‘Real Power is Something You Take’ Turns 35

It’s another red-letter day in “Dallas” history. Thirty-five years ago today, CBS aired “Executive Wife,” the episode in which Jock famously schools Bobby on the Ewing creed: “Real power is something you take!” I ranked the scene fifth on my list of “Dallas’s” greatest moments a few years ago and also wrote about it when […]

‘Dallas’ Memoriam: Honoring Those We Lost in 2015

Here’s Dallas Decoder’s annual tribute to the “Dallas” actors, crew members and other contributors who died during the past year. Notable deaths among the show’s extended family also are included. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   Merv Adelson Died September 8 (age 85) Adelson co-founded […]

Shop Like a Ewing: Your ‘Dallas’ Holiday Gift Guide

The holidays are here and it’s time to consume conspicuously. Here are some gift ideas for the special “Dallas” fan in your life. Better yet, use this list to treat yourself. It’s what a Ewing would do, right? J.R. Ewing action figures. When your Dallas Decoder was a kid, he used his G.I. Joe action […]

#WhoShotJR: A Twitter Tribute to ‘Dallas’s’ Biggest Moment

Ever wonder what “Dallas” would have been like if the Ewings had the power of social media at their disposal? No? Well, I do. To honor the “Who Shot J.R.?” cliffhanger resolution — which a record-setting 90 million people watched on this day in 1980 — I took to Twitter to recreate the scene in which […]

‘Swan Song’: Making a ‘Dallas’ Classic

Ask “Dallas” fans to name their favorite episode and many will say “Swan Song,” the 1985 segment in which Bobby dies heroically after saving Pam’s life. Although the death was later written off as a dream, the episode remains moving and memorable. To mark its 30th anniversary, I spoke to eight “Dallas” insiders who had […]

The Dallas Decoder Quiz: Third-Season Trivialities

Now that you’ve watched “Dallas: The Complete Third Season” on DVD, this quiz should be a piece of cake. The correct answers appear at the end. 1. What was the first line of dialogue spoken during the first third-season scene? a) “Well, we did it.” b) “How do I look?” c) “John Ross!” 2. What […]

EXCLUSIVE: See a Deleted Scene From ‘Dallas’s’ Third Season

Before Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) learned the truth about J.R.’s death in “Hurt,” she asked John Ross (Josh Henderson) for answers. Find out what he said by watching this deleted scene, a Dallas Decoder exclusive, from the “Dallas: The Complete Third Season” DVD set. What do you think of this scene? Share your comments below […]

‘Dallas’ 2014: Remembering Those We Lost

Several people who contributed to “Dallas” died during the past 12 months. Here’s a list of those we lost, along with notable deaths that occurred among the show’s extended family. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at IMDb.com.   James Avery December 31, 2013 (age 68) Avery, who […]

Dressing ‘Dallas’: A Day with Costume Designer Rachel Kunin

Rachel Sage Kunin is standing inside an antique store on the edge of Dallas, carefully examining an ornate ring. “This could work,” she says before handing over her credit card, scribbling her signature on the receipt and dashing back to her car. It’s early April, and Kunin — the costume designer for TNT’s “Dallas” — […]

‘Which Ewing Dies?’ It’s [Spoiler]

Warning: This article reveals the identity of the character killed during “Dallas’s” third-season finale. Other storylines are also discussed. Scroll down to read more.       No, seriously, if you don’t want to know, stop reading now.       You’ve been warned.     As promised, TNT’s “Dallas” killed off a Ewing in […]