In Memoriam: Our 2016 ‘Dallas’ Tributes

Dallas Decoder remembers the “Dallas” actors, crew members and other contributors who died in 2016. Click on each person’s name to learn more about his or her career at   Anthony Addabbo Died October 18 (age 56) In the 14th-season episode “Smooth Operator,” Addabbo played John, a Hollywood wannabe who pitched Bobby on a […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 95 – ‘Anniversary’

In the fourth-season “Dallas” episode “New Beginnings,” J.R. and Sue Ellen recall their meeting at the Miss Texas beauty pageant, where he was a judge and she was a contestant. The conversation is warm and nostalgic – until Kristin calls and announces she has given birth to J.R.’s son. This triggers a chain reaction that […]

The Best & Worst of Dallas: Season 2

“Dallas” was still figuring itself out during its second season, which means there was plenty to hail and heckle. Performances Although every member of the ensemble has great moments this season, no one is as consistently wonderful as Barbara Bel Geddes. Miss Ellie becomes a somewhat frustrating character as “Dallas” progresses – she too often […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 45 – ‘Power Play’

There’s a surprising timelessness to many “Dallas” episodes, but “Power Play” isn’t one of them. The roller disco scenes and slangy dialogue – at one point, Jock lays down some house rules to Lucy and asks, “You dig?” – firmly root this third-season entry in the era in which it was filmed. The dated feel […]

Dallas Isn’t ‘Brokeback Southfork,’ But It’s Pretty Gay

By today’s standards, “Dallas” isn’t a “gay” show. Southfork never hosts a “Brokeback Mountain”-esque love story. There are no same-sex office romances at Ewing Oil. Dusty Farlow wears ascots to keep dust out of his face, not because he’s fabulous. Yet “Dallas” is very much a show with gay sensibilities. It regularly explores themes – […]

Dallas Scene of the Day: ‘I Married a Fighter’

In “Call Girl,” a second-season “Dallas” episode, Pam (Victoria Principal) is leaving her apartment, suitcase in hand, when Bobby (Patrick Duffy) arrives. PAM: Bobby, what are you doing here? BOBBY: It’s time to come home, Pam. PAM: Didn’t you see the paper? BOBBY: Yes, I saw it. So what? PAM: I’m leaving Dallas. [Turns to […]

Critique: ‘Dallas’ Episode 25 – ‘Call Girl’

To me, “Dallas” isn’t campy. It has silly moments, but even when the show goes over the top, it still has interesting things to say. “Call Girl” is an exception. This episode is pure cheese, which can be fun but mostly makes me wince. Everything about J.R.’s scheme here is absurd: the way Leanne sneaks […]