby Ewing? Also: the hats!
13. When Sue Ellen changed into this outfit to go to the movies. What, you mean you didn’t wear something similar when you saw “Porky’s II” in 1984?
12. Cliff Barnes. As essential to the “Dallas” mythology as any Ewing. Ken Kercheval is brilliant.
11. “Marilee, you all right, honey? Did it go up your nose?” Best pool dunking ever.
10. When Bobby flat lines, jolting Pam. Gets us every time.
9. … And then when Ray loses it. Few things move me more than this moment.
8. The The dream season. Look, we love Bobby as much as anyone, but this is one of “Dallas’s” best years — especially where the leading ladies are concerned.
7. Bobby’s return. Was the dream explanation a cop-out? Sure, but who’s going to complain about seeing Patrick Duffy in the shower?
6. Pam. Give the lady her due: Fans spent twice as long clamoring for her return as she spent on the show.
5. “John Ross, this is Ewing Oil.” Chills.
4. Brad Pitt’s hair. Also: “Randy”!
3. “J.R.’s Masterpiece.” Linda Gray’s tour de force. If you can watch this episode without bawling like a baby, you’re stronger than me.
2. “I am not my father!” Chills again!
1. Larry Hagman. How we loved this man. What an actor! What a guy! We’ll never stop missing him, and we’ll always be grateful he shared his gift with the world.
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