A Farewell to Barnes: Remembering Ken Kercheval

Cliff Barnes was a loser, but Ken Kercheval was anything but. By portraying Cliff as an endearing jackass, Kercheval won the hearts of “Dallas” fans and created a character who, in some ways, was as essential to the show’s success as Larry Hagman’s J.R. Ewing. Cliff could be petty, foolish and hopelessly oblivious, but Kercheval […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘You’re in Over Your Head, Barnes’

In “And the Winner Is …,” a seventh-season “Dallas” episode, Cliff (Ken Kercheval) is at the Oil Baron’s Club when he spots J.R. (Larry Hagman). CLIFF: What are you doing here? J.R.: Curiosity. I wanted to see if the biggest idiot in the oil business was really going to show his face here tonight. CLIFF: […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 153 — ‘And the Winner Is …’

Is Cliff Barnes the most lovable jackass in television history? I can think of no other character who manages to remain so endearing despite being such a jerk. Exhibit A: “And the Winner Is ….” In this episode, Cliff wins the auction for the government’s offshore oil leases, but only after J.R. has tricked him […]