Feel the Force, Darlins! How ‘Star Wars’ Mirrors ‘Dallas’

Dallas, Darth Vader, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Star Wars

You love “Star Wars.” You love “Dallas.” Have you ever noticed how much they have in common?


Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Luke Skywalker, Mark Hamill, Patrick Duffy, Star Wars

The first “Star Wars” trilogy and the original “Dallas” series are both sweeping sagas that feature dreamy heroes, scary villains, epic romances and lots of family drama.


Christopher Ewing, Daisy Ridley, Dallas, Elena Ramos, Jesse Metcalfe, Jordana Brewster, Oscar Isaac, Poe Dameron, Rey, Star Wars

The similarities continue in “The Force Awakens” and the canceled-too-soon “Dallas” sequel series.


Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Daisy Ridley, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Patrick Duffy, Rey, Star Wars

Both stories combine new characters and old favorites.


Adam Driver, Dallas, Kylo Ren, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Star Wars

Both also feature ambitious young men with daddy (or granddaddy) complexes …


Dallas, Daisy Ridley, Julie Gonzalo, Pamela Barnes Ewing, Rey, Star Wars

Kickass heroines …


Christopher Ewing, Dallas, Jesse Metcalfe, Oscar Isaac, Poe Dameron, Star Wars

Handsome heroes who like to go fast …


Bobby Ewing, Carrie Fisher, Charlene Tilton, Dallas, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Leia Organa, Patrick Duffy, Star Wars,

And tender reunions between beloved characters.


Bobby Ewing, Dallas, Han Solo, Harrison Ford, Patrick Duffy, Star Wars

Also, the “Star Wars” and “Dallas” guys get hotter with age …


Carrie Fisher, Dallas, Linda Gray, Star Wars, Sue Ellen Ewing

And so do the gals.


Andy Serkis, Cliff Barnes, Dallas, Snoke, Star Wars

Other similarities include evil masterminds who toil in the shadows …


Christopher Ewing, Dallas, Finn, John Boyega, John Ross Ewing, Josh Henderson, Oscar Isaac, Poe Dameron, Star Wars,

Complicated bromances …


Ann Ewing, Brenda Strong, Dallas, Gwendoline Christie, Star Wars

Tall gals with guns …


Dallas, Darth Vader, David Prowse, James Earl Jones, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman, Star Wars

And iconic villains who cast long shadows.


Dallas, Star Wars

Only one question remains: Now that “Star Wars” has been reawakened …


Dallas, J.R. Ewing, Larry Hagman

Why can’t “Dallas” rise again?


What similarities do you see between “Star Wars” and “Dallas”? Share your comments below and read more features from Dallas Decoder.


  1. You know what is ironic C.B.? Its that u r directly demonstrating an adept knowledge of “Star Trek” Vulcan logic in bringing forward these very “Mister Spock like” thoughtful & logical arguments! I hereby promote you to Fleet Admiral!

  2. Nice work, Chris. The only thing missing is Pam (either one would do) in a Princess Leia slave bikini as seen in Return of The Jedi, hehe.

  3. Albert Kravitz says:

    I live in France and it’s somehow funny to know that Dallas and Star Wars have something else in common here. In the french versions of the TV show and the SF saga both Linda Gray and Carrie Fisher are dubbed by the same french actress Evelyne Selena. Evelyne reprised her job for Sue Ellen in the TNT Dallas but unfortunately not for Princess Leia in Star Wars VII. Why did they replace her ? I don’t now. But it was very disappointing and sad as when I hear Evelyne Selena’ voice on a foreign actress It lmmediately reminds me of Sue Ellen. And believe me it was not the only disappointment I felt about this Star Wars ersatz. The TNT Dallas was far more respectful to the original Dalla. Cancel Star Wars and bring back Dallas !

  4. Funnily enough, both the original Star Wars trilogy and Dallas were in their prime at almost the same time (1977 to 1983 and 1979 to 1985 respectively). Have you seen the hilarious Youtube video of the Star Wars characters set against the famous Dallas opening credits?
    Also both Star Wars and the original Dallas were, initially, male dominated with the female characters as either victims or eye candy but on closer inspection and as the they went on, the female characters turned out to be very strong and empowering. (Princess Leia and Pam have a lot in common, although I’m not sure who the equivalent of Sue Ellen is in Star Wars!)

  5. Clever comparisons! I remember calling Cliff “Darth Barnes” during TNT but the parallel to JR is indeed closer. Both controlled their emotions for calculated strikes whereas Mr. Barnes was an impulsive disaster.
    One more similarity to me is Star Wars and Dallas both have supreme theme songs with global recognition!

  6. This is great. I wonder if there is any sort of serious discussion about “Dallas” returning? A Dallas film would be great and can explain the transition from the series when it was on TNT to the next series.

  7. Very nice job Chris. I have really enjoyed this!!

  8. These are great! This just occurred to me: Just as Dallas was the first TV show to end a season on a cliffhanger, was The Empire Strikes Back the first movie to do the same?

    • Hi James!

      Perhaps. A lot of movie serials ended with cliffhangers, but these weren’t full-length features.

      The summer of 1980 was certainly anxious, with the whole world wondering “Who Shot J.R.?” and “Who’ll Unfreeze Han Solo?”

      Thanks for commenting. Always good to hear from you.


  9. David Cochrane says:

    First saw this years ago; certainly seems apt: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kAHYftmwY0U

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