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

You love “Star Wars.” You love “Dallas.” Have you ever noticed how much they have in common?   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.   The similarities continue in “The Force Awakens” and the […]

How Would You Spin Off Bobby Ewing?

Would you watch a “Dallas” spinoff about Bobby Ewing? It’s a question we’ve been pondering since last week, when fellow fan Jennifer Irons — a.k.a. Team Bobby Ewing — took to Twitter to suggest Patrick Duffy’s iconic character should get his own TV series. Duffy’s response: @TeamBobbyEwing I'm totally there. Sign me up — Patrick Duffy (@therealpduffy) […]

‘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 […]

Dallas Desserts: Holiday Bakeoff IV — Pam vs. Katherine

When Pam and Katherine aren’t fighting over Bobby, they’re battling each other for baking bragging rights. This year’s “Dallas Desserts” holiday bakeoff pits Pam’s Emerald Mines against Katherine’s Frosted Gingerbread Hats. Both recipes come from my husband Andrew, who blogs at Cook In/Dine Out. Whose cookie do you prefer? Cast your vote in the poll […]

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 […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘… Why is She the Mistress?’

In “Close Encounters,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Sue Ellen (Linda Gray) is at the Ewing Rodeo when she approaches Mandy (Deborah Shelton), who turns away. SUE ELLEN: Mandy. [Mandy turns back to face Sue Ellen.] I’m Sue Ellen Ewing. MANDY: I know. SUE ELLEN: May we talk? MANDY: Why? SUE ELLEN: [Steps closer] I have […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘Do You Want Anything?’

In “Quandary,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) enters Bobby’s office, followed by J.R. (Larry Hagman). J.R.: What the hell are you doing here? Don’t you have any respect at all? This is my brother’s office. Nobody’s supposed to be here. PAM: Calm down, J.R. If you want me to go to another office, […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Cannot — I Will Not — Sell’

In “The Wind of Change,” a ninth-season “Dallas” episode, Miss Ellie (Barbara Bel Geddes) calls Pam (Victoria Principal) to the stage at the Oil Baron’s Ball to accept Bobby’s posthumous Oilman of the Year Award. PAM: There’s a lot of wisdom in what Miss Ellie has had to say here tonight. I guess that’s where […]